The journey for Sara Tucker and Ron Evans into remodeling with PDQ Construction started years ago with a door. A Honduran hardwood front door, to be exact.
The door was ordered, shipped and delivered, but it didn’t fit into the existing opening in their home. The couple turned to PDQ, which led to more and more projects — the latest of which is a beautiful sunroom. After the front door, then the baseboards in the adjoining rooms didn’t match well and needed to be changed. Then, the couple wanted to change the builder-grade interior hollow-core doors to solid ones like the front door. That led to installing wood floors, and on and on.
Recently, Tucker and Evans had the builder add a solarium to an already-existing exercise room.
“Originally, we had an exercise room added to the house with a counter-current pool set half-way into the floor,” Tucker said. “We used it originally a lot, and then gradually less. When it came time to buy a whole new motor for the pool, we decided to bag it and have PDQ floor and tile over the hole.
“Then Ron started gardening more and more intensively, and I lusted after tropical-type plants that would need a sunnier spot to over-winter. So, we designed and added the many-windowed new solarium.”
The room, just off their master bathroom, features massive windows looking out over their front yard and the wooded areas around the house. Divided floor-to-ceiling windows fill the 11-foot-high walls, letting in plenty of light for the numerous plants growing in pots throughout the space.
Tucker and Evans enjoy their morning coffee and tea seated in comfortable wicker chairs while watching turkeys and other birds visit the two outside feeders.
So that garden-buff Evans could easily move the large potted plants in and out of the sunny space, PDQ built a concrete ramp and stairs outside the side door. Now, all he has to do is strap the huge pots to a dolly and roll them to or from the back patio.
The couple had their home built in 1993 on 35 wooded acres just east of Auburn Road. They chose this area not only for the solitude, but also to enjoy observing the local wildlife. It’s common for the couple to see deer, coyotes, opossums and turkeys.
“We think we’ve had generation after generation of wildlife living here,” Tucker said.
The space is perfect for two people who describe themselves as homebodies.
“I’m what psychologists say is an introvert. I like quiet and peacefulness,” Evans said.
Remodeling the house is “our creative thing we do together,” Tucker said.
Evans and Tucker are retired Washburn University professors — Evans in psychology, Tucker in history. They still teach online courses for Washburn and Fort Hays State University. Thinking farther into the future, they signed up with Brewster at Home, a program though Brewster Place that allows them to participate in classes and programs and have access to health services while still living in the home they love.
Why do they keep going with PDQ Construction time after time?
“They are highly competent. For this project, they had to deal with the roof line so the new space would blend in with the existing structure,” Evans said. “They’ll also do extra stuff — handyman stuff. When they come out to work, you can ask them to help fix something else. They’re real nice fellas. They explain what they’re doing, and they come when they say they’ll come.”
Tucker added, “They do the little tweaks that make the project better than you thought you were going to get, and you thought it was going to be pretty good already.”
So, what’s next?
“I can’t think of another project,” Tucker said with a grin, “but I’ve said that before.”
Linda A. Ditch is a freelance writer from Topeka. She can be reached at email@example.com.