The little old house was in rough shape from years of neglect. Most people would have taken one look at it in disgust and decide that it should probably be torn down. Doug (Yogi) and Margaret Rohwer of Marcus didn't see it that way. They looked around the little rambleshackled place, ran some ideas through their heads, and then decided to purchase the house up for auction on that chilly October day in 2005.
(Yogi) and Margaret Rohwer of Marcus are the proud owners of Cozy Cottage. They purchased the house on auction and renovated it. It is now open as a place for visitors to rent.(Photo by Nancy Nelson)
The Rohwers spent every free minute they had over the last four months, in addition to hiring carpenters, Paul and Andy Busch of Marcus to transform the house.
The house has all new flooring, windows, doors, siding, roofing and bathrooms. The three bedroom house has fresh paint new furniture, and fully functional kitchen complete with dishes and pans.
As the couple progressed through the work on the house they sometime wondered what they had gotten themselves into but then something, like a great buy on the living room furniture would turn up and things would seem to fall into place.
All the work is complete with the exception of a little bit of landscaping. They asked the city to rezone the property, located behind the Marcus Fire Department, to an R-3 which allows them to rent the house out to visitors as planned.
The house is conveniently located in the center of Marcus neatly tucked away from the street. Everything a guest would need or want would be within walking distance. There are restaurants, a park, post office, ATM machine, and a bowling alley. It is also very close to the community center if the guest happens to attending an event taking place there.
The Rohwer's have dubbed their new venture "Cozy Cottage". Cozy Cottage sleeps six and plans are to rent the house based on the number rooms that will be used with the idea that each room sleeps two people. Two of the rooms host king size beds and the third is home to a daybed with a trundle bed under it.
Word of mouth travels fast and the house already has seven bookings with one booked over a year from now.
The couple hosted an open house for the Cozy Cottage on Sunday May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with refreshments served and a door prize for a free night was drawn. Anyone who knew what the house looked like prior to it's rebirth will be amazed at the transformations made by the Rohwers. For further information people can contact Margaret or Doug at 712-376-COZY (2699) or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.