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Sizelands participants in TTT 'Tour of Homes'

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cindy Sizeland is looking forward to sharing her home on this year's TTT Tour of Homes. Her fun personality is sure to be a treat for those on the tour, scheduled for Sunday, November 18.
Cindy and Harry Sizeland purchased their 1908 Arts & Crafts Bungalow in a series of events that some may consider fate. Cindy, a member of the Bakker family originally from Cherokee, was home for a family reunion in 2008. While her husband was originally not going to attend he decided to fly in at the last minute.

Cindy had noticed that the house was up for sale and had always liked the character of the home while she was growing up here. The day before they were scheduled to leave, she and her husband Harry stopped by the empty house and peeked in the windows. Harry suggested they take a look at it with the realtor the next day before they left town to fly back to their home in Hamilton, MT.

They took a look at the house and fell in love with it at first sight. They returned to Montana and discussed it, and then they purchased it pending the sale of their current home. Being so far away they were given a good length of time to complete the sale on their end. But as fate would have it they decided to have a garage sale to thin out their possessions prior to moving.

Player piano - The Sizelands do not play piano but this spot in their home was made for one so when they came across this player piano they made it a unique feature in their home. The home will be part of the TTT Tour of Homes on November 18.
They put up for sale signs in their yard deciding that people could look at their home during the garage sale. A couple looked, and purchased their home right away and wanted possession in a short time since they were living in a motel at the time.

So the move was on and in manner of something around eight weeks the Sizeland couple found themselves at 400 Magnetic Avenue in Cherokee, Iowa.

Harry is retired from the transportation department of the Hamilton, MT school district. Cindy also worked in the transportation department as well as operated her own catering business. The couple, although retired, are currently substitute bus drivers for the Cherokee School District.

Two years ago, the Sizelands went on the TTT Tour of Homes and were approached about participating in the next one when it was discovered which house they had purchased. The house was in need of some TLC since it had been a rental for several years but they thought they would have their renovations complete in the next two years. Cindy says the house has good bones and character and in spite of being a rental it was in good shape structurally.

Warm & Cozy - The fireplace in the Sizeland home features its original brass cover, and is a must- see on the TTT Tour of Homes, scheduled for Sunday, November 18.
The couple's family thought they were nuts for making such a big move but "we could see the potential, probably since this was the fifth house we've been crazy enough to have refurbished!" exclaimed Cindy. It was easy to see the possibilities in the big rooms, beautiful oak woodwork and floors, brass fireplace cover and stone faced front porch.

The history of the home is interesting in that it was built by Dr. R.C. Seaman who was affiliated with the Seaman's Cancer Sanitarium located in the Victorian home next door to them. He had built the home for he and his family by purchasing it from a catalog. In the four years since the Sizelands have owned the home they have been busy. They removed two walls to expand the bath and kitchen, removed old carpet and vinyl to expose the beautiful wood floors and re-opened the front porch.

They have also replaced some windows and exterior doors, refinished woodwork, and put on a new roof. Recently, they added a second garage and have done a lot of painting. "I guess when you buy a 100 plus year old house you can just about guarantee that one will never run out of projects," Cindy stated.

Tickets for the TTT Tour of Homes are $10 and the tour includes five homes in Cherokee. Tickets can be purchased by calling 712-229-0511. The tour takes place on Sunday, November 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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