This a remarkable story and we can help but enjoy hearing about their house transformation. At Exterior Remodel and Design we have the privilege of helping people transform their houses and we know what an intense process this must of been.
40 years ago, Omaha couple’s house was a fairly conventional split-entry. Now it has grown to 90 feet across two lots | omaha.com A Motel 6 in the middle of a residential neighborhood?
Omahans Frank and Nancy Metzler get teased about building just that in Maenner Meadows.
What started out as a fairly conventional split-entry home nearly 40 years ago now sprawls 90 feet across two lots on a quiet block near 90th Street and Western Avenue.
“We have more talent than sense,” Nancy says of the house that grew and grew.
The metamorphosis — in two major expansions — has been a passion for the now-retired couple, who initially knew little about construction and carpentry, had a family to raise and an auto-body repair business to run.
“We did it all without borrowing. And we did it between Frank’s four heart attacks and seven heart bypass surgeries,” Nancy shares.
“We’ll look at the early pictures and ask ourselves, ‘How in the world did we get from there to here?’ Frank would come home at 5 or 6 p.m. and work on the house until 1 or 2 a.m., and do it all over again the next day — for years,” Nancy recalls. “It’s our journey. It has been the glue to our marriage. I can’t tell you how many Sunday mornings we have sat at the kitchen table and talked about what we’re going to do next.”
The Metzler’s are some incredibly talented and patient people and their persistence over the years is inspiring. If you are looking to remodel your home but don’t think you have the patience to wait 40 years don’t worry. Exterior Remodel & Design in Omaha is a full-service general contractor that is ready to help you with all of your projects.