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Sep 21, 2017
Photo by: Grace King Sarah Wingate purchased a house in Mt. Pleasant just in time to make it the perfect home for her daughter, who is due at the end of the month.

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Sarah Wingate was looking to buy, intending on moving back to Mt. Pleasant to stay.

With her husband, Emanuel Navarro, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and a baby girl due at the end of September, Wingate wanted to settle into a home close to her parents, Robert and Kelley Wingate, of Danville. But after finishing her undergraduate degree at Iowa Wesleyan University and attending graduate school at Maryville University in St. Louis, where she’s lived for the past five years, Wingate wasn’t ready to afford a house on her own.

“We bought it for her as she kind of gets on her feet,” Robert said, adding that it’s moderately priced in the $200,000 range.

The house at 911 S. Smith St. was a spec house, a house built with no particular buyer in mind, being finished by Wiley Construction when Robert and Kelley came across it.

“It’s just your basic ranch, but it’s a good starter home. It’s in a good neighborhood,” Robert said.

The entryway leads into an open-concept kitchen that’s separated by a small step down into the carpeted, cozy living room with big windows overlooking the backyard.

The kitchen counter separates the dining area from the rest of the kitchen, serving as a large island and making it the perfect spot to host dinner parties, where you can talk to guests in the living room and dining area as you finish preparing food.

Off the dining area are French doors that open onto a small back porch. The outside of the house is pretty bare, but K & E Landscapes is going to begin putting in trees, some shrubs and flowers this fall. Wingate plans on getting the backyard fenced in this spring.

Robert suggests for anyone looking into building a home to get a good contractor, one that’s been in the business for years.

“It’s so much easier building when you don’t have to keep an eye on the contractor,” Robert said. Not a carpenter himself, Robert said there was no way he could match the quality of Wiley’s craftsmanship in the house.

To the left of the entryway down the hall is the baby’s bedroom, a bathroom and a master bedroom and bathroom. The baby’s bedroom is furnished and waiting for the little girl, with a cradle, rocking chair in the corner and chest of drawers, completely ready for her arrival.

The basement, although finished, has yet to be decorated. Wingate is planning on creating a home theatre, putting in a projector and some comfortable seating. The basement also has a full bedroom and bathroom.

The first floor is 1,500 square feet and the basement is 1,200 square feet.

The only problems the Wingates came across when building was the dishwasher pipes erupting and flooding the house when the kitchen floor was being put in. This delayed the house from being finished by a month. Wiley Construction had to strip the drywall and everything out of the basement. Thankfully, the expense was covered by the construction company’s insurance and didn’t cost the Wingates a dime.

Wingate decorated the house herself, using Wiley’s Furniture and Home Improvement store. She said that getting everything through the same store made putting the finishing touches in “pretty convenient.” For anyone planning on redoing a kitchen countertop, putting in new light fixtures or re-carpeting their house, Wingate suggests watching a lot of HGTV and sticking with one theme.

“Find one thing you like and do everything around that,” Wingate said.

Most of the furniture purchases she had already made when living in St. Louis. The bedroom set was bought at Furniture Row.

“Once my husband is back and we have the baby and we’re actually living together, it’ll feel more like home,” Wingate said. “I’m excited to be back in Mt. Pleasant. No traffic, family’s really close and there’s always something to do on the weekends.”

Wingate works at Great River Medical Center as a nurse practitioner.

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