Greg and Kathy Comp both wanted an older house, so they decided to buy the home located at 22 W. Chestnut St. When they moved in about 9 1/2 years ago, they were a family of five. Now, the couple lives alone with their 11-year-old son, Tyler.
The Comps are not familiar with the history of their home, which will be featured on the Meridian-Forest Historic District Home Tour this Sunday. Kathy says they are guessing that it was built sometime between 1900 and 1925, and they have only renovated a couple of rooms because Kathy says that "a lot of it was done when (they) moved in."
The only major project the Comps have undertaken is remodeling the kitchen. A friend of the family, Mike Haviland, did most of the work in that area, using cabinetry that was designed by Greg Mullenix at Pell's.
Bill Huffman put in new kitchen cabinets around 1999. Coincidentally, he had also installed kitchen cabinets in the house in the 1960s. He had signed a board and hidden it behind a cabinet, so the Comps had him sign another one.
Other than having the bathrooms remodeled by Robert Shepard, who is also taking part in the home tour, Kathy has performed most of the necessary small tasks on her own. However, she says upkeep of such an old dwelling can be "so expensive, especially when you don't know how to do a lot of the work yourself."
Despite the cost, Kathy says that they "enjoy the house, enjoy our street, enjoy our neighbors."
Other structures included in the Meridian-Forest Historic District Home Tour in downtown Brazil, just north of US 40, this Sunday are: Moore Funeral Home, owned by Rob and Vanita Moore, and the homes of Todd and Angela Jacoby, Stephen and Jan Stapp and Linda Cooper. Refreshments will be served on the lawn of Robert and Jodi Shepard. The tour is from 1 to 5 p.m.
Tickets are available at Page's Food Store and Lynn's Pharmacy or from Veda Bussing, 448-8595, or Jan Stapp, 442-1423. They can also be purchased on the day of the tour at any of the six homes involved.