Balint explained that when you buy an existing house, ‘’Every house you look at doesn’t give you exactly what you want. You have to change things. But we could make this what we wanted as we went along. It was like a blank canvas.”
In the case of the brick shell at 261 Coolspring-Jumonville Road in North Union Township, Balint said “there was no interior. The frame was there for about four or five years. I drove up the driveway to look at it. There were birds flying in and out of the open windows. There were no internal doors or structure. I took the task of doing the interior,’’ she said. While her father, Tony Covato, did the ground and first floor work, she supervised the design.“When I got married, Mike (Balint, a master craftsman and finish carpenter) did the top floor,” she said.
A registered nurse by trade who also has a business degree, Balint said she liked the location of the property.
In the end, the Balint’s home has an above ground basement with her husband’s work room, a large living room, half bath and laundry room. “We use one room in the basement for my husband’s wine room and canning room,‘’ she said, adding her husband preserves foods and makes wine. The first floor has a kitchen, dining room, entry way and another half bath. There are three bedrooms, a loft-sitting area and two full baths on the third floor.
“My husband is a master craftsman. He built the staircase in the entranceway,” which features carved designs along its edge.
“The best thing about it is its location. We like to sit on the porch in fall and spring and watch the ducks come onto the ponds. There is also plenty of room. There is nothing I would change about it. It has been a great house,’’ she said. “It is so peaceful there.’’
“She never really got into baby dolls but loves animals. We have 10 chickens and rabbits, two dogs and cats.