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Padgets build home near Walton Lake

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Apr 25, 2018
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo A view of Larry and Lori Padget’s home as seen from the west. The deck and patio pictured overlook Walton Lake.

Larry and Lori Padget are the proud owners of a four-bedroom, 5,500-square-foot house tucked into an acreage just east of Walton Club.

Larry spends his days on the golf course, but only seldom does he have a club in his hand. The rest of his time is spent manicuring the greens and fareways as superintendent of both the Walton Club next door, where he’s worked for 27 years, and the Fairfield Golf & Country Club for the past eight years.

“I need to golf the courses just to see how they play. That’s my excuse,” Larry joked.

The couple used to leave on South Park Street near the golf and country club. For years, they had their eye on building a house near the Walton Club, but they couldn’t strike a deal with the property’s owner. Eventually, Jeremy Howard bought 130 acres east of Walton for a residential development. The Padgets’ home is the first of 50 planned for the acreage. Construction on the home began in May 2016 and the couple was able to move in about a year later.


Why build there?

“Because of the view,” Larry answered.

Before moving to town, Larry and Lori lived on a farm near Birmingham. Larry said he wanted their new house to be in the countryside, too, and it is. It’s just barely outside city limits.

The couple like the privacy and quiet that come from living in a rural setting. There are a few minor downsides, like the lack of paved streets.

“I wanted an open concept, and I wanted it to be architecturally different,” he said. “We have 17-foot ceilings in the great room. That was a nightmare when the trusses got here. It took two weeks to figure out the angles, but it came out beautifully.”

Lori also wanted large windows to enjoy the view, and wanted a kitchen with a focus on function.

“We have some great cabinets with special features,” she said. “The kitchen is really easy to keep clean, too.”

Lori likes to entertain, so they wanted a house big enough for gatherings. Larry’s family pays a visit during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“We had about 40-50 people here for a Christmas party,” Lori said. “We hope to have more parties this summer to entertain outside. That’s kind of my thing. I look forward to that, and to decorating.”



Lori likes to decorate the house depending on the season. Larry said “100 rabbits” appeared around the house for Easter.

“She has totes and totes of stuff downstairs,” Larry said. “Every change of the weather she puts out something new!”

Lori said she loves nature and birds especially. The couple removed the dishes from its china cabinet and replaced them with snow men.

“The children get a big kick out of it, too. Larry just likes teasing me about it,” Lori said.

And don’t forget space for the kids! There’s 15-year-old Ace and 13-year-old triplets Jasmine, Georgia and Eli.

“The triplets are bonded at the hip,” Larry said. “They finish each other’s sentences, and if anything happens to one of them, the others are there to take care of them.”

The kids’ bedrooms are in the basement, which also contains the main television the family uses to watch movies. A big sectional accommodates all six of them.

The deck on the upper floor is composite lumber, which will never rot. Below the deck is a concrete patio.

“There’s plenty of room to enjoy the outdoors,” Larry said.

“And Larry loves to go out and yell at the golfers,” Lori joked. “He knows everybody.”

“I just like to say ‘hi,’” Larry said.

The house is surrounded by several hickory trees. Lori rakes up the nuts so they don’t damage the lawnmower. The couple gets to see lots of wildlife, too, such as deer, ducks, geese, turkeys and even a couple eagles nesting nearby.

Landscaping around the house is the last task to perform. Before it was marked for development, the area was a pasture. Larry said he established the lawn by putting down an erosion mat.


Local contractors

Larry noted that the couple used all local contractors.

“I’m a big proponent of supporting your local community,” he said.

“They served us very well,” Lori added.

The Padgets bought all their lumber from Keosauqua Lumber in Fairfield. Their contractors were the Buch brothers, Dan and Tim. Chickering Foundations did the concrete work, and Greg Fry did the sheetrock.

“Our biggest contractor was JC Huffman Cabinetry,” Larry said. “All the cabinets are custom-made cherry.”

Lori said the folks at Huffman’s helped them decorate and pick out paint colors.

“All our flooring came from them … our fireplace, tile and showers, too. They’re fabulous,” she said.

Snyder Plumbing put in geothermal heating. Larry described it as “wonderful,” and said it had lowered the family’s utility bill.

“Our utilities are hardly anything,” Larry said.

Other contractors on the house included Gary Nelson (painting), Roger Drish, Roger Wright (finish carpentry, installation), Chapman Electrical, Freedom Foam Insulations, Earl McCabe (gutters), and décor from Adela’s, Fairfield Flower and More, Kim’s Kottage and Fairfield True Value.

“It’s by the grace of God that we were able to do this. It’s nothing we’ve done. We’re just lucky,” Larry said.


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