PNT Photo: Karl Terry
The children of Scott and Janet Davis McKenzie, 3, (left) Jordan, 7 (center) and Austin, 5 hang out with a video game in the Davis living room. The home is part of the Altrusa Home Tour today.
A home is a place for living and that’s one important detail that Scott and Janet Davis didn’t overlook when they built their house three years ago. Nearly everything about their home speaks of family time.
The Davis’ home at 508 E. 16th is one of five homes that will be featured from 2-4 p.m. today during the Altrusa Home Tour in Portales.
“Our home is simple and we try to reflect simple Christian living,” said Janet Davis.
The Davises both grew up in Portales but had moved away early in the married life. They came back to town in 1998. She is a physical therapist at Clovis High Plains and he manages Valley Furniture in Portales.
When they got ready to build their home they had several very specific things that they wanted. They wanted a large family-friendly open floor plan and with little kids they wanted the master bedroom to be almost another living area. They also had been used to a country lifestyle so they wanted plenty of room.
The brick ranch style home is located on a large lot and the couple purchased an adjoining lot to give them the room they wanted. The extra lot they call “the playground” a gives room for lots of activities.
The open living room is carpeted and contains a gas fireplace for the family of five to gather around in the evening.
“That’s our favorite place,” Janet said. “We do a lot of family time in here.”
The living room is open to the semi-formal dining room and kitchen area. It looks straight in on a room that the family uses for computer work, exercising and play. The room is also a hangout for the pet hamsters. Janet likes being able to have the kids playing there while she’s in the kitchen fixing supper.
In the master suite is a gas fireplace in the corner and room to accommodate the entire family. The master bath, admits Janet, is sometimes the busiest family room in the house with young children at bathtime. But the room is spacious as well as inviting once the kids are in bed.
“This is the kid washing machine,” quips Janet’s mother Joanna Baker, referring to the jetted whirlpool tub in the bathroom.
The bath opens into a spacious walk-in closet with a pass-through to the laundry room for convenience. The laundry room has two dryers. “Because we’re a busy active family,” said Janet.
The kids’ rooms are themed with embroidered window treatments done by Baker. The Davis’ 3-year-old daughter McKenzie has a pink theme in her room with lots of stuffed animals and sheer pink fabric accenting the bed.
Jordan, 5, has a sports theme in his room with an upper bunk and a desk down beneath for school work and games. Austin who is 5, likes the outdoors and camping so his room is camouflage colors and wildlife.
The kitchen has custom cherry-maple cabinets that Scott installed himself. It’s obvious the couple paid attention to the details in this room. From a kitchen island with sink that includes an extra water tap the right right temperature for a cup of tea or hot chocolate, to the pantry with unique flip out shelves and the stainless appliances with a dishwasher placed high for ergonomic reasons, the kitchen is a snap for a working family.
“We have a lot of time together and we spend a lot of time outside,” said Janet as she shows off the back yard with full-length patio.
In the front yard another patio that Scott recently finished with flagstone from Las Vegas, NM is a place for larger gatherings like the one they recently hosted for Scott’s parents’ 50th anniversary. It boasts a rock fountain and a gas fireplace.
“We have a lot of smore’s parties out here,” said Janet.
Scott and his brother Steve Davis built the house mostly themselves and since they finished the couple has continued to add improvements.
“We’re a busy working couple who put a lot of sweat equity into our home,” said Janet. “That way we got a lot more square footage. We’ve tried to do a little at a time and we’ve almost got it whipped,” she said.
Dannah Brown, coordinator of this year’s Altrusa Home Tour, says the club has been sponsoring the Portales’ tradition for 35 years. Normal attendance can run around 300 people.
“I think they just enjoy getting out, viewing the homes and getting decorating ideas,” said Brown. “There’s also a lot of visiting and it’s just a fun thing for Portales.”
Tickets for the annual event are available from any Altrusa member for $5 or at the door at any of the homes for $6. The money raised benefits Altrusa’s scholarships to Eastern New Mexico University as well as the Reading is Fundamental, Sight for Life, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Lifesaver Food bank and others.