Pawhuska’s Alpha Zeta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha will host one of the area’s most enjoyable events next month with a fall home tour. Monies from the event fund ESA’s various philanthropic missions. Since its founding in 1961, ESA has donated more than $250,000 to the Pawhuska community.

Four homes will be featured in the Oct. 9 fall tour. These include the home of Reid and Callie Susmilch located at 410 E. Highland; the home of Frank and Marilyn Maher at 108 W. Oak Road; the home of Betty Stoabs at 1805 Leahy; and the home of Marianne Schroeder located at 890 County Road 5990.

The Journal Capital will be providing articles spotlighting unique features of each of these properties, starting with the Susmilch home.

Located at the north end of the scenic Williams Addition, the Susmilch home is was built in 1968 by local home builder Jerry Loftis for Carolyn Kane Snively and the late Matthew Kane. The 5,000-square-foot, two-story home is situated on a spacious corner lot and has five spacious bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, two living areas, a formal dining room, game room and large kitchen. It also features two enclosed porches, a circular drive and pool.

Since moving into the home less than a year ago, the couple has undertaken some serious renovations and updates. Callie credits Reid’s unique “handyman” abilities with transforming the once dark-paneled family room into a beautiful light-filled space beckoning family activity. Next, Reid achieved uniformity in the downstairs flooring by installing Pergo throughout.

“Many of our renovations included changing out door hinges and knobs, paint, trim and light fixtures,” said Callie Susmilch. “We updated the light-oak kitchen cabinets with new hardware and a dark brown enamel paint that beautifully highlighted the the wood grain. Currently, Reid is tiling the upstairs bath and starting to tackle the massive playroom. He plans to replace the wall-to-wall paneling with sheetrock to lighten up this incredible play area for our four children.”

In addition, Reid and Callie recently completed extensive landscaping with flower and rock beds, especially in the backyard around their in-ground salt-water pool. Their “to do” list includes a new privacy fence, replacing several windows and green outside panels and renovating the master bath.