At home on Green Acres Drive
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Home is where the heart is for the Beltran family, and at the end of a tumultuous 2020, the family was finally able to move into their newly–built house on Green Acres Drive in Hartselle.
The family of six includes Andy and Nora and their four children: Solani, 9; Anniebeth, 8; Bellanie, 7; and Leo, 18 months. The three girls are in the first, second and third grades at Barkley Bridge Elementary School.
Andy, who works as a safety supervisor for Graycor Industries in Huntsville, said the COVID-19 pandemic slowed the building process down considerably, but his construction knowledge and experience, even though mostly commercial, made up the difference.
The 4,400-square-foot house boasts six bedrooms and five bathrooms, all meticulously designed to meet the family’s needs.
The couple continually compromised with each other when it came to the lighting and fixtures. While Andy gravitates toward more industrial and modern pieces, Nora loves the functional farmhouse feel. “I’ve always been a fan of the rustic look, even before the farmhouse look became popular,” Nora said.
Andy said his priority was to make sure the home, in style and structure, would stand the test of time. Nora said they would agree on the lighting, and then there would be a sale Andy couldn’t pass up. That led to the pair going back to the drawing board to find a compromise they could both live with. “You’d see us in Home Depot every day picking up or returning something else,” Andy said. Although he bought and returned many chandeliers throughout the 11-month build, the couple eventually found the perfect style mixture that suits them both.
Nora got her rustic fix with the windmill ceiling fan in the family room and live-edge dining room table, while several unique pieces around the home honor Andy’s love of industrial décor, such as the antique wheel-and–gear lighting fixture in the dining room and the galvanized metal pipe lamp in the den.
The master bathroom features a raised marble soaking tub under a jeweled chandelier and a large, glass–doored shower with geometric tile and two showerheads.
The Beltran daughters said they love their individual rooms in their new home and the freedom to decorate their spaces in their favorite colors.
Anniebeth said she loves her bedroom that she gets all to herself and her pink desk and purple study lamp. Solani and Bellanie said they love jumping on the trampoline in the backyard.
Nora said her favorite room in the house is the kitchen, complete with marble countertops, a large island, a gas range and tons of storage. Andy loves the family room next to the kitchen, where the family can relax and watch TV or enjoy a fire.
The Beltran family is loving their new home in Hartselle, and even though the COVID-19 pandemic brought its share of setbacks, Nora and Andy said if they can build their dream home, “anyone can do it.”