ROCKWELL | Brent and Keely Weiner’s dream home was a labor of love.
The house, a beautiful 2,400-square-foot one-story with a finished basement on Pheasant Avenue in Rockwell, was designed and built by the Weiners and their relatives between May 2016 and July 2017.
“Everything was really thought through,” Keely said.
Brent and his father, Gary Weiner, and his brothers-in-law, Andy Johnson and Cory Cole, spent nights and weekends — after their full-time jobs — building the five-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom house. Electricity, plumbing and HVAC were contracted.
Brent is part owner of the Cartersville Elevator, and Keely is a school counselor and coach at Newman Catholic Schools.
The house, which sits on 3.5 acres one-and-a-half miles south of Rockwell, replaces the 1900s farmhouse the Weiners purchased as newlyweds in 2001. The farmhouse had two-and-a-half bedrooms and one bathroom, and the family outgrew it with the births of their four children, Emma, Jayce, Cole and Tess.
“It’s way more accommodating,” Brent said about the new house.
More accommodating for their family, their relatives and their friends.
At the farmhouse, the Weiners were unable to comfortably host family and friends, which is something they enjoy. The new house, which is connected to a two-stall garage that was attached to the old farmhouse before it was torn down, features an open-concept layout with the kitchen, dining room and living room boasting large windows, tall ceilings and a custom-made wood-burning fireplace and kitchen island with high-top table.
“My thing is I want different,” Keely said. “I don’t want like everybody else’s. If we were going to do it, I just wanted things to be unique.”
Also on the main level is a hallway, which provides a natural flow between the garage and the kitchen. Off the hallway, there’s a mudroom, laundry room, bathroom and pantry, and on the other side of the house is the master suite, the couple’s youngest daughter’s room and another bathroom.
The master suite features a large window on the west wall, a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a walk-in tiled shower, a two-sink vanity and more windows welcoming in natural light.
“I just love windows,” Keely said.
Down an open carpeted staircase accented with a welded railing is three bedrooms, a bathroom, a family room and storage.
The basement, which is warmed by in-floor heat, features stained concrete and carpet in the main space.
Keely said the children spend a lot of time downstairs playing ping-pong, dribbling basketballs or watching movies.
Three of the four children’s rooms are also in the basement — two with stained concrete floors and the other with carpet at their requests.
At the farmhouse, the Weiners’ son shared a room with his sisters, but now they each get their own personalized space.
"They’re loving their own space,” Keely said. “They’ve never had that.”
The property east of Highway 65, which is surrounded by crops in the fall, features a creek, three out-buildings, including one that houses the children’s 4-H calves, and dozens of mature trees.
“This is our first — and last time — building a house,” Brent said. “We plan on being here forever.”