Each month the North Springfield Betterment Association (NSBA) recognizes a homeowner who has done great work with their property in North Springfield. In September, Mike and Jeannie Howell were recipients of that award for their home on 2723 N. Broadway Ave.
The Howells have lived at that address since 2006, a family home since 1932, when Jeannie’s grandfather, Warden Hall, built the home. Hall owned the farmland in that area, and was born in a home a few doors down. For many years he was a dairy farmer on the land and later sold about 16 acres for homes to be built.
In 2006, Jeannie moved back to the house with her new husband and continued the work begun by her son, Andy, remodeling bedrooms, adding a bath, and completing a family room addition, three-car garage and large covered deck overlooking their four-acre back yard. Mike added cedar paneling to the front of the porch and faced the additions with stone to match the original home. The front yard has flowers around the tree that were planted for a grandson in 1990. Mike is building matching columns across the front of the property, which will be joined by wrought iron fencing to finish the look.