When It's Home, It's Worth It

Three days. That's how long it took for Lorrie and Shane Simon to tear nearly everything out of their ranch-style home in Pottsboro, Texas, until it was down to little more than drywall and studs.

"I knew what I didn't like," Lorrie says. "And I knew I wanted to do it right. If I didn't like it, it was gone."

The location was perfect for both of them - water for him and plenty of property for her.

The location was perfect for both of them - water for him and plenty of property for her.

After selling their previous home quicker than they expected, the Simons were in need of a place to live and fast. But like a lot of couples, they have different taste - she's contemporary, he's rustic - and different priorities. Shane wanted to buy a pre-existing place. Lorrie wanted to build. But both were especially set on location. For Shane, living on Lake Texoma was the dream.

The location was perfect for both of them - water for him and plenty of property for her. The popcorn ceilings were smooth and updated to fit both of their styles. They found satisfaction in doing the job right and that means taking matters into their own hands.

The popcorn ceilings were smooth and updated to fit both of their styles. They found satisfaction in doing the job right, and that means taking matters into their own hands.

"If this is the house we're going to retire in, Shane wanted to be on the lake," Lorrie says.

Lorrie, on the other hand, didn't care as much about the water as she did about the land.

"I'm a Texas girl," she says, "so I really wanted to be on the Texas side, close to family."

So when they found the old ranch on the pretty piece of property south of the lake, something felt right. It wasn't a new build, but Lorrie saw the potential.

"When I walked in, I could see what I wanted it to be," she says. "Don't get me wrong, there was plenty I hated. But I knew we could get it to where I wanted it to be if we could just do it right."

And that's how Lorrie and Shane ended up knee-deep in broken tiles and old cabinets, tearing apart a house in the name of making it better. Aside from bringing in professionals to check a few key areas and take care of the "dreaded popcorn ceilings," the beauty-business pro and the ex-bull-rider-turned-video-engineer did all of the demolition themselves - in just three days.

"It was pretty fun actually," Lorrie says with a laugh. "You can tear it up pretty fast. It's the putting it back together how you want it that's the hard part."

Lorrie has the Southern charm you might expect from a woman who grew up in Texas. But she knows what she likes, and she doesn't mince words.

"I'm so picky, I know that," Lorrie says. "But I want it done right, you know? I only borrowed a certain amount of money, but I don't want to do it halfway or settle for something. I'll take my time, even if that means three months. It's worth it. When you walk in your home, it's worth it."

"Most people told us to move in and remodel one room at a time," Shane adds. "But we knew that would be horrible, so we were thankful Landmark was able to help us get it all started right away."

"It's worth it. When you walk in your home, it's worth it." - Lorrie Simons

Once they've finished the inside of the house, hopefully by February, Lorrie says the Simons plan to tackle the outside. A fire pit, outdoor kitchen and living area are all on the horizon. For now, though, they're just happy to have a place to call home; a place they'll make exactly how they want it for many years to come.

"Our banker, Ron Gayle, has gone above and beyond during the loan and remodel process, texting ideas and calling when something new happens," Lorrie says. "With all of the laws changing, it can be rough for everyone, but working with Landmark has been exciting - it's like we're breaking new ground."

Shane agrees.

"Landmark helped our remodeling dreams come true, and it was great to work with Ron," he says.

"I'd invite him to Thanksgiving dinner, that's how much I like him," Lorrie adds with a laugh.

And she means it.

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