Holiday Home Tours: The home of Alan and Bette Crawford


EXETER – Alan and Bette Crawford have lived in Exeter for the past 44 years. They have lived in their current home, 316 Sierra, for the past four years and have tailored it to suit their needs.

Built in 1950, their home is a 2-bedroom, 1½-bath home with its original hardwood floors and charming floor plan. Upon entering the front door, you will notice an entry table made by their son, Travis. To the left of their entryway, the living area features a large picture window and fireplace and is adjacent to the dining room. The dining table is set with Alan’s mother’s (Della) Christmas China and keep an eye out for a beautiful, framed Christmas tree given to Bette, by her mother, Jean, and made with jewelry she had acquired during her lifetime.

The kitchen has that 1950s feel and has the original footprint. There is a small bathroom off the kitchen and the little light on the laundry room wall is an original porch light. Leaving the kitchen, you come into the small den located at the back of the house and features another fireplace. Above the fireplace, Bette has used an original window and wreath together. The two bedrooms have the original built-ins and the claw foot tub, in the bathroom, which adds to the charm throughout. As you go into the back yard, you’ll step out onto a deck built by Alan and a picnic table made out of one of the original doors, also made by Alan.

Bette and Alan have a large family, and they needed an area for family get-togethers. This led to converting the garage into an industrial-style, multipurpose dining area. It is a must see! The French doors that lead you into the dining area also take you back outside to the yard and garden area, the perfect place to relax and for the grandchildren to play. Alan built the serving table and be sure to check out the storage he created up above.

Bette and Alan have the perfect setup for family fun. Their daughter and family live next door, so a gate connects their wonderful dining area and yard with the pool in Amy’s yard.

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