Fall Home 2022: Couple built dream home with traditional Round Lake architecture, character in mind (8 photos)

The home of Pat and Colleen Young (inset)
The home of Pat and Colleen Young (inset)

ROUND LAKE The spacious Victorian home on Janes Avenue overlooking Round Lake began as a dream.

A photo of a grand Victorian-style home caught the attention of Round Lake native Pat Young about three decades ago.

“It was on the front page of some magazine. I said, to my wife, ‘Boy, you know, if I ever get around to building a house, this is [it],’ ” Young said.

He kept the photo, and it sat in a drawer collecting dust. But just a few years later the home became more than a dream with a little help from his in-laws, who live in the village. Pat and his wife, Colleen, bought a piece of their property for next to nothing in the early 1990s, and Young began working with a local architect to draw up the plans for the home, ensuring that it echoed some of the aspects of traditional Round Lake architecture.

Pat and Colleen both grew up in the village, and Colleen’s father, Bill Ryan, is the village historian. Needless to say they have an appreciation for the history and the aesthetic of the village, and kept those in mind when designing the home.

“Knowing the village history, I thought, ‘Well, I wouldn’t want to put some little ranch home that would ruin the look of the village.’ I wanted to stick with the village look,” Pat said.

That look includes elaborate molding and spindlework. Most homes in the village have decorated porches, meant to invite friends and neighbors.

The Youngs’ wraparound porch can host more than a few guests and features quintessential Round Lake spindlework.

The roof, with lines of rich red and a few floral designs, is also inspired by the historical slate roofs seen throughout the village.

Young built the 2,350-square-foot home almost entirely himself while working full time at General Electric. “There were times when I thought maybe I bit off more than I could chew,” Young said.

He rented a motorhome to sleep in while working on the project. His wife and their two children stayed with his in-laws.

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“When I got home from work, I’d go to work on the house. Go in [the motorhome] and go to sleep, and then go to work,” Young said.

He learned some construction skills through his time as a carpenter, which he did before working at GE. His father was also a carpenter.

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Home of Pat and Colleen Young (pictured) ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
Home of Pat and Colleen Young ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
Home of Pat and Colleen Young ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
Home of Pat and Colleen Young with Dave (back) and Rickie) at entrance. ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
Home of Pat and Colleen Young ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
Construction photographs on display at the home of Pat and Colleen Young ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
Home of Pat and Colleen Young ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
Home of Pat and Colleen Young ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE

“Through the years you pick it up,” Young said.

He put many of those skills to work while building the house. Though he hired others to help with the roof and the siding, he did nearly everything else, including the foundation and the framing.

That self-sufficiency became a challenge when Young needed a loan. The loan officer was hesitant to provide the funding when Young said he could do all the work himself.

“I had some money saved. I said, ‘I will do all the initial stuff … and then you can come and look at it, and tell me whether you think that I’m credible enough to get the rest of the money.’ So I did that. I maxed out my credit card. I used my savings. And I got it basically framed,” Young said.

Once a representative from the bank saw the work he’d completed, Young got the loan.

As he worked on the home, in true Round Lake fashion people from throughout the village stopped by to chart his progress.

“At that time we knew everybody in the village. They all stopped down to see how it was going,” Young said.

His goal was to finish the house in a year and he went just over that, completing the work in a year and four months.

Inside, the home is spacious, with high ceilings in the entryway and an open floor plan between the kitchen and one of the living rooms.

There are three bedrooms upstairs and a finished basement. There are a few unique design features throughout that Young made specifically with his children in mind. Underneath the staircase, seen in the entryway, is a play area filled with toys; kids can enter using a small door tucked away in the kitchen. There’s a similar space on the second floor, and both get plenty use by Young’s grandchildren.

The wraparound porch is another highlight of the home, with several alcoves perfect for lounging and playing. There’s also a nook for meals.

While the Janes Avenue home might be one of the newer buildings in Round Lake, it certainly fits in well with the village. After living there for 27 years, Young remains proud of the home.

His family had the original designs framed and they’re on display in the living room. There’s also a photo album full of memories of a dream in the making, with pictures marking the progress of the home’s construction. Many were taken by Young’s mother.

“She would come down almost every day and she would take pictures of where I stood on the house,” Young said.

Today, they’re a reminder of all the work that went into bringing to life what was once just a distant dream.

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