The Story by Matt Hawke We purchased the property in 1991 and it was part of the Scoby farm. In the late 40’s and early 50s Charles Scoby was a famous (around the area) softball coach and he built a baseball field on the north east corner of the property (By the road on the high ground). They practiced here until the Mid 60’s. Mary was his wife and upon her death the property was to be auctioned or sold beforehand. Her nephew worked with me in the construction business and that’s how I heard about it. Jenni and I were looking for a piece of property to raise our children out in the country like we were raised. What really drew us to the property was the “isolation” and the fact our two young boys could run free. Upon helping with the surveying of the ground we came across a surveyor’s rock that had a big “X” chiseled in the rock and showed the property line. Later the rock had to be destroyed as it could move with frost. The rock was from the 1800’s and when the actual survey was done it revealed it was about a foot and a half from the true corner of the property. Then in 1994 we installed the driveway and the construction barn to help with my business, Hawke Construction. In 1998 we built the barn in the woods for the kids’ 4-H projects and more storage. In 2000 we built the house on top of the hill for the view and good drainage. We lived on 9-mile road at the time so we only lived about 5 miles away. That’s how we built the barns first and then the house. We stocked the barn with materials to build the house for about 4 years and then started the build. We excavated the basement and during this we dug out two belted stones. One is at the corner of the barn and the other is at the corner of the house. They were 10 feet deep and we believe they were left from the glaciers. Nothing had ever been excavated here other than some tree’s removed that we know of. We had the basement poured @ 8 foot wall’s @ 10inches thick as well as all porches and garage walls were poured. At this time we installed a drainage system that runs out towards the west end of the house to pick up all footing, down spout, and gravity drain from the house. In this system we manifolded all downspouts to the west of the house for a complete moisture free basement, garage, porch and overall the house. We framed the house with I-Joiced all exterior walls are 2x6 framed. All trusses and rafters are southern yellow pine (from Powell truss company from Columbus). Every truss, rafter, gurt truss has hurricane ties/ straps and hurricane joice hangers. This was at an extra cost to us and above the code of that day. The inspector used to say if a tornado ever came through the county, we didn’t need to go to the basement we could stay on the first floor. The house has OSB sub-siding throughout and the whole house has house wrap, Anderson windows (double insulated, double hung). The house has high density instillation and R26 on the side wall with air filtration package and an R40 in the attic. The average installation is usually R18 so once again we are above the code. Alaska is usually R50 in the attic’s just to give
you an idea. We installed Stanley exterior doors, Alcoa Quest Siding and a certainty 30yr dimensional shingle Ice Guard (with weather guard and tar). This was uncommon at the time but now a days you see lots of homes with this. We installed all garages and porches with walkouts, sidewalks with stamped basket weave concrete. Stamped by Yoder Concrete. At the time we were building Hawke construction did the electric. We installed a multi-service transformer, so we could have 220- 30 circus panel in the barn as well as the house. The extra 4H barn does not have this. In this process we had all services (wires) buried so there were no telephone poles visible across the property. About 3500 feet of wire is buried across the property. The main box (the split transformer) is on the west side of the property that is shared with the neighbor, Beigle up to 1,000 feet, roughly. This is the main power to the house. In the woods to the south of the house (in the back) there is a transformer box that splits and goes to the barn as well as to the house. We also put medical grade switches in the house for at night. They light up, so you can see them. Every exterior corner of the house has outlets in the soffit for Christmas Lighting. Plumbing wise we had the well installed and put a horse and a half pump in due to the fact it is 330 feet deep and goes 30 feet into bedrock. We have water that comes clear to 30 feet within the top of the well. We installed 3 full baths including a full bath in the basement. At the time of building this was our family “hang out” area and where we entertained. About this time, we installed a full kitchen as well as an extra bedroom. In the basement there is a lift station to accommodate plumbing in the basement. It runs the kitchen sink and bathroom downstairs. In 2004 we installed a Mahoney wood burning furnace. We burnt that until 2012. In 2012 we put a wood burning stove in the basement, but all the hookups are still outside for a wood burning boiler. We had the boiler because of the woods and abundance of wood. Also, with my construction business I burned all the bi-products and “extras” from my jobs. Throughout the upstairs (everywhere), the subflooring is treated OSB plywood (Exterior grade treated plywood which can withstand water damage in case any occurred). In the master bathroom we installed whirlpool tub with 5 jets and aqua glass steam shower, because it’s good for the bones! In the kitchen we installed an instant hot coffee faucet (Next to the sink). The trim upstairs is a #1 grade pine fluted with corner rosettes (custom made by me) as well as a hand carved medallion in the center of the triple window by the back entrance. Due to the 2x6 construction all seal boards on the first level of the house are 6 inches wide and #1 pine as well. Great for candles and Christmas decorations. The main floor of the house is 2.5in x 3.25in Oak Tongue in groove flooring. We hand laid the flooring (me and 4 of my friends) over a period of 4 days. There is a diamond in the middle of the living room (dead center). The flooring was easily $10k. In the bathroom and kitchen is ceramic grouted tile. The basement is a laminent hard wood on one side and the other is painted concrete to look like tile. The ceiling throughout the whole house is 5/8 drywall. Everything in the basement below grade is moisture resistant drywall. There is can lighting in the kitchen, bathroom (main floor), & great room. The kitchen is craft made cabinets with full crown molding and rope detail. The drawers are all dove tailed with plywood in-caps and backs. The house and barn are wired for multiple line watts
which means 12 or more. The furnace is a carrier multi staged blower 100,000 BTU. There are multiple vents throughout the house based on the R value of the windows. This means that the vents are custom sized to accommodate what BTU’s are needed for the window. The hot water tank is 50g whirlpool porcelain lined. We own a 200lb salt tank. There is a dehumidifier that drains directly into the sump pump. The sump pump was installed in case of a catastrophic water leak…pipe busting etc.
The Outbuildings & Land Details The large pole barn- the front part is a carpentry workshop, drop ceiling R24, insulated walls R18 on a concrete slab with a carrier close combustion propane furnace ($9k value) due to dust issues while working. It is piped for air compressor hookups (front and back part) 220 outlet for a welder. Small office has AC with hanging cabinets. The forced air heating system is designed to have mark-up air drawn from the outside to eliminate any type of explosion or fire due to the dust in the shop. All doors are manual operation and the divide is an insulated overhead door which was installed for convenience of moving heavy equipment. The front part of the barn’s insulation is so good it very rarely drops below 50degrees in the winter and rarely goes above 75 in the summer. The 4-H Barn- was built as a storage/ 4-H building for the kids with multiple pins on the north end of the barn with water reclamation. For example, if you had cattle you would collect rain water from the roof into the gutter and into a holding tank for watering the animals! Much easier than toting water to and from the house!!! There would be 2 tanks. The main part of the barn is rafted with a loft for storage. Solar panels are on top of the barn. In 1992 we put most of the front acreage in the tree program with Norwegian spruce, Tulip Poplar, Oak, Basswood and naturally Ash, which took over what didn’t grow into a 15-year tree program. The tree program was put in for 2 reasons. 1. The nature of Spring Hills is highly erodible ground. With the tree program it would stop a lot of the erosion. 2. In the long run for a 20-40-year investment for good standing timber we had, approximately every other tree could be taken. Because we did this it paid the property taxes for a period of time. We were living off the land! Due to the contour of the ground we had looked at installing a pond on the west side of the property. We dug test holes and found pit run and became worried about water detention as well as the ground to the north. Ironically to this day, ground toward the west holds water. There is a tiled spring that runs from the neighboring property to the east across the property to the north. In the past fixing tile, the tile had always run full. The property has always had an abundance of wildlife. Deer, coyote, pheasant and rabbits. Over the years we have had multiple hunters up here taking quite a few meat deer’s and trophy bucks. Over the years we’ve had people training dogs for pheasant hunting. At this point we have about 14 acres that we grain farm (corn or soy bean depending on rotation). In the woods in various places there are potential spring spots. In the old days this area was called Vineland, which was always good for hunting. Some of the largest vines in Champaign county. The natural woods here are full of Apple Trees, Wild Cherry, Oak, Walnut, Locust, and every now and then you can see a Coffee Tree. The land has also provided over the year’s wild raspberries, blackberries, wild onions, wild plum trees, wild strawberries and wild grapes, as well as walnuts. We’ve also had a lot of mushroom picking on the property. Black and yellow morels and blacktops. A canners paradise! We have also grown rhubarb, dewberries, asparagus and a very old variety of horseradish as well as bitter sweet. We used to have elder berries, but I haven’t
seen those in years. There is a stand of Maple Trees on the north west corner of the woods. When the kids were younger, we would tap the trees and make maple syrup in the spring of the year
|Style||Farm or Ranch|
|Days On Site||219|
|Bath(s)|| 3 Full|