After two years of research and planning, construction began on the three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath house. Refurbished antiques and salvaged architectural elements mingle with custom made furniture and decor. Another priority? “We really wanted to showcase incredible woods at this house,” Dobbs says. “That’s what the Tudor is all about.” The house incorporates antique Cyprus, fir, pine, walnut and pecan, all stained by hand using various kinds of wax or, in the case of the sinking Cyprus floors on the main floor, a mixture of vinegar and steel wool. Dobbs estimates more than 50 people had a hand in creating the home, including the craftsperson who used a chainsaw tool to create notches on the wood beams featured throughout.
Since completing the home earlier this year, Viles and Murphy have been adding the finishing touches and moving in. Already, the Harry Potter house has hosted fundraisers for the Junior League of Springfield, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and others. Their storybook home is ready for the next chapter.