Forever Home

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story by Ginna Parsons
photos by Lindsay Pace

When Hanna and Tyler Basil married five years ago, they moved into a 900-square-foot house in downtown New Albany.

A couple of years later, their first child, Kenley, was born, and while the space was tight, it was doable for the family of three. When Hanna got pregnant with their second child, the couple knew it was time to move.

“My granddaddy told me he was going to give me some land in New Albany whenever we got ready to build,” Hanna said. “When I got pregnant with Rob, we said it’s time to go.”

They found a house plan online and dirt work started in March 2020.

“The plan was called modern farmhouse,” she said. “My husband liked it, and he’s very picky. I barely even looked at the plans.”

The basement was poured in April, and the framework started in June.

“I started an Instagram account so I could keep up with everything, the timeline,” Hanna said. “That’s been so much fun.”

The Basils moved into their 3,300-square-foot home that sits on two acres the week of Thanksgiving. It has one main floor, with a finished basement and an unfinished upstairs.

“I wanted a basement because I’ve always thought they were cool,” Tyler said. “It will be a place for the kids to hang out when they get to middle school, high school.”

“The goal for the basement is a game room/media room where the kids can have their friends over when they’re teenagers,” Hanna said. “Right now, it has a trampoline in it.”

The outside of the home is cream-colored board and batten wood siding with a brick skirt. It has double-front doors painted a dark blue called Naval by Sherwin-Williams.

The couple chose an open-floor plan, with the kitchen, dining room and living room combined in one large space. The home has three bedrooms, a playroom that will one day be turned into an office, three-and-a-half baths, a laundry/mud room, and a large walk-in pantry off the kitchen.

Hanna’s sister, Emily Forman, is an interior designer with a shop in downtown New Albany called Moda Designs.

“Emily helped me with the furnishings – she helped me a lot,” Hanna said. “My dream job would be to work for her.”

Hanna did pick out a few things for the home herself. A guilty pleasure is shopping at HomeGoods home furnishing retail store, but she also mixed some old with the new.

“The doorknob on the pantry was my granddad’s, and the lamps in the foyer were on my grandparents’ bed stands,” she said. “The gold mirror in our bedroom was my grandmother’s.”

The bathroom floors are covered in ceramic tile while the rest of the floors in the home are luxury vinyl tile. All the walls, ceilings and trim in the home are the same neutral color – Alabaster from Sherwin-Williams.

“The walls are light and most of the furniture is light-colored,” Hanna said. “We love lots of light.”

One of Hanna’s favorite spots in her new home is daughter Kenley’s bedroom.

“We put wallpaper on one wall and it just makes the room pop,” she said. The pink-and-white plaid paper adds a soft, feminine touch to the space.

The nursery for 6-month-old Rob features a Jenny Lind crib that was Tyler’s when he was a baby. It’s been painted a creamy white to update its look.

The heart of the home – the kitchen – has stainless-steel Frigidaire appliances, including a gas stove. Hanna’s dad poured the concrete countertops to give the room a clean, sleek look. Open kitchen shelves are stacked with McCarty Pottery that Hanna uses every day.

In the original house plan, the back porch was open, but the Basils screened it in to make it more of a living area.

“Tyler loves to grill out there,” Hanna said. “We have rocking chairs and a bed swing that was made by Tyler’s grandfather. We love the personal touches.”

Hanna and Tyler started dating in high school in New Albany and continued their courtship at Mississippi State University. She’s a school administrator at Potts Camp High School, and he’s a loan officer at BNA Bank in New Albany.

“We wouldn’t live anywhere else but here,” Hanna said. “This is our forever home. We built it with one main story so that we can stay here forever.”

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