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Josh Boyd remembers helping out while growing up on the family farm near Clover. When he decided to build his own home, he knew he wanted to return to those wide-open spaces.
“I just wanted to be back home,” said Boyd, 35, an Allen Tate real estate agent who built his home six years ago on family land off Lincoln Road. “I wanted to be back where I grew up.”
Boyd’s three-bedroom brick Cape Cod is one of four homes and one business site that will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 1, during the Clover Woman’s Club spring home tour benefit. The annual tour raises money for scholarships for seniors at Clover High School.
Boyd, who has been in the real estate business 12 years, said he had sold a home with a floor plan like the one in his home. He liked the layout because it’s open and airy. He decided to build it.
“You can sit in the middle and pretty much see everything,” he said.
The home became a family project. His brother, contractor Travis Boyd, built the house, and his mother, Margaret Boyd, chose the color schemes. His mother and father, Robbie Boyd, live nearby.
“I have always been so close with my family,” said Boyd, a 1994 graduate of Clover High School. “And that was the whole premise of me coming back here. They have been the best parents in the world.”
Boyd – who also enjoys riding horses – furnished the home with family antiques and rustic touches, including pictures of rural scenes and decorative collections of horses and cows.
Two large walls in the home feature murals by artist Charlotte Baucom, whom Boyd hired to paint farm scenes. “I didn’t know what to put on that big wall,” Boyd said about a wall in the family room, where Baucom painted a scene with a stream and horses.
Another mural is on a wall in the master bedroom.
The home features hardwood floors throughout and a bonus room on the second floor. But Boyd said his favorite feature is a screened porch on the back that runs the length of the house. “I love to be outside. It’s just a good place to kind of call it a day,” he said.
Want to go?
The Clover Woman’s Club spring home tour will be 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 1. These are the stops on the tour:
Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased from a member, Good Things or The Palmetto House on Main Street. Proceeds will provide scholarships for seniors at Clover High School. Call 803-222-4390 or 803-222-1232 for more information.