By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Quincy is home for Nidia and Quentin Vahlkamp.
The couple lived in town on North 15th Street from 1988 to 2001, then headed to Texas for a change of pace. When it came time to move again in 2012, they knew they wanted to make their way back to the Gem City, which is Quentin's hometown. The Vahlkamps bought a three-bedroom house in the central part of the city, but they knew the residence at 1308 S. 16th needed a little TLC.
"The house was an ugly, white, dirty color," Nidia said. "We wanted to make it look nice to fit in with the rest of the neighborhood."
The Vahlkamps added a splash of color to the siding, going with a bluish-gray look, and added shutters. They have spruced up the front deck and put a new roof on the place.
For their efforts, the Vahlkamps have been named the Week 4 winners of the Lookin' Good property pride contest sponsored by The Quincy Herald-Whig and First Bankers Trust. This is the 26th year for the contest, and all winners receive $100 cash and a chance to win the contest's $1,000 "People's Choice" grand prize. Contest entries are still being accepted through midnight Aug. 10. Voting for the grand prize will take place from Aug. 31 through Sept. 4.
Nidia said the couple's original plan was to remodel the inside of the house first, but the outside work was a greater need. It's still a work in progress. The couple wants to connect the walkway from the stairs of their deck to the driveway. They also have plans to finish painting the rest of the masonry around the house.
To give the house even more curb appeal, the couple is considering planting a tree in an otherwise empty front yard.
Nidia, who attended a high school in New York City that concentrated on the music and arts, plans to put her training to work on the front deck. She plans to draw a design on the middle of the deck to serve as a conversation starter for all of those who go to the house.
"I do watch a lot of the programs on HGTV," she said. "I like to do crafty things."
Vahlkamp already has plans to use the $100 weekly prize on the house.
"I'm going to buy some railing and spindles and color them," she said.