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Fish ponds, chicken coops and wooded trails are just a start for this family.
  • Built with family in mind

    Kevin and Pauletta Davis, shown here with children Mallory, 5, Dennison, 2, and Micah, 13, live on 120 acres near Inez, Kentucky. The acreage bordered some reclaimed coal mining land, and it needed a lot of work. The Davis family rolled up their sleeves, and have a beautiful home to show for their efforts. Now the kids have a place to raise animals, go fishing and swimming, take hikes in the woods, and just enjoy living in the country.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Home in the hills

    The Davis family's beautiful home is nestled amongst the fields, hills and hollows of rural Kentucky. They aren't the only ones to enjoy the property, though. Herds of deer, flocks of wild turkeys, and the occasional coyote and fox make their home on the acreage as well.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Poolside paradise

    Winding paths of brick pavers lead visitors from the gardens in front of the house to the beautifully landscaped pool area out back. Flowers and fountains surround the pool, which sports a slide and basketball hoop for kids of all ages.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Room to explore

    One of the best things about being a kid in the country is that there is so much to explore. Here, Dennison works on his climbing skills on a large rock in one of the flowerbeds. Roses, spirea, grasses, boxwood, daylilies and other plants fill the beds.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Reel 'em in

    The family's pond was created by making a spillway dam over a small creek that winds its way down toward the home. It's 14 feet deep at one end, and is home to bluegill, bass, and catfish. Fishing is a favorite activity for the kids.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Pretty, practical pond

    The waterfall created by the mini spillway dam makes a beautiful addition to the acreage, but the pond is useful, too. Kevin engineered a gravity-fed irrigation line to the garden just below, where the family is growing beans, corn, tomatoes, and other table fare. An orchard of apple, pear and other fruit trees is in the works as well.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Chicken mansion

    One of the more talked-about projects on the Davis farm is the chicken coop Kevin created for daughter Mallory. It features a sand-covered manure trap, outside entry nest box access, predator-proof outside runs, and automatic feeders. A coop like this doesn't come cheap -- Kevin figures Mallory will have to sell the eggs for $450 per dozen to come out even.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Hit the trail

    Kevin used a small bulldozer to cut trails through the steep hills and tall timber when he first purchased the property. The trails have now filled in with grasses and bushes, to contain erosion. Pauletta enjoys hiking the trails, but is more prone to giving the kids trail rides on the family's ATV.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • A place to relax

    Despite being busy with all the projects on their acreage, the Davis family finds time to relax together on their home's wrap-around porch, complete with rocking chairs and swings. "I've always been a wannabe farmer," Kevin says. And just like a farmer, he's got dozens more projects and plans in the works.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
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