Naming the bed and breakfast came early in the project. As innkeeper,Tammy Luce contemplated a name, she kept coming back to the biblical story of Noah and the ark. The ark God instructed Noah to build was a safe haven for Noah, his family, and the animals during a great flood that destroyed all living things on Earth. Tammy likes to think that the Brick Ark Inn Bed & Breakfast will be a safe and comfortable ‘home away from home’ for her guests. That has been her plan since work began on the project back in 2007.
“My slogan is “Guests are welcome and made to feel like family,” Luce said. Adding on to a late 1800’s Italianate brick house isn’t an easy task, as Luce quickly learned. Throughout the project, she has served as her own general contractor. She researched the project, hired an architect to design the addition, hired her own sub-contractors, arranged for electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling work, and did a huge amount of the work herself, with help from family and friends.
In spite of the challenges, Luce has managed to keep the historic circa 1880 house intact while adding a modern two-story addition with 3 new suites that serve her guests. The addition is sandwiched between the original house and a two-car garage that was also existing.
“I hope when my guests stay at the Brick Ark Inn that they will realize it was only by God’s grace that this was built. The project has been like building an ark. The task has been so tall like a skyscraper over my head.”