New Kennesaw home combines fun and function
by Lindsay Field
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February 17, 2013 12:56 AM | 4848 views | 3 3 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adams watches as his sister opens a secret door to her room that looks like a bookshelf. The bookshelf behind Adams is the door to his room.<br>Staff/Emily Barnes
Adams watches as his sister opens a secret door to her room that looks like a bookshelf. The bookshelf behind Adams is the door to his room.
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Adams and Adeline slide down the slide in their house.<br>Staff/Emily Barnes
Adams and Adeline slide down the slide in their house.
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Adams Little, 9, and his sister, Adeline, 6, play in the loft in their house.<br>Staff/Emily Barnes
Adams Little, 9, and his sister, Adeline, 6, play in the loft in their house.
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Adams uses the fireman's pole to slide to the ground floor of his house.<br>Staff/Emily Barnes
Adams uses the fireman's pole to slide to the ground floor of his house.
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KENNESAW — Imagine a fireman’s pole, a slide, secret doors and a hidden room.

It’s not a fun house at some fast-food restaurant or the latest kid’s fantasy at Disney World. No, its Kennesaw resident Beth Little’s new home that she designed with her father, Reed Konigsmark of Marietta, to be more kid-friendly for her two children, 9-year-old Adams and 6-year-old Adeline.

“It may sound a bit silly, but it comes from watching Scooby Doo as a kid,” Little said. “I remember seeing all the stuff they would come up with in the cartoons and listened to what my kids wanted in our home.”

The house, located in the Marietta Country Club subdivision off Stilesboro Road, was completed in January.

Little and her father began drawing up the plans and construction of the unique living space about 18 months ago.

“She wanted to make the house child adventuresome, so to speak, so we put some fun things in it,” Konigsmark said.

He’s a longtime contractor who had never built a home like his daughter’s before.

Adams’ bedroom door looks like a bookshelf, and there is a fireman’s pole from the second to first floor, a secret room in the foyer of the house that’s just big enough for young children and a slide from one bedroom into the children’s playroom.

“I’ve been in the building business since 1978 and never done anything like this before,” Konigsmark said. “There were some really cute ideas.”

Little said her two children are over the moon about their new home. “They’re in heaven!” she said. “My daughter will run from my bedroom, which is right by the steps, all the way to where the pole is so she can slide down the pole, rather than walk down the steps.”

“The fireman’s pole is really fun,” Adeline said. “You can slide down it and get downstairs quicker.”

Little also said her son gets a kick out of visitors passing his bedroom door that looks like a bookshelf and not realizing it’s his room.

“If a burglar happens to come in, the robber would walk straight past that and would not expect it to be my room,” Adams said. “That’s what I like best!”

He said the fireman’s pole is “pretty dang cool, too.”
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Bob Bummer
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February 18, 2013
Some people have more money than they know what to do with. I believe I'd rather have the money in the bank, a new boat, or how about a Bummer Bus.
just another mom
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February 17, 2013
This is so cool. Would Dad be interested in more such work?
One Question
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February 18, 2013
Sooo...what happens when they grow up?
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