The melting pot: Roger Brindisi, 10-year north Greeley resident: “I think it’s going to be good.” – Colorado News

The melting pot: Roger Brindisi, 10-year north Greeley resident: “I think it’s going to be good.” – Colorado News

The inside and outside of Roger Brindisi and Margaret Dempsey’s home isn’t what it was when they bought the abandoned building about 10 years ago. It’s nothing like the original 1875 version of it, which sat on acres and acres of farm land.

And they’ve still got a lot of work to do, too, Brindisi said.

Most recently, Brindisi and Dempsey started work on their front yard’s landscaping, as well as the home’s entire second floor. The two have redone the front porch that was falling apart, replaced the leaky roof, and spruced up the backyard, adding grass, a sitting area and a pond. The house also is no longer a rainbow of colors on the outside, but one uniform color. And of course, it has an updated black and white checkered kitchen for the former Café Panache chef.

“We’re trying not to be the eyesore in the neighborhood,” Brindisi joked. “It’s been slow for us, but we’ve made it look like one house.”

It’s also kind of fun, he said, getting to put a personal twist on a house instead of buying a home that looks like everyone else’s on the block. The individuality of the homes in north Greeley is what makes the area unique, he said, as well as the neighborhood’s blend of old and new. Plus, Brindisi and Dempsey are artists who treat the home as another one of their masterpieces.

Brindisi easily pointed out and named each of neighbors. There’s Harold to his right, who’s been there forever. There’s that new young couple that moved into the dark blue home that he still needs to introduce himself to. And there’s the family of refugees whose house sits behind theirs, whose stories of how life used to be could break anyone’s heart.


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