315 Laurel Trail
Current owners: Randy and Kathie Fivecoat
This elegant home was built by longtime Terrell residents, the Risingers, in 1997. Dr. Charlie Risinger has been practicing medicine in Terrell for nearly 40 years, and his wife, Dena, has selflessly served as School Board President for over 20 years.
After a serious fire partially destroyed the home, the Risingers sold the house to another set of deeply rooted area residents, Randy and Kathie Fivecoat. Randy started Fivecoat Construction Company in Kaufman 40 years ago and now his son Justin Fivecoat is in charge of the business. Together, they thrive on “rescuing” homes and other types of private and commercial properties seriously damaged or in dire disrepair, and in tackling new construction projects. Two fine examples of the company’s abilities to restore, renovate and re-design can be seen in the homes at 408 and 500 Griffith Avenue, both of which are being shown on this year’s home tour (see photos below).
Laurel Trail was a nine-month restoration completed in 2022 and the Fivecoats were able to move in soon after. With pretty white brick, the two-story house sits on almost two acres of land at the end of the quiet cul-de-sac. There is a large pool and two car garage adjacent to the 4565 square foot living space. This is a multi-generational home shared with Kathie’s 88- year-old mother, who has her own in-suite and living area on one wing. There is an entire second floor designed to accommodate the twelve grandchildren (six boys and six girls). It is outfitted with three full bathrooms and three bedrooms, and a game room with fireplace, (one of four!), making the overall home design a 5 bedroom, 5 ½ bathroom wonder!
A very favorite spot for both Kathie and Randy is the fabulous commercial style kitchen with its 14 foot center island. Seating at the counter for at least eight makes it the place everyone congregates to share in good food and great conversation. Randy loves to cook and Kathie enjoys baking, so together they spend a lot of time in the kitchen and the adjacent family room. This Great Room has a beautifully arched ceiling trimmed out in natural yellow pine. The gorgeous wood flooring, along with their large collection of interesting artwork that is displayed throughout the house, makes it a warm and inviting place to be. Kathie loves to sit on her back porch in pleasant weather to enjoy watching the grandkids play and swim together.
Among her “favorite things”, Kathie treasures the porcelain Nativity Scene made by her mother. Don’t miss seeing it. A delightful holiday tradition shared with all of the family is exterior Christmas lighting, which makes the house look like a wonderland!
Also not to be missed are the lovely antiques found in several areas, such as the stately mantle clock sitting over the fireplace in the living room and the photo of the First National Bank of Dallas hanging above it. There is a beautiful waterfall style chifforobe that belonged to Kathie’s grandmother standing in the bedroom and a dressing table from Randy’s mom that Kathie still uses.
The Fivecoats are home and family centered. Both Kathie and Randy strongly support public education, through her longtime service to the Kaufman ISD School District and its Superintendent, and his ongoing participation in Terrell’s Adopt a Classroom Program. They also express their eternal gratitude to their friends, the Risingers, stating that “it’s been our privilege and opportunity to enjoy and care for this home as much as its original owners did. They are just like our second family.”
Welcome to the result of lots of labor and love in bringing this house back from the ashes. It is stunning!