Pat and Kathie Keene had enjoyed their remodeled Pascagoula dream house a couple of years before Hurricane Katrina took it all.|
"The original house dated back to 1895, and we had remodeled in 2001 and 2003," said Keene, a retired president of Ingalls, now Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. "We had added on a lot of glass to see the water from all the rooms. We made it just the way we wanted."
They added guest bedrooms, a patio and a garage in the back, which partially withstood the storm. Some of the ancient oaks also survived. The 6,000-square-foot home, known for years as "the Colle home," was remodeled in 1953 before the Keenes bought 1401 Beach Blvd. in 1987.
Keene said they tend to favor the Cajun cottage look, with a lot of glass because, "It looks better from the inside." They intend to rebuild on the same site, a little smaller.
"The kids are grown. We don't need as much space," he said. "I'm working on designs right now."
Keene was in his truck behind the garage preparing to leave when Katrina hit. The water reached his dashboard. The Keenes say they are still concerned about storms, "but we're not leaving. I won't let that control my life," he said.
"For 99.9 percent of the time this is a great place to live. We like the water, the view, the neighbors - everything except the hurricanes."
- GARY HOLLAND