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The living room connects to the dining area.(Photo: Nate Martinez/Special for The Republic)

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Avram Covaciu and his wife, Ileana, pored over the details of their custom home. They chose each tile and color with care and made certain everything from the plumbing and electrical to the chandeliers were top of the line.

They love the functionality and aesthetics of the modern design, but their favorite part of the house is that it’s down the street from their son and five grandchildren. 

The Covacius worked hard to earn this dream home, and yet, only one year after moving in, the house is up for sale. 

The housing development requires that every house be at least 5,500 square feet, and so, they built large. Very large. 

“The house is too big,” said Avram, who moved to the United States from Romania 40 years ago with his wife, to whom he’s been married for 45 years. “My son is on the same street and he has 8,400 square feet and he has five children and he says his house is too big, too. He wants to sell, so I decided to sell."

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This home has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms and an office. The property also includes a 2540-square-foot climate-controlled two-bay RV garage with a half bath; a pool, spa and a dog run. (Photo: Nate Martinez/Special for The Republic)

The home is on a 45,449-square-foot lot and has a 1,200-square-foot guest house. The main house has four bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms, a living room, family room, office and a bonus room.

The property also includes a pool, spa, dog run, a huge garage and a 2,540-square-foot climate-controlled two-bay RV garage with a half bath. 

“It came out the way we wanted, yes,” Avram said. “Everybody who comes over says it came out very nice.”

They said they adore their 5,700-square-foot house, even though it’s more than what they now feel they need. They thought their granddaughter would be moving in with them, and when that plan changed, the house seemed even larger.   

Avram said he always thought the house would be too big, but carried on with the process anyway. 

“She wanted more than me,” he said of his wife, chuckling. “But it is fun to build. I know a lot about construction.”

Avram managed apartment complexes as a profession and Ileana managed the offices. They worked together for many years and enjoyed the time together. More than anything, they like to be with their family, and their current home is great for that. 

In addition to their son and grandchildren down the street, they have three other children and 10 other grandchildren.

“We have everyone over and we make a big meal,” Avram said. “It’s a lot of work, but people help out.”

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The kitchen of Avram and Ileana Covaciu’s home is gourmet in nearly every regard. (Photo: Nate Martinez/Special for The Republic)

Avram said he can’t choose his favorite part of the house. He likes the layout, the 16-foot ceilings, the Italian porcelain floors, the long fireplace with flames that change colors, the pool, the spa. He claims to like it all equally. 

The same is true for Ileana.

“Everything is my favorite,” she said. “I designed the entry and like it very much. I like all the chandeliers in the house. Everything is beautiful — I cannot say there is only one part.” 

The couple had no intention of selling so quickly.

“I don’t build to save money,” Avram said. “I put in everything I thought was the best. I didn’t want to build it cheap — building cheap is what you might do if you’re wanting to sell it.” 

The couple will likely stay in Peoria. They would like to be in a house with less than half the square footage.

Wherever they are, their family will gather, and that’s what matters most to them. 

“We did the marriage for life, not for five or 10 years,” Avram said. “We built a life the best we could, me and my wife. The family and children and grandchildren is what we wanted. I work hard all my life. A lot of stress. It’s not been easy to do all this. I do my best.”

And in the new house, the Covacius will do their best as well. 

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