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A Modern Farmhouse
By Carol McGarvey | Photography by Tim Abramowitz
HOME FEATURE February/March 2018
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A family moved back to central Iowa to build their dream house in Adel.

“If we could have bought an old farmhouse to fix up, that would have been great,” says Angie Hinke of rural Adel. But instead, she and her husband, Joey, have built their dream farmhouse (without a farm) in a rural setting.

With the help of building and design professionals, the Hinkes and their three children have created their “forever home,” as Angie refers to it.

The couple, both native Iowans—she from Charles City and he from Bellevue—met at the University of Northern Iowa. A job transfer for Joey took the couple to Texas. “It didn’t feel good,” Angie says. “It just didn’t feel like home.” After working to move back to Iowa about 11 years ago, they knew what they wanted. They bought a smaller home in Waukee and drove around to find property for a future home.

Full of definite ideas, Angie collected photos from magazines and online sources, such as “We’re good planners, and we are patient. It all had to be right.”

The homeowners found five acres with a rural Adel address. They decided to wait a couple years, pay off their purchase, and then move ahead with building their dream home.

“We went to a home show at Norwalk, and I knew in my head what I wanted,” Angie explains. “Most of the houses were a little too modern for my style. When I saw that Neighborhood Builders had used shiplap in their show home, I was hooked. I’m very visual, and I spent two full years planning every detail.” They met with an architect and tweaked various home plans before deciding on the next step.

Planning ahead

They clicked immediately with Jake Ried of Neighborhood Builders. “Jake made us feel comfortable, and he cut to the quick,” Joey explains. “I like that. The whole process was really awesome.”

“Plus, he encouraged us to go with our feelings and to stick with our choices,” Angie says. “If you start changing decisions, it has a domino effect because then so many other decisions have to change.”

“I sincerely enjoyed working with Angie and Joey,” Ried says. “They came to us with a plan. We sat down and tweaked it a bit and added a pool. It all works beautifully when the planning is done up front. It’s nice for the people and great for us.”

To achieve the look she wanted, Angie appreciated the help of Lynn Neswold, who works with clients in the Neighborhood Builders design center and also is an interior designer for The Mansion in Des Moines. “This is the first time we have done a full farmhouse, and it was really fun,” she says. “I help clients select the finishes they want for their homes so that the process is not so overwhelming at once.”

“Lynn is so organized,” Angie says. “That helps immeasurably when there are so many decisions to make, right down to the smallest switchplate cover.” Plus, she says, it’s important to be cognizant of the budget, the time, and the use of finish selections.

Authentic look

The goal, Neswold points out, was to make the farmhouse feel as if it had been here a long time. “The style of the home is a hybrid. While it has Dutch Colonial gables, it certainly has farmhouse overtones. Plus, by turning the four-car garage at an angle, it helps give a fresh look to the plan.”

“With large spaces—7,000-plus square feet finished on three levels, plus 10-foot ceilings—Lynn really helped pick furnishings and details that were the right scale and proportion,” Angie points out. “A case in point was the huge harvest table in the kitchen. We didn’t want a separate dining room, so this table is good for big family dinners or for spreading out a large school project.”

The open-concept plan focuses on the huge kitchen as the heart of activity. A huge window gives new meaning to “window over the sink” and bathes the room in light. On purpose, the oversize island doesn’t contain a range-top stove and bar sink. “It is meant to be a great serving counter or a spot for projects,” Angie says. Stools mean it’s also a great spot for breakfast, lunch, or a snack.

White cabinetry and black quartz countertops give a minimalist look. A hammered copper range hood acts as a focal point. Wide-plank aged flooring with an oil finish gives a rustic and warm feel. White paneling covers the double refrigerator. A walk-in pantry also acts as a command center with a desk for keeping track of family activities.

At the table end of the kitchen, a double French door goes to the patio, again bringing in lots of natural light. Through the doors are the pool, hot tub, and outdoor kitchen. A covered patio makes entertaining easy. A separate patio bistro set gets dappled sun from a pergola-style topper.

Cabana room

Between the kitchen and the four-bay garage is the all-purpose cabana room. It’s where swimmers can change after being in the pool and where cubbies are ready to store school bags and jackets. Angie also has the foresight to request a built-in space for shoes. “It’s amazing how many pairs of shoes five people can have. This way they are off the floor.”

The front entry has double barn doors with glass for a country touch. An office by the front entry, complete with a fireplace, is a quiet spot for the family’s three children, who are 13, 10, and 9, to study.

A hall powder room, complete with shiplap walls, has a furniture-style vanity and a galvanized and wood mirror.

Gathering spaces are built around a two-way floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. “Angie and Joey wanted spaces for visiting with adults and another space close by for youngsters to be separate but close,” Neswold says.

On the living room side, Angie and Neswold chose four wing-back chairs with burlap backs, instead of couches, to encourage conversation. Burlap cafe curtains add a textural and simple touch. On the other side of the fireplace is the area with beamed ceilings where youngsters can play games or visit.

Nearby is the guest room or mother-in-law suite with a full bath, lots of storage, and clerestory windows for natural light.

Restful zone

Upstairs is the restful zone. The two girls, Maggie and Estelle, have separate colorful bedrooms, joined by a Jack-and-Jill bath. The son, George, is surrounded by Chicago Cubs memorabilia in his room. The upstairs laundry features a rough-hewn wood wall and cabinetry.

The master suite has windows on three sides. In the master bath are a soaking tub, double vanities, and a walk-in shower. A large closet and dressing room space are nearby.

The home’s lower is for pure fun. An adult gathering room, featuring a stone foundation wall, has a bar and kitchenette. A barrel-vaulted ceiling adds a special touch. Nearby is a bonus room designed for kids’ play. A bookshelf door opens up to a smaller “secret” playroom.

On this level, too, is a bunk room, perfect for both kid and adult slumber parties. Angie says she and friends enjoy the talkative times at such events, and everyone enjoys being together.

“It is just so relaxing out here,” Joey says. “There are great views and a different experience from each view. As Angie says, it’s our forever home. We love it.”

Builder Neighborhood Builders
Design Ahmann Design
Interior design Homeowner, The Mansion
Materials Gilcrest-Jewett
Framing Dave Evans Enterprises
Concrete Lopez Construction
Foundation Voss Concrete
Electrical Kline Electric
Heating, cooling Des Moines Comfort
Plumbing Ford Plumbing
Finish carpentry Ried Carpentry of Iowa
Pool Valley Pools
Roofing Collins Roofing
Landscaping Iowa Landscape, Turf Services
Kitchen, bath, lighting Ferguson
Painting Allsup Painting


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