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Words to Live By
By Carol McGarvey | Photography by Tim Abramowitz
HOME FEATURE April/May 2018
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With their extended family in mind, these homeowners created a welcoming central spot for the families of their two daughters, including five grandchildren.

“My husband and I had looked for homes for about five years and just couldn’t find what we wanted,” says a homeowner in the Carlisle area. “We finally decided to build and went with Sundance Homes because we had known Kevin McGlothlin previously. We looked at some of the homes he had built and appreciate the quality.”

The couple knew they wanted certain features—the feel of open space, a large master bedroom suite with an oversize bath and walk-in closet, and land. “We always had lived in town, but thought we would like more space,” she says. They found four acres between Des Moines and Indianola and made the big decision to move ahead.

The result is a comfortable ranch with interesting details and 2,900 square feet. She calls the style modern Prairie with Craftsman detailing.

McGlothlin calls it a little more transitional than some of the more contemporary homes he is becoming known for. The details that give it some Craftsman overtones include wide baseboards, wide moldings around huge windows, the cutting-board wood countertops on the kitchen island, a window seat in the great-room, and hand-scraped dark wood flooring. On the exterior, Craftsman overtones come through in stone and Louisiana Pacific stucco panels in dark gray.

“The home is so efficient with a geothermal system. It was a fun and easy home to build,” McGlothlin says.

Making a statement

When it came time to plan the details of their new home, the couple opted to make a statement, quite literally. Instead of lots of artwork of scenery, florals, and graphic designs, they use whimsical and meaningful words and signs to reflect their lifestyle.

In the welcoming entryway, a round table with a wood top and white legs greets visitors. A lantern sits on the table. Overhead is an orb-shape chandelier. A sign with “home” is on one wall. Another wall showcases a saying made popular by Joanna Gaines on the Fixer Upper program on Home and Garden Television (HGTV): “Today is a good day for a good day.”

To one side of the entry space is the great-room, encompassing the living, dining, and kitchen areas. Twelve-foot ceilings add to the spacious feel, as do full-length and clerestory windows up high to bathe the space in natural light on two sides of the room. On the third side, facing south, an 8-foot sliding door opens onto a covered patio.

The living space has a leather love seat and two leather recliners for television watching. An upholstered love seat completes the conversation area in front of a stone-faced fireplace. A stylized ceiling fan helps control the temperature. Two “Happy Everything” pillows on the window seat make it a perfect spot for young grandkids to climb and enjoy themselves.

The dining room part of the great-room holds a long table with eight wooden chairs and two upholstered head chairs. With the open kitchen nearby, the space has worked out beautifully for large family dinners. “Last Thanksgiving we had 51 for dinner, our family plus many from my husband’s large family, and serving worked beautifully. It’s just what we wanted it to be,” the wife says.

Clean-lined kitchen

The efficient kitchen boasts a walk-in pantry, a sleek double refrigerator/freezer, a large gas range, plus an extra wall oven and microwave oven. White Shaker-style cabinetry gives a clean look. White quartz countertops cover the perimeter cabinets. The large island with drawers and shelf storage underneath features a distressed wood countertop, which adds texture and visual warmth. A pot-filler faucet over the range makes pasta preparation a breeze.

The covered patio extends the space for entertaining. A wooden bench and two chairs with pillows invite people to sit in front of the fire pit table and wall-mounted outdoor television. Nearby is a barrel-based bistro table. Overhead heaters make the space more comfortable on chilly days.

Aside from an office, which features a subtle sliding barn door, the other end of the home is the large master suite. In the bedroom, a bed with wooden headboards and footboards is topped by a black and white tattersall comforter. A white shag area rug lies under the bed. Two sets of long, deep windows look out to an area that will likely be a swimming pool in the future.

The pillows on two white upholstered side chairs in the corners are decorated with “Sitting Pretty” and “Lean on Me” embroidery. Signs on two walls with long verses honor the wisdom of the Bible and of Winnie the Pooh.

A huge walk-in closet with built-in shelves and drawers leads to the big bathroom. The extra-big area gives ample room for the couple to get ready at the same time at separate sinks with white furniture-style vanities. The room boasts a sculpture-looking soaking tub, along with a walk-in shower. The sign there: “The best ideas always come to you in the shower.”

Continuing around in a circle, the laundry room connects to the bathroom and to the bedroom hallway, where there’s a half bath.

Back at the front entry, a hallway with a tiled floor leads to the right. At one end is a three-quarter bath near an exterior door—perfect planning for when a pool goes in outside. Swimmers will be able to come in that door and shower or clean up cabana-style.

Off that hallway is a guest room with a wooden sleigh bed. A gray coverlet with a pop-of-color yellow pillow invites guests to stay awhile.

Full-of-fun playroom

A favorite room of everyone is the playroom, perfect for busy grandchildren. In contrast to the walls in all other parts of the house (gray/beige, or “greige”), this room’s walls are all different primary colors—red, blue, green, and yellow.

A play or drawing table sits on a navy and white striped rug. A wooden divided carryall container corrals crayons and markers. And for a perfect touch, a roll of white drawing paper is attached to one end of the table.

On one wall metal letters spell out “PLAY.” A major attraction of the room is a teepee, perfect for going inside to read or play. Pillows on the floor exclaim, “Never Grow Up” and “My Happy Place.” A sign on another wall announces, “If you need me, I’ll be in my teepee.” A framed cork board displays samples of the grandkids’ coloring.

Two more signs acknowledge the genders—“Boy (noun): A noise with dirt on it” and “Girl (noun): A giggle wrapped in smiles and a pinch of glitter.”

The couple loves the privacy of living in the country. The living area has a sign for that, too: “Let’s stay home.”


Resources
Builder Sundance Homes
Framing Moab Construction
Windows, exterior doors Pella Windows
Exterior stone Stone Source
Electric Webster Electric
Plumbing McCuddin Plumbing
HVAC Des Moines Comfort
Interior lighting, fans Spectrum Lighting
Insulation, gutters CSI TruTeam
Trim labor Executive Interiors
Garage doors Amega Garage Doors
Cabinets, countertops CKF
Mirrors McGough Glass & Mirror

 

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