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Calm & Coastal
By Carol McGarvey | Photography by Tim Abramowitz
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New home, backed by a wooded setting in Urbandale, fits the needs of an active family.

You would be hard-pressed to find an ocean or a beach near Annie and Jay’s new home in the far western reaches of Urbandale. But when you walk in the light-filled front foyer, it’s easy to feel the sense of calm that comes with a coastal setting.

With soft colors and rooms bathed in light, the welcoming home is working beautifully for a busy family.

The 6,000-square-foot custom home is a one-of-a-kind design, says builder Kevin Johnson of Accurate Development. “This is one of the lovely homes in Acadia, our development that will ultimately have about 300 homes. Many of them have woods on the lots, so the homes are designed to have the living areas facing the back for the views and for the privacy factor.”

The couple worked with Accurate designers to achieve the look and the details they wanted to include. “This is our second home to build, and it all went beautifully with Accurate,” Annie says. “We didn’t live too far away before, so we walked this area a lot before it was developed and knew where we wanted to build.” The home’s fresh exterior is white with a limestone base.

Own interior designer

She enjoyed working with the design center, the apps, and weekly meetings to plan the home. Also, Annie has acted as her own interior designer, loving to blend mementos from travels and incorporating bargain finds. She likes to be current with decorating trends, but she leans to a slight traditional bent.

Annie also has a rule that each room should have some sort of print for interest. In the living room area it’s two wing chairs. The same is true in the office near the front door, where navy print chairs repeat the dark navy-gray of the wall color.

The great-room, with its soaring 20-foot tray ceiling, soaks in light from a triple stack of large windows. A floor-to-ceiling limestone fireplace, which matches stone on part of the front of the home, stands tall as a focal point. A dark-stained mantel on the stone makes a bold statement and matches the color of the railing.

Banks of white shelves flank the fireplace and offer a good display space. The living room area is defined by carpeting; the rest of the great-room is dark hardwood. A huge orb-shape chandelier hangs from the tall ceiling.

Bright kitchen

A large bright and white kitchen features an oversize island with a white and gray swirl quartz countertop. The sink is in the island, which has room for diners at the counter. Nearby stand a farmhouse table and chairs for family meals.

The kitchen features two wall ovens. A white woodwork range hood adds a touch of tradition. Up high, glass-door cabinets showcase special accessories. On another wall larger glass cabinet doors show off blue and white items. The kitchen, deep gray with white trim, also has a walk-in pantry for extra storage and a makes-sense detail, a “grocery getter,” a low door that opens to slide groceries in from the garage after a shopping trip. The backsplash is gray mottled subway tile.

Out from the kitchen through a triple-panel sliding door is a covered deck, which also can be used for seating and dining for family meals and entertaining.

Formal dining room

A formal dining room with access from the front entry or the kitchen is close by for larger groups. It has a long table and a crystal chandelier full of bling, just for fun.

A powder room features blue and white formal wallpaper. Near the dining room are a bar area and a small office for scheduling family activities.

At the other end of the main floor is the parents’ retreat, a quiet and relaxing master suite. Triple baylike windows look out onto the wooded area behind the house. An upholstered and tufted headboard gives a peaceful look to the room, which is done in blue and mauve. Two large print chairs near the windows make a good reading spot.

The master bath has double vanities, a sculptural soaking tub surrounded by intricate gray and white wall tile, and walk-in closets. A main-floor laundry room is nearby.

A second laundry area is upstairs, where three children have their own rooms and baths. A bonus room acts as an upstairs family room, where the kids can watch TV, read books, play games, and do crafts.

The girls’ rooms have built-in window seats that open for storage.

Lower level

On the walk-out lower level is a family room with a pool table with a ping-pong topper and a bar area.

A man cave for Jay is the theater room with sliding barn doors and a popcorn machine. When the family has an evening with no sports activities, it’s a great spot for a movie night.

The lower level also has a guest room and a weight room.

At this point, this is the family’s forever home, Annie says. “Home is all about providing a cozy place to come together. We want our home and our children’s rooms to be an extension of ourselves and our personalities. We just love how everything turned out.”


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