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Our Forever Home
By Carol McGarvey | Photography by Tim Abramowitz
HOME FEATURE August/September 2018
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For some Ankeny residents, building a new home was a family affair.

Details, details, details. That’s what made the whole process of building a new home work for an Ankeny family with two teenage daughters, who are 16 and 14. “We didn’t move too far away from our previous home. When we decided to build, we chose a lot we loved in the Estates at Otter Creek because we both enjoy golf,” says the busy mother.

The plan was to create a home the girls could enjoy through high school and college, as well as one that Mom and Dad would feel comfortable in when the nest became empty.

The couple had never built before. They landed in the capable hands of Bill Kimberley of Kimberley Development, longtime central Iowa builder, who marks his 40th anniversary in business this year.

The couple chose a plan that Kimberley had. He showed them how to maximize the space. “We tweaked the plan with the homeowners for some items they wanted to add,” says Kimberley. “We have built the plan once before, but not with this elevation. The plan has just under 4,000 square feet. As with any custom home, the differences come in the materials and the details.”

He says this walkout ranch plan works beautifully for families. With two bedrooms and a large family room area on the lower level, it works well for teens who want their own space. That way, with the master suite on the main floor, in the future the design works beautifully for parents, too.

Even though the home is on a cul-de-sac, it has an air of seclusion. Homes on either side are at different angles, so there’s no closed-in feel. Plus, with the golf course, homes on the other side are far away, so there’s no privacy issue.

Design professionals

For being first-time builders, the family enjoyed dealing with Kimberley’s in-house design team. “That aspect keeps everyone focused,” Kimberley notes. “They don’t have to run all over to check out and compare their selections, so it really is a dream situation for buyers.”

Plus, the products have been proven and selected for their design and durability, which is reassuring, the couple points out.

In addition, the couple brought in a longtime family friend, Brielle Allen, a designer with Meghan Blum Interiors in Clive. “That worked out well with the Kimberley designers,” the wife says. “In fact, I think everyone says they learned from each other’s mix of experiences. Bill’s designers worked primarily with the surface and detail selections. Brielle focused more on our furnishings and color selections.”

“We settled on a transitional look for the new home,” Allen says. “They wanted a family-friendly look with a timeless feel.”

“Our previous home was more traditional in style, so I really wanted to upgrade that look with a neutral palette that we could change out with the seasons,” the homeowner says.

She works from home, so the office to the right of the front entry is handy and efficient. It’s also the piano room for the younger daughter. Sliding barn doors add a design element and privacy. A large rounded arch-top window bathes the room in light. To repeat that look, the ceiling, too, carries the rounded top for interest. For symmetry, the window in the dormer over the third garage repeats the design.


The great-room encompasses the main living area, the large kitchen, and a more formal dining spot. The areas are defined by different ceiling heights. The living area, for example, has a 15-foot ceiling. A comfortable seating and conversation area features two off-white sofas facing each other. Colorful pillows on each sofa—orange Greek key design, ticking stripes, and vibrant floral—add detail. Two dark gray side chairs complete the spot.

At the end of the room is a floor-to-ceiling white stone fireplace. “No, there are no built-in shelves flanking the fireplace,” the wife points out. “Instead, I wanted two campaign-style chests with lamps.”

Oversize windows in the room don’t need treatments. They are on the north, so there’s no need to block out sunny rays. Also, neighbors in back are across the golf course, so privacy isn’t an issue. A slight touch of molding across the top of the windows gives a finished look.

Sleek kitchen

The crisp-looking kitchen has white cabinetry. A huge island has gray swirls in the quartz, giving a marble appearance. Cabinets on the wall have solid gray counters. Appliances are stainless steel. The island, which has seating for casual meals, was well planned, too. “We wanted seating to be on two sides of the corner,” says the mother. “Otherwise, we’d all be sitting in a row, and that’s not good for conversation. We wanted to face each other.” So there are four upholstered stools in an intricate gray pattern and two gray stools on the end. Three glass pendant lights hang over the counter.

A walk-in pantry, like the home’s front door, has frosted glass, which offers privacy but also lets in light.

The formal dining table is surrounded by windows and sits on a gray-and-cream-patterned area rug. Around the table are six soft gray tufted chairs; an oversize drum light hangs above it.

Down the hall are a back entry from the garage and a powder room, which has white wainscoting and gray and white lattice-pattern wallpaper. The mudroom area provides cabinetry for storage and four cubbies with baskets for family members. Each cubby has a USB connection for recharging devices. There’s even a built-in kennel with wire sides for Charlie, the family’s friendly Havanese dog.

Master suite

The restful master bedroom suite has an upholstered and tufted headboard with nail-head trim that is repeated on a night table and also on a large black leather-edged mirror that is propped on the floor. A gray patterned duvet cover is accented with blush and gray pillows.

The master bath repeats the gray and white scheme. It features a walk-in shower with a half-wall and double vanity. For relaxation, there’s a deep soaking tub with the look of a piece of sculpture. Nearby is a huge walk-in closet with a practical detail—the washer and dryer are part of the room.

The home’s lower level has a large family room with a beautiful wet bar. It has smoky gray-stained cabinetry with a copper mosaic backsplash for a rich look. The lower level also includes a powder room and the two daughters’ bedrooms with a Jack-and-Jill bath between them.

So the girls could make their own decisions, they got to have their own private session with designers to pick out materials for their rooms and bath. “We gave them a budget and thought that would be a great way to have them help in the decision process,” says their mother.

On one side of the lower level, the homeowners made use of some extra space for a useful detail: a utility garage under the third garage on the main level. It opens to the back and houses lawn and snow equipment.

The homeowners agree that their favorite “room” in the whole house is the covered deck outside the great-room, which is a great spot to relax and chill out.

Of their whole experience, the homeowners say, “When the house was all done, it was hard to let the people from Kimberley Development and Meghan Blum Interiors go. We all became like family. They helped us create our forever home.”

Builder Kimberley Development
Materials, windows Beisser Lumber
Electrical, Audio-Visuals Kline Electric
Stone Centurion Stone
Tile The Tile Shop
Hardwood, carpet, appliances Nebraska Furniture Market
Cabinetry Moehl Millwork
Countertops, closet shelving Kitchen and Bath Company
Lighting Electric Wholesale
Paint Sherwin Williams
Interior design Brielle Allen, Meghan Blum Interiors
Landscape TNT Landscaping & Nursery


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