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<strong>LURE</strong><br />

OF<br />

THE<br />

<strong>COUNTRY</strong><br />

WHAT’S OLD<br />


Fresh ideas for salvaging items<br />

Capture That<br />

Rustic Feel<br />




Best <strong>of</strong> Both Worlds<br />

I have always been a small-town girl. From growing up in Williamsburg to raising my own<br />

family in Vinton, I appreciate <strong>the</strong> closeness and slower pace a rural community provides.<br />

I also appreciate <strong>the</strong> proximity to larger metros like Cedar Rapids and Iowa City – a<br />

dichotomy that makes living and working in <strong>the</strong> Corridor ideal.<br />

This issue <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> CBJ’s Lure series takes a look at life outside <strong>the</strong> hustle and bustle <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> city – life with few traffic jams (save <strong>the</strong> occasional slow-moving tractor) and wideopen<br />

spaces to relax and enjoy Iowa’s natural beauty.<br />

Writer Ruth Paarmann and photographer Brian Draeger, who<br />

<strong>of</strong>fered insights into urban living in <strong>the</strong> last two Lure <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> City<br />

magazines, headed to <strong>the</strong> country this time around.<br />

They returned with a detailed look at several homes nestled in<br />

<strong>the</strong> outskirts <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Corridor’s biggest cities, including Matt and<br />

Anne Boileau’s modern farmhouse just nor<strong>the</strong>ast <strong>of</strong> Iowa City<br />

(page 12) and Julie and Len Tow’s dream home on 80 acres in<br />

Linn County (page 18). The duo also takes us inside <strong>the</strong> growing<br />

‘shome’ trend – short for shed/homes – which have become a<br />

popular option for those looking to live in <strong>the</strong> country, but not<br />

interested in <strong>the</strong> maintenance that comes with owning a large<br />

farmhouse. Get a glimpse <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se trendy structures suitable for<br />

everything from man caves to family homes on page 30.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r a spacious farmhouse or a cozy man cave, <strong>the</strong>se out<strong>of</strong>-<strong>the</strong>-way<br />

spaces have a style all <strong>the</strong>ir own. Salvaging rustic items (page 24) is a popular way<br />

to decorate country homes. We spoke with several salvaging specialists who <strong>of</strong>fered tips for<br />

finding great pieces for your home. We also checked in with a few <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Corridor’s leading<br />

interior designers to learn about modern design trends suited for a rural escape (page 34).<br />

It should be said that you don’t have to live out in <strong>the</strong> country to enjoy <strong>the</strong> benefits <strong>of</strong> a<br />

rural lifestyle. Solon, which is conveniently located between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City,<br />

has experienced a population boom since 2000 due to its small-town charm, affordable<br />

housing and family-friendly amenities. We take a closer look at this community (page 4)<br />

as well as several o<strong>the</strong>r small towns on <strong>the</strong> rise.<br />

Outdoor spaces have also become a hot spot for special events such as weddings (page<br />

8). In fact, couples looking for a unique rural space for <strong>the</strong>ir big day need to act quickly<br />

as many <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se venues fill up and have long waiting lists. In this issue, we visit several<br />

venues in Eastern Iowa.<br />

We are changing up <strong>the</strong> Lure series a bit next year to explore even more reasons why <strong>the</strong><br />

Corridor is such a great place to live and work. I’d love to hear what makes <strong>the</strong> area so special<br />

for you – drop me a line at (319) 665-6397 ext. 309 or angela@corridorbusiness.com.<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2017</strong><br />

Chief Executive Officer<br />

& Publisher<br />

John F. Lohman<br />

Vice President<br />

Aspen N. Lohman<br />

Chief Operating Officer<br />

& Associate Publisher<br />

Andrea Rhoades<br />

Magazine & Special Projects Editor<br />

Angela Holmes<br />

Writers<br />

Angela Holmes<br />

Ruth Paarmann<br />

Emery Styron<br />

Photographer<br />

Brian Draeger<br />

Graphic Design Manager<br />

Becky Lyons<br />

Graphic Designer<br />

Julia Druckmiller<br />

Magazine Media Consultant<br />

Judith Cobb<br />

CBJ Editor<br />

Adam Moore<br />

CBJ Media Consultants<br />

Kris Lacina<br />

Kelly Meyer<br />

Event Marketing Coordinator<br />

Ashley Levitt<br />

Angela Holmes<br />

Editor<br />

Event Media Consultant<br />

Rhonda Roskos<br />

Marketing & Distribution Manager<br />

Jean Suckow<br />

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<strong>COUNTRY</strong><br />



OF<br />

THE<br />

WHAT’S OLD<br />


Fresh ideas for salvaging items<br />

Capture That<br />

Rustic Feel<br />


Len and Julie Tow built <strong>the</strong>ir dream home<br />

in 2011 on <strong>the</strong> 80 acres <strong>of</strong> land <strong>the</strong>y own<br />

in nor<strong>the</strong>rn Linn County. Read about <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

modern farmhouse and how <strong>the</strong>y have<br />

embraced farm life, starting on page 18. Inset:<br />

Take a tour <strong>of</strong> Matt and Anne Boileau’s country<br />

home in Johnson County, starting on page 12.<br />

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4<br />

Small Towns, Big Living<br />

Residents enjoy affordable housing<br />

in <strong>the</strong>ir communities<br />

8<br />

Events al Fresco<br />

A look at some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Corridor’s<br />

outdoor wedding venues<br />

12<br />

High Design Spaces<br />

Matt and Anne Boileau<br />

18<br />

High Design Spaces<br />

Julie and Len Tow<br />

24<br />

What’s Old Is New Again<br />

Salvaging items saves <strong>the</strong> planet<br />

30<br />

Man Caves<br />

Growing trend fuels<br />

post-frame building boom<br />

34<br />

Design Trends<br />

Capture that rustic feel<br />

12<br />

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Small Towns, Big Living<br />

Residents enjoy affordable housing in tight-knit communities<br />


Of Iowa’s 956 cities, 500 <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>m have a<br />

population <strong>of</strong> 500 or fewer. The majority <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Corridor’s small towns provide bigger, more<br />

affordable homes and excellent escapes from <strong>the</strong><br />

faster pace <strong>of</strong> life in <strong>the</strong> city. Here is a sampling <strong>of</strong><br />

three thriving small communities in <strong>the</strong> Corridor.<br />

Solon <strong>of</strong>fers a<br />

thriving main street<br />

with one-<strong>of</strong>-a-kind<br />

businesses.<br />

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W<br />

hy would a couple from Los Angeles<br />

choose to settle down in Solon, Iowa?<br />

Ask Katie and Chris Patel.<br />

After Chris got a job as a s<strong>of</strong>tware engineer at<br />

Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids in 2011, <strong>the</strong> couple<br />

headed to Iowa. While Katie looked for a job, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

rented an apartment in Cedar Rapids but saw <strong>the</strong><br />

value in finding a place in <strong>the</strong> Corridor so <strong>the</strong>y could<br />

enjoy Iowa City, too.<br />

“We didn’t know anything about Solon. We were just<br />

looking for <strong>the</strong> right house – one where we could look<br />

out <strong>the</strong> windows and see a wooded yard,” Katie said.<br />

“We liked <strong>the</strong> setting and were starving for space.”<br />

They were able to find a four-bedroom home on a<br />

cul-de-sac that cost less than Chris’ condo in L.A. Soon,<br />

Katie landed a role as a paralegal for Transamerica in<br />

Cedar Rapids.<br />

“We like being close enough to work in Cedar<br />

Rapids and spend weekends in Iowa City. I was also<br />

impressed that people are very involved in <strong>the</strong> community,”<br />

Katie noted. “We can easily walk to downtown,<br />

but we have an open backyard with a free view.”<br />

Their property backs up to Solon Prairie, and <strong>the</strong>y<br />

have easy access to trails. Nearby, <strong>the</strong>re is a park with<br />

a playground.<br />

Since arriving in Solon, <strong>the</strong>y have welcomed many<br />

changes. In 2012, <strong>the</strong> couple held <strong>the</strong>ir wedding ceremony<br />

in <strong>the</strong>ir backyard, in part because it was convenient<br />

for family to meet here from Oregon and Virginia.<br />

Katie’s work location moved to C Street –much closer<br />

to home. She now works as an attorney specializing in<br />

financial crimes and compliance testing.<br />

“The neighbors are beyond wonderful,” Katie said,<br />

noting that <strong>the</strong>y brought cookies over to say hello. One<br />

neighbor introduced her to <strong>the</strong> Solon Library Board <strong>of</strong><br />

Trustees, and she now serves as vice president.<br />

According to City Administrator Cami Rasmussen,<br />

<strong>the</strong> town has adapted to a population boom <strong>of</strong> 73 percent<br />

from 2000 to 2010. Not only have new destination<br />

businesses like Big Grove Brewery come into town,<br />

but <strong>the</strong> community collaborated and improved to meet<br />

community needs.<br />

Solon completed a Main Street Revitalization Project<br />

in 2012, and <strong>the</strong> city and Solon Community School<br />

District added <strong>the</strong> Spartan logo to <strong>the</strong> water tower last<br />

year. The long-running Solon Beef Days continues to<br />

take place each July on <strong>the</strong> main drag.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r major project was <strong>the</strong> Solon Recreation<br />

and Nature Area, a 57-acre park on <strong>the</strong> west side. It is<br />

home to high school and youth sports fields, and anyone<br />

can walk on <strong>the</strong> trail and play disc golf, basketball,<br />

sand volleyball or tennis.<br />

“Generous donations from <strong>the</strong> community <strong>of</strong> time<br />

and materials allowed <strong>the</strong> construction <strong>of</strong> a picnic<br />

shelter and <strong>the</strong> unique TIMBERDome Lodge,” Rasmussen<br />

said. ><br />

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Ely<br />

In <strong>the</strong> past 20 years, Ely has grown from a farming<br />

community to a bustling town <strong>of</strong> 2,074 with available<br />

housing moving quickly.<br />

Young families have flocked to <strong>the</strong> town, which is<br />

in <strong>the</strong> desirable College Community School District.<br />

The average age is 34, making it <strong>the</strong> youngest town<br />

in Linn County. In contrast, <strong>the</strong> town features a<br />

number <strong>of</strong> buildings listed on <strong>the</strong> National Register<br />

<strong>of</strong> Historical Places, including <strong>the</strong> Ely School, which<br />

serves as City Hall.<br />

To keep families active, <strong>the</strong> town built Ely City<br />

Park Youth where soccer, flag football and baseball<br />

programs are <strong>of</strong>fered. The library <strong>of</strong>fers many<br />

programs, too. Popular stops in Ely include Dan<br />

& Debbie’s Creamery, <strong>the</strong> Downtown Dachshund<br />

boutique and <strong>the</strong> Cedar Valley Nature Trail.<br />

“People park <strong>the</strong>ir cars in town and hit <strong>the</strong> trail.<br />

The extra traffic has helped businesses and our<br />

city,” Mayor Eldy Miller said. “As residents become<br />

more involved in our community, <strong>the</strong> business environment<br />

has changed. As Ely has grown, businesses<br />

are taking notice and moving in to service <strong>the</strong><br />

community.”<br />

The main street charm and proximity to Cedar<br />

Rapids and Iowa City helped draw City Administrator<br />

Denise Hoy to move to Ely from Conrad. She<br />

cites Fall Fest, <strong>the</strong> 4th <strong>of</strong> July pancake breakfast<br />

and parade, Winter Fest and farmers’ markets as<br />

highlights on <strong>the</strong> town’s calendar. ><br />

How Small<br />

Towns Get<br />

Bigger<br />

Sandy Steil, a land planning<br />

and development specialist,<br />

observes that <strong>the</strong> most<br />

successful towns are <strong>the</strong> ones<br />

that are ready and willing to<br />

provide for <strong>the</strong> families who<br />

move <strong>the</strong>re.<br />

“Small towns that have <strong>the</strong><br />

old buildings downtown and<br />

city councils that are open<br />

to change and ideas – those<br />

are <strong>the</strong> ones welcoming<br />

economic development in<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir areas.”<br />

ABOVE: Solon residents have access to event venues such as <strong>the</strong> Palmer House<br />

Stable and Timber Dome Lodge, and popular eateries such as Big Grove Brewery.<br />

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Tiffin<br />

Tiffin, which logged 1,947 residents in 2010, now boasts a<br />

population <strong>of</strong> 3,006 and growing. Its location <strong>of</strong>f Interstate<br />

80 – minutes from employers in Coralville, Iowa City and<br />

North Liberty – makes it a focal point for residential growth.<br />

Three <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> six Clear Creek-Amana schools are located in <strong>the</strong><br />

town, creating a natural draw for young families.<br />

City Administrator Doug Boldt said <strong>the</strong>re are eight active<br />

subdivisions in town, with hundreds <strong>of</strong> lots planned.<br />

“We’re in <strong>the</strong> hub <strong>of</strong> I-80 and I-380 where people want to<br />

be,” he explained. “Plus, we have this safe and friendly hometown<br />

feel to <strong>the</strong> community, which I think has been managed<br />

well by <strong>the</strong> city council as Tiffin grows.”<br />

Tiffin continues to develop and improve its recreational<br />

options. Two new parks have been added to three existing<br />

ones, plus a dog park, ponds, shelters, tennis courts and soccer<br />

fields are available for use. In addition, after a two-year<br />

hiatus, <strong>the</strong> town’s annual summer festival was rebooted by a<br />

committee <strong>of</strong> citizens and dubbed TIFFUN Creek Fest.<br />

Economic development is picking up as more homes are<br />

completed. Businesses have located both east and west on<br />

Highway 6, including C-stores, a trio <strong>of</strong> dining options, an<br />

event venue, auto body/repair shops and more.<br />

“Our industrial park is pretty full, and right <strong>of</strong>f I-80 by<br />

Kum & Go, <strong>the</strong>re are 62 shovel-ready commercial possibilities,”<br />

Boldt said. The city has also earmarked ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

commercial area north <strong>of</strong> town. |<br />

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Events<br />

al Fresco<br />


Across <strong>the</strong> Corridor, business is booming for outdoor<br />

wedding venues. We discovered that each has its<br />

own personality and amenities. Here is a sampling:<br />

Bloomsbury Farm<br />

3260 69th St., Atkins<br />

www.bloomsburyfarm.com<br />

(319) 446-7667<br />

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n Two large, rustic barns<br />

n Zip line, corn maze and o<strong>the</strong>r activities<br />

n Full farm available May-August<br />

Bloomsbury Farm near Atkins is known for<br />

corporate events and family-friendly fall<br />

activities, but <strong>the</strong>y also <strong>of</strong>fer weddings May-<br />

August.<br />

Co-owner Karen Petersen says<br />

ceremonies take place by <strong>the</strong> old oak tree,<br />

<strong>the</strong> corn maze or <strong>the</strong> big arch. The zip line<br />

was even part <strong>of</strong> one wedding celebration.<br />

Two party barns, houses and a schoolhouse<br />

can be rented.<br />

Located minutes from <strong>the</strong> Highway 100<br />

extension west <strong>of</strong> Cedar Rapids, Ms. Petersen<br />

expects nearby hospitality options to help<br />

with growth.

1441 Marak Road, Swisher<br />

www.crwine.com/visit-us/event-space<br />

(319) 857-4300<br />

Cedar Ridge Winery<br />

n View <strong>of</strong> 10 acres <strong>of</strong> vineyards<br />

n Exclusive food and wine options<br />

n Open to public for music events<br />

Many people know about Cedar Ridge Winery &<br />

Distillery near Swisher due to its tasting room and<br />

entertainment schedule. Centrally located in <strong>the</strong><br />

Corridor, this venue attracts couples as well as<br />

corporate event planners.<br />

According to Chris Miller, event coordinator,<br />

Cedar Ridge hosts 50 weddings per year and up to<br />

seven smaller events each week.<br />

“Some people want a more causal environment<br />

for <strong>the</strong>ir wedding. Being in <strong>the</strong> outdoors allows for<br />

that,” he says.<br />

Couples can choose from two outdoor<br />

ceremony spaces for up to 200 guests. A pergola<br />

and patio each overlook <strong>the</strong> picturesque hillside<br />

vineyards. Receptions can easily follow in a large<br />

hall, which features a bar area, dance floor and<br />

garage doors if wea<strong>the</strong>r allows.<br />

“At a venue like this, let <strong>the</strong> venue do <strong>the</strong><br />

decorating for you,” Miller suggests. “Take<br />

advantage <strong>of</strong> beautiful outdoor scenery.”<br />

He says that <strong>the</strong> quality <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> in-house buffet<br />

and beverage options is a draw. The popular twoentrée<br />

buffet <strong>of</strong>ten features house-made baconwrapped<br />

pork tenderloin and bourbon-glazed<br />

chicken. Couples can also choose wood-fired pizza.<br />

The venue has made upgrades over <strong>the</strong> years.<br />

Recently, parking options expanded to include a<br />

new lot with more than 80 spots. Corporate clients<br />

appreciate <strong>the</strong> Vineyard Room, a new space that<br />

seats up to 40 people.<br />

Ashton Hill Farm<br />

803 Vernon Valley Drive, Cedar Rapids<br />

www.ashtonhillfarm.com<br />

(319) 892-0174<br />

n New reception barn<br />

n Capacity <strong>of</strong> up to 300<br />

n Covered veranda with firepits<br />

Ashton Hill Farm is one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> newest wedding venues in<br />

<strong>the</strong> Corridor. Just east <strong>of</strong> Cedar Rapids on Highway 13,<br />

this fresh, modern barn <strong>of</strong>fers outdoor spaces as well as<br />

hangouts designed for <strong>the</strong> bride, groom and family.<br />

The venue realizes <strong>the</strong> vision <strong>of</strong> Megan Knatz, who also<br />

owns Take <strong>the</strong> Cake Desserts.<br />

“I wanted this to be able to be black tie or very rustic.<br />

You’re not competing with <strong>the</strong> space and can truly make<br />

<strong>the</strong> event your own,” she says.<br />

Knatz knew from her clients that people were booking<br />

weddings years in advance. Her dream gradually became<br />

reality, even though builders and investors initially turned<br />

her away. The venue booked 18 weddings before <strong>the</strong><br />

building even went up, and completed 32 weddings from<br />

last November through August.<br />

In back <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> barn, <strong>the</strong> outdoor wedding space <strong>of</strong>fers<br />

benches for 300. Alongside <strong>the</strong> hall, a covered veranda<br />

overlooks several firepits – <strong>the</strong> perfect spot for cocktails or<br />

a quiet chat.<br />

Knatz – who walks couples through <strong>the</strong>ir ceremonies<br />

several times prior to <strong>the</strong> big day – explains that <strong>the</strong> venue<br />

is full-service so couples can have <strong>the</strong> ultimate experience.<br />

Staff performs all setup, teardown and cleaning. They<br />

employ bar staff and provide beverages, but a prep<br />

kitchen is provided so any caterer can bring in food.<br />

“One <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> keys to success is that we plan <strong>the</strong> outdoor<br />

and indoor wedding at <strong>the</strong> same time. This takes away <strong>the</strong><br />

fear <strong>of</strong> it raining,” she said.

ella sala event center<br />

www.bellasalaevents.com<br />

(319) 545-4255<br />

n Flexible capacity <strong>of</strong> 50-600<br />

n Outdoor wedding waterfall and two patios<br />

n Full-service décor and linens service<br />

During <strong>the</strong> prime wedding season <strong>of</strong> May-<br />

<strong>October</strong>, bella sala is pretty much booked<br />

solid, even hosting three or four celebrations<br />

in a single weekend, said owner and<br />

manager Melissa Fontanini.<br />

Couples are attracted to <strong>the</strong> serene<br />

outdoor waterfall terrace which seats up to<br />

400 guests on <strong>the</strong> lawn and patio. After <strong>the</strong><br />

ceremony, everyone can congregate in <strong>the</strong><br />

nearby bella sala hall for <strong>the</strong> reception.<br />

Staff remains onsite during <strong>the</strong> entire<br />

event, entirely taking care <strong>of</strong> setup and<br />

takedown <strong>of</strong> all seating and decorating <strong>the</strong><br />

space. Bella sala works with a list <strong>of</strong> prepared<br />

caterers to provide <strong>the</strong> best options for food<br />

and beverages.<br />

A boutique, XOXO Bridal, is located<br />

on <strong>the</strong> west end <strong>of</strong> bella sala, providing<br />

<strong>the</strong> wedding party with everything from<br />

invitations and accessories to bridal and<br />

bridesmaids gowns and tuxedo rentals and<br />

purchases.<br />

Outdoor weddings have become a trend<br />

over <strong>the</strong> years, Ms. Fontanini said.<br />

“It’s a destination area,” she said <strong>of</strong><br />

bella sala, which is nestled in 22 acres <strong>of</strong><br />

woodlands just a few miles from Highway 6<br />

and <strong>the</strong> intersection <strong>of</strong> interstates 380 and<br />

80. “It’s not far from Coral Ridge Mall but it’s<br />

out in <strong>the</strong> woods.”<br />

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4696 Robin Woods Lane NE, Iowa City<br />

www.<strong>the</strong>celebrationfarm.com<br />

(319) 631-8116<br />

The Celebration Farm<br />

n Stone arch amphi<strong>the</strong>ater<br />

n Two cedar-lined barns<br />

n Outdoor space with each barn<br />

Just north <strong>of</strong> Iowa City, The Celebration Farm <strong>of</strong>fers two<br />

barn options and a stone arch amphi<strong>the</strong>ater. Up to 300<br />

guests can enjoy <strong>the</strong> double round barn. Each barn<br />

features local cedar wood and Stone City stone.<br />

“The ambiance is <strong>the</strong> difference here. It’s <strong>the</strong> only<br />

space with this look, and <strong>the</strong> cedar smells great,” said<br />

Katie Martin, sales director.<br />

The red timber frame barn suits 150 and features a<br />

stained-glass window. The sound <strong>of</strong> a pond with a fountain<br />

and woods adds an extra touch to <strong>the</strong> amphi<strong>the</strong>ater and<br />

<strong>the</strong> outdoor spaces by each barn. Each features a central<br />

dance floor, bridal room and prep kitchen. In <strong>the</strong> winter, a<br />

huge stone fireplace in <strong>the</strong> large barn adds coziness.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> amphi<strong>the</strong>ater, <strong>the</strong> staff typically sets up chairs for<br />

guests; hay bales and blankets have also been used for<br />

seating. Martin says <strong>the</strong> key to outdoor events is awareness<br />

<strong>of</strong> guests’ needs, such as bottled water, fan-shaped<br />

programs and <strong>the</strong>med décor that matches inside and out.<br />

The farm <strong>of</strong>ten hosts one outdoor and one indoor<br />

wedding and reception on <strong>the</strong> same day. Ms. Martin said<br />

that great staff is <strong>the</strong> secret to juggling two events at once.<br />

“Our people love what <strong>the</strong>y do in providing an<br />

extraordinary experience in an extraordinary space,” she<br />

said. “Seeing <strong>the</strong> joy and amazement <strong>of</strong> guests makes it<br />

exciting.”<br />

(800) 247-5088 • 724 48th Ave., Amana<br />

www.amanafurniture.com<br />





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Iowa City family creates a<br />

modern farmhouse toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />


After moving eight times in 17 years<br />

and with <strong>the</strong>ir construction business<br />

thriving, <strong>the</strong> time was right for<br />

Matt and Anne Boileau to build <strong>the</strong><br />

quintessential home for <strong>the</strong>ir family.<br />

Matt, president <strong>of</strong> Boileau Construction,<br />

wanted a place surrounded by large trees.<br />

Anne, a family care physician at Mercy Hospital,<br />

wasn’t wild about moving or being too far<br />

out <strong>of</strong> town.<br />

“I always wanted to be in <strong>the</strong> country,” said<br />

Matt, a carpenter and builder by trade.<br />

When working on a home nor<strong>the</strong>ast <strong>of</strong><br />

Iowa City, he told <strong>the</strong> owner he’d be interested<br />

in <strong>the</strong> lot next door. When <strong>the</strong> lot became<br />

available, Boileau jumped at <strong>the</strong> chance to<br />

own a secluded wooded lot 10 minutes from<br />

his wife’s work.<br />

Following seven months <strong>of</strong> construction,<br />

<strong>the</strong> family moved in <strong>the</strong> summer <strong>of</strong> 2016.<br />

Fair Compromises<br />

Boileau sketched out <strong>the</strong> shell <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> home,<br />

<strong>the</strong>n he and his wife worked toge<strong>the</strong>r on ><br />

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In a rural setting <strong>of</strong> Iowa City, Matt<br />

and Anne Boileau built a lovely home<br />

where <strong>the</strong>ir family can grow.<br />

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Their new home is a welcome retreat<br />

for <strong>the</strong> Boileau family: Ethan, Dawson,<br />

Faith, Anne, Matt and <strong>the</strong>ir dog, Joli.<br />

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14 <strong>LURE</strong>OF THE <strong>COUNTRY</strong><br />

creating a family-friendly layout. The<br />

central kitchen and living room allow for<br />

<strong>the</strong> kids and adults to occupy opposite<br />

sides <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> home.<br />

While <strong>the</strong> design process went<br />

smoothly, some details took some compromise<br />

among <strong>the</strong> couple.<br />

“I mentioned that I’d like to do<br />

shiplap, and he didn’t know what I was<br />

talking about,” Anne said. “I recorded<br />

an episode <strong>of</strong> ‘Fixer Upper’ for him to<br />

watch, and he said, ‘Let’s do <strong>the</strong> whole<br />

house in shiplap!’”<br />

Instead, <strong>the</strong>y agreed to use shiplap<br />

selectively on <strong>the</strong> main floor.<br />

“Aes<strong>the</strong>tically, it has a completely<br />

different look than standard drywall,”<br />

she explained. “The knotty pine and all its character show through <strong>the</strong> paint.”<br />

“Matt likes industrial and I like rustic with a touch <strong>of</strong> whimsy. We did a mix <strong>of</strong> styles<br />

to keep <strong>the</strong> overall farmhouse feel,” Anne said.<br />

To bring in a whimsical flair, she wanted a touch <strong>of</strong> wallpaper, which her husband<br />

eventually got on board with in select rooms.<br />

“It brought some <strong>of</strong> my wife’s fun and colorful personality into <strong>the</strong> spaces,” he said.<br />

“After it was up, I was glad I took her suggestions.”<br />

He wanted a wood-burning fireplace, which <strong>the</strong>y placed in <strong>the</strong> living room, while<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir master hearth burns gas.<br />

Finally, he wasn’t sold on blue for <strong>the</strong> front door, but Anne and her friend, Kendra<br />

Holtkamp <strong>of</strong> Refined Design Interiors, convinced him. She also blended both style<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r throughout <strong>the</strong> process. >

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The kitchen island has<br />

plenty <strong>of</strong> seating and<br />

storage, including a<br />

space for <strong>the</strong> dog<br />

bowls. The Finishing<br />

Touch, <strong>of</strong> Elgin, built<br />

<strong>the</strong> hood and <strong>the</strong><br />

cabinets throughout<br />

<strong>the</strong> home.<br />

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makes it easy for <strong>the</strong><br />

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Special Touches<br />

Boileau crafted many features <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> home<br />

himself, from <strong>the</strong> mudroom coat and boot rack<br />

to <strong>the</strong> hallway bench. He insisted on durable<br />

white oak flooring, which he had worked with<br />

in older homes, and picked up <strong>the</strong> siding nailer<br />

himself to apply <strong>the</strong> shiplap in <strong>the</strong> living room<br />

and master ceiling.<br />

Family members and friends chipped in, too.<br />

Jason Rekers provided <strong>the</strong> timber entry from Timberhawk<br />

Construction, and Matt’s bro<strong>the</strong>r-in-law,<br />

Danny Beasley, crafted <strong>the</strong> metal railing. Beasley<br />

also provided <strong>the</strong> oak used in Matt’s <strong>of</strong>fice.<br />

“My bro<strong>the</strong>r-in-law is a farmer and is very<br />

handy, so he welded <strong>the</strong> stair rails for us. Kendra<br />

helped design <strong>the</strong>m to carry <strong>the</strong> Xs through<br />

from <strong>the</strong> kitchen island,” Boileau said.<br />

“Jason sourced <strong>the</strong> timber from a 100-yearold<br />

barn from <strong>the</strong> lower Skunk River. He did<br />

<strong>the</strong> timber framing in his shop and <strong>the</strong>n built it<br />

onsite,” he explained, noting that salvaged ceiling<br />

boards from a Herbert Hoover family home<br />

were also used.<br />

Interior design was a collaboration between<br />

Anne Boileau and Holtkamp with <strong>the</strong> help <strong>of</strong><br />

Hea<strong>the</strong>r Dewaard and Jenny Bimson from Dwell<br />

Home Furnishings and Interior Design.<br />

Most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> bedroom designs took inspiration<br />

from Dwell’s linens. Such was <strong>the</strong> case with<br />

<strong>the</strong> master suite, where Anne’s comforter was<br />

complemented by “funky traditional” furnishings<br />

to provide a mix <strong>of</strong> textures.<br />

“With <strong>the</strong> vaulted ceiling, we wanted a large<br />

four poster bed. This is a very unique style with<br />

turned posts,” Dewaard said. “I loved mixing<br />

that bed with <strong>the</strong> nightstands.”<br />

“Neutrals in <strong>the</strong> main area <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> home keep it<br />

s<strong>of</strong>t and muted. Downstairs is more playful with<br />

colorful pillows and artwork,” she added. ><br />

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Rusticity is a common<br />

<strong>the</strong>me throughout <strong>the</strong><br />

home. Above is a trough<br />

sink on a granite counter.<br />

At left is Matt’s <strong>of</strong>fice with<br />

a repurposed wood wall<br />

and funky sconces.<br />

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TOP: The master suite<br />

features vaulted ceilings<br />

with wooden beams and<br />

a shiplap ceiling.<br />

MIDDLE: Faith was able to<br />

put <strong>the</strong> design features<br />

she loves, such as <strong>the</strong><br />

desk, into her room.<br />

BOTTOM: The master bath<br />

features heated tile floors<br />

and fixtures by Studio<br />

H2O in Iowa City.<br />

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Family Favorites<br />

Of course, everyone in <strong>the</strong> Boileau family has a favorite part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> house.<br />

Dawson enjoys playing games and watching TV downstairs, and he and his dad<br />

both like <strong>the</strong> firepit in <strong>the</strong> backyard. Faith loves her room, no doubt because<br />

she handpicked features including <strong>the</strong> desk. Ethan enjoys <strong>the</strong> wood-burning<br />

fireplace in <strong>the</strong> living room, which warms <strong>the</strong> house in <strong>the</strong> winter.<br />

Anne is partial to <strong>the</strong> kitchen with its huge stove and wood hood that The<br />

Finishing Touch built along with <strong>the</strong> cabinets. The island has seating for <strong>the</strong><br />

kids and features an expanse <strong>of</strong> beautiful, easy-care quartzite counters. A<br />

walk-through pantry <strong>of</strong>fers her a workspace and tons <strong>of</strong> open shelving.<br />

“I like to cook and love having people over,” she said, explaining that Iowa<br />

City is a good meeting point for her Quad Cities-based sisters, and her parents,<br />

who live in Clear Lake. Matt’s family is from Iowa City, so <strong>the</strong>y entertain <strong>of</strong>ten.<br />

“And <strong>the</strong> kids have <strong>the</strong>ir own space, so when <strong>the</strong>y have friends over, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

can be as loud as <strong>the</strong>y want,” Anne added.<br />

Now that <strong>the</strong> family has been in <strong>the</strong>ir new home for over a year, Ethan<br />

sums it up simply.<br />

“Once we got settled out here, it’s pretty nice.” |<br />

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The Skyline Ranch<br />

Linn County acreage evolves into a<br />

hobby farm with elegant country home<br />


Before 2002, Julie and Len Tow had no intention <strong>of</strong> living in <strong>the</strong> country –<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir home in Toddville was rural enough for <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

But <strong>the</strong>n <strong>the</strong>y found <strong>the</strong>mselves outgrowing <strong>the</strong>ir home and wanted more land,<br />

but weren’t having any luck finding a larger home on five acres that was<br />

within 20 minutes <strong>of</strong> Len’s job at <strong>the</strong> Linn County REC.

They began looking for land<br />

with at least 35 acres to meet<br />

<strong>the</strong> Linn County building<br />

requirements. Julie spied one<br />

while taking <strong>the</strong>ir three children<br />

to school in Alburnett. The Tows<br />

purchased <strong>the</strong> original 40 acres<br />

and moved into <strong>the</strong> existing<br />

house. They bought 40 more<br />

acres in 2003 and dubbed <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

acreage The Skyline Ranch.<br />

“We wanted five acres – we got 80,” said<br />

Julie, a Cedar Rapids native who founded<br />

Comfort Care Home Health Care.<br />

They lived in <strong>the</strong> existing house for<br />

about nine years and built a new house<br />

in 2011.<br />

“We’re lucky we were able to build<br />

<strong>the</strong> house Julie always wanted,” Len<br />

said. “She got her wish and I got mine to<br />

get <strong>the</strong> ranch land.”<br />

Embracing <strong>the</strong> Farm Life<br />

While <strong>the</strong>y settled into <strong>the</strong>ir new place,<br />

many visitors mentioned how ideal <strong>the</strong><br />

property would be for horses.<br />

“We didn’t know a thing about horses,<br />

but people said <strong>the</strong>y’d show us what<br />

to do,” Julie said.<br />

Soon, a Kirkwood vet tech student<br />

was boarding her horses. Then, someone<br />

else brought horses to board. Finally,<br />

Julie bought horses for herself and<br />

<strong>the</strong> kids. Today, nine horses live <strong>the</strong>re<br />

and <strong>the</strong>ir owners enjoy weekly rides on<br />

two miles <strong>of</strong> riding trails that connect<br />

with o<strong>the</strong>r local trails. ><br />

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Belted Galloway cattle graze<br />

in front <strong>of</strong> Julie and Len Tow’s<br />

home, which <strong>the</strong>y call The<br />

Skyline Ranch.<br />

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The Tow family from top to<br />

bottom: Julie, Len, Parker, Karley<br />

and Krissi. Len always wanted<br />

a spiral staircase, and builder<br />

Scott Hiserote appreciated how<br />

much labor it saved.<br />

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One benefit – and responsibility – <strong>of</strong> having<br />

80 acres is <strong>the</strong> ability to manage and produce<br />

high-quality hay.<br />

“Your plans change when you have to make<br />

hay,” Len noted, while his wife added that <strong>the</strong>y try<br />

to make it fun by having a party for <strong>the</strong> crew.<br />

Chickens were <strong>the</strong> next addition to <strong>the</strong> menagerie;<br />

<strong>the</strong>y now have several kinds.<br />

“Lenny started bringing <strong>the</strong>m home and said<br />

<strong>the</strong>y were mine for Mo<strong>the</strong>r’s Day one year,” Julie<br />

explained.<br />

A few goats and Belted Galloway cattle<br />

followed. About a dozen <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> “Oreo cookie”<br />

cattle graze in <strong>the</strong> front field, and <strong>the</strong> goats help<br />

control undergrowth in <strong>the</strong> woods. ><br />

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TOP: The open kitchen and living room gives Julie an opportunity to be part <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> action. The kitchen was designed by Cabinet Studio to suit <strong>the</strong> family, <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

love <strong>of</strong> entertaining and Julie’s love <strong>of</strong> cooking.<br />

ABOVE: Vaulted ceilings and <strong>the</strong> stone fireplaces provide a country feel in <strong>the</strong><br />

screened-in porch.<br />

LEFT: A richly stained boot bench is practical as well as beautiful.<br />

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The open layout is complemented by a cozy space by <strong>the</strong> fireplace and piano.<br />

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The New Farmhouse<br />

The Tows took <strong>the</strong> time to plan exactly what <strong>the</strong>y<br />

wanted in <strong>the</strong> new farmhouse. They had Ahmann<br />

Design combine two different house plans into one,<br />

shifting <strong>the</strong> garage location to maximize <strong>the</strong> views.<br />

“Most house plans are designed for being in<br />

town, so all <strong>the</strong> privacy is in <strong>the</strong> back <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> home<br />

and <strong>the</strong> garage is in front,” Len said. “This is <strong>the</strong><br />

opposite.”<br />

While plotting it out with Scott Hiserote Construction,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y realized that <strong>the</strong> best position for<br />

<strong>the</strong> home was not going to align with <strong>the</strong> compass<br />

points. Len wasn’t sure he’d like a “crooked house,”<br />

but <strong>the</strong>y both love <strong>the</strong> way <strong>the</strong> kitchen, living room,<br />

porch and deck let <strong>the</strong>m watch birds, storms, lightning<br />

and sunsets over <strong>the</strong> fields.<br />

Each family member chose a feature for <strong>the</strong><br />

home. On <strong>the</strong> side deck, Len chose <strong>the</strong> spiral stairs<br />

he’d always wanted. Their oldest daughter, Karley,<br />

received a two-room suite upstairs. Inspired by<br />

Parade homes, Krissi wanted a hidden door to her<br />

room. Their youngest, Parker, got a soundpro<strong>of</strong>ed<br />

gaming closet. Julie has a big kitchen with tons <strong>of</strong><br />

storage – room she needs for canning pickles and<br />

green beans and entertaining.<br />

“It was fun building it, because we lived in <strong>the</strong><br />

o<strong>the</strong>r house and we could see it going up. Every<br />

night, when <strong>the</strong> kids got home, we’d come up toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

to see <strong>the</strong> process,” Julie said. ><br />

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ABOVE: Master bed<br />

and bath<br />

BELOW: The lower<br />

level entertainment<br />

area provides two<br />

levels — an upper bar<br />

with all <strong>the</strong> trimmings,<br />

designed by Cabinet<br />

Studio, and an open<br />

lower level with <strong>the</strong><br />

large TV.

While <strong>the</strong> Tows<br />

didn’t have<br />

an agricultural<br />

background, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

have embraced <strong>the</strong><br />

farm life. The family<br />

has horses and Julie<br />

has several kinds <strong>of</strong><br />

chickens, including<br />

adorable silky<br />

chickens.<br />

Big & Bright<br />

With an open kitchen, dining and living room, it’s easy for Julie to cook meals<br />

and still feel connected with her family and guests. She likes to bird-watch year<br />

round, making <strong>the</strong> most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> deck for hummingbird feeders, suet and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

foods as <strong>the</strong> seasons change.<br />

Just <strong>of</strong>f <strong>the</strong> deck, <strong>the</strong> Tows have a bright, airy master bedroom with a view <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> woods and horizon.<br />

“My friends ask how I can stand so much light with all <strong>the</strong> windows, but I feel<br />

like I’m camping out,” Julie said.<br />

When <strong>the</strong> wea<strong>the</strong>r is nice, <strong>the</strong> family brings company to <strong>the</strong> barn to hang out<br />

and enjoy <strong>the</strong> horses, dogs, raised garden beds and <strong>the</strong> chickens, <strong>of</strong> course.<br />

During <strong>the</strong> fall and winter, <strong>the</strong>ir walkout entertainment area and bar in <strong>the</strong><br />

lower level <strong>of</strong>fers lots <strong>of</strong> space to watch Hawkeye football games. Board games<br />

and a shuffleboard table provide winter diversions.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong>y’re hosting friends or checking out <strong>the</strong> Milky Way, <strong>the</strong> Tows have<br />

fully embraced <strong>the</strong> country lifestyle. And while <strong>the</strong>y’re almost empty nesters,<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir nest is rarely empty.<br />

“Both <strong>of</strong> us have busy demanding jobs that are 24/7, so it’s nice to go home<br />

and have a quiet place to relax and socialize,” Len said. |<br />

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Charming painted chairs.<br />

Lovely embroidered linens.<br />

Character-filled wooden<br />

mantels. With quality old<br />

pieces, something fresh and<br />

new can be crafted. These<br />

local salvage enthusiasts<br />

have <strong>the</strong>ir finger on <strong>the</strong><br />

pulse <strong>of</strong> upcycling.<br />

Shed Sale Specialist<br />

Sarah Smith <strong>of</strong> Belle Plaine runs Nettianne’s in<br />

Marengo, where she sells vintage finds and holds a<br />

festive annual shed sale each fall.<br />

“I get a kick out <strong>of</strong> finding things in a junk pile and<br />

making it into something that has new life,” she said.<br />

“I study <strong>the</strong>m to figure out how <strong>the</strong>y could spend life<br />

in a whole new, purposeful way.”<br />

Having grown up in a “crafty home,” Smith stockpiled<br />

her finds for years. Her first sale was part <strong>of</strong> that<br />

stash displayed on her front porch. She <strong>the</strong>n hatched<br />

a plan to do a barn-style market and invite o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

vendors to sell <strong>the</strong>ir handiwork. ><br />

PAGE 24<br />

Shabby chic lovers should visit Gooselake<br />

Creations, which is shown at its former<br />

location across <strong>the</strong> street from <strong>the</strong>ir new shop<br />

at 712 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.<br />

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Vintage Shopping Options<br />

Gooselake Creations<br />

712 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids<br />

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Nettiannes<br />

For sale dates, visit:<br />

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The Salvage Barn<br />

2401 Scott Blvd., Iowa City<br />

www.salvagebarn.org<br />

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“I wanted a little bit <strong>of</strong> old, a little vintage, some antiques<br />

and some handmade things.”<br />

Smith looks for items her grandma had at auctions, flea<br />

markets and garage sales. People also know to call her<br />

when a relative dies or needs to move.<br />

“The best furniture is older furniture because it’s solid<br />

wood,” she said, noting that many people appreciate <strong>the</strong><br />

quality and hate to throw it away. She is happy to salvage<br />

what she can and help it find a new home.<br />

Paint & Patina<br />

Jeff Gerlits <strong>of</strong> Gooselake Creations in Cedar Rapids began<br />

painting furniture in <strong>the</strong> 1980s, when he realized antiques<br />

were declining as shabby chic style gained popularity.<br />

“White was what people wanted, but that wasn’t me. I<br />

went with black, which appealed to different people,” he said.<br />

Gerlits specializes in distinctive, colorful painted<br />

furniture and just started accepting quality consignments.<br />

Ra<strong>the</strong>r than using pricey chalk paint, he swears by <strong>the</strong> ><br />

PAGE 26<br />

More typical finds at Gooselake Creations<br />

include painted shabby chic and<br />

repurposed items.<br />

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In Sarah Smith’s<br />

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an old egg<br />

basket became<br />

a light fixture<br />

and a hardware<br />

counter became<br />

a kitchen island.<br />

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He also <strong>of</strong>fers many o<strong>the</strong>r vintage items like rugs, dishware,<br />

lampshades, candlesticks, upholstered furniture, mirrors, clocks,<br />

tables and more.<br />

“I find stuff everywhere. I have pickers and customers who<br />

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In addition, he has partnered with a woman who makes decorative<br />

pillows and an electrical engineer who assembles one-<strong>of</strong>-akind<br />

upcycled lamps.<br />

“I coached him to develop a more rustic, industrial look to mix<br />

old with new and give people <strong>the</strong> light fixtures <strong>the</strong>y’re looking for,”<br />

he said.<br />

Preserving History<br />

In Iowa City, <strong>the</strong> Salvage Barn helps preserve history while<br />

diverting materials from <strong>the</strong> landfill. The organization began as a<br />

partnership between <strong>the</strong> Friends <strong>of</strong> Historic Preservation and <strong>the</strong><br />

city <strong>of</strong> Iowa City.<br />

“The materials we save are higher quality and longer lasting<br />

than new products, as <strong>the</strong>y are from old growth wood. How can<br />

we justify throwing it in <strong>the</strong> landfill?” said Alicia Trimble, executive<br />

director <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Friends <strong>of</strong> Historic Preservation, which oversees<br />

<strong>the</strong> barn.<br />

The Salvage Barn features items from homes that are at last 50<br />

years old. People can donate items, or a building owner can call<br />

and a team <strong>of</strong> volunteers will remove <strong>the</strong>m, including old radiators,<br />

tubs, woodwork, doors and more.<br />

If you need a piece <strong>of</strong> trim for your old house, this is a great place<br />

to look. Want a vintage door? They have dozens. Paneling to create a<br />

stylish wood bar? An old sink? You never know what you’ll find.<br />

The Salvage Barn also runs a tool library, perfect for DIYers. For<br />

a $25 membership, members can check out tools for a week. ><br />

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Cleaning and Preserving Items<br />

“Many salvage items just need a good cleaning,” said<br />

Smith, who <strong>of</strong>ten uses water and wire brush on farmfresh<br />

items. “If <strong>the</strong>re’s rust, you can easily spray a clear<br />

coat over <strong>the</strong>m.”<br />

“Lead paint is to be respected, but it is not necessary<br />

to fear it,” Trimble said. “It can be abated or encapsulated<br />

safely.”<br />

She explained that peeling paint from before 1980<br />

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HOME<br />

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SHOME<br />

When Shawn and Michelle Redlinger began<br />

talking about building a house on <strong>the</strong>ir Washington<br />

County acreage, like many young couples, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

weren’t ready yet for <strong>the</strong>ir dream home.<br />

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Builders <strong>of</strong> Quality<br />

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Michelle, executive director <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Washington<br />

Chamber <strong>of</strong> Commerce, started telling people <strong>the</strong>y<br />

would build a shed that would be <strong>the</strong>ir home – a<br />

“shome,” she called it.<br />

The Redlingers put up a 40-by 72-foot metal<br />

building that includes 1,000 square feet <strong>of</strong> living<br />

space, a natural interim solution since Shawn is<br />

general manager for Greiner Buildings in Washington.<br />

Meantime, Michelle’s term, “shome,” took on a<br />

life <strong>of</strong> its own.<br />

Shawn’s boss, Matt Greiner, began using “shomes”<br />

to market <strong>the</strong> “man caves” that account for 25<br />

percent <strong>of</strong> his post-frame building business. The<br />

Redlingers, who were married in <strong>the</strong>ir post-frame<br />

home, received for a wedding gift a sign reading<br />

“Home, Sweet Shome.”<br />

Going upmarket<br />

The man cave trend <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> past 15 years has had a<br />

big impact on <strong>the</strong> post-frame industry, Greiner said.<br />

The metal-shea<strong>the</strong>d structures were mainly thought<br />

<strong>of</strong> as agricultural machine sheds until people started<br />

to also use <strong>the</strong>m for <strong>of</strong>fices in <strong>the</strong> 1980s. They<br />

weren’t considered “cool buildings” until after 2000,<br />

when builders began adding architectural details<br />

and “really nice stuff on <strong>the</strong> inside,” he said.<br />

Post-frame structures are known for economy<br />

and 16- 18-foot walls with a clear span, giving <strong>the</strong>m<br />

capabilities a typical residential garage can’t match.<br />

You can park a tall RV inside or build a mezzanine<br />

in one end for two levels <strong>of</strong> living space. Many <strong>of</strong><br />

Greiner’s clients combine a mega garage or shop<br />

with relaxed sleeping, recreation and dining quarters<br />

for ei<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong>ir main home or a getaway. ><br />

PAGE 30<br />

Shawn and Michelle Redlinger’s “shome”<br />

in Washington County provides <strong>the</strong>m with<br />

1,000 square feet <strong>of</strong> living space as well as<br />

acreage and a pond to enjoy <strong>the</strong> outdoors.<br />

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The Redlingers’ living space includes a<br />

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Comforts <strong>of</strong> Home<br />

John Thorp, <strong>of</strong> Muscatine, was seeking “a home away<br />

from home” in his building completed last month.<br />

“We were looking for a nice place to have a retreat,”<br />

he said. “We love to hunt and be outside and in<br />

<strong>the</strong> timber. We call it <strong>the</strong> cabin.”<br />

It’s a cabin, however, with all <strong>the</strong> comforts <strong>of</strong> home,<br />

including three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths,<br />

hardwood floors, a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and a<br />

screened porch. There’s room for grown children and<br />

grandchildren.<br />

Thorp’s getaway is at a different location from his<br />

home, but Jeff Miller’s shome is just 100 feet from<br />

his Washington County home. “We do a lot <strong>of</strong> family<br />

ga<strong>the</strong>rings,” Mr. Miller said. “We built this instead <strong>of</strong><br />

finishing our basement.”<br />

A Rustic Look<br />

The 24- by 32-foot ga<strong>the</strong>ring space is paneled with<br />

car siding stained to look like old barn wood. A textured<br />

concrete floor and ceiling finished with old tin<br />

completes <strong>the</strong> rustic look. Ra<strong>the</strong>r than bedrooms, <strong>the</strong><br />

space has couches that fold down into beds.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> shop space, <strong>the</strong>re’s room for a basketball<br />

hoop, an elevated display <strong>of</strong> pedal cars, a work area<br />

and room to park a camper.<br />

“We enjoy it a lot,” said Miller, who finished <strong>the</strong><br />

shell provided by Greiner Buildings. Greiner can do a<br />

turnkey job or, as in Miller’s case, install <strong>the</strong> perimeter<br />

walls, ro<strong>of</strong>, awnings, porches, main entry doors<br />

and s<strong>of</strong>fit.<br />

Turnkey projects for <strong>the</strong> “real fancy places” are<br />

in <strong>the</strong> $120-130 per square foot range, Greiner said.<br />

Shome features <strong>of</strong>ten include vaulted ceilings, stained<br />

concrete floors that look like marble and extra tall<br />

handcrafted cabinets. Even under <strong>the</strong> mezzanines,<br />

ceilings can be nine feet high.<br />

Does <strong>the</strong> builder <strong>of</strong> man caves have one <strong>of</strong> his<br />

own? “I wish, but I personally do not,” Greiner admits.<br />

He and his wife built a new house in a residential<br />

neighborhood 13 years ago, before <strong>the</strong> trend took <strong>of</strong>f.<br />

“We are looking at a property in town that is a<br />

couple <strong>of</strong> acres,” he said. “I would love to do one next<br />

door to a new house.” ><br />

PAGE 32<br />

John Thorp’s garage in Muscatine houses his big-boy toys<br />

while his “cabin” provides him and his family a home away<br />

from home, including a kitchen area and screened-in<br />

porch overlooking <strong>the</strong> timber.<br />

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Jeff Miller’s man cave is just 100 feet from his Washington<br />

County home. The 24-by-32-foot rustic ga<strong>the</strong>ring space is<br />

paneled with car siding stained to look like old wood, and<br />

<strong>the</strong> concrete floor is stained to look like marble.<br />

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The Redlingers have enjoyed man-cave living with<br />

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having ano<strong>the</strong>r child and building <strong>the</strong> home <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

dreams next door.<br />

Then, Redlinger can work on his o<strong>the</strong>r dream <strong>of</strong><br />

outfitting <strong>the</strong> shome in typical man-cave style with<br />

“big screen TVs everywhere” and a pool table.<br />

“Once we build a house, I’ll have my own little<br />

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