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CBJ's Lure 3.2018

Renovating a 1900

Renovating a 1900 farmhouse was a worthy project for newly-married couple Mitchell and Kelly Manning, who purchased an acreage just north of Iowa City that sat vacant for 10 years before they took possession in May 2017. After living with Kelly’s parents for eight months, the Mannings were excited to move in to their “modern farmhouse” in January and begin using their new kitchen, which is the focal point of the home. After demolishing the old kitchen themselves, the couple had a clear and shared vision for the space. It included knocking down a west wall to open the kitchen and living room area, vaulting the ceiling above the front door and doing away with wall-to-wall cabinets. “It felt like it was never ending some days,” Mitchell said of demolition. “Finally, we stopped and said, 'we need to get someone here to put this back together.'” That’s when McCreedy-Ruth Construction took over, and the Mannings focused on making decisions about details such as countertops, cabinets, appliances and flooring. > Mitchell and Kelly Manning choose a farmhouse sink along with modern touches like deep gray quartz countertops and a gray and white marble backsplash. 12 LURE SPRING 2018