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CBJ's Lure 3.2018

Functional&Fun

Functional&Fun Kitchen’s Open Floor Plan Suits Active Family BY TRICIA BROWN PHOTOS BY BRIAN DRAEGER 4 LURE SPRING 2018

When Ben and Jennie Wunderlich were designing their new home to be built on seven acres southwest of Iowa City, Jennie paid special attention to the view she would have while standing at their kitchen sink. The island topped with blue quartz is the focal point of Ben and Jennie Wunderlich’s kitchen. Through the west-facing windows is a picturesque view of the Iowa countryside — rolling hills and pasture where a neighbor’s Angus cattle sometimes graze. But it wasn’t the view that was most important to the couple when building their home, which was finished in May 2017. It was the kitchen. It sounds so cliché, Jennie admits, but they wanted an open floor plan and a space that was functional for their family of five, including three children: Samantha, 9; Gwen, 7; and Cal, 4. The finished product is anything but cliché. At the center of it all is a roughly 10-foot-by- 5-foot island topped in a jumbo slab of blue quartz — the largest piece of quartz they could get without a seam. “I wanted a giant island. People walk in and the first thing they comment on is the island, because not only is it huge, it’s blue,” Jennie said. “It sort of goes to being in the Army; we have a lot of patriotic things, so I love that.” > LURE SPRING 2018 5