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LURE<br />


What's hot this season<br />

SOLAR<br />




Wooded Retreat<br />

Couple makes lake home full-time residence<br />

Outdoor Oasis<br />



Soaking in the sun<br />

I spoke too soon in the March issue when I said winter was winding down. After a wild<br />

and wintry April, I feel confident that Iowa’s warm season is here to stay (for a few<br />

months, at least).<br />

Eastern Iowa is a great place to be during the summer as there are countless activities<br />

in communities big and small, from sweet corn festivals to huge outdoor concerts. Of<br />

course, if you’re the type who prefers to avoid the crowds and just chill at home, you<br />

don’t have to travel any further than your backyard.<br />

In this issue, we offer a glimpse of fabulous outdoor living spaces in the Corridor,<br />

including pools, kitchens, bars, patios and landscaping that could<br />

rival a high-end resort (pages 4-11).<br />

TrueNorth CEO Duane Smith and his wife Laura developed a<br />

“staycation” environment at their Cedar Rapids home. The pool,<br />

pergola and fire pit surrounded by lush landscaping provide<br />

the perfect setting for an intimate family gathering or a party<br />

entertaining more than 100 guests.<br />

And while Jeff and Sarah Clark love the outdoor area of their home<br />

– Lake Macbride is located right in their backyard – they also are<br />

able to soak in nature while indoors (pages 16-23). Floor-to-ceiling<br />

windows give them a view of the lake from the living and dining<br />

rooms as well as the kitchen, located in the center of the home.<br />

Each outdoor area featured in this issue has its own<br />

distinctive gardens and landscaping. A popular trend gaining<br />

ground is fairy gardens. These personalized gardens can be planted in anything from a<br />

glass jar to a wagon, and can include whatever interests you, whether it be miniature<br />

animals or a mystical theme. Josh Spece, co-owner of Country Gardens & Gifts in<br />

Independence, was an early pioneer of the trend and offers pointers for creating your<br />

own one-of-a-kind miniature garden (pages 24-29).<br />

Of course, an outdoor oasis wouldn’t be complete without some good eats. To<br />

help with your summer grilling plans, we asked several local experts for their<br />

recommendations. North Liberty-based Spotix shares their suggestions on the hottest<br />

grills on the market, courtesy of their Kick Ass Grills division (pages 12-13), while Grill<br />

Works owner Lisa Gilliatt shares a few of her favorite sauces, seasonings and rubs from<br />

the more than 200 she keeps in stock.<br />

Earlier I mentioned the lure of Iowa’s summer festivals. One of the state’s most<br />

popular annual events will again make its way through our neck of the woods. The<br />

Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa – better known as RAGBRAI – will<br />

travel through Washington and Johnson counties, ending up with an overnight stop in<br />

Iowa City on July 27. Check out what small towns on the route are planning to welcome<br />

thousands of riders and guests, and discover a few pitstops along the way (pages 34-38).<br />

Whether you prefer to stay at home in your own outdoor oasis or enjoy a lively<br />

festival, get out and enjoy the lure of summer in Iowa.<br />

SUMMER <strong>2018</strong><br />

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What's hot this season<br />

SOLAR<br />




LURE<br />

Outdoor Oasis<br />


Wooded Retreat<br />

Couple makes lake home full-time residence<br />


Jeff and Sara Clark tore down a dilapidated<br />

structure on the lot they purchased along<br />

Lake Macbride near Solon and built a<br />

three-level home with floor-to-ceiling<br />

windows facing the lake. The Cedar Rapids<br />

couple love their lake home so much, they<br />

are making it their permanent residence<br />

this summer. See more, starting on page 16.<br />

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4<br />

Outdoor Oasis<br />

Extend your living space<br />

12<br />

Get a grill<br />

What's hot this season<br />

14<br />

Hot Sauces (and Rubs)<br />

Enhance your grilling<br />

16<br />

Wooded Retreat<br />

Solon couple soaks in natural setting<br />

24<br />

Mystical Miniatures<br />

Imagination takes over in fairy gardens<br />

30<br />

Solar Converts<br />

CR couple installs ground mount system<br />

34<br />

Ride or Dine?<br />

Eastern Iowa's RAGBRAI route<br />

4<br />

16<br />

24<br />

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door Oasis<br />

Extend your living space with a<br />

custom-made, at-home resort<br />


Duane and Laura Smith have created a “staycation” atmosphere at their<br />

Cedar Rapids home. Making the project happen were landscaper Damon<br />

Vaughn, architect Greg Sundberg of Sundberg Design in Cedar Rapids, pool<br />

construction manager Rick Whiteaker of Pool Tech in Cedar Rapids, and<br />

pond design by Prairie Creek Nursery in Cedar Rapids. Photo Tim Schoon<br />

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magine raising a toast with friends<br />

under the stars, warmed by a roaring<br />

fire. Or watching the kids swim under<br />

the sun while you float in the pool. Several<br />

homeowners have embraced these visions,<br />

translating them into inspiring and functional<br />

outdoor spaces.<br />

“Many people seek to create an outdoor<br />

paradise at home that has the look and feel of a<br />

resort location,” Dan Power of Power Concrete<br />

Construction in North Liberty said. “Whether<br />

it’s a custom concrete fire bowl, in-ground pool<br />

or outdoor bar, homeowners can experience<br />

the feeling of being away from it all.”<br />

Although the Midwest’s weather can constantly<br />

change, residents can make the most of<br />

the outdoors most of the year.<br />

“Iowa has nice weather for about eight<br />

months a year, and people want to extend their<br />

TOP: Keith and Theresa Bornbach’s wading cement pond, designed by Rick<br />

Whiteaker of Pool Tech in Cedar Rapids, is the perfect retreat for them and their<br />

grandchildren. Photo Dan Kempf<br />

ABOVE: Steve and Rene Ridge love to host family and friends at their pool<br />

designed by Rick Whiteaker of Pool Tech. Photo Doug Thompson<br />

living spaces outside,” architect Greg Sundberg of Sundberg<br />

Design in Cedar Rapids added.<br />

He said outdoor kitchens, patios, pergolas, pools, water<br />

features, seat walls, raised gardens and fire pits are popular<br />

choices for people who want to enjoy fresh air with<br />

family and friends.<br />

Sundberg designs a lot of outdoor living spaces with<br />

water features, pools and fire pits.<br />

“Fountains and waterfalls provide a sense of tranquility,<br />

movement and sound,” he said, noting that incorporating<br />

multiple elements in an outdoor setting allows the homeowner<br />

to use it more often.<br />

When it comes to helping people enjoy the water, Rick<br />

Whiteaker, senior construction manager at Pool Tech, a<br />

WGHK Inc. Company, has seen it all. The Cedar Rapids<br />

company builds custom pools and spas and sells Jacuzzi<br />

spas. Water can be used in many ways to provide a great<br />

experience and excellent value. ><br />

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Pool Planner<br />

The experts at Pool Tech, a<br />

WGHK Inc. Company, in Cedar<br />

Rapids, share some ideas for<br />

planning your dream pool area:<br />

TYPES<br />

In-ground concrete<br />

In-ground vinyl<br />

Portable hot tub<br />

Endless pool<br />

Attached spa<br />

SHAPES<br />

Round<br />

Rectangle<br />

Oval<br />

Freeform<br />

Natural<br />


Benches<br />

Vanishing edge<br />

Waterfall<br />

Fountain<br />

Rain wall<br />

Diving board<br />

Basketball/volleyball<br />

Slide<br />

FOR MORE<br />



TOP: Keith and Theresa Bornbach’s outdoor living space in Marion,<br />

designed by architect Greg Sundberg of Sundberg Design in Cedar Rapids,<br />

provides an oasis to read, have a drink or just relax. Photo Dan Kempf<br />

BOTTOM: This rectangular pool with fountains in Cedar Rapids, designed by<br />

Rick Whiteaker of Pool Tech in Cedar Rapids, includes an ample deck and<br />

a pool house designed by architect Greg Sundberg. Photo Tim Schoon<br />

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“Elements like moving water drown out<br />

the sound of traffic, and a spa with a pool<br />

provides therapy as well as recreation,”<br />

Whiteaker said. “To get started, we find out if<br />

they’ve been around pools and water features<br />

that made them feel great. We ask about their<br />

daytime and nighttime activities as well as<br />

children and safety. Once we get the elements<br />

on the table, we figure out how we can bring<br />

the experience they’re seeking to reality.”<br />

Many people question the usefulness of an<br />

in-ground pool in Iowa – especially with unpredictable<br />

weather – but heaters and covers<br />

provide Iowans considerable swim time.<br />

“In Arizona, they don’t heat pools, so they<br />

don’t swim until May,” Whiteaker explained.<br />

“Here, we typically open pools from late March<br />

to mid-April. With heaters and auto covers,<br />

you can swim until mid-October.”<br />

Lighting, ceiling fans and heaters can be<br />

added to porches and pergolas to extend the<br />

seasons of usage.<br />

“Pergolas are popular now because you<br />

get a sense of openness to the sky but also a<br />

sense of enclosure,” Sundberg said.<br />

Anytime is a good time to plan an outdoor<br />

space. Design may take several months as<br />

ideas evolve. Experts note that major outdoor<br />

construction projects are weather dependent<br />

and require curing time. ><br />

Steve and Rene Ridge’s upper fire pit area, designed<br />

by Dan Power of Power Concrete Construction in North<br />

Liberty, overlooks their sport pool. Photo Doug Thompson<br />

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Activities Galore<br />

Rene and Steve Ridge made functionality for their kids and<br />

grandkids the priority at their woodland home nestled along<br />

Crystal Creek near Cedar Rapids.<br />

“We set out to make Terrace Ridge a destination for our 15<br />

grandkids. The sport pool is situated with full visibility from the<br />

four-season porch, the upper deck, the lower patio, the gazebo<br />

and the fire pit landing,” Rene said.<br />

The Ridges love the natural setting with its clear view of the<br />

night sky and “critters of all kinds.” But their pool is tricked out<br />

with a tube slide and basketball and volleyball systems. A climbing<br />

wall, swing set and mini golf course are among the other activity<br />

options. An app controls the fountains, bubblers and music.<br />

“The pool and recreation area round out our ability to host<br />

other families as guests,” Steve said. “This is an estate that could<br />

serve many generations.”<br />

TOP: Garden walls and lush landscaping outline Laura and Duane<br />

Smith’s pool, pergola, fire circle and waterfall at their Cedar Rapids<br />

home. Photo Tim Schoon<br />

ABOVE: Dr. Charles and Barbara Clark updated their outdoor living<br />

space in Iowa City to be more natural. Involved in the remodel were Rick<br />

Whiteaker of Pool Tech in Cedar Rapids, Dan Power of Power Concrete<br />

Construction in North Liberty and Beale Landscaping. Photo Tim Schoon<br />

Chill Out<br />

Theresa and Keith Bornbach adore their low-maintenance<br />

waterfall and stream, wading pond and gazebo at their Marion<br />

home. Not only have their grandkids enjoyed the shallow pond,<br />

but Theresa enjoys it, too.<br />

“I love putting my lawn chair in the water by the waterfall and<br />

plants. It’s great for think time – or not thinking!” she said.<br />

The Bornbachs’ criteria included that it had to be very low<br />

maintenance while dressing up the end of the driveway. Friends<br />

recommended a water feature as a relaxing part of the plan, and<br />

Sundberg and Whiteaker worked with the couple and Smith<br />

Massman Landscape & Design in Cedar Rapids to make everything<br />

flow together.<br />

“We can be engaged in the outdoors in a very low-maintenance<br />

way,” Theresa said. “We can be outside more – reading<br />

the paper, having a drink and watching the football games – in a<br />

space that is completely different than inside the house.” ><br />

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Staycation Bliss<br />

Developing a “staycation” environment<br />

was the goal for Laura<br />

and Duane Smith. Garden walls<br />

and lush landscaping beautifully<br />

outline their pool, pergola,<br />

fire circle and waterfall at their<br />

Cedar Rapids home.<br />

“We spend as much time as<br />

we can in this space during the<br />

warm seasons. We’ve used it for<br />

simple family dinners to bigger<br />

family events and get-togethers<br />

like bridal showers – and even<br />

for larger events of 150 people,”<br />

Laura said.<br />

Like most of these projects,<br />

plans evolved and the scope<br />

changed at the Smiths’. The need<br />

for showers got wrapped into a<br />

“man cave” garage project that<br />

can hold more than 10 vehicles.<br />

“Our favorite part of having<br />

the space is the family time<br />

we’ve spent outside with our<br />

children and grandchildren,”<br />

Laura said. |<br />

The outdoor bar area in Cedar Rapids, designed by Dan Power of<br />

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et a grill<br />

what 's hot this season<br />

The folks at Spotix know a thing or two about<br />

outdoor living trends. The North Liberty<br />

e-commerce company sells fireplaces, fire pits,<br />

grills and related accessories to consumers and<br />

retailers, through its store Kick Ass Grills. Here are<br />

a few of the staff's favorites:<br />


Napoleon TQ285X-BL<br />

LIST PRICE: $353<br />


Lynx 42-Inch SmartGrill<br />

LIST PRICE: $10,359<br />


Napoleon PRO500RSIB<br />

Gas Grill<br />

LIST PRICE: $2,359<br />

With Napoleon’s Prestige<br />

500 Series, you get all of<br />

the high-end grill features<br />

without the high-end cost.<br />

Stainless steel tube burners<br />

with Napoleon's distinct<br />

stainless steel "wave" grill<br />

grates offer professional<br />

style sear marks while the<br />

included infrared rotisserie<br />

burner and side infrared<br />

sear zone provide enough<br />

space for larger meals.<br />

This portable propane<br />

grill from Napoleon<br />

provides a high<br />

performance grill for the<br />

on-the-go enthusiast.<br />

It features a large 285<br />

square inches of grilling<br />

surface and a 12,000 BTU<br />

capability. The durable<br />

porcelain cast iron<br />

cooking grid ensures a<br />

quality sear capable of<br />

surviving transportation. It<br />

sets up in 10 seconds and<br />

uses standard portable<br />

propane cylinders.<br />


Primo Round LG 280<br />

All-In-One Ceramic Smoker<br />

LIST PRICE: $953<br />

The Round LG 280 All-In-<br />

One Ceramic Smoker by<br />

Primo is one of the most<br />

innovative kamadostyle<br />

grills on the market,<br />

featuring a stainless steel<br />

cradle with two stainless<br />

steel side shelves, an ash<br />

tool and grid lifter. Primo<br />

has also included an<br />

ergonomic handle to make<br />

it even more user-friendly.<br />

The driving force behind<br />

this grill is the one-of-a-kind<br />

SmartApp and integrated<br />

electro-mechanical<br />

control valves that allow<br />

users to control the<br />

temperature remotely and<br />

monitor the grilling process.<br />

It features a 1.5Ghz Intel<br />

processor, 64GB of storage<br />

for music or recipes and<br />

Wi-Fi, making it the perfect<br />

summer companion for<br />

your iOS or Android device.<br />

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Fire Magic Echelon<br />

E1060s-51 Gas Grill<br />

LIST PRICE: $12,684<br />


American Muscle 36-Inch<br />

LIST PRICE: $10,699.88<br />


<strong>Summer</strong>set Alturi<br />

42-Inch Grill<br />

LIST PRICE: $7,299.88<br />

Centered around its<br />

distinctive cast red brass<br />

burners, each <strong>Summer</strong>set<br />

Alturi Series grill can throw<br />

out some serious heat. By<br />

using a durable material<br />

like brass, it naturally holds<br />

up better to the elements<br />

than inferior materials and<br />

can produce consistent<br />

high temperatures for<br />

maximum BBQ ability.<br />

At the heart of each<br />

Echelon grill rests the<br />

distinctive E-shaped<br />

burners made from cast<br />

stainless steel. Each is rated<br />

for up to a 28,750 BTUs<br />

for superior heat output<br />

and professional-style<br />

grilling. Bells and whistles<br />

include the Magic View<br />

Window, integrated digital<br />

grill thermometer, backlit<br />

LED control knobs, interior<br />

halogen lights, a built-in<br />

wood chip smoker and the<br />

robust side power burner.<br />


EVO Professional Series Grill<br />

LIST PRICE: $4,619<br />

The EVO is designed like<br />

a professional hibachi grill<br />

or your favorite diner's<br />

flat cooktop. Sear steaks,<br />

chops, chicken and fish<br />

for a restaurant-style crust<br />

or griddle hamburgers<br />

just like classic diners. If<br />

you're more of a breakfast<br />

person, cook pancakes,<br />

eggs and bacon on this<br />

handsome cooktop.<br />

The American Muscle Grill<br />

is modeled after the 1969<br />

Shelby GT 350 Mustang,<br />

complete with LED-lit grill<br />

knobs. This grill combines a<br />

dual fuel setup providing<br />

the convenience of gas<br />

with the unmistakable<br />

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Hot Sauces (and Rubs)<br />

The Grill Works at 763 Eighth Ave. in Marion carries more than 200 sauces, seasonings and<br />

rubs to enhance your grilled ribs, chicken, steak or veggies. It may seem overwhelming, but<br />

samples are offered on every product, so you can try before you buy. Owner Lisa Gilliatt<br />

shares a few of her recommendations:<br />

John Henry’s<br />

Pecan Rub – This<br />

sugar-based rub<br />

is fantastic on ribs,<br />

pork shoulder,<br />

pork loin, chicken,<br />

popcorn and<br />

more. The Grill<br />

Works carries a<br />

full line of John<br />

Henry’s products.<br />

Blues Hog<br />

Smokey<br />

Mountain BBQ<br />

Sauce - The<br />

Grill Works’<br />

best-selling<br />

BBQ sauce, it<br />

combines sweet<br />

and smoky<br />

along with a little<br />

kick at the end. The perfect finishing<br />

or basting sauce for chicken, ribs,<br />

pork, beef, and can be used in side<br />

dishes such as baked beans.<br />

Obie-Cue’s<br />

Steakmaker –<br />

Awarded “Best Rub<br />

in the Planet” in 1995,<br />

this spice mixture<br />

features lemon,<br />

Worcestershire, garlic<br />

and black pepper<br />

that brings the zing<br />

to steaks, burgers,<br />

fish, shrimp, veggies,<br />

mushrooms, gravies<br />

and dips.<br />

"Sure Shot" Sid's<br />

Gunpowder – The<br />

Grill Works’ bestselling<br />

product, this<br />

smoky seasoning is<br />

the perfect flavor<br />

enhancement to<br />

burgers, steaks and<br />

veggies. It is also<br />

great on popcorn,<br />

scrambled eggs<br />

and french fries.<br />

Char Crust<br />

Roasted Garlic<br />

Peppercorn –<br />

Savory roasted<br />

garlic and<br />

fresh cracked<br />

peppercorns<br />

showcase this<br />

seasoning used<br />

on steak, lamb,<br />

fish and roasted<br />

potatoes. Pour into a zip-lock<br />

bag, add meat and shake until<br />

well-coated. Then, place on a<br />

pre-heated grill. The seasoning will<br />

create a crispy crust on the outside<br />

while sealing the juices inside.<br />

Galena Canning<br />

Company Sweet<br />

Bourbon Glaze –<br />

Brush on grilled or<br />

smoked salmon,<br />

pork chops, pork loin<br />

or steak. Great as a<br />

finishing glaze or a<br />

dipping sauce.<br />

Kosmos Peach<br />

Habanero BBQ Sauce –<br />

Sweet peachy tartness<br />

combined with the kick<br />

of habanero pepper<br />

results in the perfect<br />

sauce for grilled<br />

favorites like chicken,<br />

ribs or pork.<br />

Brannen’s Sweet Habanero -<br />

This BBQ sauce is made with<br />

Sierra Nevada Brewery ales and<br />

mustards and<br />

contains no<br />

tomatoes.<br />

It's a perfect<br />

combination<br />

of sweet and<br />

spicy that<br />

compliments<br />

chicken, pork,<br />

spring rolls, hot<br />

wings and more.<br />

For more information, visit www.thegrillworks.net.<br />

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Sauce – Try this<br />

old fashioned,<br />

sweet, thick<br />

and smoky BBQ<br />

sauce on chicken, burgers<br />

or ribs. It's also the perfect<br />

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or little smokies in the crock pot.

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Wooded<br />

Retreat<br />

Solon lake home becomes<br />

couple’s permanent residence<br />



BEFORE<br />

AFTER<br />

Jeff and Sara Clark, who love to cook together, designed the kitchen<br />

in their Lake Macbride home to be in the center of the space to<br />

maximize the view. The Clarks tore down the dilapidated structure on<br />

the lot in 2012 and built their dream home facing the lake.<br />

LURE SUMMER <strong>2018</strong><br />


Jeff and Sara Clark had two basic priorities when they began looking for a lakefront<br />

property: He wanted to fish; she wanted to kayak.<br />

After deciding that Lake Macbride near Solon was a desirable location – the Cedar<br />

Rapids couple first entertained thoughts of a lake house in Minnesota but soon realized<br />

a seven-hour drive was impractical – they kept a watchful eye for properties to<br />

go on the market.<br />

In October 2011, they jumped at the chance to purchase an overgrown, south-facing lot<br />

on Lake Macbride that included a small house in “tear-down” condition.<br />

“We bought it and we were like, ‘Oh my gosh, what did we do?' Jeff recalled. “We never<br />

spent a night in that house.”<br />

The dilapidated structure was torn down in 2012, and the Clarks continued to be drawn<br />

to the pristine view of the lake with an undeveloped shoreline along the state park. ><br />

ABOVE: The open dining room is adjacent to the kitchen and den. Below, the kitchen<br />

is equipped with ample cupboard space as well as a separate wine refrigerator. It also<br />

includes a stainless steel double oven and stove. The home features nearly a dozen varieties<br />

of wood, including mahogany and two kinds of oak.<br />

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The screened porch,<br />

located just off the main<br />

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outdoor dining option<br />

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ABOVE: The outdoor patio is partially covered by the upper<br />

level deck. BELOW: A drawer in the master bath contains<br />

a strip of electrical outlets to keep Sara's hair styling tools<br />

handy, but out of sight. The master bedroom features<br />

walnut flooring hung horizontally on the wall in place of a<br />

headboard. The bed frame and nightstands, also in walnut,<br />

are built into the wall.<br />

Evolving Plans<br />

Their initial plans for a cabin evolved<br />

into a house. In November 2013, the<br />

foundation was poured and plans were<br />

underway to build a four-bedroom,<br />

three-and-a-half bath dream home<br />

where they would soon find themselves<br />

spending most of their time.<br />

Fast forward almost eight years to<br />

this summer, when Jeff and Sara will<br />

permanently move to their Lake Macbride<br />

address.<br />

“We never bought it with the intent<br />

of staying here,” Sara said. “But we just<br />

love it.”<br />

There’s a lot to love.<br />

The home was designed by Cedar Rapids<br />

architect Greg Sundberg and built by<br />

Flynn Homes. It’s a stunning combination<br />

of art and nature, with every detail accounted<br />

for to suit the couple’s interests.<br />

Natural Entertainment<br />

Jeff and Sara love to cook together, so the<br />

kitchen is located the middle of the main<br />

level rather than to one side so they can<br />

enjoy the view of the lake while standing<br />

at the stove or sink.<br />

On the opposite side of a breakfast<br />

bar topped in Brazilian granite is the living<br />

room, with comfortable seating facing<br />

the floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s<br />

no flat screen TV above the stone-front<br />

fireplace, and that’s by design.<br />

“This is our entertainment,” Sara said,<br />

gesturing toward the lake. “We want to<br />

look outside.”<br />

The home features nearly a dozen<br />

varieties of wood, which adds to its<br />

architectural interest.<br />

The varieties include hickory in the<br />

kitchen, mahogany in the den, red birch<br />

in the mud room and lower level bath,<br />

knotty alder doors, two kinds of oak,<br />

beech in the laundry room and walk-in<br />

closet, bamboo in the master bath, walnut<br />

in the master bedroom, and a knotty pine<br />

ceiling in the living room.<br />

It’s also special at every turn.<br />

While floor-to-ceiling windows face<br />

south, windows on the east and west<br />

side of the home offer privacy for the<br />

Clarks and their neighbors. The north<br />

windows are above the sight line, much<br />

closer to the ceiling than the floor. On the<br />

west side, a grid of 12-inch square glass<br />

blocks — flood the home with light on<br />

the first and second floors.<br />

The floor on the main level is Number<br />

2 oak, meaning it has knots and an<br />

oiled finish that makes it appear matte<br />

instead of glossy. The planks are also of<br />

various widths, adding to the already<br />

unique character. ><br />

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ABOVE: The soaking tub in the master bath was special-ordered<br />

from Germany. Sara likes to soak while enjoying natural light<br />

and a view of the water. BOTTOM: The open staircase leading<br />

to the second level was Jeff's vision. The two-story glass block<br />

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Transom windows in the master<br />

bath provide natural light to the<br />

adjacent hallway on the second level.<br />

In the master bath is a soaking tub<br />

the Clarks ordered from a company in<br />

Germany. Sara likes to soak and look<br />

out at the water through the south-facing<br />

window.<br />

In the master bedroom, walnut<br />

flooring hung horizontally on the wall<br />

serves as a design detail in place of<br />

a headboard, and the bedframe and<br />

night stands – also in walnut – are<br />

built into the wall instead of sitting on<br />

the floor.<br />

The open staircase from the first to<br />

the second level is a beautiful oak and<br />

iron structure that Jeff admits he was<br />

particular about.<br />

“Architectural appeal was a priority<br />

and I was pretty adamant about having<br />

stairs like this,” he said. ><br />

The lower level of the home features a<br />

family room for watching TV and playing<br />

games. It has a kitchenette and full<br />

bathroom along with two bedrooms, to<br />

accommodate overnight guests.<br />

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Full-Time Vacation Home<br />

Outdoors, a custom-made spiral staircase provides<br />

easy access from the main level deck to the patio on<br />

the ground level.<br />

“People will boat by and yell at us that they like<br />

the staircase,” Sara said.<br />

These and other show-stopping details, in tandem<br />

with impeccable furnishings in an organic color palate,<br />

make the home feel comfortable and inviting.<br />

In the mornings, Sara sits in the living room with<br />

a cup of tea, looking out at the water and perhaps<br />

catching a glimpse of a bald eagle or an osprey, or<br />

watching a sailboat glide by.<br />

“It’s a good way to start the day,” she said. “It’s so<br />

peaceful.”<br />

Jeff likes to spend time in his workshop, located on<br />

the lower level in a 20-by-20 room under the garage.<br />

Here he’s building his third boat, a 15-foot rowboat –<br />

further proof that he was meant to live on the water.<br />

The lower level is equipped to host their two<br />

grown daughters and their husbands – and first<br />

grandchild – complete with a kitchenette, full bath<br />

and TV room with sliding glass doors leading directly<br />

to the water.<br />

Aside from realizing the need for a bit more<br />

storage space, Jeff and Sara said there’s nothing they<br />

would change.<br />

“When we walk in the door, we still pinch ourselves,”<br />

Jeff said.<br />

“We feel like we’re on vacation,” Sara added.<br />

“Which is why we love being here.” |<br />

TOP: The floor-to-ceiling windows give the<br />

Clarks a serene view of Lake Macbride.<br />

ABOVE: Jeff is building a rowboat in his<br />

workshop in the lower level of the home.<br />

LURE SUMMER <strong>2018</strong><br />


Mystical Miniatures<br />

Imagination takes center stage in fairy gardens<br />


Josh Spece, co-owner<br />

of In the Country<br />

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on the cutting edge of<br />

a garden trend when<br />

his shop in rural<br />

Independence opened<br />

seven years ago. ><br />

Sue Spece and her son Josh own In the Country<br />

Garden & Gifts in Independence where they offer<br />

a variety of sedum plants, shown above, that are<br />

used for ground cover. Photos Cindy Hadish<br />

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Fairy gardens were coming in vogue at the time and have<br />

since seen their popularity soar, moving into the mainstream<br />

with accessories sold even at big box stores.<br />

At first, Mr. Spece had to search to offer the miniature<br />

cottages, animal figurines and other embellishments that<br />

gardeners use to personalize the tiny gardens.<br />

"Now, every garden company makes their own line," he said.<br />

"Pretty much anything you can think of, they make it in miniature:<br />

benches, arbors, stepping stones, gazing balls, animals."<br />

At his family-owned business, hostas – the popular foliage<br />

plants that thrive in shade – are the number-one sellers, but<br />

fairy garden accessories and the plants that grow in those<br />

gardens also remain hot items.<br />

Spece cites the wide array of plants and whimsical accessories<br />

among the reasons for the popularity of fairy gardens,<br />

along with the space requirements. ><br />

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n Use plants that won't outgrow the space. Some<br />

companies sell "baby" plants that eventually grow too<br />

large for fairy gardens.<br />

n Succulents, which tolerate drought and in many<br />

instances, stay small, are the main plants Mr. Spece<br />

recommends for fairy gardens.<br />

n For fairy gardens planted in the shade, some<br />

miniature varieties of hosta work well, but don't<br />

combine with succulents, which need sun to grow.<br />

n Plant in a wooden box, old wagon, shallow drawer<br />

or other container to bring inside during the winter.<br />

Some plants can survive Iowa's cold, but others do not<br />

and the accessories will last longer if brought indoors.<br />

n Potting soil can be covered with materials such as<br />

pebbles, terrarium bark or dried Spanish moss for a<br />

natural look.<br />

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Accessories are just as important as the plants in<br />

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and fairy air arrangement. Photos Cindy Hadish<br />

"It's a fun thing that anyone can do," he said. "You<br />

don't need much room. You can put it outdoors or<br />

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A fairy figurine in a flowing purple dress sits in a<br />

tiny swing hung from a tree branch, surrounded by<br />

mystical plants, colorful toadstools and miniature<br />

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Pinterest offers a seemingly endless number of<br />

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For would-be gardeners needing a bit of guidance,<br />

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Spece said children enjoy the workshops, but<br />

adults – mostly women – are equally enthralled with<br />

fairy gardens.<br />

Many return to the shop regularly, attracted by the<br />

latest lines of accessories and new varieties of plants.<br />

"We're always looking for something new and<br />

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Some of that includes new varieties of old favorites,<br />

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Many of the latest tropical-looking succulents are not winter<br />

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In addition to the increasingly popular succulents, he<br />

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"They can go as extravagant or as simple as they want," he<br />

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The Iowa Energy Center at Iowa State University notes that solar electricity-producing<br />

devices, called photovoltaics, have universal appeal in their<br />

ability to directly convert light into electricity.<br />

"Working photovoltaics have no moving parts, are relatively simple in<br />

design, need very little maintenance and are environmentally benign," the<br />

center notes on its website. "They simply and silently produce electricity<br />

whenever they are exposed to light."<br />

Don Otto, owner of Iowa City-based DPO Construction, said photovoltaic<br />

systems are becoming more affordable for both homeowners and businesses.<br />

"It's starting to be more feasible," said Otto, who has been building energy-efficient<br />

homes since 1978. "It's certainly a thing that can pay for itself in<br />

seven to 10 years."<br />

He noted that a building's site must be suitable for photovoltaic installation,<br />

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The 4.5 kilowatt ground mount<br />

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south-facing roof on their home, located in southeast Cedar Rapids.<br />

They also considered a tracking system, which follows the sun across the<br />

sky, but could not get the necessary equipment into their backyard, she said,<br />

citing that system’s higher cost as another facet in their decision.<br />

The couple began their process by getting estimates and interviewing<br />

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They decided to size the system so it would cover about four-fifths of their<br />

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The 15 panels have microinverters – meaning there is an inverter for<br />

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Three galvanized steel posts are anchored into the ground, with concrete<br />

footings to support the steel rack for the panels.<br />

Eryn said the system is tied to the energy grid, so it inverts energy at the<br />

panels, then runs to the house where the couple's energy production and<br />

consumption are calculated by a dual meter on the house. ><br />

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"In the summer, we obviously produce<br />

more because there are more daylight hours,<br />

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well, because we're running the air conditioner,"<br />

Eryn said.<br />

Alliant lists a credit when their system<br />

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"Sometimes we are about even, which<br />

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Mr. Otto said advancements in technology,<br />

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the future of photovoltaic systems that combine<br />

energy efficiency with aesthetic appeal.<br />

"I think it's a wonderful thing we can do for<br />

ourselves, for our pocketbooks and the Earth,"<br />

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now, but it pays you back in the future." |<br />

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LURE SUMMER <strong>2018</strong><br />


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KALONA<br />

Kalona Brewing Company<br />

405 B. Ave.<br />

(319) 656-3335<br />

www.kalonabrewing.com<br />

As the meeting town for riders and their<br />

support teams on July 27, Kalona will<br />

be a prime spot for lunch. The route will<br />

lead bikers into town on Highway 1 and<br />

through downtown where activities and<br />

vendors will line the streets, according<br />

to City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh.<br />

Stages for bands will be set up from<br />

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. near Tuscan Moon, a<br />

quaint Italian restaurant at 203 Fifth<br />

St., and the Kalona Brewing Company<br />

(KBC) at 405 B. Ave. General Manager<br />

Elliot Lamb said KBC will have beer and<br />

food tents in the downtown area, as well<br />

as a limited menu inside the brewery/<br />

restaurant for customers looking for a<br />

sit-down meal. While they are working<br />

on a special beer for that day, the folks<br />

at KBC also recommend Free Range or<br />

Kalona Classic for drinkers in the mood<br />

for a light beer and Sucha Much for<br />

those wanting a full-bodied IPA.<br />




Murphy’s Bar and Grill<br />

71 E. First St., Riverside<br />

(319) 648-2888<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

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As a RAGBRAI rider himself, owner<br />

Jerry Murphy has been in many bars<br />

during the ride. As a bar and grill<br />

owner, he has always had opinions of<br />

what works well and what could be<br />

done better. Now he gets his chance.<br />

Although Riverside has been hosting<br />

Trekfest in June for Star Trek fans,<br />

an event the size of RAGBRAI has<br />

never been in town. With upward<br />

of 10,000 people traveling through,<br />

he realizes he has to operate his<br />

business a little differently that<br />

day. “Riders aren’t looking for<br />

full, heavy meal,” he says out of<br />

experience. “They are looking for a<br />

snack.” With that in mind, Murphy’s<br />

regular menu will be “nonexistent<br />

until after 6 p.m.” Instead, they will<br />

feature just four or five items, such<br />

as hamburgers and half-breaded<br />

tenderloins. “There will be smaller<br />

portions and smaller prices,” Murphy<br />

says. While riders are welcome to<br />

come in, he plans to have tents out<br />

back to add extra space.

HILLS<br />

Old 218 Tap<br />

108 E. Main St.<br />

(319) 679-2277<br />

www.facebook.com/Old218Tap<br />

Old 218 Tap is no stranger to events<br />

that attract big crowds. For the past<br />

couple years, the Hills hotspot has<br />

hosted a Poker Run benefit that<br />

brings in about 250 motorcycles,<br />

plus their riders and passengers.<br />

Co-owner Daniel Zwick says the full<br />

menu won’t be available the day<br />

RAGBRAI rolls into town. “It will<br />

be a little different than what the<br />

riders will get at other places,” he<br />

said. That will likely include burgers<br />

made fresh by hand, including crowd<br />

favorites “Old 218” and “Country<br />

Boy.” The beer garden in the back<br />

will be extended to accommodate the<br />

exhausted bikers who are nearly at<br />

the end of their ride that day. A local<br />

band will provide entertainment for<br />

those wanting to sit back and relax<br />

with a cold one or those with enough<br />

energy left to get up and dance.<br />

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The July 27 ride will end up in<br />

Iowa City, which is hosting its<br />

first overnight stop since 1976.<br />

Downtown Iowa City will be the<br />

hub of entertainment in true blockparty<br />

style. “RAGBRAI riders should<br />

expect a truly authentic Iowa City<br />

cultural and culinary experience,”<br />

Nancy Bird, executive director of the<br />

Downtown Association and member<br />

of the executive committee, said at<br />

the reveal event in April. “Not only is<br />

Iowa City home to the Hawkeyes, but<br />

also to more than 100 restaurants<br />

and bars that will provide exceptional<br />

local flavor.” For more information,<br />

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