Spec House
surface area
2,477 sq. ft.
Iowa City
project Type
New Construction
Jan 29, 2018

The right choices have a major impact. With grand stature and an open floor plan, this home perfects smart design. Its narrow lot demanded creative planning, and the resulting structure succeeds with maximum impact on all three levels.  Here you’ll find picture-perfect street presence and an inviting front porch, welcoming you to sumptuous, functional spaces.  

This exceptional property is the artistic and practical result of original design by the Elevation Home Builder construction team.

Main-level rooms essential to today’s homebuyers, including a mudroom for Iowa’s varying seasons, formal living and dining areas, an open kitchen and walk-in pantry, plus a powder room, have been beautifully accommodated.  Cozy spaces are provided, but they remain open enough to allow light to pass from one end of the home to the other. Designed to extend living spaces outdoors, the home was designed with a continuous flow featuring two French doors on the front of the home and a tall wall of glass sliders on the back. Also expanding space, the upper and lower staircases are open with traditionally-designed balusters with a dark grey contrast enhancing interior design details.

In high style, the kitchen offers the modern functionality required for casual or formal entertaining. A walk-in pantry provides bountiful storage space, while the peninsula anchors the formal and informal dining areas, allowing for a small eat-in breakfast area.  A gleaming but practical quartz counter is run up the wall above the gas range in place of a traditional tile backsplash, which is topped by a stainless vent hood.  A microwave is built into the cabinetry. The kitchen has a transitional look that complements the home’s vintage architecture. Modern brushed gold pulls and knobs and a large apron sink look to the past, while sleek, stainless appliances by Samsung and contemporary-styled light fixtures put a modern spin on tradition. Perimeter cabinets are maple, painted in white with decorative crown molding that complements the white molding and trimwork along the main-level walls. Countertops feature marble-grained quartz that create a dramatic finishing touch.

Continuing the appealing decor, the upper level includes hardwood-like luxury-vinyl plank to match the main level’s flooring. Here you will find a cove ceiling in the master bedroom with an ensuite tiled bath and walk-in closet.  There are two additional bedrooms, a bath, and a laundry off the upper landing.  

The lower level’s flooring is also luxury vinyl plank, and its family room features a second fireplace with a tiled surround. There is also a glass door showcasing a wine cellar, a wet bar including a glass-fronted wine refrigerator and glass-door upper cabinets, and slider doors that open to a fourth bedroom with a bath that can be used to accommodate overflow from large gatherings in the family room.  

Elegant and efficient use of space is not limited to this home’s interior. A stamped-concrete patio features a gas firepit and a gas line to install a gas grill. A breeze-way features dark stained shiplap detail in the ceiling and passage to the garage. Two side yards are accessed by limestone steps. Cedar fencing provides privacy and defines the yard spaces.

This home has excellent quality, comfortable features, and a convenient location in the Peninsula Neighborhood.  Along with these desirable attributes, it has the exquisite style and well-crafted detail sought by sophisticated future owners.  

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