Find Unique Features in Dahl Custom Homes         

Article by Cindy Hadish
Photography by Justin Fox

An award-winning house in Marion, designed with an array of unique features, is move-in ready to become someone’s new home.

Located at 1425 Foxborough Drive, Marion, the split-bedroom, atrium staircase home won its price category in the 2017 Fall Parade of Homes.

It’s no wonder.
Even before stepping through the front door, those distinctive characteristics are evident, with a stamped concrete stoop and bordered service walk. Smoky gray tones in the stacked stone and exterior siding give the home a stately elegance in the Hunters Field subdivision of Marion, just a short distance from Linn-Mar High School.

Those gray tones echo inside, complementing the dark mountain-smoke hickory flooring and accents throughout the house. An entrance from the three-stall garage offers the perfect drop zone with a wide bench and plenty of space for backpacks and coats. At the same time, the drop zone sets the tone for the home’s rustic ambiance combined with unique features, such as shiplap board stained in a deep espresso hue.

With more than 3,300 square feet of finished space, the five-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home has plenty of room for a large family or guest rooms for visitors and entertaining.

The main entrance provides the first view of the stunning great room, with a floor-to-ceiling cultured stone fireplace and dark wooden ceiling beams that carry that rustic feel into the living space. A wood and metal light fixture serves as the perfect accompaniment, bringing out the color tones found in the great room and kitchen.

A lighted wall niche at the main entrance offers a spot for art or other special collectibles, while ample shelving in the great room provides more space for photos and keepsakes. Those shelves are among the one-of-a-kind features in the house, having been upcycled from an old telephone pole.

The laundry room is set off from the main living space with a sliding barn door – adding another rustic touch – and a half-bath is located in a convenient spot off the entrance.
More unique features are found in the kitchen, with fingerprint-resistant GE Slate Appliances in a matte finish that offer a warmer tone than typical stainless steel, as well as a walk-in pantry with ribbed glass in its door.

Granite counter tops in the kitchen island offer hints of gray that complement the backsplash tile and kitchen shelving is available on both sides of the cabinets to showcase favorite glasses or beloved dishes. The kitchen also includes a pot-filler faucet to conveniently fill tea kettles, stock pots and more.

Large windows let natural light stream into the dining nook, while a striking metal light fixture provides “a different touch,” for the space, said Keri Dahl, of Dahl Custom Homes.

The same is true in the master bathroom, where one of the most unusual features of the home is found. Dahl said the sunken tiled bathtub is a rarity that particularly fascinated visitors on the Parade of Homes.

“It’s something we tried that’s a little different,” she said, adding that the tub, lit by an exquisite chandelier, lends a “spa feel” to the master bath. A custom-tiled shower with a large rain showerhead features mosaic tile that matches the tiled tub, while raised double-vessel sinks provide yet another distinctive feature with a vintage look.

The master bedroom, with ample room for a king-sized bed, features a tray ceiling, two matching light fixtures and textured wallpaper that gives an illusion of wood paneling.

At the other end of the home, two bedrooms have large closets and are divided by a full bathroom with a linen closet conveniently located in the hallway.

Triple windows allow more natural light into the atrium staircase, leading to a spacious patio with built-in fire pit and plenty of room for outdoor entertaining.

Entertainment options also abound in the lower level, which features a large rec room with recessed lighting and a wet bar with double beverage refrigerators.

Two bedrooms and a full bathroom are also located in the lower level, along with an expansive room that could be used for an office, exercise room or hobby room.

While most of the basement is finished – including storage space or a play area for children under the stairs – unfinished space also is available to serve for storage.

Dahl Custom Homes offers an average construction time from the day ground is broken to finish in just three to four months, allowing homeowners to enjoy their new home as soon as possible. At the same time, every home is built to last, with high-quality craftsmanship.

Call Dahl Custom Homes at 319-929-4700 or 319-480-2333 to schedule a free consultation for your future home.

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