SIOUX CITY – There isn’t another home in Sioux City’s Whispering Creek neighborhood quite like Ryan and Megan Lawrey’s farmhouse-style home on Wildbloom Court.
The 2,700 square foot black and white bungalow with a red front door was inspired by Megan Lawrey’s grandparents’ old farmhouse near Allen, Nebraska. Lawrey said his family still owns the farm the house is on.
“It was just something that always stuck with us,” she said as she stood in front of a spacious white quartz island in her bright and airy kitchen, which is open to the living room and dining room. to eat.
DeRocher Brothers Construction of Akron, Iowa, broke ground on the new five-bedroom custom build in July 2020. Less than a year later, the Lawreys moved in with their 13-year-old son Brogyn and 17-year-old daughters Pehdyn. and Falyn, 15.
A large open kitchen, which has a gray subway tile backsplash and a mix of black and white cabinetry, was a must for Megan Lawrey, who loves to cook and cook. She said she chose the GE Café Series appliances, which feature gold accents, before any other work was done inside the house. A classic farmhouse sink with an exposed apron and a wine fridge are other highlights of the space.
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“The kitchen is really our gathering place,” said Lawrey, who noted that the island was designed specifically for Pehdyn, who uses a wheelchair. “The ending is built especially for her. She’s able to get in there on her own. We’ve set up the microwave on the island so Pehdyn can access it.”
The warm living room has a rustic wood mantle and an electric fireplace. This is where Lawrey says the whole family “hangs out.” Light pours into the space, which is painted in a shade of light gray, through floor-to-ceiling windows. A wooden console with four red bar stools behind the L-shaped sofa provides additional seating.
“It’s really amazing in the summer,” Lawrey said of the natural light. “We put tint on (the windows) because it’s so hot.”
Additional shelves around the fireplace provide a place to display framed inspirational quotes, family photos and keepsakes. Where a Christmas tree currently stands, Lawrey displays an old pew pew. Vintage pieces are scattered throughout the house. A chest from the Lawrey, Nebraska family farm sits in the lobby, while old windows serve as decorations in the dining room. An antique telephone hangs on a wall indicating the separation between the dining room and the kitchen.
“I bought my first house before I was 25 and started accumulating things very slowly,” Lawrey said.
On the west side of the house you will find three of the bedrooms, one of which is used as a craft room. Lawrey does vinyl and sublimation t-shirt printing, as well as sign making. Her husband has a shop in the garage, where he works with wood.
Although the vast majority of the home’s interior palette is neutral, the Lawreys let the kids choose the color of one of the walls in their bedroom.
“We kept gray throughout, but each of the kids had to pick a wall, a color, although I didn’t agree with that. We still let them individualize their own rooms,” Lawrey said.
The bright yellow Falyn chose for her accent wall matches the bird-themed comforter on her bed. Brogyn, who loves to play Xbox, chose blue for his gaming-inspired bedroom. The two sibling bedrooms are connected by a Jack and Jill bathroom with double vanity, shower, separate dresser and ample closet space. The counters, fixtures and cabinets in the bathrooms of the house match those in the kitchen.
“I wanted everything to be separate so that two teenagers could still be here getting ready at the same time. If anyone needed to shower, brush their teeth, go to the bathroom, they could do it. “, Lawrey said.
On the east side of the house you will find the owners’ suite, Pehdyn’s bedroom, a safe, laundry room and a dog watering/feeding station for the family’s three Labradors, Maverick, Sergeant and Major. The home’s rustic-looking waterproof and scratch-resistant flooring makes cleaning up after pooches that much less of a hassle.
Lawrey said the couple wanted to keep Pehdyn, who has an undiagnosed neuromuscular disease, close to them overnight because of his mobility limitations. They gave her her own suite with a wheelchair-accessible full bathroom.
“Her biggest thing is she can go everywhere here with her wheelchair and she has this 5-foot turnaround all over the place,” Lawrey said. “Even in her closet, she can access her lower hanging clothes. She has room for her own chair. She has a hospital bed, but it doesn’t look like a hospital bed.”
East High School student Pehdyn opted for a light blue accent wall in her bedroom with white feather sconces.
“She loves dreamcatchers. She recently became obsessed with Tom Holland in ‘Spider-Man,'” Lawrey said, pointing to the pillow on the actor’s photo-printed bed. “She’s by no means a feminine girl. There’s nothing hot pink or brightly colored, like her sister.”
The owners’ suite has a dressing room and a large bathroom with walk-in shower. The bedroom is painted light gray and has a tray ceiling.
Lawrey said she was initially not a fan of the ceiling when it was built. Now she said she loved it.
“It just makes it feel bigger,” she said.