When Kent and Terri Krueger decided to move more than eight years ago, one of the features they were looking for in a new home was a walkout basement.
They got that — and more — when they purchased a home on Southeast Waywin Drive in a fairly new development area in Ankeny.
“There were several things that attracted us to this particular house,” says Terri. “The walkout, finished basement was the big thing, but the two-tier deck on the east side of the house didn’t hurt anything, either.”
The Krueger home features an 1,100-plus square foot “family area” downstairs, an 1,100-plus square foot main first floor and a nearly 500 square foot area upstairs.
The walk-out finished downstairs is large enough to handle a television viewing area so the couple can invite friends over when an Iowa State game is being televised. There is still space left for an office area, a full-sized bathroom and a nice storage area.
The main floor of the house features a living room area and a dining room area just off the kitchen. The two-tier deck is just off the dining room. The master bedroom with full bath is also on the main floor, as is a half bath. Upstairs is two bedrooms and another full bath.
“What we like the home is that it is big enough that we can have family come and stay with us,” says Terri.
That includes their very first grandchild, Addilyn, who is a frequent visitor.
“We fixed up a bedroom upstairs especially for ‘Addi’, ” says Kent. “We also like the location of the house. Ankeny is a great place to live, and there is plenty to do here. And we have easy access to Interstate 35.”
The couple moved from Grimes into their new home in 2004. The previous owners had only lived in the home three years.
“We have done some things to upgrade the home a little,” says Terri. “We put down a wood floor in the living room and dining area. We also painted a couple of the rooms.”
Other than that, the home has been relatively maintenance free.
“We didn’t want to build or buy a brand new home,” says Terri. “This home was less than five years old when we bought it, so it was just right for us. We love it here.”