Larry and Rae Mullica are active people, and their home is growing to reflect that.
Larry is the owner of Commander Carpet Care in Des Moines, and Rae helps out in the office and takes care of the home. However, when the two aren’t busy keeping Des Moines’ floors pretty, the Mullicas teach swing dancing and founded the social dance group Step Into Swing. So, since moving into their home in October of 2009, the Mullicas have set out to remodel their basement to include space for music and band practice, as well as a dance floor to give lessons on and to practice their competitive routines.
Above the work-in-progress basement, the main floor of the home is 1,195 square feet featuring a wide open floor plan and high ceilings. With no built-in division between the living room and kitchen, the main living area of the home is spacious and uncluttered, giving the home an airy feel. The kitchen has the laundry room off to one side.
“I really like the laundry room,” Rae says. “It’s on the main floor, so I don’t have to be running up and down stairs, and I can get my laundry done while I’m cooking or whatever.”
Beyond the living room are the home’s two bedrooms. The master bedroom features a private bath, which includes its own walk-in closet.
“I really like having the walk-in closet right inside the bathroom,” says Rae. “It just feels like you have all this space.”
It’s a practical advantage as well.
“Where do you spend most of your time getting dressed and undressed? The bathroom. So having all my clothes right in here to choose from just makes sense,” she says.
The master bedroom overlooks the community’s small lake, and the home is surrounded by an unfenced yard on all four sides. In addition to finishing the basement, the Mullicas would like to enhance the outside of the home in the future.
“We’d like to add a deck to the front,” said Rae. “But that will have to wait until we’re done with the downstairs.”