Terry and Terri Kuhns researched many home designs before hiring an architect to build their dream home.
Wanting to raise their children in a smaller community and with the desire to move from their home in Des Moines back to their roots in Winterset, the Kuhns purchased 1.5 acres located at 1923 Patricia Acres from Terry’s brother, and in 1989 made their dream home a reality. Situated in the southwest corner of Winterset, their location offers them the benefit of living in town while also enjoying the scenery many rural Madison County residents enjoy.
Their 2,300-square-foot, two-story frame home features a beautiful entry hall with open staircase, a great room with a beautiful limestone fireplace and an open, eat-in kitchen, as well as a den, formal dining room, half bath and laundry room on the first floor. Upstairs you find a beautiful hallway leading to the three bedrooms. The master bedroom features a bath en suite and walk-in closet while the kids’ bedrooms feature a unique Jack and Jill bath with private vanities. A wonderful feature of the home is the arched window at the top of the stairs which boasts a beautiful view of their pond and the scenery around them, giving them spectacular views with each changing season.
The Kuhns’ home is tastefully decorated with prized family heirlooms and wonderful modern pieces which gives it a welcoming and relaxing feel.
Both Terry and Terri grew up in Winterset as high school sweethearts, graduating in 1976 and both moving to Des Moines. Terry began working for his father-in-law at Doc’s Soft Water in 1980 and purchased the business, located on West Jefferson, in 1985. Terry’s parents were from the Afton area but moved to Winterset when he was 2. His mother was the grill cook at Montross for 28 years, and his father was in construction.
Terri (formerly Terri Griffiths) worked for Des Moines Sewing Machine Company from 1979 to 1993. In 1993 she purchased the Village Bootery, located on the south side of the Winterset square. Terri also proudly enjoys her family heritage in Winterset as her maternal great-grandmother had ancestral ties to Kaleb and Ruth Clark, one of Winterset’s founding families.
The Kuhns have two children — daughter Kelsey from Norwalk and son Jordan, a senior in college. They also have a granddaughter, 15-month-old Avary, and a poodle, Blade.