Ted Williams was looking for two things in a home when he, his wife and only son moved to Des Moines 19 years ago.
First, their soon-to-be new home had to be in the right school district. Second, the house had to have three levels. Williams and his family found the right home at 413 51st St. in Des Moines.
“We weren’t really looking for anything fancy,” says Williams. “I am more into function and comfort than I am style and fashion. This home suited our needs then, and it still suits my needs.”
Finding a home in a good school district was the most important thing for Williams when the family moved from Red Bank, N.J., to Des Moines.
“My wife and I did some research and determined that Roosevelt was the school we wanted our son to go to,” Williams says. “It had the academics we wanted for our son as well as the right social environment.”
Williams and his family lived at 3000 Grand before finding the house he currently lives in. It is a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom three-level home — approximately 2,500 square feet of living area.
The reason why the house had to be three levels is because Williams owns and operates his own business from his home —The Williams Group, a human resource consulting and training firm.
His office takes all of the first level — a walkout basement. The area has a huge sitting area where Williams sometimes conducts presentations for his clients. It opens up into a screened-in porch and an open area with a barbecue and bar area.
“There are many times where I have had clients over and conducting meetings out in the screened porch area,” he says. “It is a relaxing sitting out there in the fresh breeze. Sometimes my clients are dealing with some pretty stressful issues. It helps to have a relaxing setting.”
Williams keeps the first level totally separated from his family’s living space. The second level features a kitchen area with a small eating area, a full-sized dining room area and a living room area. The wood floors highlight the second area. The second level also has the same comfortable feeling as Williams’ office area. And that is by design, says Williams.
“The living room, for example, is designed to encourage conversation,” he says. “We don’t have a television in that room because we want to encourage people to talk to each other.”