Many of the tree-lined streets in Adel are showing off their lush green leaves after the spring rains; such is the case on Rapids street where Jim and Nicki Stajcar reside.
The immaculate home at 1202 Rapids was built in 1890. It encompasses a number of architectural traditions that were combined to create houses to celebrate Colonial America. This particular house falls under the Colonial Revival heading. Colonial Revival became a popular American house style after it was featured at the 1876 U.S. Centennial Exposition.
The Stajcars bought the house in 1976. Nicki grew up just a few blocks down the street. Her grandfather, Amos, and her father, Dick Shinn, owned a small grocery store on Main Street from 1941 until 1979.
The 1.5-story house has three bedrooms, two baths, living room, dining room, family room, kitchen, basement and a detached garage.The design has a greater roof-to-wall ratio that allows dormers, adding to the detail of the roof and overall curb appeal of the house. A central entrance is flanked by large windows on the front elevation. Jim and Nicki added the family room in 1987.
The kitchen has been remodeled adding a cook top with induction technology, new countertops, flooring and new cabinetry. The window wall in the family room provides a view of the backyard that is enhanced by a waterfall, goldfish pond and numerous bird feeders. The area is certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Both the front and back yards are well tended adding color that complements the house. The property includes several mature trees.
The interior is rich with wood trim. The original dark woodwork throughout the house was reproduced to a beautifully-designed oak by local contractor and craftsman Mark Heefner. Heefner also designed the fireplace surround to complement the woodwork.
When decorating Nicki chose furniture that fits, and art work by Warren Kimble, America’s best known living folk artist. Prominent pieces of furniture include a Duncan Phyfe dining table and a walnut baby crib. Jim’s great-great-uncle cut the tree, dried the wood and crafted the crib. Jim and seven of his siblings started out in this beautiful crib.
Nicki serves on the Dallas County Agricultural Extension Council, and is retired from the State of Iowa. Jim, like Nicki, grew up in Dallas County and is retired from MidAmerican Energy.