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Life on the fringe

Posted July 31, 2013 in Community Featured, Johnston
Brandon and Stacy Minor can see corn fields from the back door of their home.

Brandon and Stacy Minor can see corn fields from the back door of their home.

Tucked out in Johnston’s extreme northwest corner, Brandon and Stacy Minor enjoy living on the fringes.

“It’s as close as we’re ever going to get to living on the frontier,” Brandon says. “There’s still corn out my back door.”

The relative isolation is the primary reason why the couple chose to become one of the first families to buy a lot in their neighborhood. Not only did they like the feeling of being on their own, but they grew to enjoy watching the city catch up to them.

“When we built here, there was one house about three lots to the east,” Brandon recalls. “Other than that, it was just flat and open. Then we watched as more houses started and more families moved in.”

“It’s really given us a special feeling of ownership with our neighborhood,” Stacy adds. “We didn’t move in here; we built here. Welcoming in the other families and watching the neighborhood grow has made us all very close.”

The Minor’s 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home is situated on a half-acre of land and features north and south facing windows. Inside, the couple has opted for a more closed floor plan, with a smallish living room that leads into a galley kitchen with marble countertops and brushed steel fixtures. The master bedroom and attached bath are also located on the main floor, along with access to the attached two-car garage.

Upstairs, the couple has two additional bedrooms, which they use currently as offices, and the second bath. The upstairs also houses the laundry room and a small storage space. Down below, the house features a half-finished basement that the couple hopes to complete within the next year. Plans include a full bar, and the basement is already wired for surround sound and equipped with a television and stereo built into a recessed shelf on the north wall.

“We don’t really have a space to entertain as much as we’d like to now,” Brandon says. “So the basement is going to be our place to congregate.”

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