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Love at first sight

Posted January 14, 2015 in Community Featured, Grimes

In 2001 Nicholas and Teri Mayer visited a Grimes open house as a joke.  The couple just assumed the stunning, custom home was out of their price range.

What started out as a joke turned into finding the perfect home for the Mayer family. Left: Nathan, Haley, Megan and Jordan Mayer.

What started out as a joke turned into finding the perfect home for the Mayer family. Left: Nathan, Haley, Megan and Jordan Mayer.

It was love at first sight. Even better, they realized they could make it work within budget.

“We knew we had to have it. The huge, eat in kitchen with walk-in pantry was attractive to our big family,” Teri Mayer explains. “The house has seven pocket doors and you don’t see those anymore. We lived in a smaller home on Clark Lane and raising four kids in a three-bedroom, smaller two-story was not working.”

The Mayers are seasoned do-it-yourselfers.  They’ve painted all the rooms, laid ceramic tile in the kitchen, put hardwood floors in the dining room and re-carpeted. Teri says many of her house memories include projects.

“After moving in, I had three out of four kids in the drive cleaning the screens with brushes and buckets of water,” she says. “Over the years, they’ve helped paint the inside and the exterior. Our eldest son put up most of the boards on the back privacy fence.”

The Mayers adore their home.  A room above the garage, added storage features and the three-season room are just a few of the interior bonuses.  In the finished basement, Nicholas created his own “Iowa Hawkeye Haven.” 

Teri’s favorite space is one of the home’s most impressive architectural details.

“I love, love, love my wrap around porch,” she exclaims.  “In the spring and summer I could sit there all evening, just relaxing and watching people.”IMAG0198

The Mayers reminisce about the many team dinners, pool parties, graduations and birthdays they’ve celebrated in the home.  Having lived in Grimes since 1996, they feel their current neighborhood—and the community as a whole—is ideal for raising a family.

“I remember the late-summer nights when all four kids were out playing kick the can in the street with 10 other kids,” Teri says.

Today, the area is slowly transitioning from the original families to new families with young children. The Mayer kids have grown up, but they still cherish the family home.

“Our daughter has been staying with us while she attends graduate school at Drake,” Teri says.  “She and her significant other want to buy the house when we sell.  It has great bones and I’d love to see it stay in the family for another generation.”

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