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Posted October 31, 2012 in Community Featured, Johnston

Ryan and Melanie Peterson’s home on Merle Hay Road has a retro feel to some rooms.

Ryan and Melanie Peterson have lived in their four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath Johnston ranch home since 2007.

“We moved (here) from Elmhurst, Ill.,” Melanie says. “But we’re both originally from the Huxley/Slater area, so it’s kind of moving back home.”

The home appealed to the Petersons from the get-go.

“We like the uniqueness,” Melanie says. “It’s a ranch, but we really like the architecture.”

“The ’70s construction is really durable,” Ryan added.

Another large impetus behind their decision to purchase the home was the location.

“The biggest reason we moved here was the neighborhood,” Melanie says. “It’s close to schools, and we can walk to the store,” important considerations for the parents of 3- and 6-year-old boys.

“There are a lot of trees, and we’re right across the street from the bike trail,” added Ryan.

The location just off Merle Hay Road makes it easy for the Petersons to commute to work as well: Melanie is a kindergarten teacher in Urbandale, and Ryan is president of the environmental consulting firm Impact7G on Merle Hay Road.

The 2,000-square-foot home has a decidedly retro feel to some of the rooms, most noticeably in the main living area where the south wall is rough brick with a fireplace inset and also features a full bar area that can only be described as “mod.”

“We keep thinking about remodeling that space and turning it into storage or something,” Ryan says. “But every time we do, our friends say ‘You can’t get rid of the bar!’ ”   

Which isn’t to say the Petersons haven’t done their share of remodeling.

“We’ve redone the kitchen and bath and some of the landscaping,” Ryan says. “And every wall has been painted at least once.” And they aren’t done yet.

“There’s more construction in the basement planned,” Melanie said, referring to the recently finished downstairs.

“It’s getting there, slowly but surely,” Ryan concluded. “We try and do one project every year or two. It takes a while, but once you get done with one, you don’t really want to hop right into another one.”

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