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Relaxed and comfortable

Posted July 03, 2013 in Community Featured, Urbandale
Chris and Dawn Uglum put their own spin on their house that was constructed in 2005.

Chris and Dawn Uglum put their own spin on their house that was constructed in 2005.

As I walked up to the Uglum home, I could hear the sounds of children playing. One thing was clear; summer has finally arrived.

Upon knocking on the front door, I was greeted by a boy and girl, clearly wondering what I was doing there. Their dad, Chris, opened the door to their two-story home, immediately shook my hand and introduced himself and his wife, Dawn. A first glimpse into their home showed a pretty, finely decorated, yet relaxed and comfortable home.

“We have warm colors in the home and individual touches that make our house a home. There are paintings within the home that have been painted by us; we like sharing those things with our guests,” says Dawn.

Newly constructed in 2005, the family was excited to build and wanted to make it their own.

“We made some changes to the original floor plan of the house to maximize our space and add our own touches,” Dawn says.

The family also put their own spin on the garage, which looks much like a photo from a magazine.

“The garage was a DIY project for Chris. He did epoxy floors, painted the walls and trim, hung suspended shelves for storage and made it look like another room in our house,” Dawn says.

photo 3Another photo-worthy area of the home is the front porch, the Uglums’ favorite spot of the home.

“We really like spending summer evenings in our comfy chairs on the front porch. There is a lot of landscaping to enjoy, and we installed a ceiling fan last summer to keep free from mosquitos,” says Dawn. “We enjoy sitting on the porch and reading.”

With a nice view of the neighborhood from the front porch, I imagine it’s a great place to look after their children and the many others who were playing outside that day. According to Dawn, there are 50 kids in their circle alone, definitely a recipe for lots of summer fun.

“Everyone looks out for each other. The kids have a lot of neighborhood friends, and we are close to the elementary school,” says Dawn.

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