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Posted September 24, 2014 in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill
Joan and Lynn Whipple with third-grade daughter Addison and family pet Sheldon. Photos by Rainey Cook.

Joan and Lynn Whipple with third-grade daughter Addison and family pet Sheldon. Photos by Rainey Cook.

A delightful family with much to enjoy about their nice home, the Whipple family is blessed.

Homeowners Lynn and Joan Whipple purchased the land first, then had the opportunity to custom design their final product. They agreed to open up the living room by not building the original wall. They added a breakfast bar, butcher’s block, two ovens and pan rack from the ceiling in the kitchen. With cooking as a hobby, Lynn’s kitchen is made for a master chef.

The upstairs is adorned with fall scented candles, beautiful florals, nice furniture and Addison’s play room. The women of the house are clearly comfortable.

The basement of the home is reserved for the man cave, and quite a man cave at that. Lynn is a University of Northern Iowa Panthers, Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins fan. His man cave is covered with a famed framed jersey, a bar with old school popcorn popper and a small collection of Old Style beer cans. His display of sports memorabilia only gets better. Lynn has a signed Dan Gable print and a signed Bob Feller baseball.

“Even with the old 62-inch TV and pool table down here, we can still at least walk around,” Joan says.

020The backyard is just as well put together. The covered porch is Joan’s favorite. Here they sit, drink coffee and watch the birds. And there is no greater place to watch an Iowa rain develop than your own covered back porch. The home backs to a ravine with untouched mature trees. Shortly after they moved in, they put rocks around all the trees in back and made a wall of steps for a multi-level backyard. Otherwise, their well-thought-out home design didn’t need much changing.

With all things to enjoy in and around their home, the Whipple family is happy with their decision to build. They love the small-town feel that Pleasant Hill has to offer, the proximity to Joan’s work and the park right down the street for Addison.

“We can even walk to McDonald’s for ice cream if we want to,” Addison says.

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