ANDERSON — Watching their son build a home on the family farm, Tim and Nina Kline developed an itch to start from scratch themselves. Living in the house they built on the property in 1974, the couple had some new ideas of what would create the ideal house.
“We kept watching Clint’s house go up and got the bug,” said Nina, retired middle school teacher.
“I love the farm,” said Tim, a retired GM product engineer. “My family moved to this land when I was a freshman in high school. Clint came back to build because he wanted his children to live on a farm near their grandparents just like he did.”
Building with Bob Riddle in 2006, the Klines now possess the popular open concept floor plan and amenities of today’s modern homes.
“We like the open concept layout and all the windows,” said Nina. “And the doors are wider than the standard size so they are wheelchair accessible. We wanted a one-level home, so the second floor only has a bonus room.”
“We worked hand-in-hand with Bob Riddle,” said Tim. “We found the footprint online and we tweaked it. Everything really came out nice.”
One of the tweaks — enclosing a porch to create a sun room — has become a favorite spot for enjoying the day. Not happy to simply add walls and windows, Tim added his own special touch to the ceiling. Asking for a cathedral pitch covered with boxcar siding, he has a sun room like none other.
After construction was completed, Nina was ready to step in and decorate the cheery room.
“I wanted the sun room to be summery with flowers,” she said. “I chose red geraniums and a friend painted a table and another painted wooden plates to hang on the walls.”
A stained glass geranium accentuates the large arched window above the French doors while pillows and silk arrangements complete the theme.
Another tweak adjusted the focal point of the living room — and turned out perfectly. Rectangular stones surround the gas fireplace and stretch to the top of the cathedral ceiling. Built-in cabinetry is nestled in the corner beside it.
“I had this vision for the fireplace, but we were gone when they were working on it,” said Nina. “I was afraid to come home and look at it. But it was just what I wanted.”
While homeowners often change a floor plan to add a bathroom, the Klines actually removed one. A half-bathroom near the kitchen became the pantry Nina always wanted.
In the master bathroom, the soaking tub was traded for a vanity, which looks ideal next to the glass block of the oversized shower. Even without a whirlpool tub, this room screams luxury.
While the inside of the home may make visitors forget they are on a farm, the horses grazing on the other side of the driveway are pleasant reminders. Two Appaloosa horses are members of the family.
“I’ve had horses since I was 10 years old,” said Tim. “That’s the real reason we moved back here. We lived in Anderson and there was no place for horses. You can go out and play with them – they are like big dogs. And it’s peaceful watching them out in the pasture. They calm you down.”
The farm, just off of Indiana 109 south of Menards, used to be located in the “boonies” until the area saw an influx of construction. At first the activity disturbed the couple, but later they decided it was in their favor.
“If you had bad weather, you were in trouble,” said Nina. “Extending 109 has been convenient for us. This is a nice location because it is so close to everything but still in the country.”
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