14 roomJUNE 2012 The home was designed with a library alcove off the great room, where all seats face the water.
roomJUNE 2012 15"Then my in-laws came to see it and they are the types who can see the potential of a property." Those visionaries are Andy's parents, Tim and Jan Hartwig from Ankeny, who offered encouragement and then helped them revive the old place."We put in cheap carpet and painted the upstairs. It became our little cozy retreat," Celine said. "We cleared the lakefront and carried an old picnic table down by the water. We had a good couple of years here."Eventually, the old cottage with its leaky roof and shabby windows lost its appeal, and the Hartwigs decided to tear it down and build new. They turned to Rocca Custom Homes based in North Liberty, in large part because, as Celine says, "You get a lot of bang for the buck.""It was surprising to us that you could have such luxury without the high price tag," she added, noting that "Kevin is an engineer and Kimberlee is an artist."Artistry is evident at first sight, as you approach the house from the road. The garage door and front door are both faced with metal treated with fire and water. ?Artistic use of stone, glass and metal lend a sophisticated appeal at the front door.