SIOUX CITY | Bob and Sandi Cannon find the best of both worlds on the edge of Sioux City. In minutes, they can be at work in a city of 80-some thousand; either at school, where Sandi is a teacher, or at the Tyson Events Center, where both Bob and Sandi work, serving the public reveling in ball games, concerts and the like.
They also have peace and quiet, the kind they likely had more than three decades when setting up shop in their first home, in the little town of Dakota City, Nebraska.
"It's quiet, it's peaceful, it's awesome out here," Sandi says as she sits at the kitchen table, looking out on a manicured and landscaped lawn that measures nearly one acre, a tract that separates these homeowners from the plush layout of hole No. 9 and the adjacent driving range serving Whispering Creek Golf Club, an 18-hole spread deemed Iowa's best by the Iowa Golf Association one decade ago.
It was three decades ago the Cannons occupied their first home in Dakota City. The color scheme -- and maybe the quiet here -- matches that of their first residence, which featured neutral grays. This two-story structure, their second at Whispering Creek, blends shades of light browns with grays and off-white hues, their attempt to keep a bright light shining throughout their home.
In fact, other than the bedrooms and one bathroom, there are no shades to draw in the Cannon house. You see a window looking out onto the golf course and that's exactly what you get, a window that looks out onto the golf course no matter what time of day or night.
"We went with a lot of glass (in doors) and with so many windows and light paint because I like it bright; I don't do dim," Sandi says while walking toward a corner of the living room where homework is tackled on occasion. "Believe it or not, there's just this one spot where it does get dark, only at night. Never in the daytime."
Bright lights pop throughout the dining room, kitchen, bedroom and basement areas, illustrating the couple's desire for a well-lit structure, a home that has 2,100 square feet of living space upstairs, 1,800 square feet in the basement.
The five-bedroom floor-plan features three bedrooms on the main floor, including the master bedroom and master bathroom. There are two bedrooms downstairs, along with a living room that features a kitchen and, very soon, both a bar and pool table.
There's also a sizeable underutilized room in the basement that Sandi and Bob agree will one day either be a den or a toy room.
The Cannons, after all, are still getting a bit settled into the home, having moved here on March 1, relocating after residing on Nicklaus Boulevard in Whispering Creek the past two years.
"This is the first -- and maybe the last -- home we've built," Sandi says with a laugh. "We learned a lot in this process, but we got what we wanted."
The Homestead Home from Wayne, Nebraska, was ultimately tackled by contractor Kenny Webster of Iowa Builders in Sergeant Bluff, where the Cannons resided for 14 years. Lewis Electric, C.W. Suter Services and Premier Plumbing all played leading roles in helping the Cannons make their way through the construction process.
Even if the wind were to howl here, which is does on occasion, the Cannons can't tell as the home is more than adequately insulated.
The home is also more than adequately insured from a safety standpoint. The story about the couple's oversized safe room elicits a chuckle from the Cannons as they explain how their building lot changed a bit after the basement was dug.
"We didn't plan to have a safe room, but our easement got moved five feet after it was staked," Sandi says.
"We had the hold dug and it should have been filled in, but it wasn't so we made it into a safe room," Bob adds.
The resulting basement space, which is unfinished, measures 200 square feet. This portion of the home, set off with a steel door, even has electricity and cable access.
Sandi points to all the wood at the top of the safe room, code requirements as the room is positioned just below the concrete of their sizeable front porch.
"People are building these now," Sandi says of their safe room, an oddity that's become a bit of a focal point for them.
She laughs and listens for any outside noises. There are none to be heard, not in this fortress. "If the world ended, we'd still be here," she says with a smile.