Home's 9-foot ceilings and clean color palette offer fresh start for Peoria mom

Mary Wakeford
Special for The Republic

A single mom who hit the reset button on life last fall found a fresh landing for herself and her two daughters in a home in The Meadows in Peoria.

Nahren Nissan was looking for a house close to her daughters’ other home.

The three-bedroom, two-bath, 2,100-square-foot home was built in 2019 by K Hovnanian Builders and is on a 5,750-square-foot lot. It boasts an extended-length double garage, and an abundance of pavers on the driveway, walkway and front porch.

Amenities include a community swimming pool, walking paths through an abundant green belt surround and views of mountain ranges in three directions, all for a comfortable HOA fee of $80 per month.

Gray, white and lots of light

The color palette aced Nissan's perfection clause, with her personal leanings being gray and white. The property’s impeccably clean presentation appealed to the young mother.

Its light and airy floorplan, desert landscaping in the front, synthetic grass in the back and security doors were important factors in purchasing the home. The energy efficiency of the dual-pane, Low-E windows and the low water landscape imprint were important added bonuses.

Wood-look plank flooring in gray tones is present throughout the home, including the main bedroom and bath suite. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray swaths the walls throughout and complements the white cabinetry and granite countertops of white, gray and black patterning.

The kitchen, dining and family room combine for unobscured sightlines, allowing natural light throughout the home’s interior through lighting and windows. A slider off the great room allows access to a tidy patio and backyard. It also features pavers and additional overhead structures extending the original structure, which is also accessible from the main bedroom.

“This home was literally move-in ready, which is exactly what I prayed for,” Nissan said.

The only things she has added are pendant lights from Wayfair hung above a large kitchen island and a ceiling-to-floor feature wall in the family room comprised of 6-foot-by-1-foot wood planks arranged in a grid pattern. The planks and wall were then painted in charcoal gray to give definition and intention to the large integrated room. A comfortable L-shaped sectional sofa faces the feature wall and television set.

Nahren Nissan created a statement wall in the great room utilizing 6x1 boards arranged in a grid pattern.

The kitchen is large, featuring white cabinetry that Nissan’s daughters enjoy crawling in and out of for entertainment and an oversize walk-in pantry. She plans to change out the stainless-steel divided sink eventually, replacing it with a large farm-styled sink in white composite. The backsplash throughout the kitchen carries a Moroccan-style pattern in a subtle and tasteful light gray ceramic tile.

“In so many of the homes I viewed, some placing offers, the backsplash were too busy, taking over the entire space,” Nissan said. “I was relieved when I saw this and knew I wouldn’t have to change it down the road.”

Nissan is a minimalist by nature.

“I moved to this house with nothing – nothing,” she said. “I left everything behind, right down to the forks, to start fresh with a clean slate.”

Sleek white cabinetry and a Moroccan-styled backsplash add a subtle  backdrop to the granite countertops.

Finding an 'impeccable' home

A busy mother balancing a demanding career, she did not have the time or energy for a fixer-upper. But she was reeling from the frustration of being boxed out of several offers by investors with cash.

“I prayed for a house in this neighborhood for a long time, and this one eventually popped up,” she said. “I told my Realtor to fill out the offer and bring it with her, sight unseen: ‘I’ll sign on the spot if I like it.’ ”

Nissan knew the home near Deer Valley Road and 99th Avenue was the one the second she walked through the front door. The first potential buyer to view the property, she made a solid offer – $5,000 over listing price – and then waited.

The seller countered, seeking an additional $1,000 to beat an identical offer, and Nissan didn’t so much as flinch.

She and her daughters took possession of the home in December.

When asked what features drew her immediately in to purchasing the home, she replied, “Honestly, it was the cleanliness. It was impeccable. Then the color scheme followed, and those 8-foot interior doors and 9-foot ceilings.”

Customized living spaces for the whole family

As if that wasn’t enough, the expansive shower in the main bedroom provided the piéce de résistance. It is large and magnificent. The original owner pulled out all the stops as an upgraded feature. Large sections of custom marble in white and gray veining flank the expanded shower space. A clear glass surround allows the beauty of the marble to take center stage. A soaking tub was eliminated to expand the shower’s footprint.

A double vanity sits opposite, and the master walk-in closet and private toilet room finish off the main bedroom’s amenities.

A flex space is used as an office, playroom or small den. Durable flooring makes the space open for playtime and crafts.

Flex space is positioned between the girls’ bedrooms and shared bathroom. It can be used as an office, playroom or craft room, depending on the mood and needed function, an important feature during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Olivia’s bedroom is designed for a little girl who loves pink. Wall stickers obtained on Amazon.com spruce up the signature wall behind her bed. Bumpers situated under a mattress cover have made her transition from a crib to a big girl bed safe and comfy.

Her little sister, Ivy, has a room designed in the theme of “Wild Thing.” Wall stickers lending to the design adorn another feature wall.

Could there be a cuter nursery to surround a wee wild one? Adhesive leaf wall stickers purchased on Amazon further the jungle theme.

The 8-foot interior doors throughout the home strike a chord with a modern farm theme, while blending with Nissan’s minimalistic/modern tendency and offering a splash of interest against the canvas of clean lines and clutter-free interior.

A recessed area with cabinetry is situated off the foyer ahead of the laundry room and garage access, providing additional storage.

The laundry room is large enough to hold her daughters’ colorful “wheels” in addition to the necessary appliances. The soaking sink is ideal for keeping up with laundry for an active family.

Adapting to change can be difficult, but Nissan kept the focus on her needs and vision for her family, landing on the perfect nest.

Nahren Nissan and daughters Olivia and Ivy.