By Roberta Olson
Josh and Stacy Groetsch’s new home in rural Sauk Centre has a room with a view.
Actually, every room in their brand new four bedroom, two-story patio home has a view — a spectacular view.
The young couple planned their home in detail to take advantage of the expansive views of their dairy farm acreage and wooded areas.
“For the rooms, I knew what view I wanted. It was pretty much designed around the views,” Stacy says.
Designing the 3,132 square foot house, and 832 square foot attached garage was a work in progress for several years. “We did home tours in St. Cloud and Alexandria for four years,” Stacy says. “We pretty much came up with a plan just from doing the home tours.”
After Josh got their ideas on paper, he took the rough drafts to St. Rosa Lumber Co., in St. Rosa where Jason Arnzen helped draw up the final blueprints
Ground was broken and cement was poured by Dale and Tony Schlangen of Lake Henry in August 2015.
“It sat there for a month,” Josh smiles. That’s understandable, because professional farmers have a lot of work to do during August.
But the house was framed up in October. “It rained for three days straight before we shingled,” Stacy says, and Josh adds, “Then it froze after that. I squeegeed the floors and blew them dry.”
Kevin Middendorf Construction of Sauk Centre was hired to build the home, with Josh spending as much free time as he could helping with the construction. The couple did all the priming and painting themselves. Josh’s brother, and farming partner, Joel, also helped with the construction.
The Groetsch home is described as a four bedroom, 2.5 bath two story patio home with kitchen, dining room, two living rooms, an office, a laundry room, storm/farm room. The two-stall attached garage has massive storage above, which is accessed through a door on the upper level of the home. LED lighting is used throughout the house.
There is a patio on the front of the house, and next year’s project is adding a patio to the back when the landscaping is completed.
The house has a spacious feel immediately upon entering into the foyer, with the showcase stairway, and the nine foot ceilings.
“I like openness,” says Stacy. The water table dictated the patio home design, which was fine with Stacy, who isn’t a fan of the basement feel.
The heart of any home is the kitchen, and the Groetsch kitchen is a masterpiece. Stacy had a lot of special ideas for the kitchen features, and admits she gathered good ideas off the Internet on Pinterest.
“We picked paint colors ourselves for the cabinets,” she says. “We did ivory for the perimeter cabinets, all painted. For the island we picked chocolate brown stained oak. We had never seen a painted perimeter and stained island. It was hard to just do it,” she says. “But we love it!”
The kitchen island features a marble top to match the counters, and storage all around, including special knife drawers handy to the preparation area. The family can be seated around the island for quick meals and family time.
In one corner Stacy has stacked her oven, microwave and a television set. “Everybody is in the kitchen all the time,” she says. “Why not put a TV set in here?”
The kitchen appliances and range hood are in the new slate finish available only from General Electric.
The dining room, big enough for family gatherings, is open to the living room. Carpets throughout the house are innovative 100 percent corn fiber, which were chosen because of one son’s allergies. In-floor heating on the entire main floor makes the main level cozy and warm.
Down the hall from the living room is the master suite, which includes the bedroom, walk-in closet and a master bath with marble countertops with all-in-one double sinks.
In the back of the house is the laundry room with its special locker area. It features a large closet, and a door which leads out into the all-cement storm shelter, which doubles as their mud room. A pull-out laundry sorter area, and a pocket door close off the laundry area from the other living spaces.
Space under the stairway has been turned into a generous storage space.
Josh’s office is located on the main floor, as well.
Upstairs, there is a second living room, along with bedrooms for sons Blake, 9, and Hayden, 7, and a third bedroom which is used as a playroom now.
Stacy and Josh were thinking ahead when they included the upstairs living room. The boys will be growing up soon. This will be the area where they and their friends can congregate and do what boys do.
One door off the living room leads to an unexpected storage space above the two-car garage.
“Rather than have to get to storage by going up stairs in the garage, we put it up here,” says Stacy.
The huge storage area is A-framed, and as yet is unfinished, but is already in use for storage.
The Groetsch family moved into their new home on May 1. The move wasn’t very far, as they moved from the original Groetsch farm home just a few yards away from the new home.
Josh is a native of Sauk Centre, graduating from Sauk Centre High School in 1999, and then attending Ridgewater College in Willmar where he studied Ag Management.
The Groetsch farm has been in the family since the fall of 1970, when his father came home from Vietnam and began farming. The senior Groetsches, Ken and Florence, now live in their home across Highway 187.
Stacy attended Sauk Centre High School, where she and Josh were high school sweethearts.
Stacy graduated from SCHS in 2000, then attended Alexandria Technical College where she studied finance and credit management. She has worked at Sauk Centre Public Utilities for eight years.
The couple married in 2003, and started their farming careers. Josh and his brother, Joel, are well-known in the farming community for their innovative robotic milking system.
Already the Groetsch’s two sons are beginning to take an interest in the farm life. Blake has raked third crop hay for Josh this year, and Hayden likes to help with the chores.
As for the experience of building their brand new home, Josh says, “We had a very smooth building process, which we have to thank our construction team for. Many thanks to them for helping us build a home.”
They are both happy with the experience and the outcome, the beautiful family home, where every room has a view.