When the 1911 craftsman home that we’d been eyeing for 7 years hit the market in 2016, we wasted no time making a serious offer. After our initial walk-thru, we were happily surprised that it was much larger than suspected. At 2,000 square feet and nearly an acre of wooded property just blocks from the city center, we were thrilled that we’d be able to host ROOTS Farmacy events in our home, our sacred space.
The house and grounds were in great need of TLC. We made critical repairs immediately and then sat back to observe. We watched the changing light thru the large and many windows, discerned traffic patterns along the road, discerned our traffic patterns from room to room, and made note of each season’s impact: the famous Gorge wind, the sideways rain, the Noon sun, the bare oaks, the visiting deer, the blossoming fruit trees, the lichen and moss.
With 4 seasons behind us, our design emerged. We removed walls, exposed hardwoods, and obliterated the kitchen. We’re creating patios and terracing vegetable and herb gardens. Installing picket fence and stone driveway pillars and transplanting rhododendrons and ferns to happier locations. It’s happening. Now. And our excitement intensifies with each new discovery of original craftsmanship: glass door knobs, a canning pantry, the cast iron kitchen sink cast away in the back yard, and long-buried tongue and groove ceilings.
We are shaking loose 75 years of design decisions meant to hide the beauty of our region’s natural resources: hardwood, river rock, and clay (brick). With each reveal, we are restoring these elements to their former splendor and our home is showcasing her roots with a nod to her environment. She is once again rising proudly from her own skin, and offers herself as an inviting gathering place for friends and guests to deepen their connection with themselves, each other, and the land. We are honored to be this grand lady’s stewards.