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.
The house and grounds were in great need of TLC, but we were up for the task. Making critical repairs immediately, we 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. First we obliterated the kitchen, exposing original tongue-and-groove walls and a gorgeous maple floor. With all new stainless appliances and open commercial shelving, the meeting of old and modern give the hearth of our home a warm and comfortable welcome. Next, a fresh coat of paint, both indoors and out, awakened a sense of pride this old home hasn’t felt in decades.
Now, 2019, we’re creating patios and terracing vegetable and herb gardens. We’re installing picket fence and stone driveway pillars, and transplanting rhododendrons and ferns to happier locations. The final phase will be transforming the powder rooms and revealing hardwood floors throughout.
We are shaking loose 75 years of design decisions meant to hide the beauty of our region’s natural resources. 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 old and new to deepen their connection with themselves, each other, and the land. We are honored to be this grand lady’s stewards and welcome you to find respite here.