Metal, Stone, Wood

The three elements comprising our new house are metal, stone, and old barn wood. The durable metal roof is a cousin to the roof on our old barn, and the barn wood comes from dismantled barns around the region.  The stone is from our land.

 

A visitor who saw the project for the first time said: “oh, you are remodeling the old place.” I laughed aloud and realized his comment was a compliment, for our goal is to build a new house that looks old and rustic. It seems we are achieving that vision.

Our donkeys, Ziggy and Chippo, standing in front of the house. This view provides a good look at the tin roof. The extension on the right will eventually lead to a garage.
The inset is a small courtyard,which will be paved with old bricks. It’s located at the back of the house between the master bedroom and the living room and overlooks Kickin’ Mule Creek. The outside design of the house revolves around finding spaces for shade and wind protection. The courtyard is for protection from high winds so common in The Dalles during the spring and summer.

A close up of the old barn wood siding and the stonework.
The house looking from the west.

 

 

20 thoughts on “Metal, Stone, Wood

  1. Hi Sher and Bruce,
    I drove up by your home last Saturday evening as my Mother-in-Law, Carolyn, and I were on our way to dinner at Susan and Randy Stewart’s up on Pleasant Ridge. I have been so wanting to get out and check out your house building project , but have been distracted with other work and projects.

    I was particularly struck (from the main road) by how wonderfully your new home is fitting into the landscape. I often think of the phrase attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright – that a house/building should grace the land – not disgrace it. I believe your home is doing that in spades. Nice!

    All the best on the project as it continues along.
    Bruce Lumper

    1. Hi Sher and Bruce,
      I drove up by your home last Saturday evening as my Mother-in-Law, Carolyn, and I were on our way to dinner at Susan and Randy Stewart’s up on Pleasant Ridge. I have been so wanting to get out and check out your house building project , but have been distracted with other work and projects.

      I was particularly struck (from the main road) by how wonderfully your new home is fitting into the landscape. I often think of the phrase attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright – that a house/building should grace the land – not disgrace it. I believe your home is doing that in spades. Nice!

      All the best on the project as it continues along.
      Bruce Lumper

      Hello Bruce: It’s nice to hear from you. Thank you. Sally was out and she also commented on how the house seems to meld into the landscape, and we are very thankful for that. We wanted the house to somehow be a celebration of the land, and it feels like it’s doing that. Thanks for checking in. Sher

    1. Fantastic work on your vision! It looks comfortable and blends with the land nicely. Thanks for the update Sher.
      Hi Deb– thank you; I thought you would appreciate it. I have to say one thing great about living in a warmer and sunny climate is being able to grow a garden and that cooking following. You would love that too. 🙂 Sher

  2. Just beautiful – I love it!

    Sylvia

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  3.   This is just BEAUTIFUL!!!   I want to come to your house…….  Is there a pond to fish in??     I an SO envious.   Look for more pics in the future. With love & light, Judi & Pete ( my woof-woof)  

    Live well,  Laugh often,  and Love with all of your heart.

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    1. This is just BEAUTIFUL!!! I want to come to your house……. Is there a pond to fish in?? I an SO envious. Look for more pics in the future. With love & light, Judi & Pete ( my woof-woof)

      Live well, Laugh often, and Love with all of your heart.

      Hi Judi — there you are ! Thanks so much for stopping in. We have some ponds planned, but unless we do bass, it is too hot for fish I’m afraid. But terrific watering for birds, elk, deer, and coyote and the best swimming holes for the dogs! Sher

    1. It’s fantastic! It is a combination of modernism and naturalism. Congradulation for your masterpiece.

      Hi Jasmine- How wonderful it is to hear from you. I am so glad you continue to get notice of what is happening on our farm. Thank you- I am also glad you like it. I hope you and your family are well and enjoying all the lovely fall colors. Sher

    1. Beautiful building for a beautiful site! I hope all your projects are going well.

      Thank you Tammy! I hope you will plan a stop when you drive through this region. 🙂 I hear winter is well on its way up north.:)

  4. Wow! It looks a lot different than it did in August. I like it. Temperature on my deck the last 2 nights…20 degrees! I’ll be in Chelan in about a month.

    1. Wow! It looks a lot different than it did in August. I like it. Temperature on my deck the last 2 nights…20 degrees! I’ll be in Chelan in about a month.
      Hi Terry- yes, the siding makes a big difference. I have heard your weather has been the best in 20 years. 20 degrees and sunny I bet. 🙂 Yes, you are ready for your new seasonal home and a change. Can’t wait to visit and see you in our country. 🙂

  5. lts lovely Sher and I love the windows and use of the old wood. It’s always fun to see the donkeys as well – they look to be a bit ambivalent about the whole thing but I’m guessing they’ll make their mark as well. When’s the move in date?

    1. lts lovely Sher and I love the windows and use of the old wood. It’s always fun to see the donkeys as well – they look to be a bit ambivalent about the whole thing but I’m guessing they’ll make their mark as well. When’s the move in date?

      The workers told me yesterday– the donkeys are liking the old barn wood, and they are up there chewing on it. Yikes…. need to deal with that. So, they are less ambivalent than they look. LOL. We hope to be in Jan- Feb some time… You will love the guest room, or a whole apt for yourself at the barn….hint…hint. 🙂

  6. I especially love the barn wood and the stone together – just beautiful, especially in the sunshine! I enjoy seeing all of the progress made on Mule Springs and appreciate your sharing it, Sher. Kathleen

    1. I especially love the barn wood and the stone together – just beautiful, especially in the sunshine! I enjoy seeing all of the progress made on Mule Springs and appreciate your sharing it, Sher. Kathleen Thanks Kathleen ! It is good to hear from you and thanks so much for checking in. I miss you and the library. I must really be a book person to miss that ol’ library, but I do. Sigh… Sher

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