This small home is a testament to the rugged individualism and independence of its owners, both of whom ride Harley motorcycles and, loving the outdoors, chose this acreage for their homestead. The home reflects the owners in many ways – rugged on the outside, softer and more gentle on the inside. Rough timbers at the porches stand strong but yield to softer, uplit painted ceilings inside. Simple dog eared 1 x trim is cost effective and authentic to the area. Stock wire framed with wood makes up the porch railings, again cost effective, but also allowing occupants to see through the railing to the view beyond. Simple and strong enough for the rugged terrain it occupies it is also warm and inviting after a long day out on the property.

The image of the embellished rain chain reminds us that this home’s water source is rain water collected, stored and treated on the site. The standing seam Galvalume roof and rain gutters are reminiscent of metal roofs that might have been built several generations ago but serve as not only shelter as their predecessors would have but to facilitate the collection of rainwater requiring much less filtration than would be necessary with other roof materials.

The home uses spray foam insulation keeping all HVAC equipment and ducts inside conditioned space. The master closet, built with masonry walls, doubles as a storm shelter / safe room. The master suite is wheelchair accessible. The mud room makes it possible to kick off dirty boots or wash a muddy dog before entering the main house. Contained in one large volume, the kitchen and great room allow the wife, who is an avid cook, to socialize with husband or visitors. Manufactured trusses allowed us to span the entire length of the space with vaulted light cove to create the illusion of space and to allow soft lighting of the interior that doesn’t distract our attention from the outdoors beyond.

The main house is slab on grade, typical for the area, but the porches - possibly the most important rooms (NOT) in the house - are built on piers wrapped in stone both for an old fashioned feel and for airflow. The Dining Porch will be screened later when budget allows.

Openness created by the volume of the great room expanded more by the great room ceiling, transitional porches that bring the space of the great outdoors in, and large expanses of glass, along with placing the house on the site to take advantage of terrain and views all make the house feel much larger that its 1698 sq. ft.

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