Sunday, November 30, 2014

Winter Farmhouse: A Tour



Put on your warmest mittens, a bright red scarf, a down-filled coat, and Wellington boots. This Sunday, we're traveling to rural Ellensburg, Washington, to tour a farm. 


As we approach, dusk is falling. Let's button up our coats as we hurry across the snowy pasture.
Farmhouse Exterior by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects



The design is reminiscent of early Western homes, with a wrap-a-round veranda, metal roof, and a rugged grace. For the siding, western red cedar was installed. I'm smitten by the plain "tin" roof. 




The main house has 2300 square feet: two bedrooms and two and one-half baths. The guest cottage (the white gabled building on the left) has 900 square feet and includes one and one-half baths and one bedroom.



On the dining room porch, icicles gather on two royal blue Adirondack chairs.
Farmhouse Porch by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects



The house was built for viewing the land--and the horses as they graze in the pasture. Below, an L-shaped porch acts as a windbreak.
Farmhouse Porch by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects



The workmanship on the ceiling is impressive. 
So is the view. Just beyond the duck pond, the land seems to drop off into an ethereal mist.
Farmhouse Porch by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects



Baby, it's cold outside--just look at the icicles on the gutters.
The dormer windows are quaint; they are hinged at the top in case you need fresh air.



From the house, there's a covered breezeway that leads to the white guesthouse and a garage.
Love the golden glow!
Farmhouse Exterior by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects



A view of the house and breezeway. The corner windows take advantage of the views. Notice the antique dinner bell to the left of the front door?


The breezeway's ceiling is much more rustic--and utterly charming. I can almost imagine cowboys sawing wood and hammering. The entire compound is like a poem, evocative of a time that is long-gone and (as with classic poetry) the imagery is beautifully sustained.
Farmhouse Porch by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects



The guest house is flanked by snow-tipped trees. It puts me in mind of an old school house or church. Again, we see corner windows--these are much taller.



On our way to the guest house, we see foals galloping in the pasture. Nothing like cold air to raise the spirit in a horse--these look frisky!
Here, we can also get a close-up of the cedar lap siding, the simple architectural shingles, and the exterior lighting.


Another view of the guest house.
We have an 70s style metal barn at the new-old ranch, which the previous owners used as a storage shed. It will probably stay that way--can't have too much storage--but in my mind's eye, I see a writing cottage and a place to blog. I'd pick white HardiPlank siding and order simple windows.
It would be a dream to work with these architects. I am bowled over by their talent.



From this angle, we have a better idea of how the guest cottage connects to the main house.

Ready to get out of the cold?
The great room is warm and smells so fresh. Let's take off our Wellies so we don't drip onto the pine floors.  Love the dormers, the pine ceiling and stone fireplace. An antler chandelier captures the spirit of a western-style cottage.
Farmhouse Living Room by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects
Beyond the upstairs rail is the master bedroom.
And below, a bookcase frames a doorway, adding character--and you can grab a book as you pass by.
Farmhouse Living Room by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects
Farmhouse Living Room by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects
The view from upstairs.
Farmhouse Living Room by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects
Shall we look at the master?
Let's peek into the en suite. A pine-lined tray ceiling adds a modern touch. Love the view.
Farmhouse Bathroom by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects





Counter-space galore!
Farmhouse Bathroom by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects
Downstairs, we find a farmhouse kitchen.
Farmhouse Kitchen by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects





This photo gives a better idea of the layout. You can see the dining room in the distance.
A custom built buffet is the perfect place to set out cowboy casseroles.
Farmhouse Dining Room by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects

A slanted pine ceiling adds charm and texture to the breakfast room.
Farmhouse Dining Room by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects




The powder room






Last but not least, a tour of the guest house--the most welcoming guest house in America.






From the kitchen, you can see the TV in the great room. To the right, stairs lead to the bedroom.
Farmhouse Living Room by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects



Looking back to the kitchen, you can see the genius at work here--soaring ceilings, and a corner window that adds light and an amazing design aesthetic.

Are you still cold? Grab a cup of hot chocolate.


Farmhouse Living Room by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects





Lovely views from every window show the incredible thought that went into this house.
Farmhouse Powder Room by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects



Dusk is falling.
The windows glow like honey in glass jars, and the smell of wood smoke mingles with the hearty aromas of homemade chili and garlic bread.





As the blue hour envelops the farm, we'll say farewell.
Farmhouse Exterior by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects


Thanks for joining me this Sunday.

Resources:
Designs NW website
Farm Album
For more photos and information, take the Houzz tour HERE.

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8 comments:

  1. I'd be happy to live in the guest house, but then I wouldn't be a guest, would I??!! I loved the simplicity of both homes and especially loved the blue hour photo. Thanks for the tour, Michael Lee.

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    1. I have a weakness for the "Blue Hour." Few homes photograph well in fog, but this one did. Glad you enjoyed the tour.

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  2. Oh this is my dream house!! Thank you for the share. It's in my neck of the woods too!

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    1. Malia, it is surely like something from a dream, almost otherworldly. Thanks for taking the tour!

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  3. Ok. I wanna just pick that house up and put it right here on our property.....in the south. Because no way could I live where it is so cold. I don't own a coat!
    So lovely......so quaint....so homey.

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