Many of us have become fans of vintage homes. Their classic craftsman features a symbol of home , hearth and belonging. Artistic rhythm across gabled, steeply pitched roofs and rough textures of brick, stucco and clapboard. Dressed in decorative fascia and winged porches. Hiding secrets in their alcoves, intimate nooks and crannies. Often the spaces within our classic homes offer limited openness and good light.
My current mid-century home offers warm interior lodge style spaces with thick massive cedar beams supporting vaulted wooden ceilings. Illuminated by floor to ceiling windows. The 50’s moved us a giant step forward toward offering more functional livable interior spaces.
Today’s newer architectural home styles often fuse a mix of popular vintage exterior elements with contemporary multifunctional interior living spaces. Combining kitchens, eating areas, dining, living family rooms into open great room spaces. Our architects and builders have brilliantly extended these great rooms out into outdoor covered living spaces with dining and lounging areas warmed by gas fireplaces and outdoor heaters, soothed by water features, and the full compliment of technological comforts. Interior living spaces further extended into the life and beauty of the vista’s surrounding our dwellings.
Each year my spiritual family meets in a sacred retreat in the Columbia River Gorge called Menucha -“ever-changing, renewing stillness . The historic main lodge constructed in the 20’s embodies a superb example of a functional great/great room concept reminiscent of Mt Hoods Timberline or Ahwahnee at Yosemite.
Menucha captures an ambiance felt only in special dwellings. Upon entering the great hall one is embraced by a truly sacred feeling in the massive community space. Ballroom sized it offers a feeling of great intimacy and function with carved creatures staring from far overhead. A Massive wooden balcony balustrades frames a hall dominated by a grey cathedral sized walk in stone fireplace. The 100’ veranda has been enclosed uniting the warm soothing interior spaces with the beauty of greenery, ancient trees and the inspiring vistas of the Columbia Gorge.
Classic or Modern, the dwellings we inhabit are like our personal roots , spaces filled with our adopted traditions and values that shape and flavor our lives.