Sanctuary Ridge Adventures in Farming

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home


What a journey this year has been! Although we completed the construction in March, there were many other projects I wanted to finish before publishing any finished photos of our home. Now that we are finished and I have had time to breathe, I will take you on a little virtual tour of our farm house!

The Exterior

For the Front Exterior, we went with Hardi siding, brick foundation and black metal roofing. The exterior is painted in Eider White which has some gray undertones. All our posts are stained in Slate using a solid stain. I love the semi-circle driveway! Just a small section of lawn in front of the driveway really finishes off the landscaping. The landscaping around the porch includes Limelight Hydrangea, Butterfly Bush, Holly, Hardy Gardenia, Azalea, English Lavender, and Catmint. All the plants and shrubs are thriving in the full sun. I will have to relocate the Azaleas this fall because the growth has been so substantial in the bed that they need more room!

The Rear Exterior is finished in bricked Hardi siding. The paint color is Eider White and the posts are stained with solid finish in Slate. The deck boards are finished in semi-transparent Slate. We intend to screen the upper and lower decks this fall. The lawn is landscaped on the side walls with Cherry, Hydrangea, Butterfly, and Elderberry bushes. Additional English Lavender is planted in between each bush. Along the garage I planted a mix of wildflowers including Zinnia, Cosmos, Chickory, Poppy, Red Clover, and Coreopsis. These are also planted along the property fence, gate, and my vegetable garden.

The Foyer and Upstairs Hall

The extra-wide staircase welcomes you as you enter the house, but the wide-range view is what draws your attention as you step inside the cozy 1100 square foot main floor. We can’t take any credit for the view! God’s handiwork has us continually in awe as we take in in each day. The vastness of it is framed in the wall of windows along the back wall of each room.

Owner’s Suite

The Owner’s suite is the smallest of the three bedrooms because it has an on-suite bathroom. The French doors leading to the large covered porch make the room feel larger than it actually is. We love the cozy space! Jamey’s attention to detail really shines in the on-suite!

Open Living Space

Designing the open concept kitchen took a lot of time. Before the framing even began, consideration was given to the epic views and the kitchen wall was re-designed to encompass 4 windows instead of 2. This complicated some of the design, but the payoff is big with panoramic views in the kitchen, dining and living space. The contrast of whites with natural dark wood tones give a look of classic elegance. I love the stained butcher block countertops! The modern-farmhouse design is warm and welcoming- it’s exactly what I imagined it would be!

Guest Rooms and Bunks in the Hall

This large guest room has a sitting area and is also home to my little home-office. I found an old secretary desk that I love and have some of my favorite mission photos surrounding my workspace. There is another bedroom that I have not photographed yet, and of course the Bunks in the hall. The Bunks are a genius use of space that would otherwise be closet space. Since we host family a couple of times a year, we loved the idea of having comfortable space for them while they are visiting. Who knows, maybe one day we will have a house full of grandchildren sleeping over! Regardless, these bunks are cozy, comfortable and cute to boot! This little farm house can comfortably sleep 12!

Powder Room

The Powder Room is the 1/2 bath on the main floor. We found this cute old sideboard and Jamey installed a porcelain Vessel sink. The faucet is a waterfall design faucet in black matte finish. I found the mirror at Kirklands! It looks like it was made for this vanity! The artwork in the bathroom will be a rotation of paintings by my grandfather. He is quite the artist and I have a wonderful collection of his art that I plan to keep on display.

Outdoor Living

The outdoor living space is our favorite! The position of the house on the ridge allows almost constant breeze on the porch and with a little help from the ceiling fans, its a fantastic place to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of our favorite pastimes has become watching the storms blow across the Cumberland Plateau. It’s quite a site to watch a storm from miles away as it approaches our little ridge! We look forward to watching the leaves change and snow fall in the coming years.

A Stunning Storm!

So Very Thankful!

Whether we are watching fog rise in the filtered morning sunlight, storms rolling across the Cumberland Plateau, or one of God’s gorgeous sunsets, we are constantly humbled that God has allowed us to call such a beautiful place “Home”. So very thankful!

  • James 1:17 (NIV)Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

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