Cindy and Roger Grossmann's Terrebonne home is set in 1,800 acres of pastoral land and vineyards, a landscape not to be forgotten. One's breath is taken away by the beauty of the area, which includes views of the Three Sisters, Mount Bachelor and Broken Top.
“We saw this private valley — with its canyon walls, the river and mountains — that was breathtakingly beautiful and we knew we had to have it,” said Cindy Grossmann. A trained contractor and developer, she saw beyond the rows of wheat, barley, oats and alfalfa.
“I thought we could still keep it agricultural land — but with vineyards, a winery, tasting room and some home sites — and turn this area into a rural agro-tourism and agro-education.”
She envisioned her home with a design similar to a German-style round roof barn, something that her subcontractors had never heard of, until Cindy showed them her painstakingly-researched design.
Bye, Windy City
What makes the Grossmann's venture into agri-tourism all the more astounding is the fact that they came from Chicago and they knew “nothing about farming.”
“We actually first came to Oregon in 1997, when our daughter was looking at colleges in Oregon and Washington,” said Cindy. “We came up (Highway) 97, drove through on our way to Washington, and we thought this area was really pretty.”
Cindy had built a beautiful reproduction Victorian home in Chicago. The home was featured in a newspaper article and someone saw it and contacted them.
“We had absolutely no plans to sell the home, but we got this call and they offered us a price we would have been crazy to refuse,” said Cindy, 59. “Suddenly, we found we were without a home and needed to find something.”
That's when Cindy and Roger remembered how gorgeous Central Oregon was. They flew into Redmond, expecting to rent or buy something in Sunriver.
“We thought we'd buy a small parcel of land and be retired,” said Roger, 64, a former financial analyst. “When we came into Redmond, there was a huge snowstorm outside, and we were told not to drive up to Sunriver. So we stayed in Redmond and that is how we found the land in Terrebonne.”
When the Grossmanns found their new farm in 2000, they realized retirement would not be in the cards after all. Cindy had dreams to fulfill. They named their new farm Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards, after the Three Sisters mountain views.
“I worked for seven years with land use to protect this land, while trying to develop it for our vineyard and resort tourism area,” said Cindy. “We researched what kind of grapes would grow here. We really feel this area could become the next wine region for Oregon. This is how Walla Walla started 10 years ago, and look at that area now.”
Though the round roof barn is not a new design or concept, Cindy believes it may be the only home in the state that has incorporated these specific design elements, which she calls a German round roof T-barn.
For years she researched centuries-old barns that dot the landscape in rural Europe. She felt this type of structure would fit nicely at their new vineyard, with its barrel-roofed design.
The bottom floor of their new home incorporates the wine tasting room. With a long bar in front and bistro tables inside, the structure allows patrons to enjoy the private reserves of Faith Hope and Charity wines.
During the summer months, the large barn doors on this bottom floor open up, giving the wine tasting room a large outside courtyard with views from every seat.
Unlike in Chicago, the Grossmanns no longer have a harried commute. They just ascend the stairs from the wine tasting room and go home.
Opening the upstairs door to their two-bedroom, two-bathroom abode is a wonderful surprise. This is not your everyday barn.
The barrel-roofed ceiling is made from tongue and groove wood that arches into high cathedral ceilings. This nicely frames a wall of windows that look out onto the vineyards in the foreground and the mountains in the background. It makes for a dramatic entrance.
“Because this home is curved on the outside, the ceiling had to be faceted on the inside,” said Cindy. “Roger cut each one of these. Each truss had to be gusseted. Our subcontractors were stretched. This is outside of their normal scope of building.”
Though the process was labor-intensive, the result is impressive, and the Grossmanns feel it was well worth it because they achieved the look and design they envisioned.
Inserted in the wall of windows are French doors that lead out to a large deck.
Though the living space is about 1,800 square feet, the cathedral ceilings and the attention to detail makes this abode feel even larger.
Near the windows with the dramatic view is a built-in bench seating area, milled to perfection with a cutout of a four leaf clover at the top.
“This seating area is called a German wine nook. I found it during my research and reproduced it here,” said Cindy. A cupboard underneath this built-in bench seat neatly displays some of their private reserve wines. “There's a little table built into this bench seat, so you can put your wine glasses down, too.”
She also had her dining-room table custom built to her specification, with wood she salvaged.
“We got this wood from the old Terrebonne freight depot. It was the wood from the original floor joists, then we had our iron works guy put the inlaid design touches on the outside and he also did our chairs,” said Cindy. “The mantel over the fireplace is really old wood that came from Silverton, too.”
If dinner conversations ever lag, Cindy and Roger can always point up above their dining room table and explain how their large iron light fixture was made.
“We found this old wood for the light fixture from the yoke of an antique carriage and I designed it. And my 84-year-old iron man built it,” said Cindy.
The open design of this barrel roof home means there are no walls between the dining room, living room and kitchen, which is all done in an Old World style.
Because a lot of wood and stone are used in an Old World design, some homes in this style can look heavy and dark. But the wall of windows gives this house lots of natural light and a warm and comfortable feel that isn't too dark.
The height of the ceiling isn't wasted. Cindy designed a loft area, where she can sleep eight people who are willing to go up a ladder. The three twin beds with trundles underneath are favorites for the couple's grandchildren. Each of the twin beds built into the sidewalls of the loft have privacy doors, much like a ship. Going towards the end of the loft are two rope beds that are suspended by heavy twine. The rope is genius, as the barrel-roof curves at the end. The different lengths of rope allow the bed to remain evenly hung.
“It does have a little swing to it, when you lay down on those beds, but they're really quite comfortable,” said Roger. “As you can imagine, our grandchildren love to sleep in the loft. It's also a great area to see everyone below.”
Inside the kitchen, Cindy had a replica Hoosier cabinet built. She used metal inserts, which she treated herself.
“All you need is a little vinegar and water and some sun and you can make it rust, which gives it that old weathered look,” said Cindy. The patina inserts in the cabinet give off a light green iridescent hue, which Cindy used as a subtle accent color throughout the home.
The kitchen also features another cabinet where Cindy used the light green color in metal grate work.
“I found those grates at The Iron Horse in Bend,” said Cindy. The same color is also found in the reproduction jadeite green pulls on the kitchen cupboards.
In the dining room and living room, Cindy and Roger pointed out the few antiques they brought with them from Chicago.
The curved glass china cabinet sits to the side of the large dining room table and that's where Cindy stores her beloved antique Depression glass and china.
In the corner of the living room is a 130-year-old Ivers and Pond piano in burled walnut. The upright piano is a true labor of love, as Roger stripped seven layers of paint off it to find the beautiful wood.
Inside the master bedroom, the long built-in closet looks simply like a paneled wood wall.
A fireplace at the foot of the bed incorporates the Old World style. Cindy hired Kim Smallenberg to do the faux painting on the plaster, making it look centuries old. Above the fireplace is weathered wood panel with a folk art pastoral scene, also painted by Smallenberg, that hides the room's television.
The lighting fixtures in this master bedroom are something Cindy is especially proud of because she made them herself when she couldn't find lighting that would work with the design.
“I bought these metal urns from Michaels and I just cut them down and used landscaping lights and rewired them to line voltage,” said Cindy.
The second bedroom, which looks like a sunny sitting room, has its own secrets. The room is hidden from view by wooden barn doors that look like part of the wall design.
Within the room, a wood-paneled wall hides a Murphy bed. Cindy pulled down on the wall and a queen-sized bed popped out.
“We found the Old World European style is very efficient. Even if you have a small amount of square footage, everything is well thought out. They were frugal, but they often used that to their advantage and they tended to build up,” said Roger.
Downstairs in the wine tasting room, the couple hosts weddings, private parties and regular wine-tasting events. Outside, they pointed to a large man-made pond just beyond the home that they've stocked with trout for the coming season. The large pond is also a favorite spot for visiting grandchildren in the summer. They watch for eagles and osprey from its sandy beach.
Cindy and Roger, who have been married for 40 years, looked around their barn home and new life, and smiled at each other. “No, we definitely don't miss Chicago,” said Roger. “Some of our friends wondered why we'd move all the way out here, but look at this. Oh and our daughter did go to college out here, first to WSU, and then a masters at OSU.”
It was a successful college trip that changed all their lives.
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