Seamless Togetherness of Horses, Dogs and Humans
As a five-year-old, horse lover and dreamer Joyce had it all planned out. She envisioned a dream barn where she could be with her horse and play with her Barbie doll at the same time. She even told her mom all about it, describing in detail how the horse would be able to watch over her while she played.
Flash forward a few decades and the dream has become a reality. Substitute Joyce’s Barbie for her much more animated young daughter Avell, and you experience Joyce and her husband Karsten’s uniquely seamless Tumalo barn and entertainment space.
Joyce and her best friend and fellow horse lover Molly began planning “for real” three years ago, walking the property next door and staking it out for the future. Molly’s vision added exterior living, thus recreating the experience of horse camping.
The final product took about one year from ground-breaking to breaking out the chardonnay and carrots—both of which can be enjoyed at the rough-hewn wooden bar that separates the horses’ all-purpose area from the human entertainment zone. The women enlisted the help of architect Christian Gladu and contractor Alan Petrich to work with their design ideas. Things really fell into place when Molly was able to purchase the property next door, making it convenient to share the space.
Doorways into and within the corrugated metal-clad barn structure are all human, horse, and dog-friendly—making it difficult to discern if any one space is dedicated more to one than the other. A hint comes with the flooring—stained concrete in the entertaining space and thick rubber tile in the all-purpose area and stalls. A huge wagon wheel chandelier hangs from two stories above the horses, adding to the classy feel of the whole layout.
“Our animals are part of our family,” says Joyce. “This is a way for the horses and the dogs to be together with us.”
Reclaimed barnwood is used throughout the interior, and Molly notes that “the three horses have each gravitated to certain pieces,” causing much thought about what history of scent comes with these re-used, carved and weathered lengths.
With the barnwood, the corrugated metal, wrought iron accents, and the exclusive use of warm, yellow, vintage-style filament light bulbs throughout, there is a very western feel to an otherwise crisp modern design.
The horses—two are rescues—enjoy extra-large stalls that have direct access to two turnout spaces fenced in and around the juniper trees.
The outdoor spaces Molly envisioned include an open cement tile patio space on the same level as the barn, and a fire pit seating area several steps down and set where the two horse turnouts come together. From the barn, patio and fire pit area, the views toward Awbrey Butte, Pilot Butte and beyond are stunning.
Joyce, Molly and Karsten are delighted with the way this dream came true, and look forward to many opportunities to hang out at the bar and around the fire with their two and four-legged friends.