New Life Infused into a 100-year-old Bend Home

If the ancestral line from 100 years ago could see Ezra and Kristen Ross’ restored 1920s farmhouse, they’d be delighted to see a home with a new set of lungs inside its original bones. Bend craftsman, Ezra Ross, owner of Ross Built Homes, completed his personal home project three years in the making early 2019. On the list of major updates: Ross lifted the entire home to pour a new foundation, added vaulted kitchen ceilings using leftover wood from the house’s siding, expanded the second level rooms, built traditional double-hung farmhouse windows, and opened up a grand front porch with twelve-foot-tall beams. The home was transformed from 1,200-square-feet to almost 3,000-square-feet. Yet Ross magically, and by his professional specialty in remodeling, found techniques to uphold the quaint farmhouse feel. The smallest to the largest of details were considered—antique doors, reclaimed 90-year-old door hardware, a claw foot tub, a slab wood custom-made kitchen island by Ross, and a 1930s Franklin wood stove in the living room. The interior design tops everything off with its eclectic and vibrant touches. There’s a story in every nook and cranny from the floor up. “It’s much easier and cheaper to tear homes down and rebuild of course, and around every corner of restoration lies a new challenge,” Ross laughs. “But keeping Bend’s old craftsman style homes and architecture alive is increasingly important as the area grows, and frankly it’s a fun process.” The original owner was a family man and if he’s watching now, he can hear the Ross’ three kids running and laughing across the land and see the working soil and plants growing anew.  RossBuiltHomes.com

“Keeping Bend’s old craftsman style homes and architecture alive is increasingly important as the area grows, and frankly it’s a fun process.” —Ezra Ross

BUILT 1920s

REMODELED 2019

BUILDER Ezra Ross, Ross Built Homes