SOLUTIONS THAT ADD CHARACTER
The interior of rhe ranch house owes much of its rich character to what Coburn says was the team’s most controversial decision. Coburn wanted to keep the original interior walls, so the 2 x 4s would remain exposed. To do this, they used 2 x 6s to build a shell around the exterior, and ran plumbing, wiring, and insulation between die layers. Lap cedar siding was added to the new exterior framing. To maintain most of the original ceilings, the team used a similar technique; they removed the original roof and overframed the existing ceilings with 2 x 10 joists, then tucked insulation in between.
In die great room, Coburn says, they did some “selective truss work” to v-ault the ceiling over the living, dining, and kitchen areas. The ceiling now stands fifteen feet tall. Collar ties had been holding the original roof-framing together. For the vault upgrade, Coburn wanted to forgo very large timbers; instead, iron tie beams make the trusses more airy. “We don’t have a ton of volume and we don’t have a ton of space,” says Coburn of the 25 x 18-foot room. “We wanted to create trusses that weren’t overbearing, so what you’re really experiencing is just the volume.”
The centerpiece of the great room is the corner fireplace, which stands back-to-back with the outdoor fireplace on the porch. The two have individual fireboxes and chimneys, but appear joined. Neither fireplace is original to the ranch, though the red sandstone cobbles look like they could have been gathered from the river right outside the door. When there’s no fire roaring, a forced-air furnace keeps the ranch cozy.
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To admit more light, new windows were cut into walls; some wrere positioned in enlarged openings at original locations. Wherever walls and ceilings couldn’t be preserved, new lumber was added and whitewashed to maintain the rustic feel while brightening up the spaces.
The ranch’s flooring was not salvageable, so the team laid a new manufactured pine floor, then distressed it with chains and bags of rocks. “When you walk into this building, you have all these old walls. The material’s very tactile … it just feels and
The ranch house is stocked with extra fishing gear In case guests forget anything.
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A large wraparound porch offers anglers a sheltered place to sort their gear, get ready, and rig their rods before heading to the river. An outdoor sink is handy for cleaning boots, gear, or fish, and a dog-wash area is great for bathing your dog before it hops back In the car. It also works for cleaning muddy boots or coolers. Having all of these amenities outside means the mess stays outside.
Stock extra gear in case guests forget anything. Keep on hand extra flies, wading boots, and fishing rods.
If you’re not into fishing but your guests are, visit your local fishing shops to get the best recommendations for where your guests can get their waders wet. looks super vintage and rustic, so we didn t want a big new shiny floor to dominate the room,” says Coburn. While craftsmen “blind-nailed the floor to hide rhe nails, they also drove in square-head nails for an aged look. And in keeping with rhe ranch theme, they even branded the floor with a horseshoe in select areas. “You really would have to look hard to realize that it’s supposed to look like a horse somehow walked through rhe house and left its mark. says Coburn. “It was a fun little goof)- addition.”