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Pops of color, by the sea Dodge home showcases colorful accents with seaside vistas By Brent Lindquist

GOOSEBERRY POINT — When Bob and Lori Dodge set out to build a new seaside home near the Lummi Island ferry dock, they only had a few specifications in mind. “We wanted to live on the water,” Bob said, “somewhere near the water.” The Dodges also wanted a house that represents who they are. Previously, they had lived in Marysville for about 25 years. They moved to Ferndale 10 years ago and owned a house on Church Road. For the design of their new home, the Dodges turned to Lynden-based architect Jerry Roetcisoender of JWR Design. “Jerry was a really good architect who listened to everything we wanted,” Bob said. Part of making the home their own meant making sure of easy access to the home’s main floor. “We’re not quite to retirement, but we Continued on page C4

Bob and Lori Dodge always wanted to live by the sea, and about four months ago that dream became a reality. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)


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The orange pops of color throughout the Dodges' home were inspired by this sink, which Bob purchased before the home was even conceptualized. The color scheme evolved from there. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune) will be,” Lori said. “So we wanted everything for ourselves to be on one floor. We didn’t want steps coming into the house, from the garage or the front door.” The house was designed to be as maintenance-free as possible, Bob said, from the materials chosen to the elements of design. The yard will not feature grass

to be mowed, and the outer materials are less likely to wear with time. The front door is extra wide in order to accommodate aging relatives who may need to come to stay in the basement’s guest rooms. The main floor, however, is their own, with high ceilings making it feel even larg-

er than it is. “We wanted to live on one floor,” Bob said. “And we wanted to downscale from our other house. It was over 3,400 square feet. This whole house is 2,650, with 1,600 on the main floor.” The new house is a departure from their previous one in more ways than just

square footage, however. The old house was more formal, and the Dodges wanted something more casual, “beachy” and contemporary. “Our style is really eclectic,” Bob said. “We have a lot of old pieces, we have new Continued on page C6

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The Dodges' backyard overlooks the sea, and above it is a large deck for entertaining and enjoying views toward Lummi, Orcas and even Vancouver islands. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)

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Shades of orange add flair to the contemporary colors that characterize the decor of the Dodges' seaside home. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune) pieces. We’re trying to go a little bit more contemporary.” The living room and kitchen are in one large room, comprising the house’s “main event,” of sorts. The floor also in-

cludes a “multi-purpose” room, which contains their washer and dryer, as well as office supplies and other sundries. Lori refers to it as a kind of butler’s closet. Its ceilings are high, just like the main room’s.

“I wanted everything as high as we could get it,” Bob said. Throughout the home, flashes of orange provide an accent to the various shades of brown that define the walls.

Those colors were inspired by one single piece, which Bob purchased before they even had any plan for the house. “If you look at the sink, we designed the bathroom around that sink,” Lori said.

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The laundry room also stores various supplies and sundries used throughout the house, and the vaulted high ceilings are a highlight. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)


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The Dodges chose this countertop pattern for their kitchen island because of its resemblance to a sandy beach. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)

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Even in just a few months of living on the water, the Dodges have photographed many gorgeous sunsets off the back deck. (Courtesy photo/Bob and Lori Dodge)


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It’s from the outside deck of their new house that Bob and Lori Dodge can truly enjoy their view out to western islands and spectacular sunsets over water. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)

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   Whether planting a tree to add seasonal beauty, grow backyard fruit, provide a bit of shade or reduce energy costs, it’s a big upfront investment. Make the most of your money spent by giving your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care.    Fall is a great time to plant trees. Cooler air temperatures make it less stressful on newly planted trees and the gardeners planting them.    Select a tree suited to the growing conditions. Make sure it tolerates the sunlight, soil and temperature extremes. Check the tag for the mature height and spread. You’ll have a better-looking plant that always fits the space with minimal pruning.    Plant it correctly to insure the tree thrives for the years to come. Dig a saucer shaped hole three to five times wider than the root ball. It should only be as deep as the distance from the root flare to

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Ashes to beauty Randy and Patti Assink rebuild anew after fire ruined their old house By Calvin Bratt

   LYNDEN ­— The date that changed everything is fixed firmly in Randy and Patti Assink’s mind: March 24, 2016.    They had been living since 2002 in their “old but very well built” house at the corner of West Pole and Woodlyn roads. They had restored the original 1931 hardwood floors, they had finished the basement into a favorite gathering area, and they still had a few more improvement ideas in mind for this beloved relic.    But when Randy walked back toward the house from his woodshop on that March day, he saw smoke and flames coming from the upstairs windows. Cars had already stopped along the road to help out. 911 was called, and firefighters were on scene as quickly as could be expected. But by the time the fire was beaten down, the upstairs of the house was clearly a loss and there was smoke and water damage on the main floor.    At first, while living in space offered by others, the Assinks thought they would be rebuilding the old house. But it didn’t take long for insurance experts to say Continued on page C16

Randy and Patti Assink are enjoying the feel of a new home off West Pole Road on the same spot where their previous home burned in March 2016. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

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It was a classic old beauty that the Assinks lost to fire, but they gained a great new replacement built to fit their needs. (Courtesy photo; Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune) the best choice was to entirely take the structure down and begin anew. (The fire source was determined to be an electrical outlet).    At the time two of their four children were living with them at home, with their youngest, Lucas, still in high school.    The Assinks say Paul Kenner of Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance was excel-

lent with them through this time of some difficult decisions. Their coverage was good, and it only made sense — although it was hard to see — for their old house to be demolished.    “For the kids, a lot of their growing up was here,” Patti said.    And so a new house it would be.

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the lifetime practical input and good connections of Alvin and Carole Starkenburg.    Patti found a floor plan she liked on Pinterest, although it would definitely need to be scaled down for them. Roetcisoender worked from that. The house ended up being 3,150 square feet on two Continued on page C18

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The stairway to the second floor features “hogwire” mesh railing and “vintage cage” lights, and it is also a gallery for some family photos. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)


floors.    They did not want to be obsessive about details, and they were open to the advice given both by the professionals and their peers.    However, there were two “must have” elements for them from the start. First, the house had to have a large “great room” that blended kitchen, dining, lounging — the place where they would be spending most of their family time and doing any hosting. It is about 812 square feet.    And second as a priority, very close by would have to be Patti’s own sewing room. She admits she was “tired of the mess (she created) in the family room.”    Patti is the lead person when it comes to costuming for the two Lynden Christian High School drama productions each year. When it is down to the wire for performances, Patti will be in her sewing room almost continuously, Randy said. (And stage props fill one of the Assinks’ out-buildings too.)    She got her seamstress room just off the main living area. “I really like how it turned out,” she said. She can close the door if she wants to and no one has to see her work in progress.    The main floor also contains the master bedroom and bath, a laundry area, half bath, pantry, kennel for dog Nisha, and



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Patti has her own room for an exercise cycle and to do the sewing activity that is her main hobby. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

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Son Isaiah Assink puts the upstairs game room to good use. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

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