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LYNDEN — This started out as Joell and Ken Keck doing Sunday drives looking at lots for sale around Lynden. At first they thought The Ridge at Lynden, new view property at Line and Bradley roads, seemed “so far out of town” they wouldn’t be interested. They returned to it, however — once with Joell’s parents, Kelly and Joni Heutink, and together they took note of the two lots

Mom and dad, two daughters build close by on Bradley/Line roads view property

tucked snugly to each other to form the island of Baker Crown Circle in the sweet center of the development. They remarked that those two homeowners would really have to like each other to be that close. “Well, we’ll sell our house and live right next to you,” quipped Kelly. It happened. The Kecks and the Heutinks bought adjoining lots 15 and 16 and started to make their building plans, also together, using lo-

cal residential designer Clyde Libolt. That’s when another interesting thing happened. Joell had in mind that she wanted an Lshaped house in order to build in a certain two-story corner construction feature she had seen on Pinterest. The Heutinks’ design ideas weren’t constraining, and so Libolt delicately suggested to the two couples that it might work better for everyone’s purposes if they switched lots. See Family Houses on C4


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The Heutink and Keck houses are just “four stepping stones apart,” the owners like to say. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune) Continued from C3

Kelly Heutink enjoys time with his 8-month-old grandson Decker. (Ashley Hiruko/ Lynden Tribune)

They did that too. And so it was that Libolt could design, and then Lynden contractor Brad Heppner would build, these two houses almost as a unified package, including in a few key elements each couple wanted, with both of them being completed in 2015. But the family togetherness had yet another act. Heutink daughter Rockell Bosman and husband Drew ended up buying a Ridge lot just a quick walk away on Spring Mead-

ows Drive, and the construction of their house with general contractor Denny Vander Velden was completed this year. The Heutink house Joni and Kelly Heutink really insisted on only two things for their new house. She wanted to have a prominent place for the baby grand piano she enjoys playing. Now it is indeed positioned right near the front door. “Music is the prayer the heart sings,” Continued on the next page

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Joni Heutink got her wish of a prominent spot for her baby grand piano. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)


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Family Continued from C5

Angling the south side of the Heutink house was an interesting challenge for builder Heppner, however. There are six different turns along the 80 feet of length, a steady zigzag to stay within setback from the property line. Plenty of fill and topsoil was needed to create a gentler slope on the down side — or at least a lawn that Kelly can reasonably mow in alignment with the Keck property. The lower level of the house can be its own living quarters, and it has been at times during the three homes’ building process. Each level has its own deck or patio area. Because of the slope factor — forcing heavy use of retaining walls throughout the Baker Ridge neighborhood — Kelly does note that he got more full stand-up storage space on the basement level, where there is also the mechanical room. There was one more thing the Heutinks did need in their garage: room for storage of two vintage vehicles. A 1965 Ford Mustang was restored by Joni’s dad, Roy Dennison, in his Nooksack auto body shop. As it turned out, it is on a car lift in the garage above the 1956 yellow Chevy pickup that Kelly bought for his 60th birthday.

Aspects of the Heutink house include: a master bedroom with three walls to the outside; display of two treasured vintage vehicles; both inside dining and exterior patio seating with a view. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)

The Keck house Having the two garages next to each other helps to cushion the proximity of the Heutink and Keck houses. The two couples laugh that they are “just four stepping stones apart” between their garages. With shrubbery, Joni and Joell have managed to make this in-between area a fairly secluded one, and that serves an extra purpose: to be their working resource area for doing all the plant work and yard mainteSee Family on C8

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The front entrance of the Keck house is rich with stonework, and to its left it also features the two-story corner design that Joell particularly wanted to have built in. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)

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Joell Keck has gone to extra lengths to create the desired effect in their master bedroom, including faux brick walls and pendant lights. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)

nance that is required and that they also love to do. The couples appreciated working with Dusty Manderson of Sound Landscaping on how to integrate the elements of their yards — “he had eyes for making this work,” Joell said — while letting the owners do their creative part. In the three-stall Keck garage is another showcase of hobby memorabilia, Ken’s expanded collection of motor oil signs, neon beer signs, and gasoline pumps. A large enough garage in which to do this was his one request. Then at the juncture of the garage and the front-door entry is the two-story vertical corner that Joell had her heart set on, and which Libolt designed in. It has two lattice windows on each level, matching ones that continue on around the rest of the house. Upstairs, this corner feature has become a storage area for now, awaiting possible other ideas. Joell was definite that she wanted people to know that her entry area was for taking off shoes and hanging up coats, and so it is large and open and includes benches and bins for storage. On the other hand, no space is needed for a home office, as they don’t do much desktop computing, and so whatever office function they need can be tucked into a closet. As Ken works for Lynden Sheet Metal, the house did afford him See Family on C10


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The Bosman house radiates with light and bright hues in kitchen and bath. Simplicity and low maintenance were sought, said Rockell Bosman. The fireplace was custom-made out of one sheet of metal. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune) Continued from C8

plenty of opportunity to show his creativity fashioning things out of metal: gas pipe fixtures, toilet paper holder, coat hooks and more. With two young children, now ages 5 and 9, the Kecks wanted to maximize a second floor for bedrooms and a second full bath. Also, the bonus area over the garage was turned into a “theater room” with no windows in it, where the family can settle in with popcorn to watch movies. The Kecks, like the Heutinks, love the double benefit of building into a hillside. “I love the feeling of being high, and yet walking out at street level,” Joell said. In the back yard is a pergola whose sides can be closed off with curtains, and the trees

and plants edging the property will eventually grow up higher for a bit more privacy. Despite the closeness of the houses, the neighbors say they can scarcely tell if the other family is home. They certainly cannot hear of any comings and goings of each other. The Bosman house Rockell, as general manager of the Scotty Brown’s restaurant in Barkeley Village, doesn’t mind saying that she and husband Drew were after simplicity and low maintenance in the way they planned their house and yard. The interior layout is very open and spacious, with its color scheme very much tending toward light and airy. Their custom-designed fireplace in the living area was made by Ken Keck out of one

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Joni Heutink approaches daughter Rockell Heutink’s house, moved into last May, just down the street from her own in The Ridge at Lynden development. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)

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Living in a ‘lighthouse’ along the shore is also Old World, from simple to fabulous By Elisa Claassen for the Lynden Tribune

WHATCOM — On the site of what was once a very modest 900-square-foot family cabin for summertime use, the current 3,200-square-foot home of Larry and Becky Raney sits high along the shore near Birch Bay … reminiscent of a storied lighthouse. But first, this is far removed from family origins in the foothills of Maple Falls, across the county. Becky Raney’s mother, Danna Beech Haddock, grew up there, and together with first husband Wayne Beech raised their three children in the forests and meadows of east Whatcom, in the shadow of mountains. Not only did Danna inherit the role of Maple Falls postmaster from her mother — a position she held for 38 years — but she later inherited a vacation home on the Point Whitehorn beach from those grandparents, Dan and Catherine LaVeille. At the time of the original small house, the “neighborhood” south of Birch Bay State Park contained only two homes, Danna Beech Haddock remembers. The other home is still owned by members of that early family as well.

The house completed by the Raneys at Point Whitehorn in 2007 incorporates a lighthouse look blending with a bit of an Irish flair. (Elisa Claassen/Lynden Tribune)

Revival The old water-view dwelling, built by her grandfather in 1961, was rented out by the family after the older generation had passed on. “Grandpa built it with every penny he could muster,” Becky said. “The foundation was sitting on logs and the heat was a wood stove, and it was freezing!” Larry and Rebecca Raney rented and then purchased the property around 2001. The original building was torn down in 2006 to make room for the new home. The Raneys moved off site, closer See Raney on C16

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Raney Continued from C14

It’s a view out onto red umbrellas, walkways, tables and terraced gardens from inside the Raney home. (Elisa Claassen/ Lynden Tribune)

to their Bellingham-based business in the Irongate district, for the two years of construction. Forgoing an architect, Becky, who had studied graphic design, served as the building designer with her cousin Kristi Johnson-Loveland, an architect. They went over only Becky’s drawing for engineering, making some revisions, before submitting to county officials. Becky’s brother Andy Beech — in addition to being the luthier behind the late musician Prince’s guitars — is also a custom finish carpenter and served as project contractor. Subcontracted work went to local providers including Valley Plumbing & Electric, Lynden Interiors for tile and wood floors, West Coast Windows, Mt. Baker Roofing, Stockton’s Paint and Builder’s Alliance for lumber. Windwood Landscaping constructed the patio and lawn, and also put in a sprinkler system based on a garden layout by Becky. “I was going for an ‘Old World beachy feel’ which was the more Old World,” Becky said. “Like a Tudor home with the Irish feel. My inspiration came from the lighthouse that was at the Bergsma Gallery, and because (we were) living on the beach it seemed fun. “Buildings and Codes did not accept my original plans. They would not allow a breezeway, and the lighthouse was on the corner of the house instead of the middle where it is now. The original design is still my favorite. “It was a smaller home. The rule back then was that the garage could not be separate from the house. Now you can build houses that can have separate Continued on the next page

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The meager dwelling, but with great water views, that was built in 1961 gave way to brand-new construction in 2006. (Elisa Claassen/Lynden Tribune)

er, a guest room with hand-made quilts, guest bath and craft room ring the sides of the second floor next to the open stairwell. Another set of enclosed steeper stairs provides access into the attic and the small room inside the tower of the lighthouse. Views sweep over the neighborhood and Birch Bay. The door going onto the deck was a bit of a challenge, Becky said, because of the angle of the lighthouse. The frame around the door had to be two feet wide at the top and six inches at the bottom. “My other pride and joy in my garden is the arbors that my husband built. There are two and these are a labor of love. And I also love my pear trees. They are grafted to have three different varieties of pears on one tree and they grow in the shape of a fence. The trees love the south side of the house which faces the road, and it is a show-stopper. People are always asking me about those fruit trees. “The trail down to the beach has always been a challenge, but once you

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The new home does justice to enjoying the view even while working in the kitchen. (Elisa Claassen/Lynden Tribune)

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Is your heating system ready for cool weather? Savvy homeowners know that with cool weather comes a bit of preparation. A quick audit of your heating equipment can mean less wasted energy, a more comfortable home and lower energy bills. Nearly half of all heating and cooling equipment in U.S. homes never performs to its advertised capacity and efficiency due to incorrect installation, according to U.S. government estimates. And if you have an older system that was built before current efficiency standards, you could be spending more than needed on heating your home. If it’s time to replace your system, be sure to have it properly installed by an HVACR professional, certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the nation’s largest nonprofit certification body for HVACR technicians. NATE-certified technicians are skilled profession-

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Three unexpected upgrades to add to your home While a simple home upgrade once meant a new area rug or fresh coat of paint, these days there are new and unexpected ways to update your space in order to add beauty and comfort to your home. • Think smart. New technology can add unexpected convenience and luxury to your everyday life. Virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit can help make your space cozy, comfortable and secure, giving you the ability to control light bulbs, door locks, blinds, music and more through voice commands. Companion apps also allow you to control home elements through your phone from anywhere. Particular about your shower? Create the perfect eperience every day by programming temperature and water flow settings to your liking. Enjoying family movie night and don’t want to get off the couch? With a WIFI-enabled SIMPLEconnect smart fan from Hunter Fan Company, for example, you can turn the light and breeze on and off with simple voice commands. • Have a living gallery wall. Add vitality and beauty to your space with a living gallery wall, whereby plant life becomes a work of art. Known as a vertical garden, there are many ways to go about it, whether it’s affixing planters in a pattern to your wall or hanging a flat panel of succulents and moss and bordering it with a picture frame. This will create a lively visual and a healthy one at that — adding oxygen to the roots of your home, or even nutrition, should you choose to plant herbs. • Add a breeze. Whether you live in an old house where central air is non-existent or you just want to add some ventilation to your space with a lowkey upgrade, there’s no need to call in an HVAC team. Adding a ceiling fan to the landing of your staircase, for example, can help pull and circulate cool air into the upstairs space. Or consider transforming the traditionally neglected laundry room into a space that’s comfortable for getting chores done. The addition of a ceiling fan can create a breeze and alleviate the heat created by the dryer. Lowprofile versions like the Cranbrook from Hunter Fan Company are a good fit for the small square footage of a laundry room. For more design or upgrade tips, follow Hunter Fan Company on instagram at @Hunterfanco or visit Thinking outside the box when updating your space can go a long way toward adding beauty and comfort to your home.

In a laundry or elsewhere in the house, freshen air with an overhead fan. (Courtesy photo)

Fall Home & Garden

Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | Ferndale Record


Fall Home & Garden

Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | Ferndale Record


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