Heart & Hand

Couple creates modern farm home in Rain Valley

By Nancy Wiechec

Each morning Patty and Tyler Allenbaugh watch as the sun casts its warm glow upon Mount Elden and the foothills of the San Francisco Peaks.

“All I could think about was the first day that I would wake up here,” Patty said, recalling the anticipation of living in their new home. “After all the frustrations and difficulties, it was all about finally getting to be here, to be able to enjoy coffee in bed while looking out at this beautiful view.”

The Allenbaugh home is located in Rain Valley, a delightful spot the couple chose for their Flagstaff Family Farm, a sustainable farm-share project headed by Tyler. Completed in August, their 1,200 square-foot custom house was designed by Patty, who brought to the project a background in architecture and design, modern tastes and inspiration from tiny-home concepts.

“I like to say it’s a modern industrial farmhouse,” she said of the new home.

Two bedrooms, one bathroom and a living room-kitchen combination make up the interior. A slanted metal roof that rises toward the mountains offers a high-ceiling profile that accommodates large glass windows and doors. The roof also provides cover for two outdoor patios that nearly double the living space.

Noticeable from the roadside is the home’s industrial farmhouse expression. Vertical corrugated Corten siding with its natural weathering properties offers a rustic look, while large wooden beams frame the front patio and the Sierra Pacific sliding door entrance.

Inside the floor plan is simple and clean with natural elements taking the lead.

Unfinished concrete floor fills the kitchen-living space. Barn doors and the master bedroom backboard feature beetle kill pine with its unique splashes of blue and magenta hues. The small bathroom has a walkout to the back porch, where Patty intends to put an outdoor tub.

The couple chose Ikea kitchen cabinets. “The secret is a professional install,” Patty noted.

Carrera quartz covers the counters and a large apron-front stainless steel sink adds functionality and style.

On one wall, floating boxes display treasures the couple has collected in their travels. And in the second bedroom, a row of floating shelves holds books and other familiar objects.

Patty said that every square foot in the house has function.

“We use every room and space in this house, nothing is wasted. We love it that way.”

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