This quiet place, bordered by a creek and looking out at rolling wheat fields, is the home of Jill and Dick Ingram.
The couple moved into the new home at 610 Patit Road, Dayton, in May 2005 after about a year of construction.
They decided to build on property already owned outside of town when plans were laid to have Jill’s mother, Iola Bramhall, move in with them. With Iola’s inspiration, they all worked on the design.
They wanted some separation of living space: their side of the home and Iola’s side, with living areas in the middle.
“She wanted the smaller side, but then we put on an addition there,” Jill says.
Iola’s home was put up for sale, and the trio embarked on their adventure.
During the construction, they were dealing with the process, loans and stress and “really praying for someone to buy that house,” Jill says. But it all was meant to be. Jill is an artist, like her late mother, and Dick is a retired wheat farmer, so they are very in tune with beauty and with the energy of the land. The couple had always liked this property, its silence, birds and animals and the feeling of peace it gave them.
“There was something about watching it grow from the ground up,” she says of the home. And the property was perfect for it. “There is this old basalt rock with lichen on it that makes me so happy.”
The building had to fit specifications, be a proper elevation from the creek and flood plain. It already had water and electricity. A natural spring feeds three houses in the area. It all came together perfectly.
Jill was renting a space for her studio, but her mother suggested putting in a daylight basement in the home for Jill’s studio. That room wasn’t in the original plan, but it worked really well. They also have an attached garage, which their former home didn’t have.
“It is a glorious thing,” Jill says of the attached garage.
The home consists of three floors: the main level, daylight basement and bonus room/office above the garage.
“It originally had two bedrooms; we turned the study into a guest room for our granddaughter and added one in the basement,” she says.
The home is about 4,200 square feet, with half of that Jill’s basement studio. After the modification, the home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The new kitchen has a 9 foot ceiling, huge bay window and a porcelain tile floor.
“We were farming. There’s dirt,” she says. “We needed a cleanable surface.”
They also added an island with the light directly above it, and Jill loves it. New kitchen cabinets were made by Brian Segraves of Coyote Custom Cabinets in Waitsburg. Construction was done by Jim McCary and Arthur Laberge of Dayton.
The interior of the home is elegant and comfortable, but the surroundings are beautiful as well. The view from the living room is serene, with an undulating hillside across the creek. The first animal they saw on the hill was a moose right as they were moving in, but they haven’t seen it since. They have a golden locust right outside full of goldfinches that blend right in.
A favorite area for both of them is Iola’s former room.
“We spent a lot of time with her,” Jill says. “We drank coffee in the morning.”
There’s a comfy patio on that end of the home.
“A patio is like a little room outside,” Jill says. “I also enjoy the living room. There’s more intimacy. We have a lot of mom’s furniture, and there’s some of mine. I like the combination.”
In their other house, the electricity would go out from time to time. It also stayed out for a length of time. They originally hadn’t put in the fireplaces but decided to add two of them to make sure they would have unfrozen pipes in the winter and could keep Jill’s aging mother warm and safe in the event the power went off.
They have done some remodeling since the home was constructed — changes here and there, and the kitchen was redone.
“Mom was an instigator,” Jill says.
Jill was pretty excited about making it more beautiful; Dick was less enthusiastic.
“I was horror stricken,” he says.
“Beauty really matters to me,” she says. “He’s more positive about beauty, it matters more to him, more than it did then.”
“I do have structural issues,” she admits. “In painting, it was an early issue. I thought I could just throw the paint on.” But she needed some precision and process.
As far as any planned changes, they are very content.
“I would like a bathtub,” she says. “But I’m not in any great hurry.”
“I’m relieved about that,” he says.
Dick appreciates Jill’s creative ideas and appreciation of how it would look overall. The landscaping was dictated by the water flow of 5 gallons a minute.
“You can’t have a big yard,” Dick says. “I’m a farmer. I wanted it in rows and weeded.”
Jill liked the individual characteristics of the plants and wanted them here and there, where they seemed to mesh with each other. That was not the orderly way Dick wanted it. But they work together to share the vision of what they want to accomplish.
Through their differing perspectives, they work well together as a team.