Out looking for a house in 1996, Ron and Pam Alexander were drawn to their 1977 home at 13 W. Imperial St. in Walla Walla because of the warm and rich cedar exterior.

In addition to the charm of the cedar, they also liked the shape of the outside and the interesting roofline.

“I love this house,” Ron says. It’s practical, comfortable and exactly what they wanted. They also liked the row of large bushes along the Second Avenue side of the home. The thick hedge keeps the property more secluded and insulated from noise. Some of the bushes have been cut or torn out over the years, but it is still thick and lush.

“I’m a carver,” Ron says. “Cutting the bushes is like sculpting.”

The 1,740-square-foot, three bedroom, two bathroom home is one level, except for a couple steps down into the living room. It’s a signature design in a home constructed in the 1970s. Flooring throughout the home is a combination of materials, including comfortable carpeting. The entryway floor is slate, the kitchen floor is laminate. Kitchen countertops are granite tiles with a back splash that incorporates color and provides a striking accent.

The home is the right size for them. “We use the third bedroom for an office,” Pam says.

There was not much remodeling necessary. The kitchen was updated, and the whole house was painted, but other than that it was move-in ready.

The diagonal wood on the interior walls matches the diagonal cedar on the exterior, keeping the rustic theme going throughout.

“It’s a cool house,” Ron says. “The yard is a nice size. Now I can mow quickly and have more time for the bushes.”

The home has western-themed décor, quilts and all kinds of comfy furniture. The rustic family living room is decorated with sculptures by western artist David Manual. Large windows can be covered with the warm and cozy curtains Pam made from Pendleton wool. Ron made the horseshoe curtain rods.

“Those match the design on the front exterior of the home. Ron made the spurs on the end,” she says.

The family room is also warm and cozy. They often heat with wood in the brick fireplace or wood stove. Other than that, they have electric heat.

“It’s so well insulated,” Ron says. The wood stove rapidly and thoroughly heats it up, and it stays warm or cool very well because of the insulation.

The interior hallway has family photos on one side. On the other are Rodeo Bible Camp posters from the Cowboy Church where Ron is the pastor.

The posters are framed in old barn wood they reclaimed after working to take down a barn in Starbuck. The aged wood compliments the home and its ranch-like décor.

Quilts have been given to them by a friend, and a large one is used for the bedroom. The master bath has a tiled sink, and the shower is finished with small tiles.

Their families are honored with the photographs and some of the décor. The guest room is decorated with giant pink roses for Pam’s mother on a wallpaper accent in the middle of the wall.

The home is practical, comfortable and decorated to honor Ron and Pam’s western focus.

Karlene Ponti can be reached at karleneponti@wwub.com or 509-526-8324.

Karlene Ponti began as Special Publications Writer in 1999, work includes Lifestyles, The Weekly and Business Monthly. After Wa-Hi, Ponti attended Whitman and is a UW graduate. Later she was ordained a Christian minister at CDM Spiritual Teaching Center.

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