Keller Farmhouse

A custom, classic farmhouse lets the sun shine in for a growing family of six

The Kellers run a family dairy in Fall City, and they knew their old, leaning house would not make it through many more winters. We were asked to design a new, classic farmhouse that fit their budget, their active farming life, and let the sun shine in. Because it is located in the Snoqualmie River flood plain, we were limited to the then existing 2314 square foot building area to create a comfortable place for a growing family of six. The finished home is 2330 square feet on two levels, with four bedrooms, 3 baths, and an office, and includes a wrap-around, covered porch and a detached garage.

Quite often, people enjoying a drive in the country will stop, get out of their car, and take photos of this “well-tended old farmhouse.” The detached garage has a cozy studio apartment above for their children to use while they are in college.

The white cabinets in the kitchen reflect the daylight streaming in from windows on the east and south sides of the home. The centrally located masonry fireplace is a wood burning radiant heater that warms the whole house with one or two fires a day. Reclaimed hickory beams join the dining room to the living room. One of the upper level bedrooms features two bunks, with private windows built into the slope of the roof.