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"We were working on it in the winter, and we had no sub flooring, and it was snowing and 20 degrees one night," recalled Sarah, shivering at the memory. "Even after we had finished the addition, we worked on this house for years to get it as I had imagined. That was the easiest part: dreaming it all up."
"I never worked so hard. We had pickaxes and we tunneled through all this hardpan dirt, then we would fill up buckets of this yucky dirt and moved it out all by ourselves," said Sarah. "I will never do that again."
When Sarah Klann purchased her small historical Redmond cottage, it was 2001. She had graduated from college and found her dream teaching Adidas Blue Sweatpants job at Tom McCall Elementary School in Redmond, and she knew she wanted to be a homeowner in the area she grew up in and loved. Because Sarah's a history buff, this quaint, 640 square foot 1930s cottage seemed perfect. Never mind that it was cold and drafty and infested with termites it was full of charm.
As happens with fairy tales featuring cute cottages, there always seems to be a knight in shining armor or a Prince Charming. Eric Klann became that hero in Sarah's life. He not only fell in love with the young schoolteacher, he also fell in love with her drafty old house, and signed up to renovate and expand the tiny cottage.
On a recent afternoon, Sarah toured her new master bedroom. Standing at the threshold, just off the new kitchen, Sarah explained that this bedroom once held the original living room, dining room and bathroom. The original wood burning stove had been replaced with a safer electric stove. Sarah lovingly called the old cottage living areas her "nest," but there were things lurking under this nest.
"It was really a one bedroom. To call it two bedrooms was really a huge stretch. To get my bed up to the 'two bedroom' space upstairs, my father had to cut my box spring in two pieces because it couldn't get through the small, narrow, curved stairway," explained Sarah, laughing at the memory. "Then we had to fold the mattress in two and had everyone pushing and pulling it up."
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Of the four homes that still exist, this cottage, according the Deschutes County Historical Landmarks records, is the best example of a pink tuff stone home.
"I think what they did back then is they dug a ditch and filled it with lava rock, and they called it a foundation," explained Eric, who spent innumerable hours with Sarah hand digging a real foundation and digging tunnels so that they could connect the plumbing and duct work from the original house to the new addition.
"I was taking a walk around our neighborhood, and I saw that one of our neighbors was tearing down some old tuff stone from the front of their home," recalled Sarah. "I couldn't believe it, because we needed tuff stone for the addition to our cottage, and we couldn't locally find this stone any more, and here it was. I was so excited."
"We spent our honeymoon cutting tuff stone for 10 days," said Eric. "I guess if we could make it through that, we could make it through anything."
"We had to build around the old juniper tree, too; I guess it's old enough that it's considered historic as well," said Eric, laughing as he explains his terrible allergies to juniper tree pollen.
The original cottage had two attic bedrooms and one bath. When Sarah talks about the original two bedrooms, she makes air quotes around the words "two bedrooms."
"It's only one of four homes left in Redmond that was built entirely with this pink tuff stone," says Sarah, pointing to the stones on the exterior of her home. "I believe it was quarried just outside of Redmond, at Cinder Buttes, but they don't quarry these rocks there any more."
After speaking with that neighbor, Eric and Sarah were able to haul tons of the discarded tuff stone to their cottage, where Eric spent weeks cutting it.
Still undaunted, the couple soldiered on with the project, one day at a time.
The cottage is officially known as the Theron Beougher Stone Cottage on the Deschutes County Historical Landmarks Register. It was named after the original owner, who built the stone home out of locally quarried pink tuff stone in 1939.
What is now the master bathroom once held the original kitchen. From the small original bathroom, which is now a closet, Sarah was able to salvage the original claw foot tub, which she says was actually in good shape. She added new, period appropriate reproduction fixtures for the tub, which also doubles as a shower. She pointed to where the original kitchen sink had been located. Above this area is a large picture window that looks out onto the backyard.
By the time Eleanor was born four years later, the couple had made the house completely livable, comfortable and beautiful.
the OK from the city and the Historical Landmark commission to renovate and expand the small cottage, Sarah and Eric got married in the summer of 2005.
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Perhaps the greatest wedding gift the Klanns received was something completely unexpected. Sarah says it was like the moons and stars aligned for them.
"When Eric moved in, we barely had enough room for his socks," quipped Sarah.
who pitched in. We were blessed to have all this help," explained Sarah. "This was truly a labor of love."
For one year, the young couple worked on the home every chance they got, after work, on the weekends and during vacation time. They also lived in the original 640 square foot cottage while they worked to triple the Nike Trouser For Men
"We tore out four layers of carpet in here, and there were termites coming out of the floors," says Sarah. "If you jumped on the floorboards it would bounce; there was no real foundation for this house."
"Unlike the original structure, which is made of solid tuff stone, we had to cut these stones to make them go further so we could use them as the faade to the siding of the new addition. We wanted to make it look like the original part of the house," said Eric. "But now, I never want to use another rock cutter again."
"To expand, we couldn't block the view of the original cottage from the street, and we couldn't go up too high either," explained Sarah.
This meant getting permits to expand was challenging.
It's a storybook cottage with a happy ending although the beginning of this tale is a bit grittier, with a plot of how hard work can pay off.
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