Delta Kappa Tour of Homes is Sunday

Event to benefit FISH Food Bank building fund

Delta Kappa is hosting its 23rd-annual Tour of Homes Sunday, Sept. 22, from noon to 5 p.m.

The event is a benefit for the FISH Food Bank building fund.

The starting point is Columbia Gorge Community College, Hood River campus. Tickets, brochures, maps, refreshments and a raffle basket will be available at the college from noon until 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10; available in advance at Waucoma Bookstore or Tammy’s Floral, or on the day-of at CGCC (until 3 p.m.) or individual homes on the tour.

For more information call 541-386-6049.

Michael and Angela Schock

670 Parsons Road

Hood River

This two-story home was originally built in 1999 and remodeled and expanded in 2010 by Bob Thayer. It now encompasses 4,000 square feet and has beautiful views from all of the large and plentiful windows.

The home is very private so no window treatments are needed. Mike likes to weather watch from the loft area upstairs which affords magnificent views to the west. Many local contractors and craftsmen worked to make this stunning home what it is today.

Two separate offices are included, one for Mike and another for Angela, who both work from home. Three bedrooms and three and a half baths grace this stunning space which was decorated by Angela. In the downstairs bathroom, please note the original glass sculpture California poppy which was made by Clark Sorenson from San Francisco.

Gorge Granite Works installed the unique granite counters in the beautiful kitchen, which is open to the great room. The entire home was wired for audio and video by Jeff Miller from Apple Jam. Nate Clarke did the painting inside and out primarily in sage green, beige and taupe.

Outside, the patios and driveway are finished in stamped and poured concrete and aggregate. The pergola offers a spectacular place to relax and take in the views. With wide expanses of lawn and views from every room, this home is a must-see!

Please park across the road in the field and walk across the bridge to the home.

Patricia Martin Bunch

4310 Westridge Drive

Hood River

This contemporary modern home was totally rebuilt by Bob Thayer following a devastating fire in January 2011. With sweeping river views from the kitchen (which boasts a butler’s pantry), great room and master bedroom (which opens onto a patio with a hot tub), this home radiates luxury and relaxation.

Patricia had some of the wood from the prior home recycled into the ceiling in the great room and other areas outside. Adjoining the great room is a comfortable study, featuring barn doors made by Jim Schlemmer, who also did a lot of the woodwork in the home.

The furniture in the home is mid-century modern and was made by a collection of artists to the homeowners’ specifications.

The home features five bedrooms and four and a half baths. Another set of barn doors, made by Macrae Wylde, closes off the guest bedroom with four bunks from the family room with a large movie screen. There is a bonus room with a ping pong table.

The designer for this home was Shelley Toon Lindberg. Amenities are evident, from the front steps leading up to the front entry door, which was handmade by Ken Ezzell, to the dumbwaiter going from the garage to the upstairs living areas.

This home will certainly host a lifetime of gatherings in comfort and style.

The Griffin House

Claire Griffin

4168 Westcliff Drive

Hood River

The Griffin House nests, like its mythological namesake, on a secluded acre and a half overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The three-story, four-bedroom/three-bath home feels swept up, yet stands solidly, commanding breathtaking aerial views, spectacular sunsets and osprey and bald eagle fly-bys.

There are six distinct outdoor areas that work separately or in unison, connecting seamlessly with the indoor main floor and, if desired, can accommodate up to 250 guests.

The outside areas are highlighted by natural landscaping and stonework, spectacular views, various artistic pieces and an antique wrought-iron fence, which originally graced the Columbia River Cemetery in Portland. Claire saw the fence on a construction truck being hauled to the resale center. She followed the truck and purchased the fence.

Claire’s whimsical decorating touches include leopard carpeting on the staircase and covering on the chairs and ottoman in the main great room, the black walnut floors, the eggplant stain on the alder wood kitchen cabinets, the Brazilian granite with stone slabs embedded in the island counter, and the side counters, which have “a river” running over the top, culminating in a waterfall cascading over the end of the cabinet and forming a watering place for her pets.

The top floor sunroom has wonderful river and woodland views.

As you prepare to leave, note the pair of griffins guarding the front steps.

Bigfoot Lodge B&B

Michael and Nilsa Zeman

3747 Pinemont

Mt. Hood-Parkdale

(Please note: This home is only open from 3-5 p.m.)

This custom log home sits on 64 beautiful, forested acres. The log framing was erected by Cascade Country Cabins with recycled wood from around Sisters, Ore., that had been killed by pine beetles. Michael did all of the chinking in this comfortable, 5,000-square-foot, three-story space. Nilsa has done the eclectic decorating, which leans primarily toward retro style but embodies bits and pieces of many other styles.

The cozy, country kitchen features cranberry-colored appliances which were purchased from The Heartland Company in Canada. The range appears to have once been a wood cook stove and the refrigerator something from decades past but both are state-of-the-art and fit into the décor of the home perfectly.

This home boasts five bedrooms and four and a half baths, with several areas to curl up with a good book and enjoy the majestic views of Mount Hood. The recycled wooden banisters were gathered over a two-year period from rivers all over Oregon and were installed by Old World Carpentry.

From the lounging/play areas upstairs note the circular window that frames Mount Hood. With a claw-foot tub in one of the guest room baths, steam room in another and Jacuzzi tub in yet a third, slate tiles and radiant heat floors in the lower level, the baths are comfortable year-round.

Each guest room has a private outdoor deck or patio area.

The grounds around Bigfoot feature a fire pit, a party/dance raised patio, teepee and a pond and waterfall built by Michael. There are many areas that are conducive to visiting with friends or just enjoying a little down time.

If you desire to take a short hike, trek down the lower back road and visit with Ike and Tina, two black Percheron 18-hand draft horses that hook to a wagon and give guest rides sometimes.

Parking is at the east end of the property through the gate.

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