After 21 years of living in our wonderful home here at 2300 South Boulevard in Idaho Falls, we have to say goodbye. It was a great place to raise our family, but the kids are all grown up and now it's time to move on.
In this blog, we hope to share with you an intimate look at our house and our yard. There's so much to see and know about this property; a quick walk-through could never capture the richness of its history, the architectural detail, or the seasonal beauty of the grounds.
We will be listing the house for sale during the Summer of 2013. At that time, tours of the home will be available to pre-qualified buyers.
Please contact us by phone - (208) 243-5003 - or by email - firstname.lastname@example.org - for more information.
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- Single family, 2 ½ story home built in 1931 with large addition in 1950
- 11 rooms: 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
- Living space: ~ 4,500 sq. ft.
- Loft: ~500 sq. ft.
- Basement: ~1,800 sq. ft.
- Attached 2 car garage
- Features: Large rooms; 4 fireplaces; original mahogany French doors; hardwood floors throughout; high-quality original wood trim, crown molding throughout; walk-in closets; built-in shelving; storm windows and doors; steam heating with recently installed, energy-efficient gas boiler; many original design elements, such as glass doorknobs, wall sconces, and ceiling lights; new appliances – dishwasher, double ovens, and stove-top; new 30-year roof; newly renovated and painted exterior
- Site Area: 1.13 Acres
- Features: Landscaped yard, mature trees and shrubs, circular driveway, partially fenced, full sprinkler system, modern exterior lighting, 12’x 20’ storage shed, patio, covered front and back porches
K.D. Rose was first married to a daughter of one of the Rogers brothers who founded the Rogers Brothers Seed Company in 1876 in Chaumont, New York. Mr. Rose came with the company to Idaho Falls to establish a pea seed production program in 1916. His first wife subsequently died and K.D. married Elizabeth Holden.
Mr. and Mrs. Rose were both quite active in the community. In addition to serving as President of the Rogers Brothers Seed Company, Mr. Rose was President of the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce in 1932 and was Chairman of the committee representing Idaho Falls in the site selection process for the National Reactor Testing Station (now known as the Idaho National Laboratory) in 1949. According to Mrs. Rose, K.D. was also involved in the early development of Pinecrest Golf Course in Idaho Falls.
Elizabeth Rose is greeted by Mr. Thant Myint-U, grandson|
of U Thant, during her visit to United Nations University for the
dedication of the Elizabeth Rose Conference Hall in 2000.
Rose was thrilled to find her late |
husband's doormat still in use!
One of the features we especially like in the house is the hardwood floors - oak and pecan - throughout.
|Pecan floor detail|
|Oak floor detail|
|Original oak parquet floor in the library|
Besides the floors, there are many other original wood features throughout the house. The library has sugar pine paneling and built-in, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves on three of the walls.
|Mahogany doors hang along the main hallway|
|Detail of mahogany door with glass doorknob, sugar pine paneling in the background|
Nine-foot ceilings on the main floor provide a dramatic setting for original decorative features throughout the house.
In the family room, hand-hewn wooden beams complement the large, rock wall and wormy-pine paneling. According to Mrs. Rose, the beams were taken from the Officer's Club at Farragut Naval Station in northern Idaho.
Many of the original wall sconces installed by Mrs. Rose are in place throughout the house.
This is one of four original sconces still in the living room. These sconces were purchased by Mrs. Rose in 1931 from an antique shop in Ithaca, New York.
In 2010, we began a complete renovation of the exterior of the house. The first step was the installation of a new roof by Wright Roofing and fabrication of new storm windows where needed. The new windows were constructed by Tim Stoddard, a well-known Idaho Falls woodworker, who also made several of the interior features we have added over the years. (See Interior Improvements below.)
The next step in the process was to remove the original cedar lapboard siding from the western facing wall where weathering was most severe. These were sanded down to the wood, primed, painted, and re-installed. All but the north facing wall were stripped down to the wood with a heat gun. The most weather pieces were replaced with siding harvested from a wall that was covered when the 1950 addition took place.
The shutters and remaining storm windows were also removed and sanded down to the wood before painting. Exterior molding that was badly weathered was replaced.
The paint we used was Duration, a Sherwin-Williams product guaranteed for thirty years. The color we chose was Crabby Apple to match the original color of the house. We also refurbished the garden shed with a new roof and new paint to match the house.
The front porch was rebuilt before painting to ensure structural integrity. One column on the front porch was damaged and a new one is currently being fabricated by a firm in Salt Lake City.
Then it was time for the unveiling so we took out THE HEDGE! As you can imagine, it was a tremendous task to take out the 12 foot high row of 80 year old Juniper bushes running across virtually the entire 200 foot frontage.
We rented a backhoe, borrowed a trailer, and hired a half dozen helpers and managed to get it out in only 24 hours...but it was a long day!
Removing the hedge caused quite a stir in the community. Everyone was excited to finally be able to see the house.
Our priority when adding improvements to the interior of the house was to update the facilities while maintaining the period feel of the space. The bathroom on the main floor was our first project. We installed a tile floor and counter-top that coordinated with the existing tile and added a wooden vanity to match the sugar pine paneling in the adjacent hallway.
After removing the carpet to reveal the hardwood floors, we installed custom-made, wall-to-wall cabinets with lighted, glass-front shelves and a window seat across one wall in the living room. These cabinets, as well as the bathroom vanity were designed, constructed, and installed by Tim Stoddard.
In 2005, we replaced the orginal steam boiler for the heating system with a new energy-efficient, Weil-McLain gas-fired boiler. The installation and maintenance of the boiler was provided by Rocky Mountain Boiler.
In recent years, we have also installed several new, major appliances, including: two side-by-side Fridgidaire Gallery stainless steel electric ovens with both normal and convection heating; an electric/gas LG washer and dryer; and a Kenmore stainless steel under-counter dishwasher.
The yard comes alive with blooming trees.