Where once was an empty street on Jordan Boulevard in Jacob’s Crossing now stands the Bash residence, home to Rich, Brenda, Jordan and Jacob.
Yes, it was meant to be.
Once there was a time and place in Pleasant Hill where deer, fox, raccoons and squirrels ran freely. They owned the woods and prairie grass they played in and the water they drank. Years have gone by, homes have been built and families have moved in. These same deer, fox, raccoons and squirrels still run freely, only now it’s in the backyard of people like the Bashes.
They love the location of their 2006 home for this very reason. The wooded backyard is a quiet retreat from the noise of everyday life. Rich has built bridges across the creek. The deck is decorated with chairs for a family of four, and there’s a fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows.
Up the stairs, across a second higher deck and through the sliders, you’ll find yourself in the kitchen. It’s painted a soft sage green and has custom-built oak cabinets accented with brushed-nickel fixtures. It opens up to the family room with a view of high ceilings and a beautiful 18-foot-tall fireplace surrounded by precast stone.
On either side of the fireplace is a 100-inch tall window with a 52-inch transom window. With such a gigantic view to the outside, one would only guess that the window sills are wide enough for the man of the house to stand in to watch those deer, fox, raccoons and squirrels.
The history of this wall itself is worth noting. Built in full before it was put in place, it took six grown men to raise. With the weight of the fireplace and the length of the four windows, it was not light.
Opposite the fireplace is the grand offset staircase that welcomes you as you step through the front door. The archways that surround it make it possible for sun to touch all walls. It’s a big, bright and beautiful view. The painted walls are various shades of the sage kitchen.
This space is lofty and open, making it perfectly alluring for the first grade imagination.
“We broke a light one day throwing a sock monkey,” giggles Jacob.