By Tim Leeds
Terry Schend and Vicke Larson have opened their home for the Soroptimist Home Tour after living in it less than a year.
They couldn't have lived there any longer; the house, located on the southwest edge of town, was completed last year.
The one-story home with attached two-car garage includes a deck on the south side with a view of the Bear Paw Mountains. Larson said it's also very convenient for Schend's astronomy hobby, and holds telescopes and other equipment for stargazing.
The interior of the house was designed with an open atmosphere with cathedral ceilings in the living, dining rooms and kitchen. To increase a smooth, flowing sense in the house corners were finished with angles other than 90 degrees throughout the home.
Schend said they tried to enhance the flow of the interior of the house while decorating, avoiding sharp changes in style or color.
The house has three bedrooms and two baths. The interior of the master bedroom also has high ceilings, and Larson used many plants in decorating the area. It includes a European style bathroom with a tiled tub area.
Larson said they decorated one of the other bedrooms in a feminine style, with mementos from mothers and grandmothers from both families. She said they gave the other bedroom a more masculine emphasis, with golf decor.
A peninsular gas fireplace separates the living and dining areas, and the kitchen has a cooking island with combined eating bar. Additional eating space is provided by a country kitchen, with a view of the mountains through the patio doors.
The home has a central vacuum system for easy cleaning, with an electric dust pan in the high traffic area near the garage entrance.