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A home with history
Located deep in woods south of Columbia, Missouri, the Kohly home is built around two 1800s hand-hewn log cabins, Matt explains. Built by Prussian immigrants whose descendants still live on the farm where the cabins were first located near Fredericksburg, Missouri, the structures were moved to this 10-acre plot in Boone County, Missouri, in 2002-2003. They were re-assembled, like Lincoln logs, side-by-side as they originally were constructed. A breezeway, or “dog trot,” runs between them. Contemporary construction — including a kitchen, family room and master bath — stretches across the back to blend with the old. A porch across the front protects the old logs.Date Published: September 26, 2012Date Updated: October 2, 2012
Old charm, new use
“We were able to reuse all of the logs, much of the flooring and some of the trim pieces,” Matt says. “Additional pieces and parts came from other old buildings around the area.” One old cabin’s first floor holds a cozy living room with fireplace, the other the master bedroom. Upstairs in each cabin are son Matthew and daughter Kara’s bedrooms. When standing in the middle of the airy contemporary kitchen and family room, facing toward the front of the dwelling, you’re looking through the dog trot.Date Published: September 26, 2012Date Updated: October 2, 2012
In 2005-2006 the family added an old 1880s post-and-beam grainary from Redbud, Illinois, to the property to create a barn/garage. Its loft holds Sherri’s surplus antique furnishings. As much as the old cabins and grainary/garage are the heart of this acreage, the location of this 10 acres was the real attraction, says Matt. He enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and hunting on the property.
As Matt puts it: “Our home and the surrounding area sits in the middle of a bunch of recreational opportunities.”Date Published: September 26, 2012Date Updated: October 2, 2012
While looking at a nearby property for sale in 1999, Matt spotted this one and felt it was the ideal setting for their home. In addition to what the acreage itself offers, it’s only a 15-minute-drive to more recreational opportunities including Three Creeks Conservation Area (which their property backs up against), the Missouri River, Katy Trail and Mark Twain National Forest.
And it’s located conveniently for getting to their jobs, only about 20 minutes drive for each. Matt works for a telecommunications/Internet company and Sherri works for the Missouri Public Service Commission.
“When we first bought the lot, we often camped in the clearing at the back of the property and could access Three Creeks from there,” Matt says. The terrain offers challenging hikes and revealing nature walks.Date Published: September 26, 2012Date Updated: October 2, 2012
“I also have a secret goal of doing a ‘first descent’ of our creek in my whitewater kayak. Believe it or not, it has a couple of really good rapids when we get washed away with a storm.” Matt has completed the Missouri River 340 which runs from Kansas City to St. Charles, in a tandem kayak. In one side of the garage/barn is a seasoned Perception Pirouette kayak which was one of the earliest plastic play boats used in fast water.
But on one recent steamy hot weekend, the Kohlys — both in their 40s — hit the outdoors. Matt mountain biked while Sherri was busy watering plants on porch, deck and grounds.Date Published: September 26, 2012Date Updated: October 2, 2012
The Kohly’s kids, Matthew Murphy and Kara Murphy, get into the outdoors act, too. Matthew, 16, likes hopping on the ATV and rumbling among the oaks, hickories and dogwoods, or out along country lanes. And now that he has his driver’s license and can get back and forth to town and visit friends, he’s fine with the remote location.
Kara, 21, when not away at college, likes the wooded setting, too. “It’s nice to come home to,” she says. With canoes and kayaks in the barn/garage, there are plenty of vessels to haul out and hit the water when mood strikes and weather fits.Date Published: September 26, 2012Date Updated: October 2, 2012
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