For the love of the Architecture

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Nestled on a hillside west of Redding, this home brings the outdoors in and the indoors out. It is for the love of the design and architecture of the building that Wayne and Maureen Chenoweth have carefully remodeled and restored this mid-century, 2800-square-foot house for their retirement. Working with a longtime friend and contractor, Albert Wagner, who confirmed the house had “good bones,” they proceeded to transform the house.

Built in 1956 the original designer modeled the home after the Eichler architectural style. These homes are distinguished by the use of clean, straight lines, large glass windows, open floor plans and economy of construction. The inside blends into the outside which gives the living spaces a rich green and secluded feeling in spite of the home’s proximity to the conveniences of the city.

This home is one of three unique and notable houses featured in the November 5th, 46th annual Home Tour and Art Show hosted by the Redding Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Each year, Home Tour homes are chosen for their design, individuality and innovation.

Wayne and Maureen grew up in Redding during their junior and senior high school years. After working in education and traveling extensively, they returned to Redding to live close to family, leave traffic and “the commute” behind to create a beautiful, comfortable home for entertaining and contented living. They wanted a house that would accommodate large groups of guests in comfort.

The large windows on opposite walls in the living room enable visitors to look completely through the house – from outdoors to outdoors. A cultured stone fireplace, wood ceiling and engineered wood floors lend a cozy feeling to the room.

The spacious kitchen looks out onto a green belt punctuated with native oaks. It features lots of room to work and an intimate adjoining dining area surrounded by more large windows. The open floor plan allows guests the opportunity to wander from living room, to dining room to kitchen and back again with ease.

The open Master Suite includes a sunken tub and enjoys a beautiful view of Shasta Bally. The room is done in a relaxing seafoam color pallet. But perhaps the most distinctive and innovative feature of the room is the attached walk-in closet and laundry which was born from a toolshed which was repurposed and converted for this new use.

Downstairs the entertaining continues with a lovely family room and a storage area Wayne and Maureen converted into a wine cellar and tasting room. Their cellar features many California wines and even a few of their own as vintner hobbyists. Original artwork adorns the walls of both rooms giving them a character all their own. Wayne did much of the art work. His examples of printmaking and photography hang as well as art pieces from friends on display.

But it is outside where Wayne’s skill with landscape design and the couple’s propensity for outdoor living may be best appreciated.

Although the home has a lovely kitchen upstairs with beautiful views, the downstairs area is where they cook, barbeque and relax in the multi-level backyard during the summers. Here is where Wayne “imagined it, then let it happen.”

An herb garden, positioned in close proximity to the grill, provides homegrown savory flavors.

The inviting salt water pool, on the yard’s lower level, offers refreshing respite from hot summer temperatures. However, when the weather turns cool, the hot tub and fire pit offer warm repose. And clusters of seating scattered about provide areas for great conversation.

A small Syrah grape vineyard surrounds the pool on one end and provides winemaking’s most important raw material. The Chenoweths’ and their vineyard have collaborated for years of winemaking and continue to add to the selections found in their wine tasting room.

Edibles and non-edibles, native and ornamental flora blend and encircle the home. Wayne has invested countless hours into the selection and placement of the plants that comprise the home’s yards. A bubble fountain provides a tranquil focal point to the backyard and gardens. Sculpted shrubbery welcomes guests in the front of the home.

Wayne and Maureen have transformed this house into beautiful spaces for living and entertaining while retaining the integrity of the Eichler architectural style. They have achieved both seclusion and access all while having left “the commute” behind.

Home Tour Information

What: 46th Annual Hone Tour & Art Show, presented by the American Association of University Women, Redding Branch

When: November 5, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Featuring: Tour three distinctive Redding-area homes. Enjoy refreshments and an art show featuring the works of local artists. A drawing will be held for gift certificates and other prizes.

Tickets: $25. Tickets are available at Holiday Quality Foods at Placer and at Shasta View in Redding, Enjoy the Store, Marshall’s Florist & Fine Gifts, Dandelion, Jose Antonio’s, Palo Cedro Gift Gallery, Sugar Plum Kids, Wild Thyme Gifts & Garden, Plaza Interiors Furniture & Design, Wellgate Sports Club.

Proceeds: Proceeds raised will fund local scholarships and the AAUW Educational Foundation. More than 345 local scholarships have been awarded. Please partner with us to change the world, one scholarship at a time.

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2 Responses

  1. Adrienne says:

    LOVE these home tours. Not to be missed!

    • I agree, Adrienne. And what’s important to remember is that this event is one of AAUW’s biggest fundraisers for its scholarship program. I was a recipient of the AAUW scholarship many years ago, and will forever feel grateful for that vote of confidence from this organization that helped me with my education.