We went back and forth on if we were going to keep the rock on the exterior of our 1970’s home. Not because we thought the rock was ugly, just because it wasn’t necessarily the style we would pick for our home. We have the same rock inside our house too. Inside it felt very busy for what I was trying to accomplish with our decor, so we did change that (see the rock inside HERE). I was actually certain we would change the rock outside when we bought the house, but decided to just wait to see what the exterior looked like once we painted the house black.
Now that the house is painted black and the landscaping is finished we can see what the end result will look like if we left the rock. As of now, the rock has really grown on us. The rock feels very true to the area, which is important to consider when designing a house. With the black and the new iron doors it feels very mountain modern. And once I heard this story on the rock, we liked it even more.
Marcee is the daughter of the previous home owners. Both her parents, the Mackey’s have passed away. They built this home in 1970! It was designed very well for the time. All the wallpaper, window treatments and light fixtures were very stylish. Mr. Mackey was married twice after his wife passed. The house was never updated or changed from the original state. I talk to Marcee on social media often, and she has been so kind and excited to see all of the house updates. She lives in another state, but they are invited to come tour it when we finish!
Marcee shared this story with me about her dad, and she said I could share it with you!
My father only had a fifth grade education. He was one of the last true Stone Masons around and owned his own Stone Quarry in Idaho. He taught a class at Snow College on how to cut and lay real stone, he was on their board of education. He was very proud of that, especially since he got kicked out of school when he was in fifth grade. The principal threw him down the stairs and told him he would never amount to anything. My dad was dyslexic, unfortunately they did not know about dyslexia back then. My dad didn’t let that stop him. He was an example that hard work and determination pay off.
Absolutely love that story, it made me tear up with appreciation for his hard work on creating this home we now live in! We are still waiting on Penny Copper gutters to come in, hopefully end of the month. I will share the full exterior once the gutters are in!