Country charmer puts out the welcome mat
By Tom Renkes
Photos by G. Randall Goss
In Jane Austin’s “Mansfield Park,” Mary Crawford says to Fanny Price, “I am conscious of being far better reconciled to a country residence than I had ever expected to be.”
And so it goes for Cheri Scheer.
“My husband and son bought this property for hunting, and they wanted me to do the cooking,” Cheri begins. “Then my son’s fiancée wanted a barn wedding. We looked and looked and decided to use what we had here. Three different couples then asked if they could do the same.”
From that point during 2012 and into 2013, Cheri and Scott Scheer decided to begin their Jordan Valley Barn guesthouse.
“We gutted the entire second floor, and the roof was collapsed, so we redid the entire roof as well,” Cheri describes.
Cheri’s son, James, acted as the general contractor, and he hired Wesley Construction out of Gaylord to handle the big work. The roof was included in that as it went from a flat structure to more articulate and attractive peaks. That allowed the major rework of the second floor which now includes four bedrooms.
The master has an ensuite with beautiful décor of refinished furniture Cheri likes to rotate depending on how “bored” she becomes with the look. The room also overlooks the outdoor wedding ceremonial area as well as the Jordan River Valley.
“I shopped for furniture in second hand stores and garage sales and included some antiques,” she says. “I keep rotating all the rooms.”
The second bedroom also includes an ensuite and the view, while the third and fourth bedrooms are actually a Jack and Jill set with a connecting bathroom. They used Alpine Plumbing and Heating for plumbing and HVAC necessities.
“We put in two zones for heating,” Cheri points out. “The upstairs and the downstairs are independent.”
The family did a bulk of the construction work including the floors throughout the house, and as you move downstairs, the reconditioning is obvious.
“There was carpet over everything. Then there was this linoleum-like tarpaper, and it took forever,” Cheri says rolling her eyes. “If you look at the kitchen, we stopped right there. It was just too hard, so we put down a high-end laminate.” There is a slight level change, but nothing discernable unless put to close inspection, and the dark brown wood toned laminate allows for easy cleaning of any cooking mess. Appliances were purchased for the best price at various retail outlets.
“We keep the kitchen and house well stocked with everything for many guests,” Cheri notes.
There is a large array of crockpots, cups, dishes, coffee makers and anything else a visiting wedding party or multiple families would require. The family did the entire kitchen remodel.
Jeld-Wen windows were installed throughout with some antiqued leaded glass features, and the crown moldings are a “pickled” mahogany allowing for a match to the white trim throughout the home.
“The home dates from 1887 so we wanted to keep some of that charm,” Cheri said pointing to the open beams in the kitchen and dining room.
Rounding out the first floor is a well-spaced living room connected to “what we call the Wine Room,” Cheri says. The rooms, along with the high ceilings, offer an atmosphere for gathering and entertaining without feeling cramped. People may walk through the connected kitchen, breakfast nook and into a formal dining room that seats 10 and is decorated in a French Country wood, while not having to open a door or lose track of guests as they re-enter the living room.
Finally, off to the rear is a large laundry facility for use by the guests that allows exit to a three-tiered patio complete with grill and hot tub.
A house for hunting has turned into a four-season country rental and wedding venue, and Cheri offers her service as wedding planner if needed. “And Scott is a minister!” she concludes.
As does Mansfield Park’s Mary Crawford, “... I had not imagined a country parson ever aspired to a shrubbery or any thing of the kind.”
Written By By Tom Renkes and photos by G. Randall Goss