Moomaw residence on PSAC Home and Garden Tour

It’s time for a showcase of very creative compositions and captivating pieces of working art, all with a backdrop of mountains, trees and skies that surround Pagosa Springs.

This showcase features homes in the annual Pagosa Springs Arts Council Home and Garden Tour. The tour will be held July 12, from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 each at the Chamber of Commerce, Higher Grounds and the PSAC office.

A home is like a piece of art. There is a style and character displayed in the structure itself. Then, each of the parts and pieces captures unforgettable moments in time. Every home is in a constant transitional state — growing, developing and changing, as its residents transform.

Our first preview home this year belongs to Bob Moomaw, his wife, Janis, and their family. This home, barn and guesthouse located on 52 acres look out at the northern range. It is on one of 24, 35-plus acre tracts in Echo Lake Estates.

The structure is 3,800 square feet, with two stories, three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage, plus the guesthouse.

The Moomaws redesigned the home and built over the past seven years to make it their own. The largest change was the addition of a barn with a 60x60 foot indoor arena, nine stalls, a tack room and an upstairs apartment. Landscaping, by a local nursery, joins the grounds graciously.

As you enter the home at the front vestibule, don’t miss the stained glass lighting, which will be further embellished inside over a massive rosewood table from Africa. Enjoy the open floor plan with a double-sided rock fireplace as the window-filled wall ahead sets the tone of the home to its owners’ love of the outdoors. A major customized element in the home is a room-length granite countertop kitchen bar with a copper hooded stove as its centerpiece. This is the focal gathering area of the home.

Stroll on to the living area and take note of the cannon. Bob graduated from West Point and is fond of this cannon because it actually fires. The warm wood and earthy stonework are prominent in this home and on two particular artistic doors. A butler’s pantry is a greenhouse, and the office houses a very vivid saltwater aquarium. The Moomaws also have a gym area, which displays another personal favorite, an electric train. Finally, there is the cozy master bed and bath with travertine tile and a winning view of both the mountains and the fireplace.

This home reflects the energy and warmth of a family that enjoys life and is highly involved in contributing to the community. There is an abundance of flair here, and this just starts our journey to three more dazzlers on this year’s tour.

The Home and Garden Tour is Pagosa Springs Arts Council’s only fund-raiser for 2009. Proceeds from the event will be contributed toward scholarships for local students. The arts council also supports local artists with projects like the mural on main, community workshops, gallery tours and monthly shows.

Please join us. For further information, contact Lavern Burton at 264-1755.

Photo courtesy Katharine Frisbee
The kitchen at the Moomaw residence features a room-length granite counter/work area and a copper hood above the stove. The property is one of four featured in the annual Pagosa Springs Arts Council Home and Garden Tour. The tour will be held July 12.