Even though I was on the lookout for a property to feature in this challenge of Yakima Magazine, my spouse pointed out that he understood of a great pair who have a fascinating tale and live out in West Valley. I squandered no time giving them a get in touch with and happily for me, they agreed. As it turns out, the home they live in is only a section of their incredible tale.
The drive to their dwelling included traveling on asphalt roads, concrete streets, grime roadways — and just as we ended up about to commence looking for the Yellow Brick Highway, we arrived at the home in which Randal Leek and his spouse, Farida Farajullayeva-Leek, were waiting by their front doorway.
When asked how they found their substantial ranch model dwelling, they stated that when they moved to Yakima, they bought a household in town. After a number of years they recognized that they needed to live in the nation, exactly where they could own some acreage. In 2008 they located a listing for a 4-bed room dwelling (circa 1976), that was west of better Yakima and provided 3,200 sq. ft of living area. The 1 thing the advert did not point out was that the house experienced been vacant for just about two decades. But even that didn’t hinder their selection to acquire the home, which also arrived with 9 acres of land that operates downhill to Vast Hollow Creek.
The couple realized when they claimed possession that the household desired major remodeling, within and out. The good news is, Randal is an excellent carpenter and Farida has an remarkable eye for interior style. She knowledgeable me that the front exterior of the home experienced been thoroughly transformed, predominantly by Randal. Also, he laid the bricks to build a welcoming state courtyard just over and above their entrance doorway.
Inside, our initial end was their open, superior-ceilinged kitchen, adjacent to their residing area. When the Leeks took possession, the kitchen area experienced tall cabinets that obstructed any look at into the dwelling home. It did not choose Farida long to determine that the kitchen wanted to be reworked so that whoever was undertaking the cooking could generate culinary magic and nevertheless entertain guests without being concealed driving a wall of wood.
Their residing/eating space will take up the south facet of the key floor. A extraordinary rock wall and snug furnishings on the east side of the space make for a ideal location to sip a glass of wine though savoring the look at from the south-facing wall of photo home windows. When supper is announced, the company only have to stroll across the home to a roomy desk for a delightful meal.
Given that the property is so major, Farida found the locale of the primary laundry area way too far away from the home’s major flooring. So the few made a convenient laundry space just off the kitchen area. In addition, Randal remodeled their grasp rest room, adjacent to their bed room, in essence performing all the perform from kitchen to laundry to bathtub in four months. Up coming he’s preparing to get started a significant rework on the southern exterior of their household, which has a well-worn balcony just outside their bedroom suite.
Randal grew up in the Puget Sound area, obtaining his B.S. from Central Washington College. Finally, he and Farida both equally graduated with M.S. degrees in organic methods engineering from Washington State University. He ultimately ended up operating for international businesses devoted to humanitarian support, which include, UNICEF, Help save the Youngsters and Care.
For 20 yrs his do the job took him to considerably-off international locations this sort of as Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Albania, India, Pakistan, Sudan. He met his wonderful wife, Farida, in Azerbaijan and in 1997 they married and inevitably moved back again to the United States.
Farida, who speaks 4 languages, is used by the Section of Ecology Business of the Columbia River and, fortunately, can perform from her house place of work.
Currently, Randal is retired and has taken up the development of incredible sculptures from massive items of wood. He has normally been intrigued by the mysteries and probable of redwood, black walnut, cedar, etc., and now that he’s retired, he has the time to genuinely pursue the pastime that originally took hold although he was in Afghanistan.
“I identified with wooden there had been all-natural lines,” Randal described. Where by other individuals observed rot or diseased markings, he saw attractive hues and went forward by building intriguing good artwork from these humble items of wood.
Today a terrific deal of his woodworking magic takes place inside of and outside the house of the workshop which is just steps absent from his dwelling. The inside is crammed with resources and machines, new and utilized.
The shop has turn into his possess woodworker’s dream. He loves using the imperfections in a piece of wood and transforming it into a wonderful piece of art. He’s turn into so productive at entering artwork exhibits that this yr he’s gearing up to exhibit his sculptures in various diverse galleries all-around the Pacific Northwest.
Randal is enthusiastic about obtaining been juried into the “Sculpture in the Garden” show August 6-8 in Loveland, Colorado. Potentially the best to entry would be the “Folding Space” show being held in the course of June at the Northwind Art Center in Port Townsend.
Although Central Washington is their without end house, the few celebrates their worldwide travels all through their household. From a pretty wall tapestry in their bed room, to photos and artwork from faraway nations wherever they’ve worked and visited, the memories they share are often shut at hand.
Further than Randal’s awesome wood projects and Farida’s inside design and style, the pair plan to carry on updating their assets. It was a enjoyment to meet up with these an intriguing and gifted pair and I’m rather certain we’ll listen to additional about Randal’s wood sculptures in the potential.