Ewing used Canadian maple for the hallway and living-room floors, giving them a bright, clean look. A built-in shelving system borders the hearth, creating functional and decorative storage spaces for firewood collected on-site.
Ewing designed a floor-to-ceiling window to provide an expansive view while bathing her living room in natural light. She hired D & H Glass, a local company that makes plate-glass windows for grocery stores, to join three standard-size windows, filling the 9-by-18-foot space for under $4,000.
Ewing’s builder, John Lane, used a front-end loader to stack slabs of Indiana limestone for the house’s front steps. Each slab rested atop a layer of ice cubes, creating just enough clearance for the nylon straps to be pulled free. The slabs settled into place as the ice melted in the summer sun.
The cabinets in Ewing’s bedroom were made from wild cherry trees harvested from the property. The enormous trunks were too big to fit into the portable sawmill that her brother, Mark, brought to the property, so he blew them apart with dynamite and fed the pieces into the mill. The cabinets were made by Ewing’s friend Paul Keller.