The Creative Chateau story is one of romance. It was 1999 and Terri Oakman (now Meyer) decided to resign from her job in Las Vegas as a Human Resource director and start a business as a freelance artist. With a moment of bold passion she sold her home and moved back to her roots in Ashland, Ohio. In August of 1999 she became re-aquainted with Dan Meyer at their 20th high school reunion. He contacted her for a commissioned painting of his historic home which was in disrepair. Using vintage photographs from the 1920’s as reference material, she painted the commission for Mr. Meyer in 1999. After the business deal was completed, they began dating. In 2000, together they decided to renovate the home, stabilize the barn foundation and start the intricate landscaping of the property. In March 2002 they married, moved into the home and opened the Creative Chateau Art and Framing business, as a single room in the barn and moved Dan’s business, DC Meyer Masonry into the house. The barn has five rooms on the lower level, and a lean-to level which is a multi-functional space and office. The final phase of the restoration was completed on November 7, 2015, showcasing 4200 sq feet of open space to be used for workshops, classes, various private and public events to include weddings. Shortly after the grand opening, Dan Meyer began the final stage of landscaping, installing a stone wall and expansive brick courtyard for outdoor events. The bricks were salvaged from the streets of Jeromesville, Ohio when they implemented a new city sewer system. The paver bricks are well over a hundred years old, adding to the nostalgic charm of the Creative Chateau property.
The Creative Chateau Barn was erected in the 1860’s with much of it’s original architecture and charm still intact. It’s origin was a dairy barn built by the Hess family, staying in operation until the late 1980’s. Although the Creative Chateau Barn has seen a lot of updates over the last 16 years it is still loaded with nostalgia and rustic beauty. It has hardwood floors, a 30 foot stone fireplace, a 800 square foot mezzanine, a glass enclosed room, a stone wine bar, hard wired speakers for audio streaming, plenty of lighting with dimmer switches, 7 ceiling fans, and lots of windows to show off the great country view!
“Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined how the property and barn would evolve. It’s as though the house, barn and property took on a life of it’s own. We are proud to share the joy of our hard work with the public and be an inspiration in love and partnership to those beginning a united new life, so many dreams can become reality if you choose the right partner”. ~Terri Meyer
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