One of our most challenging designs was this Old World beauty in central Oregon. Faced with a deep but narrow lot of just ½ acre, the golf course site had lovely immediate views, and sensational sights of the volcanoes and mountains further afield. Accordingly, the home required a clever site and floor plan that would align the rooms to all views and allow for as much outdoor living as the plot would allow. The result is an amazing configuration of beautiful angles and stacked levels, clad in quarried stone from the northeastern part of the state.
At the end of a graceful, curving drive lined with shade trees sits this compilation of natural stone, wood and intriguing massing. A warm palette of ochre, bronze and gray flagstone adorns arches, facings and walls, while large expanses of custom-detailed wood and stucco balances the texture. Above it all sits a multi-level tile roof in complementary tones.
Stone sentry pillars mark the entry patio leading to double-height, arched French doors into the main house. To one side is the 4-car garage, topped by the separate guest suite which is accessed via the second-story breezeway and pergola of rough-hewn Douglas fir. This feature critically defines the distinct spaces while providing extended outdoor living and view decks.
Descending the wooden entry steps, one enters an enormous Great Room, set at a 45-degree angle to take advantage of the fairway views outside. Thick planked floors repeat the angles of the building’s footprint and lead into the private wings. Inside, large fireplaces and wall-sized windows framed in burled fir play off stone accent walls, with flagstone floors and granite surfaces in the gourmet kitchen and master suite. The vaulted ceilings are host to yet more of the unique hand-hewn wooden beams, while the feature wooden staircase recalls an earlier period.
Much of the outdoor living space, including a fully-outfitted kitchen with elevated bars, stone banquettes and two exterior fireplaces, is configured along the exterior of the home, placed to provide optimum views of the surrounding volcanoes and the golf course. Several focal points and entertainment areas can be found along the decks - some under the rafters but open to the views beyond, and others fully open to the sky above.