NORTHWEST MODERN RURAL RESIDENCE

SPECS

2,800 s.f.

CONTRACTOR

Kraft Custom Construction

PHOTOGRAPHY

Greg Kozawa

Built for a couple just beginning their retirement, this modern, compact home is designed to accommodate the couple’s frequent guests and love of the outdoors. Situated atop a gently sloping meadow in the Willamette valley, floor-to-ceiling windows and deliberately placed skylights maximize natural lighting in the single-level home. The terrace, patio, and garden connected to various rooms of the residence facilitate easy access to the outdoors, enabling home life to continue beyond the walls of the house. Tall ceilings and an open floor plan are equally essential in making the house feel even more expansive than its 3000 SF footprint.

The connected kitchen and living/dining room create the main living area of the house, which is flanked by the master bedroom wing to the north and the guest wing to the west. Both wings have easy access to the outdoors, and both are connected to the east-facing patio that boasts a covered seating area complete with fireplace, a firepit, a hot tub, and access to the yard below.

Quality of light, both natural and artificial, is of high importance to the clients. Although the trees to the south and east block winter sun, high windows help to capture as much natural light as possible. In the summer, wide overhangs block direct sunlight but still allow plenty of reflected daylight to brighten the interior of the  house. When the sun sets, carefully placed lights create individually-adjustable layers of illumination.