Custom Home Addition
– Benton County, OR –
In the summer of 2016, one of our repeat clients suffered a catastrophic fire that destroyed their home – everything except the garage was lost. While our clients were eager to rebuild and move into their new home as quickly as possible, they also saw this heartbreaking loss as an opportunity to redesign their home to better fit their lifestyle. The homeowners had many ideas that they gathered on their travels and we collaborated to include these ideas in the final design.
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This couple loved the idea of vaulted ceilings with timber beams and a bright and airy atmosphere. They also wanted a design that took advantage of the spectacular eastern views, with Mount Jefferson being seen above the nearby meadows and stream. This meant lots of big windows oriented toward the east. Due to the frequent gatherings held with an extended circle of family and friends, their was a need for flexible space that would comfortably accommodate their guests. Yet they also wanted private space for intimate evenings at home. A dream for this couple was to design a separate suite with its own entrance and kitchenette for an aging parent to live with them – a space that would provide privacy and some degree of independence. Finally, they requested a prominent space for the family’s white grand piano.
We worked with the clients to design a space that beautifully meets their needs. The house is aligned along a north-south axis with picture windows lining the east side, granting breathtaking views from all the primary living spaces. The entry includes a custom designed tile medallion with a northwest nature scene imagined by the homeowner. The master suite of rooms is on one end of the home and the in-law suite is on the opposite end, providing separation of the spaces. Between them are shared areas: a kitchen, breakfast nook, and great room with living and dining areas, as well as a large covered patio with an integrated gas fire pit.
To bring the outdoors in, a 16-foot-wide sliding glass door connects the great room and covered patio. This makes for a fantastic indoor/outdoor area suitable for large gatherings. The home also features four fireplaces, including a true masonry fireplace built by a local stone mason – a rarity in modern construction.
This 4,300 square foot home is all new except for the original garage. It is a complete transformation and a new start for these happy homeowners!
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