Custom New Home
– 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 changing lifestyles.
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Due to the frequent gatherings held with and extended circle of family and friends, they wanted flexible space that would comfortably accommodate large gatherings, but still feel cozy for intimate evenings at home. They also wanted room for overnight guests, as well as 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 while also allowing easy social interaction. They also wanted a design that took advantage of the spectacular eastern views, with Mount Jefferson being seen above the nearby meadows and stream. 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 master suite is to the north with the in-law suite to the south, providing separation of the spaces. Between them are shared social areas: a kitchen, breakfast nook, entry, and great room with living and dining areas, as well as a large covered patio with an integrated gas fire pit. A 16-foot-wide sliding glass door connects the great room and covered patio, allowing conjoined spaces when needed for larger groups. 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 feet home was completed on budget in only eight months. We broke ground May 1st, and the project was completed December 22nd. The clients began moving in the following day and celebrated the holidays with their extended family in their new home.
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