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Location: Badlands Ranch, Bend, Oregon
Design/Build: North Branch Building & Design
Heated Living: 2500
Description: Contemporary Northwest architecture and a quiet palette of stucco and wood blend with the desert vibe of this site, which borders the Oregon Badlands Wilderness east of Bend. A spacious hall runs the length of the main house, dividing it into public and private zones and serving as a gallery for the owners' art. It's a space that invites guests to stop, linger and contemplate. Seven clerestory windows bring sunlight and air to this landlocked space, while interior windows allow natural light to pass through to the north rooms. The house is oriented east-west to take advantage of winter sun while minimizing heat gain in the summer. At-grade doors provide easy connections to patios and nature on both sides. Single-story living, wide halls and doors and barrier-free showers, make this a home for the long haul. The structure includes a covered dining porch, carport, shop and garage, plus a detached pottery studio.