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Location: The Reserve at Brokentop, Bend, Oregon
Design/Build: North Branch Building & Design
Heated Living: 2510
Description: The not-so-big design was a year-long collaboration with owner Sue Vordenberg. Multiple niches are sized to display art and mementos from the owners' years of teaching abroad; a big mudroom supports an active, outdoor lifestyle; the proportions, lighting and built-ins of a flex room allow it to function as extra guest space, sewing room, and practice studio for a string quartet. A site-specific design embraced the sloping lot, preserved all the big trees, and focused outdoor living on a private south-facing patio sheltered by a boulder retaining wall. Features include a screened porch and a small Japanese rock garden. The owners wanted single-level living, but the site slopes back to front. The solution was to dig deep at the back, pour high concrete walls, then earth fill along two sides, allowing the natural contours to flow around the home. This also gives the master suite a snug, dug-in feel from within, where deep-welled windows look out at ground level.