Client / Owner: Parsons
Team Members: Tim Schouten, AIA
Project Type: New Construction
Building Type: Single Family Residence
Building Size: 4,000 SF
Location: Portland, OR
Completion Date: 1995
Photography: Dan Tyrpak


The Parsons Residence was designed to be a single level, low maintenance house for the owners to spend their retirement years in. The owners expressed the strong desire for a low maintenance yard and home, with little or no overhangs to allow for an abundance of natural sunlight to filter into the house.
The design is three distinct gabled wings which clearly express the plan of the house. The wings are configured around a central South facing court/patio, which offers privacy and easterly views to a small orchard and the West Hills.
The central wing houses the main living/public spaces – Great Room, Kitchen, Nook, Dining Room. The east wing houses the owners private rooms – Master Bedroom/Bathroom, Exercise Room, Study, and Laundry/Sewing Room. The West wing serves to house the guests bedrooms, garage, and workshop. There is a small partial basement in which the wine cellar, storage room, utility room, and mechanical room are accessed from the garage.