Client / Owner: Withheld
Team Members: Dave Giulietti, AIA; Tim Schouten, AIA; Michelle Schulz
Contractor: JDL Development
Landscape: Andrea Cochran
Project Type: New Construction
Building Type: Single Family Residence
Building Size: 2,995 SF
Location: McMinnville, OR
Completion Date: 2006
Photography: David Papazian + Allan Mandell

  • 2007 BUILDERSnews
  • 2007 Portrait of Portland Magazine
  • 2007 Ultimate Northwest Magazine
  • 2007 Excellence in Concrete Award: Single Family Residence

The writer-client requested a warm, modern, and livable home for all seasons with little to no maintenance. She requested a comfortable plan with unobstructed views while maintaining privacy from the street. The program called for single level living to include two bedrooms and 3 baths with a central home office that could be used as an additional bedroom on occasion.
With the primary goal being to take full advantage of an established site while preserving large walnut and fir trees, the existing house was deconstructed and donated to Habitat for Humanity leaving a clean slate for the new design. The original driveway and garage floor were retained as guest parking and the new house and terraces occupy the area of the former house with primary views to the east and south. A concrete wall with fireplace and built-ins separate the open living, dining, and entertaining areas from the guest suite and parking. This wall also helps support the large steel framed roof and cantilevered deck.
Materials for the house were chosen based on their low-maintenance qualities: galvanized metal siding, insulated aluminum curtain-wall windows, exposed interior/exterior concrete walls, composite veneer wood panel siding and ceiling finishes, and exposed steel framing at the roof and window walls. Some simple, passive design techniques used in the project included rainwater harvesting, solar hot water heating and storage, in-floor radiant heating, and natural day-lighting.