Sandy River Residence
Sited on a linear 7-acre stretch along the west bank of the mountain-fed Sandy River, in a valley shaded by lush and soaring trees, this 3,000sf Pacific Northwest residence will serve as a retreat for its owners and the family and guests they entertain throughout the year. While desiring to be as near to the river as possible to enjoy the rugged landscape, the clients also required that the home be accessible with minimal barriers to entry. To balance these requirements, the house is oriented parallel to the river and nestled into the sloping bank, just outside the river setback. The ground floor elevation sits close to final grade and the driveway sweeps by the entry on the flattest part of the site for easy access. Desiring to compliment the rich natural site with elegance and simplicity, a clean roofline was conceived early on. A single custom scissor truss playfully marks the entry and carries the outside in nodding to the openness of the vaulted interior. Immediately upon entry, one is drawn in by windows and clerestory framing the bright green and blues of tree and sky at the wall opposite the great room. Containing the kitchen, dinning and living spaces and with two points of deck access, all entertaining can happen in this single space. Master and guest quarters at opposite ends of the great room are modestly sized with as minimal of hallway as possible. All living can happen at the 1300sf ground floor. The finished half-basement with separate entry provides ample flex space for storage, future needs and direct access to the site’s lower level.