The top level of the retreat is the real showstopper with its floating overhang that is composed of wood steel and glass. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows the living space contained within this exquisite ‘box’ promises breathtaking views of the landscape and the beautiful sunsets that light up the St. Lawrence estuary. Allowing for 360-degree views the glass windows constantly connect the rugged and green countryside with the modern interior even as the four centrally located bedrooms offer more privacy.
On first glimpse you might well assume that the snapshot of the amazing is one of those picture-perfect screensavers or HD images that is too good to be true. But this spellbinding residence in Newberg Oregon is indeed as astounding as its image suggests with a man-made pond and a relaxing modern home in glass wood and steel becoming one!
The Cor-ten steel pergola structure that sits just outside the living room also shapes the balcony for the top floor while the revamped swimming pool and large deck provide ample space to rest and rejuvenate on those lazy summer evenings.
The new kitchen and bathroom sit as a transition between the living space and the main bedroom at the front and the dining space and additional bedroom in the rear of the house. Colorful mosaic tiles enliven the kitchen in white even as large original windows with double-glazed panels usher in plenty of light and give the interior freshness.
The home was built around an already present man-made pond and the effort was to ensure that the wild landscape was as undisturbed as possible both during and after the construction. The main 1650-square-foot residence has a secluded entrance and contains the living area kitchen dining area and the master bedroom.
The structure of the home itself is more casual in its ambiance with Cor-ten steel and Douglas Fir being used to combine strength and durability with inviting warmth and minimal maintenance. A series of walkways around the house built over the pond connect it with both the landscape and the guest quarters.
Much of the original home was poorly lit and filled with awkward spaces and unnecessary internal partitions that blocked any flow of natural light. One of the first things that the architects did was to completely re-imagine the interiors and create a new floor plan where the old living room and entrance were transformed into the main bedroom and the chamfered corners were utilized to the hilt. The new living space and entrance are connected with the re-envisioned bedroom using a painted sliding door that blends into the walls that surround it!