A lot of stories seem to be set in a quaint cottage surrounded by beautiful gardens. While those stories didn’t serve to inspire architect Olson Kundig, a master gardener did, and the home is perfectly situated to take advantage of this master’s work.
The home was built in Portland, Oregon—an area of the United States known for its roses and wineries, not to mention its picturesque gardens. The home is set amongst the gardens and rolling hills of the estate. Clad in reclaimed barn wood, the house looks as though it has been there just as long as the gardens themselves, even though it was only just completed in 2013. High gridded windows under a pitched roof provide plenty of view of the gardens, which were completed with the collaborative help of noted gardener Dan Hinkley.
Leafy trellises guard the way to the front door, which leads to a living room. Rooms sprout off of a long hallway. And the gardens aren’t the only artwork in the home. A hand-painted mural by Leo Adams decorates the dining room and a coffee table designed by Jim Olson is part of the furnishings. Cedar walls and Baba fir floors tie the garden theme into the home’s décor.
The exposed timbers of the home create a rustic feel, and the stone fireplace, which separates the den from the living room, completes the look. Custom millwork is used throughout the entire home, making the home seem even more like the gardens surrounding it, always leaving yet another detail to discover.
The home offers 5,300 square feet of living area and was designed for a multi-generational family. This home may have a more modern feel than that of the quaint cottage of story, but it still maintains that sense of romance and harmony that will have you wanting to keep coming home.