When the Quinlans bought 235 feet of riverfront in Oakridge, they plunked a tiny house on it and waited until the timing was right for them to build their right-sized dream home. They knew that they wanted the home to be energy and space-efficient, have two bedrooms, two or more bathrooms, an open great-room with a vaulted ceiling, and a two-car garage. Like many other clients, they wanted the home to allow them to age-in-place and be a retreat that felt like a vacation every day. They had looked at plan-book options, and while that helped them better understand their needs, they weren’t finding one that fit their program or their aesthetic goals, so they came to Rainbow Valley.
The great room uses a strong central axis to focus views through the four-panel sliding door to the river as well as create connectivity between the entry, kitchen, living and dining spaces. The first floor master suite is similarly connected to the river and is just large enough for the primary functions of sleeping, bathing, and dressing, while the upstairs guest suite offers space for a home office, exercise equipment, ample storage and, of course, amazing views of the river. Positioned between the entry and the garage, the mudroom contains storage, laundry and a half-bath, all of which support the comings and goings of this very active couple. To make it more resilient in case of power outages or other challenges from nature, the house has a generator, propane on-demand hot water and fireplace, a metal roof and irrigation for wildfire protection, and a foundation designed to withstand floods.
Commonly described as Transitional Style, this 1,480 square foot home pulls together modern, rustic and traditional details for a truly tranquil and timeless feel.