High Desert Getaway
Frequent visitors to the riverside community of Bend, Oregon, the homeowners of the High Desert Getway had always harbored a desire to build a home in the vibrant city. Known for its outdoor activities and desert charm, Bend’s appeal as a holiday getaway is easily understood. Having recently completed renovations on their forever home, the couple’s appetency for design was far from sated. The client’s childhood best friend owns a house in the city and coincidentally, the lot directly next door went up for sale in 2017. Thrilled at the prospect of becoming neighbors, our clients purchased the empty lot and petitioned our design team to build their envisioned home.
Since the homeowners are passionate about creating an outdoor escape, much of the property is designed to encourage open-air living. Rather than a conventional dining room, our clients opted for a covered patio, equipped with a fire pit and barbeque for colder autumn nights. The patio also forms a connection to a small guest house. The main level contains the entry, media room, and a living/kitchen area with a vaulted ceiling and exposed trusses, giving it an open, airy feeling, while the stone fireplace and earthy tones play towards a more subdued palette. The garage and mudroom sit a half floor down and the two bedrooms a half floor above the main level. A cozy loft is also nestled in the peak of the roof.
On the exterior, our designers applied Cyprus wood siding to naturally weather in the central Oregon climate, as well as a metal roof to play to the homeowner’s modern sensibilities. As a final touch on the south side of the lot, our design team helped actualize our client’s vision of a shared gated fence for easy access to her neighboring friend’s home– a physical manifestation of the close relationship that inspired this special project.
Structural Engineer: Walker Structural Engineering
Landscape Design: Bernard Trainor + Associates
Interior Design: Feldman Architecture