Architect Ben Waechter wrapped the upper floor of Nick Oakley’s house in inexpensive black corrugated steel. By rounding the corners, Waechter avoided unsightly trim at the edges. Waechter opened up the ground floor and added 800 square feet in the form of a second story that cantilevers over both the front and rear elevations.
Designer Shannon Baird conceived of this 796-square-foot dwelling off the back of a larger home in Portland. The small dwelling was also designed to double as a work space. Cedar siding painted in Jet Black by Benjamin Moore contrasts the natural wood fencing.
A basic box that’s as tall as it is wide (28 feet) and 16 feet long, this Portland, Oregon house consists of rooms stacked vertically: an unfinished basement on the bottom, a kitchen-living area and a bathroom in the middle, and a bedroom on top, with the stairwell hinged onto the front of the home. The only interior doors are those to the bathroom, basement, and root cellar, leaving the rest of the space open and unfettered. At just 704 square feet, Katherine Bovee and Matt Kirkpatrick's home is a great lesson in making the most out of every inch.
It’s not just that woods and forests persist inside the city limits but also the fact that a city was densely built amidst them. Despite such hazards, Stefan and Nicole Andrén built a sleek modernist loft nestled in trees atop a forested ridge that snakes behind the city’s downtown.
The brief was basic: a simple guesthouse where a family of five could live for a few years while the architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed their main residence. “Since we were living out in the forest”—a wooded, 482-acre plot at the edge of Bend, Oregon—“we wanted a house that felt like we were living outside and that was resistant to fire,” says owner James Verheyden.