Fern Ridge Lake House
A High Performance compound for an active Oregon Family.
Location | Fern Ridge Lake, OR
Project Type | New Construction
Size | 2900sf Residence, 2800sf Studio
Completion | 2011
Structural | Johnson Broderick Engineering
Mechanical | Alan VanZuuk
Geothermal/Solar | Solar Assist
Contractor | Six Degrees Construction
Awards & Publications | Information here
A modern abode that combines environmental consciousness, playful creativity, innovative high-performance and energy-efficiency. This house is purpose built to support its owners active and creative lifestyle.
Designed for a metal artist, a software engineer, and their young daughter, the house is one part of a larger compound that includes an artist’s studio and workshop, a three-car garage, and several exterior work/play areas. Each of the buildings were developed to incorporate repurposed, recycled, non-toxic, sustainably harvested, and durable materials conducive to health and comfort.
With 12” thick walls, geo-thermal heat, solar energy, and continuous fresh air ventilation, this super-efficient house incorporates high performance technologies and low-cost, industrial, and off-the-shelf materials in imaginative ways. The result is a beautiful combination of material and form expressed in rusted steel structural beams, hand-burnished natural plaster, and site-harvested oak stair slabs. 80 year-old barnwood siding clads the exterior, still showing traces of faded barn-paint, day-glow graffiti, and the many natural variations acquired with time.