Project size: 6,110 sf

Program: To have a close, living connection to their natural surroundings, the owners wanted a single family residence and a guesthouse built on their farm. The chosen site was an old silted logging pond in an area not conducive to cultivation.

Location: The rolling hills of Oregon wine country.

Solution: The pond was first enlarged and slightly reshaped to accommodate the residence’s structure, which was designed as a bridge across the pond’s north end. To reach the house, one walks along an entry path that passes through a dense forest before crossing a section of the pond to the front door. When the door is opened, views through the house and out onto the broad vista of the pond are revealed, creating a visual “release.” The guesthouse is connected to the main residence by a covered outdoor walkway.

Construction and materials: Designed as a simple steel frame carrying a wood roof structure, the primary box comprises a kitchen, living and dining room area, and master bedroom on one level; an indoor mudroom connects the home to the garage. Large roof overhangs are designed to protect the glass and wood vertical surfaces of the building. The south-facing glazing maximizes the light and warmth in the Pacific Northwest.


Additional Information

Completion date: June 2013

Gross square footage: 2,705 square feet

Total project cost: withheld

Total construction cost: withheld

Client/Owner: Michael Etzel and Carey Critchlow




Cutler Anderson Architects
135 Parfitt Way SW
Bainbridge Island, WA  98110
ph: (206) 842-4710
fx:  (206) 843-4420


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

James Cutler, FAIA
Bruce Anderson, AIA
Meghan Griswold


Architect of record:

James Cutler


Interior designer:

Carey Critchlow and Beth Wheeler - NCIDQ, LEED AP



Structural - Madden Baughman Engineering
Geotechnical - Carlson Geotechnical


General contractor:

R&H Construction - Bend, Oregon



Jeremy Bittermann



Landscape: PLACE Studio - Charles Brucker PLA, ASLA, LEED AP





Structural System

Engineered framing - TJI's, LVL's for structural stability and sustainability
Unfinished rusted beams and columns by True Line Steel, Inc
Glulams - Douglas Fir, architectural grade
Douglas Fir Select Structural exposed framing throughout

Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project:

Exterior Cladding

Metal panels: Zinc panels by VM Quartz Zinc Plus

Wood: Tight knot board & batten siding.  1x10 boards with exposed face of boards to be rough sawn.


Metal: Standing seam Corten metal roof.
Gutters and downspouts are Corten metal.


Wood frame: Windows - prefabricated by Lindal


Glass: Cardinal LoE2


Entrances: Solid core VG Doug Fir by Pacific Wood Works

Wood doors: Solid core VG Doug Fir by Pacific Wood Works

Sliding doors: Vertical-lift doors - steel frame and lead counterparts fabricated by True Steel, Inc.  Wooden door panels by Pacific Wood Works.


Exit devices: Door hardware designed by Cutler Anderson Architects, distributed through Reveal Designs / Sun Valley Bronze.

Pulls: Drawer pulls designed by Cutler Anderson Architects, distributed through Reveal Designs / Sun Valley Bronze.

Interior Finishes

Acoustical ceilings: Doug Fir rafters

Demountable partitions:

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Custom red oak cabinets by Finer Cabinetry & Woodwork

Paints and stains: Clear stain, satin finish

Solid surfacing: Custom concrete countertops  by Matt Melton


Upholstery: Distressed leather couches by Restoration Hardware

Other furniture: Custom mantle and coffee table are hand-made by Michael Etzel from reclaimed wood.


Interior ambient lighting: LED cable lighting

Downlights: Dining room pendant light by Tech Lighting


Energy management or building automation system: Large roof overhangs protect the south facing vertical surfaces.
Front door and vertical-lift doors provide cross ventilation during warm days.  Heat is provided through a fireplace using dead fall wood collected from the farm, plus radiant heated floors throughout.

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project: Exterior deck which extends from the Dining/Living room area allows the owners to interact with nature directly from the house.