Forest Steward Home

Build a new home in the middle of a logged clear cut, for owners who took on the responsibilities of becoming forest stewards in maintaining the new forest.

With all the trees removed from the site, the site was a blank slate of potential in where to site the house that would maintain horizon views as the forest regrew up around the house.  Locating the house was a puzzle in finding the right interlocking of pieces that included; the septic system, water well, power lines, site views and site access set into the forest contours for a unique arrival experienc to the house.

A meandering entry road to the house ends at a landscape entry garden, designed as a courtyard to give the house a feel of arriving at a mountain top retreat.  In anticipation of the forest obscuring some of the view, a tower space was designed to take advantage of a 360-degree view for the life of the house.