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Inspired Living Custom Installation

August 21, 2009 By “De” Schofield

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Inspired Living Custom Installation
The 552-square-foot, T-shaped kitchen is bookended with a dining nook at one end and a cozy reading area at the other. A Crestron Cameo keypad and six Bay Audio 865 speakers make up the room’s technology base.
Inspired Living Custom Installation
Inspired Living Custom Installation

The homeowners of this 6,000-sq ft Pacific Northwest home collaborate with a design team to create an inviting, low-key technologically advanced environment that takes its cues from the great outdoors.

Sited at 1,200 feet on a sprawling hilltop property with direct views of Mount Hood, this majestic Craftsman-style home can easily be mistaken for a romantic vacation retreat in some rural forested area. Residing in the metro Portland area, the home serves as the primary residence for an active family of five.

Inspired Living Custom Installation

“The owners are a family-oriented, married couple who desired a casual, relaxed [home] that was in sync with its natural surroundings,” says interior designer Tina Barclay, who devised the residence’s fresh elemental decor scheme.

“They love the lodge-like, rustic look of stone and wood, so our logical cue for the material and color palettes was to carry the exterior theme inside.”

From its sturdy architectural elements to its meticulously detailed interiors, the newly constructed custom home embodies the artistic mind-set of its outdoors-loving owners.

The husband, who is a tech-savvy motion picture industry professional, works from the second-story den.

“The locale is secondary to it being a space that fosters creativity and imagination,” Barclay says, adding that the family’s personal connection to the area underscored their decision to remain in the Portland area.

Just as the original Craftsman designs signified a return to a simpler and more comfortable, less pretentious lifestyle, this home’s style revolves around the overall objective of a warm and inviting environment that encourages lively conversation as well as quiet contemplation. The interiors, Barclay says, comprise a series of visiting spaces—intimate, cozy and spacious and airy—all of which are designed to stimulate the senses and spark the imagination.

The tri-level floor plan offers 6,000 square feet of living space for the couple and their three grown children, one of whom is a college student. The first floor contains the main living areas, including a grand-proportioned great room with adjacent dining and kitchen areas and the master suite.

The lower-level entertainment zone, including a media room equipped with theater-quality audiovisual components, is sited away from the main living areas. A wine room, wet bar and poker area are included in the downstairs entertainment zone.

Both the husband and wife were intricately involved in the design process, enlisting a team of referred professionals that, in addition to Barclay, included builder Tom Payne of Craftsman Homes Group and technology expert Jason Gotz of Genesis Home Technologies.

“By the nature of his profession, the husband is quite knowledgeable about media components and keeps abreast of the latest gadgets and technology,” says Gotz, who designed and installed the whole-house electronics system.

“We collaborated for many years over the course of the project, as new products and technologies came online, to ensure that the end product would provide the highest-quality, best possible performance that suits the family’s needs now and well into the future.”


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