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Neal Creek Residence / Paul McKean Architecture

  • 01:00 - 12 May, 2009
Neal Creek Residence / Paul McKean Architecture
Neal Creek Residence / Paul McKean Architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hood River, OR 97031, United States
  • Architects

    Paul McKean Architecture
  • Project Team

    Paul McKean, Amy Donohue
  • Client

    Paul McKean, Amy Donohue
  • Area

    93.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007

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From the architect. The Neal Creek residence treads lightly upon its surroundings, maximizing valley and water views with minimal impact to the natural environment. The owners - windsurfing and snowboarding enthusiasts - were interested in a modest weekend retreat that would be highly efficient and ecologically minded. 

Their wooded two-acre parcel of land presented many unique challenges including wetlands, creek protection setbacks, and floodplain restrictions.

The design solution for the two-bedroom house addresses these issues by elevating the habitable space one full floor above grade. Views to the creek are enhanced from this position and the living spaces float within the tree tops. 

Lifting the main space protects the house from potential flooding and brush fire damage while making way for a covered outdoor patio and much needed gear storage below. At the uppermost level, a future planted roof will replace the landscape lost to the building footprint and reduces heat gain to the interior spaces.

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