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Mazama Residence

Completed by Lauren while employed at Johnston Architects. Lauren was the project architect who managed the project from the initial design phase and worked with the owners and contractor through construction. Located near Mazama Washington, this home has a simple L-shaped layout that feels cozy for the family of four but can accommodate larger crowds during special occasions.

Guest sleeping areas are at one leg of the L with the master sleeping area at the other leg. At the knuckle is a spacious great room that opens up to the ski trail to the south with an exposed steel structure and open web joists above. A loft above the guest sleeping area provides additional space for overnight guests.

To withstand the winter elements, the exterior is clad with a corten steel wainscot with reclaimed cedar siding above and a standing seam metal roof. An adjacent carport and low fence provide an enclosed courtyard for gardening. A covered entry provides protection from the weather and serves as focal point on a site that has no formal front.

Environmentally conscious, the home employs electric radiant heat via a thickened slab, with much of the power to be supplied by a ground mounded PV array on site. All windows and sliding doors are triple-glazed and the walls and roof are super-insulated with spray-in foam. Awnings on the large glazing wall and deep overhangs will provide passive cooling during the hot summer months. Low flow fixtures and zero VOC products are used throughout the house.