Lawrence Architecture

Stud Horse Mountain Residence

Photography by Benjamin Benschneider.


2002 Selected for exhibition at EnvironDesign®6

This 2,100 SF primary home and offices for a professional couple is located on a fourteen acre open west-facing site on the east side of the Cascade Mountains with substantial views and bird and butterfly habitats.


The simple rectangular form is oriented north/south to take advantage of the two
primary site features: an existing grove of trees and its associated microclimate to the east; and expansive views and open landscape to the west.  All walks and drives are gravel to minimize water runoff.  A covered walk connects the house with a two-car garage.  Substantial roof overhangs provide for environmental conditioning and prevent damage from snow build-up in winter months.  The main living spaces open one to another to provide connections with the natural landscape and promote cross-ventilation.  The center spine is wider than normal to become a furnished space rather just circulation.


Sustainability, life-cycle considerations, and maintenance concerns drove the material selections.  Exterior materials include stucco, corrugated galvanized metal, triple-glazed clad wood windows and doors, and baked-enamel metal roofing. Engineered wood products were used for the basic structure.  The use of larger timbers was highlighted by limiting their use to the building overhangs; the warm wood tones providing a contrast with the stucco and steel finishes.  The interior is composed of bamboo flooring and simple white painted walls and ceilings.  The general contractor was AJ & Company Construction.

Completed December 2001.