architecture residential crawford residence
Yachats, Oregon - 2005 - 2008

To design and build a dynamic 1600 sq.ft. three level ocean view home for a Corvallis couple.
To provide ADA access to the second (main) level.

A fairly steep heavily wooded hillside lot with ocean and bay views.
CC&Rs limit height to fifteen feet above grade on the highest side.

Hersh & Ange Crawford
Corvallis, Oregon

Gary Wiebe, Wiebe Construction
Waldport, Oregon

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The Study Model
In the Preliminary Design Phase, an 1/8" scale study model reveals the subtlities of the design to the
client. Prominent, in the photo below, is the triangular fireplace element.


The Concept
The strong geometric shape of the house was suggested by the great ocean views to the southwest
and the need to maintain privacy in other locations. For this reason, interior rooms are angled
at 45 degrees with the site. This is reflected in the large window wall that slices across the front of the house.
The Livingroom cantilevers dramatically out over the driveway and is punctuated by a round window
which features a window seat for ocean view reading.
Instead of an interior elevator, the Owners opted for a concrete ADA ramp that starts at the entry and circles the back of the house to the main deck.

Green Design Features
The project features radiant heat floors, all low voc paints and materials, and a solar hot water panel on the roof.

The Plan
The ground level features a Garage, Entry, Storage and Utility rooms.
The second level (seen below) features the Livingroom, Dining, Kitchen, Guestroom, and Guest Bath with wheelchair access shower.
The third level features a generous Master Bedroom and Master Bath and an Office/Study area, both with full ocean views.
A long concrete wheelchair access ramp wraps around the base of the house and helps to isolate portions of the
upper floors from the damp earth.
Great attention was given to the location of existing neighbors so that view site lines could be maximized
without giving up privacy. Also to maintain privacy, openings in the building envelope on the sides and rear
are limited to those necessary for light and ventilation and then, they are often glazed with obscure, patterned

Driveway view showing entry, ADA ramp, and "dry stream bed" drainage, Crawford Residence, Yachats, Oregon, 2008.

Close up of entry and ADA ramp that circles behind house, Crawford Residence, Yachats, Oregon, 2008.

Detail of Dining/Greatroom wall from deck, Crawford Residence, Yachats, Oregon, 2008.

Dramatic ocean and bay views from the Kitchen and Greatroom, Crawford Residence, Yachats, Oregon, 2008.

The triangular see-through fireplace forms a strong angular vertical element that divides the greatroom/kitchen from the
diningroom and the other side. It extends up through the vaulted ceiling which is open to the Master Suite and Study above.

The small functional Kitchen is located to the left of the staircase and features a garden window behind the sink
and ocean views through the greatroom window wall beyond the range counter-bar peninsula.
The staircase is kept "open" with custom stainless steel cable dividers picking up the detail of the deck rail outside.

Dramatic views from deck with custom stainless steel cable railing, Crawford Residence, Yachats, Oregon, 2008.

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page last revised april 2015