For the first ‘proper house’ they’ve ever owned together, Justin and Heather have set the bar high. They’ve created an exceptional home near Portland – and they couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

The couple moved to Oregon to enjoy the lifestyle that it had to offer. “We love the slower pace and friendly feel here,” explains Justin, who previously lived in the area. “People in Portland have a very different quality of life and also a different view on life.”

Justin and Heather loved the plot as soon as they saw it – surrounded by mature evergreen trees and adjacent to an area of woodland. They quickly realized its potential to fulfill their dream of a beautiful open space that helps them to feel connected with the natural world around them.

The couple designed and built their home from the ground up, working closely with local firm Olsen Group Architects. “It’s a completely custom-designed house,” says Justin. “We walked into our first meeting with a 138-page Keynote presentation of design inspiration and things we like to see in a home. The large glazed doors were a big piece of that research.”

"We wanted... as few
visual distractions
as possible."