Bend, Oregon

Perched on a steeply sloping lot near the edge of the Deschutes National Forest in Central Oregon, Trailhead House may be the ultimate base for outdoor adventures.

The structure’s geometry is based on a series of blocks which follow the grade of the land as it slopes away from the access road on dual axis.  The blocks are stepped to allow patio spaces to be nestled into the roofs of the blocks below.   Each level of the home is set exactly six feet apart from the next.

In the sub-grade lowest level, a professional grade bike shop is flanked by custom bike display racks on one side and a 12 foot long fold-away window which connects indoor and outdoor bars on the opposite side.  The Owner’s brief necessitated space to store and display their collection of 20+ vintage and modern race bikes.  A theater area adjacent to the bike shop has everything needed to crank up the post-ride celebrations. Hidden beds fold out of walls to accommodate spent revelers. An extension of the Phil’s Trail mountain bike trail system terminates adjacent to the home and leads straight to the heated bike-wash patio.

On the main level, multi-panel lift-and-slide patio doors from Unilux slide away to open the great room and kitchen to the green roof surrounded patio. The outdoor living area features a kitchen with spectacular mountain views, recessed soffit heaters, a fire pit, and ten-foot-tall barn track doors which can be deployed to protect the patio in inclement weather. Two, twenty foot long islands host gatherings in the custom kitchen.

At the upper level a walk-out patio from the primary bedroom leads to an herb garden green roof, outdoor sleeping patio, and an unbeatable panorama of the Cascade mountains. The steam shower, soaking tub, and three sided fireplace finish the creature comforts in the master suite.

A custom steel staircase enclosed by glass on two sides spirals up through the five levels of the home and features a custom LED light sculpture suspended between the stair runs.

Outside, the building is clad in a mix of Fundermax rain-screen panels, Kynar finished composite aluminum panels, dyed cedar slats, and board-formed concrete walls.

The Trailhead House was a collaboration with Craig Miller of Living Places llc, Bozeman, Montana.

Project Credits

Design Team
Eric Meglasson, Craig Miller, Ani Cahill
CS Construction
RiverRoofing, Bladt’s Custom Woodwork, LUMA lighting, Walker Structural Engineering, FURNISH
Bend, Oregon
Alan Brandt, Kayla McKenzie