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Built to Last

A family of four blends the best of country and city life in Portland, Oregon.

Low-maintenance plants such as black-eyed Susan, ferns and sedges fit in with the surrounding woods and mean the Emericks don’t have to spend time mowing the lawn.
Photo By David Papazian
Warm neutrals and wood floors make the interior cozy, while larger-than-usual windows connect the living space with the woods outside.
Photo By David Papazian
Made of a tree felled to build their home, the rustic dining room table is the location of long, spirited family dinners.
Photo By David Papazian
To fit their home into the restricted space allowed by the environmental protection regulations of their lot, Brian and Melody designed smaller-than-usual bedrooms. Soaring ceilings make the rooms feel more spacious. Natural wool carpet lends a cozy feel without the chemicals in conventional carpeting.
Photo By David Papazian
A set of folding walls separates Lily and Iris’ bedrooms from one another, enabling the girls to push the walls out of the way to share space, or to close them for privacy.
Photo By David Papazian
One of Melody's favorite things is spending time cooking and eating dinner with Brian and daughters Iris (left) and Lily.
Photo By David Papazian
Brian folds open the doors that divide the dining room from the deck.
Photo By David Papazian
The wall of folding glass doors between the dining room and deck makes indoor-outdoor living seamless and dining alfresco a breeze.
Photo By David Papazian
An outdoor lounge area set against a wooded backdrop makes a great place for the family to hang out outdoors, taking advantage of Oregon’s mild climate.
Photo By David Papazian
Photo By David Papazian

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