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The nature of THE PLACE

  • Rural, rolling farmland outside of Portland.

  • A beautiful old historic barn on the premises.

  • An existing small residence that would be converted to a home office.

  • Create a new residence for multigenerational living.




  • Young professional family with small kids, dogs + Mom and Dad also to reside in a separate ADU living unit.

  • Multi-generational living!

  • 2-story modern farmhouse with metal roofs.

  • Attached 2 units with separation created with a common conditioned hallway.

  • 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath + home office.

  • Energy efficient home meeting Earth Advantage Platinum standards for energy and clean indoor air quality standards.


  • Organized around a courtyard as defined by the new house, the existing house (as new office) and the existing historic barn structure at the rear.

  • Modern farmhouse style with lots of big windows.

  • “Z” shaped floor plan – main residence at the front leg, an interior connector comprised of a 3-car garage and a wide corridor = fitness center for the family, and an apartment along the back leg for mom/dad = a multi-generational dwelling.

  • The overall floor plan created natural privacy for each of the living units because of the 3 legs.

  • Several covered outdoor areas on front and rear sides.

  • Entry vehicular courtyard organizes the entire property. 

  • Back yard courtyard = allows the 2 families to easily gather.


I can't say enough about Departure Architecture and Dan. Dan helped us build a beautiful home from start to finish. Dan invests a lot of time to really understand his clients needs and desires and then comes to the table with ideas to share and build upon. Dan really took the time to understand our family needs and helped us produce an ideal home. I would highly recommend Dan to anyone who is looking for professional, knowledgeable, and easy to work with architect that always puts your needs in front of his.

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