Combining a rustic ski cabin with modern building technology; this 3,600 square foot winter retreat is a pioneer in modern sustainable living and was the first of its kind to become LEED Platinum certified. Mark and Crystal drew inspiration for their home from their desire for a winter escape, their MT. Hood location and a commitment to build a sustainable living space.
Inspired by: The Winter Season
When Mark and Crystal decided that their passion for the winter season would benefit from having a vacation home, this Oregon couple sought experts in the building industry to help them make this dream a reality. With the help of PrecisionCraft Log and Timber Homes, as well as their in-house firm, M.T.N Design, Mark and Crystal began the process of designing their winter retreat.
The main level of their home is designed with plenty of space for relaxation. From the kitchen to the bar to the den, the open layout of the first floor provides the perfect atmosphere for entertaining friends and family. With additional amenities such as an elevator, Crystal is able to easily transport groceries from the car in the basement to the kitchen.
Avid skiers with a love for outdoor activities, including snowshoeing and snowmobiling, their winter retreat is equipped with an additional garage for winter toys and snow equipment. A basement sauna and built-in media room, adjacent to the bunk room, offer great alternatives for entertainment indoors.
Inspired by: MT. Hood's Natural Beauty
Although the couple had an existing summer retreat on the lake, the family chose to build a winter home near MT. Hood, not far from their Portland home base. The natural beauty of the winter season in this more remote location allowed for perfect conditions for the activities they love.
Being native Oregonians, the couple selected a location less than two hours away from home and just a short drive away from the MT. Hood National Forest and adjacent ski resorts. Recognizing the natural beauty of the site’s surrounding area, Mark and Crystal knew that building a log home would create that special connection with the land.
Including a large picture window facing the lush green of the forest and plenty of deck space in their design, the couple was able to effortlessly blend the comforts of their indoor sanctuary with the tranquility of the mountain atmosphere.
As the couple went through the design process with M.T.N Design they began to ask questions about sustainable home building. Having heard about the LEED Program before, the couple went through several consultations with their project’s designer to develop a home that could eventually be LEED certified. Mark and Crystal realized that when building a sustainable home, many of the home's final green features begin with the design process.
Features such as determining the depth of the eaves, which shade and protect the home during the summer months, and determining how high the exterior wood would be from the home’s foundation needed to be addressed early.
You can't always see the sustainable features of a LEED home, and most may never suspect that Mark and Crystal's beautiful log home is one of the Greenest ever built.