This Portland dream house cantilevers over a sublime forested landscape

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William / Kaven Architecture has conceived this striking modern dream house that’s tucked into a forested hillside of Portland, Oregon’s Forest Park neighborhood. This sensational neighborhood is one of the largest urban forests in the United States and is so ideal to be close to a city center but feel like you are living in the middle of nowhere.

This two-story structure was designed so that its inhabitants could reside amongst the mature-growth trees that surround the dwelling. Immersed in the natural terrain, the dwelling provides floor-to-ceiling views of the woodlands, while large terraces allow the occupants to maximize their time enjoying nature.

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This spectacular dwelling encompasses 3,815 square feet of living space (4,352 with the garage), boasting four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. There is also an additional 735 square feet of outdoor living space on the terraces. Note: The black facade is non-combustible siding from the Aspyre Collection by James Hardie (to help comply with local fire regulations).

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Enter through a dramatic foyer with clerestory windows into the main living area, which features white oak floors with dark walnut inlay borders, a substantial wood-burning hearth, and a kitchen lined with custom-designed, handcrafted oak cabinetry.

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Floor-to-ceiling glass and wall-to-wall sliding doors seamlessly extend the living spaces into the forestscape and giving way to expansive terraces and unobstructed views of the natural flora cascading down to the valley floor.

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What We Love: This modern dream house offers its inhabitants a private, forested living experience just minutes from downtown Portland. Encouraging indoor/outdoor living, the forest is drawn into the home through expansive walls of glazing and large terraces. The expansive floor plan offers plenty of private nooks to enjoy the ever-changing forested landscape. Submerged and cantilevered into the hillside this dramatic two-story home beautifully integrates into its wooded setting.

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Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Oregon: A black cladding house in Oregon blends in seamlessly with nature and This modern contemporary home offers inviting warmth in Oregon.

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Above: The kitchen features handcrafted oak cabinetry. A pair of skylights flood this space with daylight.

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Throughout the day, the kitchen and living areas are flooded with southern light, while the deciduous canopy perennially exposes the diffuse winter sky and tempers the hot summer sun.

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On warm nights, slide open the 13’ pocketed wall off the kitchen and dine beside a Juliet balcony overlooking dense greenery and deep ravines. Or, on winter nights, huddle beside the central hearth.

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Above: Notice the dark walnut inlays on the oak floor, providing an elegant way to define the living spaces in an open-concept floor plan.

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This incredible residence is a rare gem set into forested acreage less than 500 feet from the renowned Wildwood Trail, boasting sweeping exterior terraces and balconies overlooking a lush wooded expanse.

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Above: The entryway of the home features clerestory windows, flooding the space with natural light. The Tom Dixon pendant lights add a sculptural element over the staircase. This leads to the lower level of the dwelling, where the private bedroom spaces are situated.

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Above: Morning rays reach into all bedrooms, which are carefully oriented to optimize eastern exposure. A wrap-around terrace provides a private outdoor retreat surrounded by breathtaking forest views.

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This cleverly designed modern dwelling cantilevers far above the forest floor among the reaches of Douglas fir and vine maple. The property is encircled by a vast network of hiking trails.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Jeremy Bittermann / JBSA

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