Yamhill County Home 2

New Home Completed: 1994
Home Remodel Completed: 2004

Project Highlights:

  • » Many of the exterior windows are on the south and east elevations for passive solar gain. Solar angle studies by Marcia Mikesh persuaded the owners to add shading devices to the lower windows facing south and west to bring in winter sun and shade hot summer sun.
  • » The main level of the home utilizes universal design features including a ramp to the main entry, wide doors, wide hallway, and an accessible bathroom.
  • » Marcia A. Mikesh designed the original home using a 3-dimensional cardboard study model design process (design process used by architect prior to computer modeling).
  • » Marcia designed an enclosure of the south porch as a sunroom ten years after the original home was completed.
  • South view of the original home

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    South view of the original home designed by Marcia A. Mikesh Architect Inc.
  • Southwest view of the original home

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    Southwest view of the original home designed by Marcia A. Mikesh Architect Inc.
  • Home exterior entrance

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    Home exterior entrance designed by Marcia A. Mikesh Architect Inc.
  • South view after the sunroom was enclosed

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    South view after the sunroom was enclosed designed by Marcia A. Mikesh Architect Inc.
  • Southeast view after the sunroom was enclosed

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    Southeast view after the sunroom was enclosed designed by Marcia A. Mikesh Architect Inc.
  • Interior great room with fireplace

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    Interior great room with fireplace designed by Marcia A. Mikesh Architect Inc.
  • Interior foyer and great room

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    Interior foyer and great room designed by Marcia A. Mikesh Architect Inc.
  • Interior foyer and stairway

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    Interior foyer and stairway designed by Marcia A. Mikesh Architect Inc.
  • Interior great room and kitchen

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    Interior great room and kitchen designed by Marcia A. Mikesh Architect Inc.
  • Southwest view of rough study model

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    Southwest view of rough study model.

This new home was designed for a large 1+ acre lot near McMinnville. Views and solar orientation inspired the home layout. We developed the site and home design based on several applicable patterns selected by the owner from the book A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander. This home has 2500 square feet of conditioned space with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, mudroom, an attached garage and studio. The great room has windows on three sides, with craftsman style shade devices. The kitchen layout is simple with a south-facing bay window at the sink for plants and a skylight in the south porch near the bay window for natural light. Most of the south porch was enclosed as a sunroom in 2004.