As Bourgeois describes it, “quintessence” is a substance on par with earth, air, fire and water. These classical elements inspired the design. Ponds have fire features. The master bath shower has a 2,200-pound boulder and a rain curtain created from collected rainwater that is recycled, stored and repurposed.
The big story here is that the use of natural materials, energy- and water-efficient systems and products, and other green features may make this the largest, luxury home in Oregon to earn platinum-level Earth Advantage Certification. Heating and cooling are estimated to be $200 a month.
The exterior has durable, fire-resistant, low-maintenance fiber cement siding that was made with Portland cement, sand, clay and wood fiber.
Enter the house through a wide, glass-and-wood pivoting front door and take in the very open floor plan created by Fowler Home + Design. The den is encased in expanses of glass. Near the entrance is a glass, wall-sized wine storage area as you might see at a restaurant.
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