Modern Corvallis Vacation Home

Energy Efficient Modern Vacation Home

This home was built on shared family property with family right next door, thus the house was oriented to see them and their Kitchen was designed for entertaining larger groups. The Kitchen has a large stove/oven, two sinks, two dishwashers, and a huge island with a minimally obstructed countertop. This home was built to have nearly passive house energy efficiency, so it uses close to 70% less energy than a code built home. The modern themes are seen in the shapes, styles, and colors of this vacation home. The house was designed for accessibility, both for guests and future aging-in-place use, with a bedroom and bathroom off the main living area and a wheelchair ramp from the back patio that leads to the yard. Photography by David Paul Bayles.

Project Details

Energy Efficient

This home was engineered, modeled, and built nearly to the Passive House standard, so it uses close to 70% less energy than a standard code built home. We installed 2" of Cork insulation outside of the 2x8 walls, triple pane Tilt-Turn European style windows, air sealed to Passive House standards, and added a filtered fresh air system to every bedroom. The house is all electrically powered and heated, so it's ready to be net zero with solar panels when the time is right.

Custom Floating Stairwell

This custom built stairs by the G. Christianson cabinet shop team feature an open-underneath stair style with black cable railings to match the modern style of this fun vacation home. The stair treads are made with natural Red Oak butcher block which perfectly balances the bold black railings with a warm natural wood tone.

Planning Ahead

This home includes two Master Bedroom Suites, one on the second floor and one on the main floor. By including a Master Suite on the main floor during the design process, this allowed convenient and strategic placement to accommodate a bedroom and bathroom both for visiting guests who may have disabilities and for future aging-in-place use of the homeowners.

Custom Cabinetry

The cabinetry throughout this home was designed and built through a collaboration between our Designer and our Cabinet Shop team. With years of experience, G. Christianson's custom Cabinet Shop is able to aid in the design process, collaborating to create a beautiful and functional product consistent throughout the house that is guaranteed to align with the project vision and last a lifetime.

What our Clients are Saying

“They took our period bathroom and built a gorgeous and accessible shower with great sensitivity to the historic details. They left no mess, and finished every detail perfectly. They adapted to small changes we suggested and made errors right. Tony, especially, was just terrific to work with and the cabinetmaker was a master!”

Ed & Karen Miller, Corvallis

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“G. Christianson construction made us feel heard and cared for throughout our remodeling process. We had an ADU built in our unfinished basement and there were lots of uneven walls and floors and ducting that had to be worked around plus lots of replumbing both inside and out. They did such a nice job with attention to detail at the top of the list. Their subcontractors were top-notch and on schedule. We never felt stressed out. ”

Cindy Paden, Corvallis OR

“There's a couple of unique features, certainly the stairway; That's really an organizing principle when you come into the house. When you come into the house, you see the stairs and you see right out to that super view. I think taking advantage of the view, and the way it functions and flows, I'd put it up there as one of the best projects I've done.”

Neil Richardson, Architect

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