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Pacitic City, Oregon - 2006

Marc and Theresa Panet-Raymond are parents of two pre-teens, a boy and a girl. They live in Portland and use their beach house, a little under two hours driving time as a weekend retreat. Marc is a dentist and Theresa is a home maker. They have a number of friends who like them have two pre-teen kids. So they wanted a home where they could invite other families to share the weekend. The house was design so there would be three bedrooms on the main level for adults and six kids could share and play in the basement playroom that is set up with bunk beds dormitory style to sleep six kids.

The house is on the central Oregon coast in Pacific City. The site is a tightly packed subdivision of homes sitting right on the sand. With homes 10 feet away on each side, seclusion and bringing sunlight into the structure were very important features of the design. This was mainly handled by omitting windows, except for high thin clerestory glazing, on the north and south sides of the house. Providing a large expanse of tall clerestory glazing across the front (eastside) of the house floods the interior with light yet maintains visual privacy from the street. The west side of the house is fully glazed, to take advantage of the stunning view of the ocean. In Oregon, even in summer, the western sunlight is a welcoming way to warm up the home.

From the street, one enters through a solid gate into a courtyard; usable space for outdoor living which is protected from the ocean winds yet still boasts a full view of the sand and sea via open doors through the home. Once inside the main level of the house, one is greeted with 1700 sf of open family living and kitchen space, and floor to ceiling glass segments sloping outward toward the ocean. These arc segments of glass deflect blowing sand toward the sides of the house minimizing the buildup of sand in front of the glass. The remainder of the main level is devoted to a small master bedroom suite and 2 small guest bedrooms. Below in a 500 sf basement, lit by light wells from above, is another sleeping area, a full bathroom, and laundry room.