|Written by Margaret Foley|
|Friday, June 29, 2012|
Ilysa and Steve Parker, longtime Hood River residents and outdoor enthusiasts, wanted a home where they could easily get to town but that was just far enough away to feel removed. In 2005 they found a 5-acre parcel with a 1903 farmhouse, outbuildings, mature trees, a pond and Phelps Creek running through it. “You don’t see any other houses from here,” says Steve, a physician. “And you’re in town in just minutes.”
For the first three years, they did little with the property. “Friends rented the house,” says Ilysa, who works as a nurse. “We stayed in one of the picker’s cabins and cooked in an outdoor kitchen.” They planned to remodel the farmhouse, but its rubble foundation had failed. Instead, they deconstructed the house, salvaging material for their new home. “This was a great project for working with reclaimed and local materials,” says builder Steven Todorov of Green Home Construction in Hood River.
To design the house, the Parkers worked with Lake Oswego designer Paden Prichard. “We wanted a sustainable home,” says Ilysa. “We wanted it to be small but comfortable.” They meticulously planned the 2,300-square-foot home’s layout. “Ilysa measured rooms in other houses to see how small you could go,” says Steve. “She plotted on graph paper to decide how much space we needed.”
The two-bedroom, two-bath home, completed in 2010, opens onto a combined kitchen and living and dining area designed for entertaining on one side, with an office and guest suite on the other. The office bookcases cleverly conceal a full-sized trundle bed incorporated into the adjacent empty space below the open staircase to the master bedroom. “Kids love it,” says Steve. “They call it the Harry Potter bed.”