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Written by Margaret Foley   
Monday, June 25, 2012

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Sarah Peterman has always enjoyed scanning lists of homes and properties for sale, and when she and Tim Gift were sailing one day on Fern Ridge Reservoir near Eugene, she looked up at the bluff above and recognized a piece of property by a tree at its edge. “We knew we wanted to live on a place like that someday,” she says. “I began to follow this property, not realizing that someday we’d actually own it.”

In early 2009, just before their daughter, Ada, was born, the couple closed on the 30-acre piece of land. Peterman, a metal artist, and Gift, a software developer, knew that if they were going to build, they wanted a home that fit their lifestyle and incorporated as many sustainable features as possible. To help design the home, they hired Jan Fillinger, the principal at Studio-e Architecture in Eugene. “Sarah and Tim were fun clients because they were interested in the home’s sustainable and design elements,” says Fillinger. “The house has a lot of interesting and creative touches because of that.”

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Tim Gift, Sarah Peterman and 3-year-old Ada enjoy gorgeous lake views and outdoor living from their home that combines green building with a flair for design. The mooring balls are from the Schnitzer Steel scrapyard in Eugene.

An outdoor eating area under a cantilevered porch roof provides a shady spot to enjoy a meal with lakeside views. The outdoor table and benches are from Beer Garden Furniture.

The mix of materials gives the home's exterior a textured look. The salvaged barn wood highlights the living area, and the corrugated metal highlights the bedrooms.

// Photos by Lincoln Barbour

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Tim Gift and his daughter, Ada, at her magnetic ABC board.
Countertops were made from old bowling alley wood; a coffee grinder is conveniently placed.
The living/dining area is open to the outdoors and flooded with natural light.
A local neighbor wanders by looking for company — or a snack.
The home has commanding views of the Fern Ridge Reservoir.
The open staircase's treads were made from black oak felled and milled on the property; the railing is made from exposed metal beams and bolts..
The master bedroom on the second floor is open to nature and light.
The fiber cement panels were installed wrong-side out; the corrugated metal siding is meant to last for 50 years.
Recycled barn-wood siding clads most of the outside of the house.
Sarah Peterman in her 2,800-square-foot workshop, which includes her art studio.
The large workshop also provided space for construction projects during the building of the house.
Sarah Peterman is a metalworks artist; many of her pieces adorn her house and property.
A welded steel sculpture by David P. Miller titled \"Bamboo.\"
Floor plans for the Peterman/Gift home.

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