W.L. Construction’s graceful addition to a mid-1980s contemporary looks original, down to the distinctive butterfly roofline.
The owners of this contemporary Corvallis home loved to host parties or have the team over for pregame meals, but they were pressed for space. The family of five was making do with a single shower, and though they loved to entertain, their 1,600-square-foot home made it a challenge.
After several years of considering an addition, they were finally ready to act. So they reached out to Lars and Cressa Campos, co-owners of W.L. Construction, a Corvallis-based full-service contractor, who they had worked with previously.
The homeowners came with some ideas about how they might add on to their home, but after a few conversations, Lars sketched up an even better concept. While not quite penciled on the back of a napkin, Lars created a smart design on the fly that turned their vision into reality — and then some.
“The basic idea was to create a better flow in the house and to add functional space,” says Cressa. “The homeowners had some thoughts about how to do it, but then as they started talking with Lars, he took photos and literally began sketching over them on his phone. He found a different approach and they just loved it.”
What Lars saw was a clever way to add 1,000 square feet of space, all while maintaining the home’s passive solar design and the visual symmetry of the exterior, particularly the butterfly roofline.
The two-story addition gave the family a reconfigured and enlarged kitchen with an adjacent open-concept family room, an entertaining space and a primary suite on the home’s lower level.
The passive solar required careful consideration and engineering, and the design solution is both efficient and visually stunning. A double-height wall of south-facing windows floods the home with light and frames tree-filled views. Subtle details make the whole house sing.
“Everything is intentional,” says Cressa, who completed the interior design work on the project.
The centerpiece of the upstairs kitchen is a 12-foot quartz-clad island. It seats five comfortably and is large enough to serve as a buffet for casual entertaining. A large dining table, adjacent family room and bar area combine to create a versatile space that flows seamlessly onto a large covered deck for effortless indoor-outdoor living.
Throughout the addition, Cressa opted for custom white-oak cabinetry with shaker fronts that echo the simple, clean lines of the home’s windows. The kitchen’s painted upper cabinets recede into the airy space.
Downstairs, the homeowner’s suite is a serene oasis, designed with relaxation in mind.
A brick accent wall behind the bed brings texture to the space, and a bank of windows overlooks a private landscaped patio.
The primary bath makes efficient use of the floor space to include a fully tiled wet room with both a shower and clawfoot tub. Radiant floor heating is used throughout the bathroom, extending completely into the wet room. The finishes are understated, with organic textures, neutral colors and clean lines lending a spa-like feel.
Ductless heat pumps in the ceiling were added for comfort and to assist the passive solar design. A pass-through area at the entrance to the bedroom features custom cupboards to hold linens and shoes.
“We have a team that’s really good at the creative development side of a project,” says Cressa. “We can see the end result and help clients navigate the tough choices that need to be made along the way. The goal is a remodel that looks like it’s always been there.”