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HIGHER GROUND PORTLAND 152 LUXE
THE EASE OF GETTING A 12-FOOT CHRISTMAS TREE INTO THE GREAT ROOM WAS AN EYE OPENER. For William Behrndt, his son Laken, William’s partner Chris, and her two children Darrian and Logan, it illustrated once again just how spacious their new home really is. “Our tree is huge, the size of a lighthouse,” laughs Behrndt. But size wasn’t what motivated the dentist to build his new home on the peak of Mount Scott—it was the view.<br /> <br /> “I’ve always wanted this lot,” says Behrndt. “I lived just below it and knew the mountain well. It’s one of the only places in the entire Portland metro area with such a clear, unobstructed view of the city.” Homebuilder Jeff Haggart, of Clackamas, Oregon-based Haggart Luxury Homes and a client of Behrndt’s, says they were delighted when the lot in the Altamont subdivision became available as part of Portland’s 2008 Street of Dreams. Haggart travels the country to tour the latest luxury homes and stay abreast of design, material and technology trends, and he questions every detail of floor planning to ensure his clients receive the full benefit of custom construction. That, and his choice of talented craftspeople, whose work is seen throughout the home, helped the residence earn the Street of Dreams’ Best of Show award.<br /> <br /> To create privacy and capitalize on the mountain view, Clackamas, Oregon-based building designer Michael Barclay, of Barclay Home Design, set the home into the slope. This protected the neighbor’s views, Brought the home closer to the backyard, and allowed for central and front courtyards, the latter with a gated carriage house and bridge over a natural area. “We wanted a style that was classic contemporary,” says Barclay. “We chose clean lines, lots of large windows that required big overhangs, and low roof pitches for a contemporary look.” “The way it’s situated is just spectacular,” adds interior designer Sandy Van Dorn, who worked on the home when she was with Vancouver, Washington-based Jayne Sanders Interior Design and now has her own firm, Sandy Van Dorn Design. “Visitors have to walk down into the courtyard in order to see into the house. I carried through the feel of the architecture: clean and comfortable.” The nature walk seems to continue inside, with large windows that bring the outdoors in, and a bridge that leads into the great room above two Canyons that reach from the underground to the second level. Behrndt says the combination of openings both horizontally and vertically make it the perfect space for family games of hide-and-seek and laser tag.<br /> <br /> But the scale is totally friendly and livable, thanks to many interesting details and an earthy and sleek blend of finishes. Aluminum-clad windows and steel furniture combine with leather and wood for a warm, clean aesthetic in the office. Cabinet maker Mel Archer of Pacific Design, Inc., created all of the home’s custom cabinets, as well as the office desk, credenza, and art piece above the credenza crafted of Bubinga Pommelle, an exotic wood prized for its grain of tight curlicues.<br /> <br /> The great room’s focal point is a fireplace by Town & Country with a wide, low profile. Above this, metal artisan Laura Sol created a wall of steel Distressed with a coppery glow. Natuzzi leather sofas and Tufenkian’s area rug in Tumbledown Butterscotch create an inviting seating area.<br /> <br /> The kitchen features antiqued granite countertops, tray ceiling, and a glass backsplash. The family spends lots of time in Atlanta and in the south, an area Behrndt fell in love with during dental school, and they are toying with the idea of taking cooking classes during vacations there. “We’re going to learn to live up to the kitchen,” says Behrndt, who is also excited about opening up his recreation room to the courtyard outside when the weather warms up, and hosting some crawfish boils. “This home is made for entertaining and goes hand in hand with people,” says Behrndt, who has plans for several parties with family, friends and coworkers.