the master bedroom (facing page, top) has
dreamy water views, while the attention to
handcraft is evident in the master bath (facing
page, bottom) with beadboard walls and a marble
tiled shower. The guest bathroom (above) is light
and airy, and the stairwell (right) seems to float
down into the basement playroom.
“we focused on a craft-oriented approach to minimalist design while
embracing the home’s midcentury architecture.” Throughout there
are expanses of glass, natural wood, and a palette of muted grays and
The kitchen features both a center island and a work peninsula
where one load-bearing column was incorporated as a support for
open shelving and another was camouflaged within a walnut-clad wall.
Quartz countertops, floating shelves, and a rear wall of painted glass
help achieve a seamless look.
Lehnen points to the stairwell between the main floor and the
basement playroom as an example of “accentuating craft to achieve
the less-is-more minimalist look.” Here, white oak treads seem sus-
pended in air, framed by thick pieces of clear glass on one side and a
walnut panel wall (attached with custom-made Richlite paper resin so
that no fasteners are visible) on the other.
“The level of transparency is just amazing,” says Davis of the way
the house opens to the landscape visually and, with sliding glass doors
and casement and awning windows, literally.
Landscape architect Soren deNiord of Soren deNiord Design Studio in Portland, directed the dramatic transformation of the grounds.
“The pool and gardens and driveway extend the grid of the house,”
Because the house sits close to the shore, there were limits on how
much impervious landscaping was allowed, so deNiord used Hastings permeable concrete pavers for the driveway and a small heated