Completed in only six months, Joie de Vivre House (joy of living) near Lake Oswego is a testament to teamwork, long-term business partnership and collaboration. The contemporary home is a 533 square metres, four-bedroom, four-bathroom, three level detached dwelling overlooking Mount Hood home and was designed for a couple and their two high school children. “The family’s wish list was quite basic in description, but their vision of the final home was very exciting”, explains architect Mike Barclay of Barclay Home Design. “The description of their idea was contemporary, open, airy, lots of natural light, transparent and unique.”
The design of the house is characterised by the expansive use of glazing, inside-outside living, and an open plan living space. Custom interior details include a unique suspended staircase, maple cabinetry and AV systems. Externally, the design takes its cues from Pacific Northwest accents, with natural materials of stone, fir and cedar.