Magazine article Sunset

Efficient, Bright ... and It Floats

Magazine article Sunset

Efficient, Bright ... and It Floats

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This house floats aboard a raft tied along Portland's Willamette River shore, but that's beside the point.

Whether it sits on a raft, a foundation, a slab, or on piles, the house has a trim design that could be adapted to suit anyone who likes compact living but still wants room to entertain and lodge guests. Designed by architect A. Jon Peterson for Elizabeth and Clyde Jacobsen, the house is basically a rectangle, 28 feet wide and 60 feet, long, with cutouts for a first-floor shoreside entry and a second-story pocket deck.

Downstairs, the living area and kitchen both look out through a wall of glass to the islands of the Willamette and the city beyond.

A loft jutting over the main living space serves as the sleeping area for the master suite. It enjoys maximum view and light without robbing the lower level of its open feeling. The sleeping loft is rimmed with 36-inch-high railings made of 1 1/4-inch-diameter polished brass.

With its waterfront end open and neighboring houses close by on both sides, the rest of the house is quite buttoned up, with just enough windows to keep spaces like the downstairs guest room and bath from feeling claustrophobic. …

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