Contemporary Hilltop Home Makes Space for Comfortable Living Indoors and Out

Perched atop a hill at the end of a street, this 3,300-square-foot home designed by Iverson Custom Homes in Eugene, Ore., is made for easy living. See how soaring ceilings and thoughtful planning make the most of both the indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Modern Home Illuminated at Night

Landscape and Interior Lighting Illuminates Home at Night

Thoughtful landscape lighting and window design turns this modern home into a work of art when lit up at night.

Photo by: KuDa Photography 2015

KuDa Photography 2015

The attraction Jordan Iverson's clients had to the Eugene, Ore., lot where they would eventually locate their custom-built home was obvious: it's at the end of a road on top of a hill with nearly 360 degrees of views.

"It's also just minutes from shopping and restaurants," says Jordan, owner of design-build firm Iverson Signature Homes. "It's super private with amazing views but still close to shopping and food, so it's the best of both worlds."

Modern, Industrial Home in Portland, Oregon

Modern Roofline, Windows Offer Contrast to Natural Tones of Property

Sleek, modern rooflines and windows stand in sharp contrast to the earthiness of the front door surround and lush landscaping at this Eugene, Ore., home. A Japanese maple offers a pop of color against the gray exterior.

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KuDa Photography 2015

Of course there was a bit of a catch. The shape of the lot limited exterior living spaces for the outdoor-loving couple and their two young boys. Local ordinances also required the conservation of many of the lot's mature trees. And the homeowner was clear that neither design ordinances nor lot shape was to limit the scope of the project.

"She told us from the very beginning that she wanted something spectacular," Jordan says.

Open-Plan Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen

Architectural Features Help Define Zones in Open Plan Great Room

Though this contemporary home is designed with an open plan in mind, the great room is still divided into easily distinguished areas thanks to smart architectural features. The steel fireplace helps define two sitting zones, while the second-floor hallway helps demark the kitchen and dining areas.

Photo by: KuDa Photography 2015

KuDa Photography 2015

He would have it no other way, though. Jordan worked with the family from the start, helping them select this remarkable lot from among others. He then spent time gaining a sense of how the family likes to live to determine what other factors to consider in the design of their home.

Aside from recognizing the need to create a comfortable outside space for the family to relax and indulge their love of ping pong, he learned that they love to cook traditional Indian food regularly. They wanted a functional kitchen but insisted there be no upper cabinetry.

"It was a big of a challenge to make sure there was enough storage," Jordan says. 

Modern, Industrial Style Kitchen

Modern, Industrial Chef-Style Kitchen With Professional-Grade Appliances

Professional-grade appliances and expansive kitchen island suit the homeowners of this Eugene, Ore., house, who love to cook. Storage is mostly tucked into the spaces in the lower half of the kitchen to suit the homeowners, who did not want upper cabinetry.

Photo by: KuDa Photography 2015

KuDa Photography 2015

The result was an open, airy space that included a an oversized island and extended countertops. The kitchen is open and well connected to the living room, dining room and a conversation area.

The living areas include a soaring, two-story ceiling, which opens the space up even more. Accentuating the height of the room are the three crown jewels of the home: two custom light fixtures and the sheet steel fireplace which divides the living room from the more intimate conversation area.

Modern Gray Kitchen

Modern Gray Kitchen with Industrial Style Light Fixture

A unique industrial style light fixture illuminates this sleek modern kitchen with black and wood accents.

Photo by: KuDa Photography 2015

KuDa Photography 2015

Jordan designed a sculptural, industrial fixture to light the kitchen island with long filament bulbs and exposed wiring. In the dining room, he reinterpreted a previously designed fixture by wrapping corded light fixtures around bright red, powder-coated steel beams.

"I like to design at least one light fixture in each project from scratch," Jordan says. "For the one that sits over the island, they said run with it. I didn't even show them the design until the end."

The open space easily flows through the dining room to the outdoor patio area, where a floating water feature and floating benches made from exotic wood add an earthiness to the contemporary, industrial look of the space. A fire box further balances the modern feel of the space.

Modern Urban Outdoor Dining Space

Modern Urban Outdoor Living Space

Ideal for entertaining this outdoor space is situated directly outside the open plan kitchen and features an area for dining al fresco as well as a modern style fire pit and flowing fountain feature.

Photo by: KuDa Photography 2015

KuDa Photography 2015

The concrete patio area includes enough room for a dining table and the ping pong set up, and the grill is connected to the home's natural gas supply for convenience. A staircase leads to the upper level of the home providing easy access to the outdoors from the upper family room.

"We wanted deliberate connectivity," Jordan says. "When you go over and visit, you can see it's how they live. The kids are always running around, running upstairs and back down."

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