There’s some great green homes in Portland, including this one, the Musician’s Dwelling, which was included on the Build It Green! Home Tour in 2010. Musician’s Dwelling was built through a collaboration between Departure Design and Hammer & Hand — like this ultra-efficient ADU — although the architect-owner assisted with this home. Owners Connie and Morgan Curtis envisioned this as a place to make music and share art.
The 1,400 square-foot home includes a studio for music, painting, and media, as well as a ground-floor flex space near the garage that can be used as an accessory dwelling unit in the future. The loft level includes the master bedroom.
From start to finish, the project team prioritized reclaimed, repurposed, and upcycled materials. Old wood from the barn at the Oregon State Mental Hospital, which made an appearance in the acclaimed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, was used to clad the home. The floors are made from reclaimed wood (see above photo).
In addition, Musician’s Dwelling has durable, long-lasting materials in critical areas. There’s fiber cement panel siding, a commercial grade metal roof, concrete pavers in the roof deck, and extruded aluminum exterior windows.
Pleased with the result, owner Morgan Curtis said the new abode is a “perfectly practical and remarkably aesthetic new place to live and work,” according to Departure Design. Indeed, besides living and working, this place is set for entertaining and maybe even providing some rental income, too.
Credits: Mitch Snyder Photography.