Crescent Lake Residence

  • ArchitectJan Fillinger
  • Completion Date2003
  • ContractorTimothy Ferguson
  • Costapprox. $300,000
  • LocationCrescent Lake, OR
  • Size1,568 SF

The owners were looking for a rustic vacation lodge that could accommodate three families in full comfort. Located at an elevation of 5500 ft. near the popular Willamette Pass ski resort, the house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms for the adults on the main floor, and a large children’s loft with built-in bunk beds, full bathroom, additional floor area for sleeping bags, and ample storage. A huge room, encompassing the kitchen, dining and living room, looks out the sweeping views of the mountain range and Crescent Lake beyond. The heart of the house is a massive Finnish soapstone masonry stove that separates the dining area from the living room. The lodge is very energy-efficient, with super-insulated walls, roof and floors, and high-efficiency skylights and windows. An innovative recirculation system draws warm air accumulated near the ceiling through a vertical shaft downward into a special closet where soaked winter clothes are dried for next day’s sports activities. Locally harvested peeled and hand-sanded logs function both as main structural elements and aesthetic architectural accents throughout the house. Cabinets and finish woodwork, custom-built and installed by the owners themselves, provide the finishing touch.