Sharing the potential — The Cleary Custom
Posted by Nicole DeCosta on May 1, 2013Renaissance Homes shares the home built on a once overlooked lot through the Ultimate Open House tour
With a little intuition, imagination and gusto, Renaissance Homes is proud to unveil a Portland showhome that blends streamlined finishes and expansive views with the comfort of today’s green technology.
Surrounded by houses and with an embankment below, the property with a shared driveway looked daunting at first but Renaissance’s custom home division was up for the challenge. And the once overlooked lot became a showpiece, situated perfectly to capture the views and provide for unique entertaining. Even the guest suite on the main floor of the three-story home sees Mt. Hood framed in its window. Tour the home on the free Ultimate Open House New Home Tour this weekend (May 4 and 5).
Put on by the Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Portland, the scattered-site home tour will showcase the latest in homebuilding trends, ideas and design. And Renaissance’s LEED-certified idea home offers a story as unique as its picturesque vantage point. Visualizing the view Renaissance Homes, based in Lake Oswego, is known for its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified new homes, superior craftsmanship and recycling practices at each job site. Renaissance has earned 40 awards from the Street of Dreams and is the No. 1 LEED-certified single-family homebuilder in Oregon.
And its innovative team saw the opportunity to subdivide a lot atop John’s Landing in Portland and customize one of its most popular floorplans from its Vintage Collection of homes – The Cleary. Renaissance’s Director of Design, Sandie Hume, described the newly complete home – built using a neutral color palette and Northwest building materials – as warm, luxurious and evoking a sense of calm.
“The view takes center stage,” she said, “and it was designed to have a contemporary, Northwest feel.”
Through a combination of stone, tile and hardwoods, the rooms intertwine and the space feels harmonious with nature. The colors are subdued; the vantage point isn’t.
Nearly every room in the three bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,868 sq. ft. home overlooks the Willamette River and has views of the mountains.
“With fir box beam ceilings, top-of-the-line Viking appliances, an open cable rail staircase and earth-toned materials throughout, the home’s neutral elements provide a calm backdrop to breathe in Oregon at its best,” Hume said.
All main rooms in the three-story home orient toward the east and feature walls of glass. Two levels of expansive decks were added to bring the outside in and provide extended entertaining space. When it’s cooler, built-in heaters will keep guests warm. The upper deck is accessible from the master bedroom, creating a private serene space for the homeowner.
Offering superior green features Homes built by Renaissance offer superior air quality and energy-efficient windows, mechanical systems and appliances which save its homeowners money on energy bills and conserve the region’s resources. Many items can be made with high-recycled content — such as ceramic tile, paint, composite engineered wood, fiber-cement siding and insulation. And this home showcases these features that come standard with any of the company’s homes being built currently in Portland, Lake Oswego, West Linn and Sherwood.
The company utilizes an exterior cladding system known as Rain Screen to manage moisture and protect against the causes of water intrusion. Polar Blanket Insulation systems improve each home’s efficiency by filling the wall cavity completely, including the areas around pipes, cables and outlets. And open web floor trusses allow for shorter, more efficient heating and cooling ducts.
Each home – including this one – receives an Energy Performance Score (EPS) from the Energy Trust of Oregon so buyers can compare energy usage to other new homes on the market.
“Our homeowners enjoy low monthly gas and electric bills so they can spend money on the items that really matter – like summer barbecuing on these expansive decks,” said Renaissance Homes President Randy Sebastian. “Stop by on the tour. We’re excited to show you around.”
The home – for sale for $849,900 – is located at 0235 SW Texas in Portland. Visit http://ultimateopenhouse.net/ for detailed information.
Renaissance Homes is an award winning Street of Dreams custom home builder specializing in green building, remodeling and renovations for the Portland market. Visit our Design Studio to personalize your next home.