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 This Westside Bend home showcases high desert modern architecture

Craftsman bungalow, Northwest lodge and traditional homes have long dominated the Central Oregon landscape. But an influx of individuals with more contemporary aesthetics in architecture is fueling a growing taste for what Mark Mastalir calls “high desert modern.”

Instead of the vaulted ceilings, stone siding, rock fireplaces, heavy wood accents and the occasional antler light fixture common in classic styles, Mastalir and his wife Anne wanted a light-filled home with clean, simple lines and an absence of fussy adornment. The result was the 3,500-square-foot, seamless, stylish home built for the family in Tetherow in 2014.

The couple’s urban and international experiences influenced their home style preferences. Anne grew up in Portland, attended Pepperdine University in Malibu and lived in Los Angeles, London and San Francisco. Mark grew up outside Sacramento, was an all-American runner at Stanford University and is currently vice president of marketing for the shoe company HOKA ONE ONE. He’d also spent time in Boston and Los Angeles. As a married couple, they lived in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, which exposed them to edgy design trends and ultimately influenced the home they built in Tetherow on Bend’s Westside.

The Mastalirs moved to Bend in 2012 and knew from the get-go that they’d build their own home. “Mark and I are both passionate about modern architecture, so we never considered any other style of home,” Anne says. They chose Eric Meglasson of Pique Collaborative because of his focus on the design of contemporary homes. “We’re a full-service architecture firm,” he says. “We typically start with site selection and work through to every last detail of interiors and 3-D models so the client has a very clear idea of what the house will look like,” he says.

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This project was unique because Anne is an interior designer and was ready and able to work on her own home design. “We decided to give it a shot and incorporate her into the design team,” says Meglasson. “With Anne taking the lead on materials, textures and interior finishes, it left me to concentrate on the big picture.”

The Mastalirs selected High Timber Construction to build the home. “I knew the contractor would be able to work out some of the home’s finer details,” Meglasson says of High Timber, which is owned by Matt Jura. Jeff Schlapfer, the project manager who was on-site every day, says that he loves building people’s dream homes and being a part of their lives for a year.

The group began the design phase in the spring of 2013, with construction starting that fall and finishing about a year later, a typical timeframe for building a custom home, according to Meglasson.

The result is a one-story, flat-roof structure that Anne calls a contemporary home “with rustic twists”—referring to white oak floors and cedar ceilings.

The U-shaped house is built around a central courtyard that creates a sanctuary and protected front entrance. The first impression on entering the house is a profusion of natural light from floor-to-ceiling glass windows and sliding doors on both sides of the open great room. The floor is white oak, and the walls, furniture and fixtures are white or subtle gradations of grays, pewter and camel.

[Photo by Ross Chandler] Project manager Schlapfer says, “Anne knew what she wanted from the beginning—the colors inside and outside are similar, creating a consistent flow.”

Which leads to the second impression: how seamlessly the inside converges with outside. In the living room, the flat, 13-foot ceiling made of tight-knot cedar, along with wood beams and the white, sparkling quartz-lined fireplace, pass through the glass wall to the outside terrace, giving it an expansive, open feeling.

Low-profile (or low-slung) furnishings and the absence of window coverings allows an unfettered view of the golf course and Cascade mountains. “Basically, every room has a view of either the courtyard or the mountains,” Anne says.

Architect Meglasson said the challenge was to balance the open views with privacy since much of Tetherow still has empty lots, including several around the Mastalir home. The home is nestled in trees, which gives it natural privacy but also prevented the addition of solar panels. A large overhang on the home’s west side minimizes summer sun and maximizes winter heat. “There’s daylight in every space and not a single room where you have to turn a light on,” he says.

 

The kitchen has ultra-modern, Italian-style laminated cabinets with scissor hinges made by Harvest Moon Woodworks of Bend. An induction stove is built into the white quartz island with a waterfall edge. The absence of visible appliances (the fridge, dishwasher and microwave are hidden behind cabinet faces) gives the kitchen a clean, uncluttered appearance. Seating is available at the island, the dining table or at a low partial wall and cabinet that separates the living room from the kitchen.

One wing of the 3,500-square-foot home is dedicated to the family’s private quarters—a master bedroom and bath (the tub fills with water from a faucet in the ceiling); a bedroom for each of the two children, ages 8 and 5, who share a bathroom; the laundry and utility room with lockers for each family member to deposit shoes, backpacks and other items; and a three-car garage. About the only concession on color is found in the Mastalir’s daughter’s room, which has a light lavender ceiling.

The so-called “public” side of the house includes a powder room with a mirror that extends above and below the limestone counter, a family room made cozy by lowering the ceiling to eight feet and an office which doubles as a guest suite with its own entrance off the courtyard.

A cool tech feature of the house is the “learning” thermostat system by Nest, which programs itself for energy efficiency. “It feels and looks like an iPad,” Anne says. Homeowners can touch a screen to control heat settings. The system automatically knows when no one is at home so it turns the heat down, and when someone enters the home it turns it up again. It also features remote access with a smartphone.

In the end, Anne says building her own home was a “fantastic learning experience.” She is planning to open her own interior design business in Bend with a partner. Another plan, tentative at the moment, is to adopt a Bernese mountain dog, which begs the question: Do they come in white? CJ

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