Forest Lodge

 A Black Butte Ranch dream home comes to fruition

As a little girl, Dail Hartnack used to doodle pictures of her dream home. In her sketches she would envision a wrap-around porch, surrounded by a forest of trees. It would be a warm and inviting home, large enough to host parties for her family and friends.

Several decades and 17 homes later, Dail, with her husband Rick, built the home of her childhood dreams. “It turned out better than I had envisioned,” says Dail, as she looks around her 4500-square-foot custom lodge-style home in Black Butte Ranch. Though this is the couple’s vacation home, they spend more and more time at this dwelling.

Pacwest architectural designer Steven Van Sant designed the Hartnack home, which he calls a marriage of Cape Cod design and East Coast lodge home. “It’s a tailored lodge with an arched entry and barrel-vaulted ceilings,” says Van Sant, who has designed more than 500 custom homes in Central Oregon, 100 of them in Black Butte Ranch. “The difference between a West Coast lodge style and an East Coast lodge style is the East Coast is a little more refined. In a West Coast lodge, you’d find rough-hewed logs and beams. In this house, instead, all the mill work is all crafted and finely finished.”

The nod to Cape Cod design can be seen on the exterior, where Van Sant painstakingly designed the simple, but luxurious, symmetrical home, with a central front door surrounded by several multifaceted windows on both sides. The natural cedar shingles, along with the baton board and Montana Bridger rock exterior, signal a rugged yet unmistakably refined home built from the humble, natural materials that envelop the area around Central Oregon.

While many retired couples are snowbirds and seek the sun during the winter months, the Hartnacks are the opposite; they love the snowy weather and skiing. They’re no strangers to snow and how to manage life in it, having lived in Minnesota and Chicago. Knowing that visitors can track in snow on their shoes, Dail put in a rugged and sturdy rectangular inlay of river pebble rocks at the entry to withstand snowmelt. This natural rock theme is carried throughout the home, by way of different accents.

Pacwest interior designer Kristy Yozamp worked closely with Dail to bring her dreams to fruition. “We really wanted to bring the outside, inside,” says Yozamp. “This element was very important.” At the entrance of the home, a voluminous sweep of the open living design allows visitors to see straight through to the backyard with its forest of pines and the manicured golf fairway.


The large symmetrical windows in the great room take up most of the north-facing wall, enhancing this connection to the outdoors. But what grounds this room is the massive central fireplace, measuring five feet in height, and five feet in width. Montana Bridger rock is stacked all the way up to the vaulted ceiling. “We love real fire, and fireplaces,” says Dail. “It makes it so warm and cozy in here.”

Guests may notice the giant bull moose head hanging high above the reclaimed barnwood mantel before they notice fire in the fireplace. “It’s not often that a full thickness stone-faced fireplace has to be structurally reinforced because the moose head that is to be mounted here is too heavy,” explains Pacwest president and builder Jim Yozamp. “In fact, this is the only time we’ve run into this issue.” Kristy Yozamp adds, “It took five guys on scaffolding to put that moose up there.”

Before building a house majestic enough to become home to the massive moose, the Hartnacks lived all over the United States while Rick Hartnack worked as an investment banker. But the couple found “home” in Black Butte Ranch, beginning when they were younger and rearing their three children.

“Rick was a banker in Eugene, and people were coming in during the early 1970s to get loans to build homes in this new place called ‘Black Butte Ranch’,” recalls Dail. “So one day we drove over to see what it was all about, and we loved it. We didn’t buy a lot then, but we started renting houses there for family vacations, every year from 1972 to 1997.”

Dail laughs about the fact that in the early 1970s, when Black Butte Ranch was just starting out as a destination resort, lots were selling for $35,000. “We thought that was so much money back then—we thought they were crazy, and it wasn’t going to be worth it.” Today, Black Butte Ranch lots run upwards of a half-million dollars.

By 1997, the Hartnacks realized that Black Butte was beginning to feel more like home, and not just a vacation. They bought their first Black Butte home just down the street from this new home. When an oversized 1.6-acre lot came on the market in 2004, the couple jumped at the chance to build Dail’s dream home.

The build-out on this custom home took almost two years, partly because Pacwest ran into a rough winter, but also because there was so much thought put into every detail of the home, both in the interior and exterior.

“All the millwork was done onsite,” explains Dail. “As you can see, there’s a lot of millwork throughout this house.” Wood-paneled boxed ceilings, chair molding, beaded paneling, wainscoting and crown molding with hand-sculpted and -scribed acorn designs can be seen throughout this four bedroom, five bath home, which also includes a three-quarter bath and a powder room. Even the distressed hickory plank floors throughout the house were custom cut and scraped, giving it an old-world patina.

Complementing the wood and contributing to the home’s color schema is a large collection of new and antique Oregon Pendleton blankets, on display throughout the house. “Believe it or not, we started decorating the home with colors picked up from the Pendleton blankets,” says Kristy Yozamp, indicating a Pendleton blanket casually draping the brown leather rolled arm sofa in the great room. “The palette of colors found in Pendleton blankets is all found in nature, like earthy browns, hunter greens and rustic reds.”

Yozamp says the Hartnacks were so concerned with getting the furnishings and finishing touches perfect they had all the furniture (with the exception of their antiques) custom made for the home by Bend furniture maker, Robert Seliger. With lodge furniture it’s all about comfort, so the furnishings have an easygoing, back–to-nature ambiance, and all natural materials.

One such piece of furniture, and a favorite of Dail’s, is an oversized cowhide chair with a matching ottoman. The legs of the ottoman are cleverly made up of deer antlers. “I love this chair—I sit in it and read,” says Dail, who strategically placed the chair near the large north-facing windows in the great room, where she can sneak peeks of the birds, the deer, and the squirrels that frequent her backyard forest.

The Hartnacks also commissioned all the ironwork, which was made by Ponderosa Forge, in Sisters. Throughout the house, in every room, the ironwork can be seen in the doorknobs, staircase latticework and an impressive iron chandelier. “Dail didn’t want an ordinary light fixture in the dining room,” says Yozamp, pointing to a large, black, rectangular shaped fixture that hangs over the table, holding dozens of candles in various shapes and sizes. “The candlelight fixture, when lit, adds to the warm ambiance.”


No detail was missed, right down to the floors. All of the loomed rugs in the house were custom made for this house by New Moon Rugs in Tibet, with Native American motifs and a traditional look of woven wool in primitive patterns. “The rugs throughout the house warm up the home’s wood plank floors,” says Yozamp. “We had to wait nine months for New Moon to weave all these specially made rugs,” she says.

The great room opens up to the large gourmet kitchen, where Dail loves to cook for her guests. Even in this utilitarian room, there are boxed paneled ceilings and a massive, 11-foot by four-and-a-half foot, rough-hewn, chiseled granite edged counter top.

Soapstone counters, also with a two-inch rough edge detail, hold a 400-pound brass farm kitchen sink. With the exception of the range, all the appliances are panel-ready. The six-burner griddleand double-oven stainless-steel Thermador range is placed within a refined cave of Montana Bridger stone, which conceals the range’s hood.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a cozy kitchen nook, complete with a small stone fireplace. The rustic, understated feel in this kitchen nook is accented with a natural willow light fixture that hangs above the small breakfast farm table. Views of the outside can be seen throughout the kitchen and kitchen nook.

Passing the entryway, past the grand staircase and down a hallway, is the Hartnack’s own master suite retreat. The master bedroom is infused with natural light and unobstructed views to the outside through large floor-to-ceiling windows that transform the space into a true retreat that immerses you in nature. The queen-size bed is fitted with a sky-blue Pendleton blanket with a plethora of mixed, hooked rug pillows that pull together the wildlife themes in the room.

A pop of red from the wall’s entertainment center gives this room a bit of whimsy. To the left of the oversized, red entertainment center is a door that leads to the outside porch and spa.

The master bathroom has clean lines and the walls are tiled with Carrara marble with black glass diamond-shaped accents. Double his and hers sinks, an enclosed oversized glass shower, and a separate bathtub encased in the marble makes this bathroom feel like a spa.

Ascending the sculptured staircase leads to three master guest suites, with private bathrooms. Halfway up the staircase is a large landing, where Van Sant installed a large tall bay window and seating area, which gives this broad stairway ample natural light.

All the master suites on this second floor feel distinctly American, with vintage pieces co-mingled. One of the rooms Dail calls the “fishing room”: her son, an avid fly fisherman, occupies this space when he’s visiting. An antique bamboo fly rod is simply placed on the wall above the queen-size headboard. The attached bathroom also carries the fishing motif; a hooked rug with a Chinook salmon design is on the floor, and antique plates painted with different trout decorate the wall.

Just outside this room is the hallway, where a deer trophy holds court above its visitors. “My husband hunted that deer,” says Dail. “He got a giant elk this year, but it’s so big, I won’t let him hang it in the house. Maybe the garage. Enough is enough.”

To punctuate her point, she enters the adjoining guest suite, where another trophy head of a Pronghorn is hanging on a wall. “I call this room the ranch room,” says Dail. An eye-catching armoire lines one wall of the room. The unique closure catch is a piece of antler.

“I found this at an antique shop in Sisters—it’s actually an old pie safe,” explains Dail, who admittedly loves to shop for this lodge-style home, where every room has its own special wilderness theme.

On the other end of the upper floor, a porch offers a bug-free, screen-enclosed space, where the Hartnack grandchildren can sleep in the summer when visiting their grandparents. Next to this screened-in porch is a fourth full guest bath suite, a bathroom that Dail refers to as a “fun” place for her grandchildren. It is the only room in the house that strays from the wilderness theme, except for the lime-green glass pebble rocks bordering beveled white subway tile and chartreuse walls.

A reproduction iron cast, silver claw-foot tub is the favorite washing area for the grandkids, explains Dail. Kristy Yozamp says she had the outside of the claw-foot tub powder-coated a rich butter cream yellow to tie in the whimsical chartreuse color of the walls and the glass pebble rocks.

Next to the “fun” bathroom is a large, functional office and study with beautiful handmade built-in desks, shelves and display spaces for artwork and photos. As this is a family home, Dail has blown up several old photos of her children growing up, camping, fishing and hiking in the great outdoors. These priceless photos are on display in each guest suite.

The Hartnacks’ art collection ranges from paintings by Duke Beardsley, a celebrated cowboy artist, to Lindsey Scott’s “Buffalo Dream” oil painting, to the couple’s most collected paintings of G. Russell Case, which can be found in most central rooms.

Pacwest president Jim Yozamp says, of the thousands of homes the company has built in Central Oregon, this one is his favorite. “I can tell you, this is the type of house that will look exactly the same 30 years from now,” he says. “It’s a solid, well-built home that will stand the test of time.”

Kristy Yozamp, who spent years finding all the right light fixtures and decorative touches, says all the pieces fit, from the architecture to the interior spaces. Dail and Kristy still aren’t finished; they’re hatching an idea to outfit the lanai porch with Adirondack camp-style bunk beds for the grandchildren.

The Hartnack house will be home to the family for many decades to come.

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