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Jackson’s Corner owners remodel their Bend westside home into the perfect family haven

Walk through the front door of some homes and one immediately encounters warmth and creative style. It’s almost as if the home has a soul. This is true of the Junkin family home, located on the westside of Bend. Jay, Tory, 14-year-old Jackson, 11-year-old Eva and their 90-pound bloodhound Lucky live in a 2500-square-foot modern French country home that they completely remodeled in 2013.

“We had lived in the house for six years when we decided we needed a change,” says Tory. “The home was designed with the three bedrooms on top of each other, and we had come to the point that we needed a bit more breathing room.”

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After months of looking at larger homes with acreage and mountain views, they realized the family’s hearts belonged right back where they started. The Junkins felt anchored in the place their children had grown up, and where they could walk downtown and to Jackson’s Corner, the farm-to-table restaurant that they opened eight years ago. Tory explains, “We realized a remodel could best support the aesthetics and intimacy of our family.”

Jay and Tory have an innate passion for art and design and were actively involved in the redesign. They rounded out the collaborative team with architectural designer Tom Carson and contractors David Hall and Jane Bowerman. The Junkins were drawn to Carson for his warm Midwestern demeanor and his 20-year love of building and designing homes, and appreciated Hall and Bowerman’s genuine attention to detail.

In the beginning, Tory and Jay asked themselves some core questions. How do we live with intention around a balance between family and relationship, and serve our passions: from cooking and watching movies to cycling and meditation? These questions led Carson to see the project as a series of vignettes contained within the larger volume of the home’s high ceilings and open spaces. “We had to look at this project as taking the entire space and recreating it,” he says. “They were not just adding on to the existing house.”

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The focus was on creating an interior that revolved around the family’s travels around the world, choices of material composition and making the best use of their space. “Before the remodel, the proportions of the space were way off, particularly when measured against the size and spatial movements and interactions of people,” says Carson. “Bringing the space to human scale was key, with some big components implemented as visual anchors.”

The kitchen island, composed of two slabs, is a focal point of the house. The first slab is a natural 9 x 6 foot quartzite with a marble look, topped with an overlapping buffed concrete slab of 32 inches x 8 1/2 feet, simultaneously creating a sense of boldness and intimacy.

Jay says, “We wanted a kitchen where we could be cooking on several burners and then slide the food across the island for all to enjoy.” Tory adds, “We also wanted a space where the chefs from Jackson’s Corner could come over to learn how to make a new pasta dish.”

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Adding to the restaurant ambience are the Miele espresso machine, two stainless steel sinks and an industrial 48-inch, six-burner Wolf range. Behind the stove is a backsplash of handmade tiles by the Bay Area company Heath Ceramics. The tiles were individually hand cut to complete the backsplash composition.

Tory discovered a 10-foot Provençal table to accompany a wrap-around, cozy dining nook. “I would buy furniture over shoes or clothes any day,” she says. “I love to mix and match styles and to find a good deal.” She decorated the home with everything from vintage chairs from Bend second-hand furniture store Redeux, which she reupholstered in a calm blue fabric, to an American Leather couch from the local modern furniture store Furnish. Other décor includes paintings from Seattle artist Faye Jones, an antique alter from Bhutan and ceramic art pieces from Provence, France.

The living room interior compliments the hot-rolled steel fireplace surround and mantel made by metalworker Doug Wagner at Modern Fab. Behind the fireplace is a wall of poplar wood paneling with custom stain to create an essence of warmth and calmness. A top-of-the-line theater room with surround-sound speakers for movies and to cheer on their native Chicago Cubs baseball team made the downstairs complete.

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To access the second story, an engineered floor of wide, distressed wood planks from Castle Combe transitions to a cantilever floating steel stairway with ponderosa pine treads. “The stairway needed to be one of the primary visual anchors of the house,” Carson says. “We wanted something substantial yet sculptural, with open treads, and that would also give the eye a place to travel up to the mezzanine-like library.”

Beyond the library is the master suite. The remodel to the original 1900-square-foot home added an extra 700 square feet, mostly to this part of the house. A sitting room in warm colors and a fireplace are at the room’s entrance; beyond, the master bedroom is fresh and calm with organic materials. At the back of the space are his and hers closets and a spa bathroom. The bathroom has illuminated niche accents in the steam shower and therapy tubs. The alcove of the bathtub and shower is finished with a purple-gray Heath ceramic tile, in tune with the handmade aesthetic in place throughout the house.

Tory says, “This is my happy place.” Jay adds, “What’s not to love? My home relaxes my senses.” Carson concludes, “It was a great journey, with great clients, and it resulted in a great house.” Exactly what the Junkins envisioned. 

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