Cutting-edge cabin

Get inspired by an Oregon retreat that's all about family, the outdoors, and living lightly on the land

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Convertible guest rooms

A small office space doubles as extra sleeping quarters, thanks to a Murphy bed that tucks into an alcove in the concrete-block wall. On the other side of the wall, in the living room, is a fireplace that warms the bed before it's opened on cold winter nights.

What makes it Earth friendly?

The Kelly family built their home from the ground up, so they incorporated green ideas in energy, construction methods, and material choices.

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  • Patio: Carlo chairs in gray iron by Kettler ($159 each) from Fishels Contemporary Home Furnishings, Portland (shipping to Oregon and Washington; 503/235-8941).
  • Kitchen: Counters are IceStone in Amber Pearl (718/624-4900). Kirei board cabinet panels (619/236-9924). Skyport pendant light ($356) from Rejuvenation (888/401-1900).
  • Dining area: StreamLine table (from $900; $3,000 as shown) from ReFind Furniture at the ReBuilding Center, Portland (503/445-1756). Kyoto dining chairs in coffee ($100 each) from Design Within Reach (800/944-2233). Dakota Red natural earth plaster on walls from American Clay Enterprises (866/404-1634). Generations Collection rug ($899 for 8- by 11-foot rug, as shown) from NW Rugs (503/682-7847). Bar-height counter is PaperStone from Paneltech International (360/538-9815).
  • Solar power: Solar electric system (3.06kW dual-access tracking photovoltaic system) by Imagine Energy (866/982-6800).
  • Guest room: Wooden Murphy bed front is custom-designed. Bed mechanism from Wallbeds of Oregon (800/452-4768). Additional building materials: Durisol insulated concrete forms (905/521-0999). FSC-certified framing lumber from Warm Springs Forest Products Industries, owned by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (541/553-1148). FSC-certified glued-laminated beams from American Laminators, Drain, OR (541/836-2000).

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