540 square feet to envy in Oregon
In Portland, a city where minimizing your carbon footprint is de rigueur, it’s no longer enough to simply skip the plastic and bike to work. The next wave of green living? A sophisticated take on Oregon homesteading, like this five-acre ode to self-sufficiency from interior designer Jessica Helgerson.
Settled on Sauvie Island—one of the largest islands in the Columbia River, just 15 minutes north of the city—the property includes a tiny 540-square-foot house, a greenhouse more than twice that size, beehives for honey, chickens for eggs and meat, an orchard, and space to make cheese using milk from a neighbor’s goat and cows.
Plus, the 70-year-old home—which was remodeled using only reclaimed materials—practically reads like a resource map of the state: Oregon white oak, planed and polished into floor boards; locally salvaged walnut, transformed into a dining table; and moss and ferns from the Columbia River Gorge, seeded into an insulating green roof.
I want her to adopt me.