Custom Home in Crooked River Ranch Showcases its Stunning Setting

TERREBONE, OR – In the Summer of 2011, David and Cheryl Keyston were living in Carmel when they took a road trip through the Pacific Northwest and visited friends at Crooked River Ranch. The next morning, they hopped in the car, headed for Route 97 and their next stop: Idaho. “We were just passing through,” said Cheryl. However, five minutes down the road, they caught sight of an intriguing landscape out the window, so David suggested they stop and take a closer look. “We pulled up to the cliff and got out of the car, and just saw this extraordinary vista to the left and to the right,” Cheryl recalled. “David said, ‘It’s like we’re on the Grand Canyon.’”

After appreciating the sight for a few moments, they got back behind the wheel, only to pass a “For Sale” sign seconds later. They soon learned: 6.8 untouched acres overlooking Crooked River Gorge were available for purchase. The incredible view that they had just been appreciating could be theirs every day. “I felt very inspired,” said Cheryl. “You couldn’t take it all in—seeing the eagles flying by and hearing the water—and not think, what would it be like to live here?”

Within a month, the couple purchased the land. Then they tapped their creative backgrounds—Cheryl was a fashion designer and David an architecture enthusiast—to design a home that would suit the beautiful setting. First, this meant positioning the house so that it would maximize the incredible views. “When we sited the property, we wanted to make sure that we could take advantage of the best perspective of the river as well as Smith Rock and Monkey Face,” said Cheryl. “We got it as close to the rim as we could, legally.”

Next, they took the natural setting as inspiration for the building’s overall form. “We just decided to follow nature’s path,” said Cheryl. From the birds’ flight patterns overhead to the cliffs on the horizon, the couple noticed, “Everything is horizontal here,” said David. Therefore, they decided to keep the home a single-level, and then strove to repeat that horizontality in subtle ways in the interior. For instance, all the Pella windows sport horizontal mullions, and each electrical outlet cover plate was positioned parallel to the baseboards.

Past the custom mahogany front door, every room is punctuated with artistic detail without sacrificing the necessary function. For instance, the colors and veining of the countertops in the kitchen mimic the landscape just outside the windows, while the durable quartzite makes meal prep hassle-free. In the living room, a handcrafted metal screen fabricated by local artist Andrew Wachs borders the fireplace and artfully hides the stereo and television. Four opaque glass doors from Italy are etched with natural scenes, letting light flow throughout the home while also ensuring privacy. A textural plaster coating on all the walls forms thoughtful niches for displaying art and collectibles in every room. In the principle bathroom, the tile floor received inset area “rugs” composed of river rock, an artful feature that also feels good underfoot.

The couple’s contractor, Scot Fetrow, built the house in just ten months while upholding his clients’ dedication to detail. “They made a lot of neat choices that came together really well,” said Fetrow. Under his guidance, even the baseboard received special treatment, as he made sure to round out the corners for seamless joins. “I also made sure to carry the grain around the corner,” he explained. Fetrow brought in several skilled craftspeople to best achieve the couple’s vision. This included Bend’s Cement Elegance, which fabricated several custom counters throughout the home.

Outside, the couple specified an 850-square-foot patio and four Cumaru hardwood decks for ideal indoor-outdoor flow. “It’s a really relaxing place to entertain as well as enjoy the afternoon sun,” said David. Additionally, David strived to ensure the home would use fewer natural resources throughout its lifetime. “While this home is technically not LEED-certified, I followed almost every single protocol for that certification,” he said. Fetrow built the walls at “double thickness,” in order to up the insulation value. The home is also prepped to support a future solar panel array. A hybrid hot water heater and a high-efficiency heat pump and furnace ensure energy saving.
Ultimately, the Keystons created a home that melds with the landscape to form a truly inspiring retreat. “You just never get tired of it here,” said David. Sonja Porter, a Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is the listing agent for the property. View the full listing for 5240 SW Badger Road.
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