Contemporary Hilltop Home Makes Space for Comfortable Living Indoors and Out

Perched atop a hill at the end of a street, this 3,300-square-foot home designed by Iverson Custom Homes in Eugene, Ore., is made for easy living. See how soaring ceilings and thoughtful planning make the most of both the indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Landscape and Interior Lighting Illuminates Home at Night

Landscape and Interior Lighting Illuminates Home at Night

Thoughtful landscape lighting and window design turns this modern home into a work of art when lit up at night.

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KuDa Photography 2015

The attraction Jordan Iverson's clients had to the Eugene, Ore., lot where they would eventually locate their custom-built home was obvious: it's at the end of a road on top of a hill with nearly 360 degrees of views.

"It's also just minutes from shopping and restaurants," says Jordan, owner of design-build firm Iverson Signature Homes. "It's super private with amazing views but still close to shopping and food, so it's the best of both worlds."

Modern Roofline, Windows Offer Contrast to Natural Tones of Property

Modern Roofline, Windows Offer Contrast to Natural Tones of Property

Sleek, modern rooflines and windows stand in sharp contrast to the earthiness of the front door surround and lush landscaping at this Eugene, Ore., home. A Japanese maple offers a pop of color against the gray exterior.

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KuDa Photography 2015

Of course there was a bit of a catch. The shape of the lot limited exterior living spaces for the outdoor-loving couple and their two young boys. Local ordinances also required the conservation of many of the lot's mature trees. And the homeowner was clear that neither design ordinances nor lot shape was to limit the scope of the project.

"She told us from the very beginning that she wanted something spectacular," Jordan says.

Architectural Features Help Define Zones in Open Plan Great Room

Architectural Features Help Define Zones in Open Plan Great Room

Though this contemporary home is designed with an open plan in mind, the great room is still divided into easily distinguished areas thanks to smart architectural features. The steel fireplace helps define two sitting zones, while the second-floor hallway helps demark the kitchen and dining areas.

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KuDa Photography 2015

He would have it no other way, though. Jordan worked with the family from the start, helping them select this remarkable lot from among others. He then spent time gaining a sense of how the family likes to live to determine what other factors to consider in the design of their home.

Aside from recognizing the need to create a comfortable outside space for the family to relax and indulge their love of ping pong, he learned that they love to cook traditional Indian food regularly. They wanted a functional kitchen but insisted there be no upper cabinetry.

"It was a big of a challenge to make sure there was enough storage," Jordan says. 

Modern, Industrial Chef-Style Kitchen With Professional-Grade Appliances

Modern, Industrial Chef-Style Kitchen With Professional-Grade Appliances

Professional-grade appliances and expansive kitchen island suit the homeowners of this Eugene, Ore., house, who love to cook. Storage is mostly tucked into the spaces in the lower half of the kitchen to suit the homeowners, who did not want upper cabinetry.

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KuDa Photography 2015

The result was an open, airy space that included a an oversized island and extended countertops. The kitchen is open and well connected to the living room, dining room and a conversation area.

The living areas include a soaring, two-story ceiling, which opens the space up even more. Accentuating the height of the room are the three crown jewels of the home: two custom light fixtures and the sheet steel fireplace which divides the living room from the more intimate conversation area.

Modern Gray Kitchen with Industrial Style Light Fixture

Modern Gray Kitchen with Industrial Style Light Fixture

A unique industrial style light fixture illuminates this sleek modern kitchen with black and wood accents.

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KuDa Photography 2015

Jordan designed a sculptural, industrial fixture to light the kitchen island with long filament bulbs and exposed wiring. In the dining room, he reinterpreted a previously designed fixture by wrapping corded light fixtures around bright red, powder-coated steel beams.

"I like to design at least one light fixture in each project from scratch," Jordan says. "For the one that sits over the island, they said run with it. I didn't even show them the design until the end."

The open space easily flows through the dining room to the outdoor patio area, where a floating water feature and floating benches made from exotic wood add an earthiness to the contemporary, industrial look of the space. A fire box further balances the modern feel of the space.

Modern Urban Outdoor Living Space

Modern Urban Outdoor Living Space

Ideal for entertaining this outdoor space is situated directly outside the open plan kitchen and features an area for dining al fresco as well as a modern style fire pit and flowing fountain feature.

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KuDa Photography 2015

The concrete patio area includes enough room for a dining table and the ping pong set up, and the grill is connected to the home's natural gas supply for convenience. A staircase leads to the upper level of the home providing easy access to the outdoors from the upper family room.

"We wanted deliberate connectivity," Jordan says. "When you go over and visit, you can see it's how they live. The kids are always running around, running upstairs and back down."

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Hilltop Home

This 3,300-square-foot Eugene, Ore., home sits at the dead end of a road on top of a hill and enjoys nearly 360 degrees of views.

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Tree Conservation

The trees were maintained during construction to comply with Eugene codes which require protection of certain trees on properties during construction.

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Take in the View

Mature trees frame the views from the home's two-story living area.

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Study in Contrasts

Pieces of exotic hardwood were hand-selected to frame the door. The warm, woody tones offer an earthy contrast to the sleek gunmetal-colored facade.

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Sit for a Spell

A built-in wooden bench offers a functional -- and beautiful -- spot near the door to sit down and put on or remove shoes.

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Cozy Conversation

A conversational area serves either as a sunny spot to read a book or overflow seating for guests when the homeowners are hosting a crowd.

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Open, Airy Spaces

The modern lines and grand ceiling heights make this open-plan eat-in kitchen and living space feel fresh and open.

A Kitchen for the Home Cook

Professional-grade appliances and an expansive kitchen island suit a family who love to cook. 

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Opening Up the Kitchen

Storage is mostly tucked into the spaces in the lower half of the kitchen at the request of the homeowners, who did not want upper cabinetry.

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Custom Light Fixture

Builder Jordan Iverson designed the steel light fixture which hangs over the island. "I like to design at least one light fixture in each project from scratch," he says. "(The homeowners) said run with it. I didn't even show them the design until the end."

Indoor/Outdoor Flow

The patio is accessed through the dining room so that it's easily accessible from the kitchen when entertaining or eating outdoors.

Pops of Red

Though the overall color palette in the home is sleek and muted, Jordan introduced pops of color in key spaces to spice up the look.

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Messing Things Up

Jordan wanted this dining room light fixture to evoke a colorful, messy look in contrast to the sleek, modern aesthetic of the home.

Powder-Coated Steel

It took three people to hang the red powder-coated steel beams from which the lighting cords hang.

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Midcentury Aesthetics

Tufted seating, heavily grained wood, a patterned rug and subtle pops of color are the perfect foils to the sleek, industrial construction in the living area.

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Room Divider

The fireplace wall serves as a sleek backdrop for the flat-screen TV.

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Steel, Glass and Wood

Steel, glass and reclaimed wood paneling combine for a modern, industrial fireplace with a touch of rusticity. 

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Windows That Wow

A wall in the two-story great room is decked out with floor-to-ceiling windows affording views of the surrounding trees and far-off views. A non-traditional layout of the windows adds to the modern feel of the home.

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Space to Stretch

Ideal for entertaining, the outdoor space is situated directly outside the open plan kitchen and features an area for dining al fresco as well as space for the family to set up their beloved ping pong table.

Floating Water Feature

A floating water feature is minimalistic, matching the modern style of the patio area design.

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Modern Lines

The clean lines of the floating benches made from meranti are mimicked in the modern fire box.

Emphasizing Height

Tall contemporary windows and a long chandelier emphasize the grand height of this stairwell.

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Sputnik Chandelier

A Sputnik-style chandelier is elegantly framed by a large, modern picture window behind it, creating a lovely juxtaposition of metal and nature.

Inviting Bedroom

Contemporary windows and reclaimed wood paneling turn into a dramatic, earthy display in this inviting bedroom. Furnishings are kept simple so as not to compete with the view of the home's natural surroundings.

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Contemporary Bathroom

A black-tiled shower provides a subtle contrast in this otherwise neutral, contemporary bathroom. The shape of the modern vanity and sink is echoed throughout the space in the mirror, shower bench, window and even in the luxe light fixture.

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Floating Vanities

The floating vanities are hardly deeper than the vessel sinks which sit atop them, making their visual impact on the room minimal but striking.

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Sleek Shower

A rain shower head and teak bench offer an earthiness to this sleek, black, contemporary walk-in shower. A strip of river rock running down the wall spills onto the floor of the shower, creating an elegant break in the oversized wall tile.

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Time for Family

Leather-upholstered furniture provides an attractive-yet-durable option for family rooms. This comfortable living space also includes a wide-screen TV for movie nights and a large picture window and a telescope for use to enjoy the view.

Cozy up With a Book

A cozy corner serves as a library thanks to a comfy leather chair, cozy rug and plenty of shelf space.

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Luxury for Guests

A guest bathroom is kept simple with clean lines and a pleasing, neutral palette. A rain showerhead adds a luxurious touch for extra comfort.

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Landscape Lighting

Thoughtful landscape lighting and window design turns this modern home into a work of art when lit up at night.

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Highlighting the Architecture

Bright interior lighting highlights the architectural details of this modern home at night.

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