Before & After: An Outdated Oregon Home Reconnects With Forest and Meadow

Located on a former cattle ranch, Black Butte House gets a smart expansion and enviable sight lines.

Bill Cornog’s family has had a long history with Black Butte Ranch, a planned community in Central Oregon that broke ground in the early 1970s. The community, which occupies more than eight square miles of a former cattle ranch and is surrounded by the Willamette National Forest and the Cascade Mountains, holds 1,251 homes (and 20 undeveloped sites). In the late ’70s, Cornog’s father built one of the early homes on the ranch. After his death, the family sold the house and purchased a share of one of the original Country House Condos. 

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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