Budget Breakdown: A Portland Home Packs an Off-Grid Punch for $820K

Budget Breakdown: A Portland Home Packs an Off-Grid Punch for $820K

By Brian Libby / Photos by Lincoln Barbour
On challenging terrain overlooking a wetland, Minarik Architecture creates a resilient, dual-volume residence.

About five and a half miles southeast of downtown Portland, Oregon, in the Errol Heights neighborhood, the Springwater Trail Residence faces a greenbelt with a wetland that provides regular wildlife sightings for the home’s owner, Mariam. "I’ve seen an eagle come right up over me with a fish in its talons," she says. "From my bed, I can look out the window and know where the eagle’s nest is. I sometimes say, ‘There’s the eagle. I can get up now.’"

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