An Unfussy, Gable Residence in Oregon Gives One Family Room to Roam

Portland architect Solomon Berg replaces a grow house with a streamlined home for his sister’s family of six.
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Hilary and Jimmy Severson live on a picturesque country road near the hamlet of Stafford, an unincorporated community 15 miles south of Portland. When Hilary first drove down it eight years ago, she was so enamored that she returned with Jimmy the following weekend. A patchwork of fields and fences runs along its length, with clumps of trees shielding setback houses. While those homes skew from faux Tuscan villas to mongrel McMansions, the road has a classic bucolic charm the couple never forgot. 

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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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