I thought I’d go backwards in time for a few posts, to review one of the most popular Tour homes I’ve built in Bend.

Villa Tranquille is a unique home — big living on a small footprint. So many people continue to ask about designing smaller homes with the same exquisite level of craftsmanship that could be found in a large 6000 sqft home— I thought I’d tackle it here with a three part series looking at this particular home in detail.

Villa Tranquille entry courtyard 1

At the time, the interior courtyard design was still something new and unseen in the area. It was a great way to bring intimacy to both sides of the home. In front, a stone cottage protected one side of the courtyard, and the garage, the other.

We used stamped concrete and a number of irrigated planting beds to bring life to the space, plus a nice water feature (easy use!). In the photo you can also see the copper gutters, hand-made front door and stone work.

Villa Tranquille entry 1

Another fun way to make ANY size home unique is material use on the exterior. On this one home — in fact, in this ONE picture — you can see stone, shingle, beam and lap siding. I don’t suggest one just slap on four different types of siding 🙂 — but what I am saying is, that with a discerning eye and practiced elements of design, you can dress up small spaces in any number of ways.


Villa Tranquille back side of the cottage

One of the most talked about features of the cottage was this creative shingle siding application on the backside of the stone cottage. It’s wavy and multi-sized! It’s colorful! And yet, it works. But why? Because neighbors want a nice view, too. Everyone should see a nice house, from every angle I think — even in a small neighborhood.

Villa Tranquille back deck

In the backyard of Villa Tranquille, we put a large in-ground spa with water feature, a full kitchen, a fire pit — and while we cannot take credit for the views — all of Mt. Bachelor and the Deschutes River.

More onVilla Tranquille to come!

Don’t forget about Tour of Homes this July 18-20, 25-27. Visit us at 61268 Gorge View St. Bend Oregon.

Jess Alway