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Woodland Retreat

The challenges of a steeply sloped wooded property resulted in a different approach to a traditional house form…

It is indeed a pleasure to write this letter! Often you hear of horror stories when relating to home-building experiences. Kathy and I can't tell one of those stories! In every instance, your firm was cooperative, responsive and easy to work with. The end result is the home of our dreams! Every day seems like we are on vacation. In short, if we can ever help you regarding a reference, please feel free to use our name.

Sincerely, Dick Lea, Jr.

“The ideal of happiness has always taken material form in the house, whether cottage or castle. It stands for permanence and separation from the world."

—Simone de Beauvoir

Woodland Retreat

It is a pleasure to design a project that entices and compels people to visit, interact and explore both site and building.

With beautiful hand-drawn sketches the owners begin to imagine the finished home very early in the design process (click on the sketch to see the finished view).

Woodland Retreat

Complex siting and program requirements sometimes result in unusual and exciting design possibilities.

Woodland Retreat

The driveway continues under the ‘bridge’ to the parking court, arriving at the elevation of the main floor, just a few steps from the home’s entry.

"I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation and satisfaction with the working rela­tionship that has been established between Sagmoen Builders, Inc. and AOME.
We have … worked on a variety of projects together and the at­tributes of [Olason and Elster] and your staff are many. Your talent and creativity in design from conception to comple­tion, including the finest details, is outstanding. In addition, another factor and maybe the most impor­tant, is your ability to communicate with all parties involved – from homeowner to contractor and the many people in between. In large custom residential projects, it is imperative that the architect handle questions and concerns to the satis­faction of many parties. While this is not always an easy task, AOME ranks far above other offices with whom I have been involved. The response time from your office when a question arises is always prompt and does not create unnecessary delays in the construction process.
All of these factors, and many more, contribute to a real ‘team effort' feeling and approach, that must be present for the successful comple­tion of a custom residence.
Thank your for your efforts and I look forward to our continuing out­standing relationship.
Sincerely,"
Rick Sagmoen, President Sagmoen Builders, Inc.

Woodland Retreat

Good design uses both natural and artificial light to craft a space.

Woodland Retreat

The depth and color of materials add to the relationship between the home’s interior and the natural environment.

Woodland Retreat

The south-facing terrace offers an elevated platform, almost in the canopy of the forested site yet drinking in the sunlight.

Woodland Retreat

A simple twist on a detail often raises the ordinary to a higher standard.