Custom Craftsmen
Ashland, OR


This beautiful property in an established Siskiyou Academy historic neighborhood has views of Mount Ashland, a southern exposure, numerous old trees for shade, and proximity to Lithia Park and downtown. The design reflects the owners’ interpretation of a true Craftsmen home, placing emphasis on natural materials, exposed construction elements, custom joinery and an organic color palette. These design elements help ensure that the home fits naturally into the site and neighborhood without mimicking the existing homes around it.

The overall design for the home also plays homage to its built history. From historic photographs, it can be seen that a farmhouse and a barn were once present on this property. The new design points to its history with a two-story volume orienting the house towards the street, and a simple, single story volume at the rear of the house reflecting the barn that once stood on the property.

The design also incorporated many sustainable design strategies that helped reduce energy use (Energy Star appliances, high efficient boiler for domestic water and in-floor heating, low-E double paned windows and doors, and deep overhangs and vegetation for shading), provided for a healthy interior air quality (in floor heating, whole house ventilation system, low/no VOC paints and stains, and no formaldehyde cabinetry), and used environmentally sensitive building materials (reclaimed Douglas fir beams and ceilings, FSC wood floors, and concrete countertops).

Overall, this new house is a great example of the Craftsmen tradition that fits comfortably into this established historic neighborhood.


Project Team

Architect—Robert Saladoff, Architect
Lighting Designer—Julia Rezek Lighting Design
Landscape Architect—Kencairn Sager Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer—Allan Goffe, ACE Engineering
General Contractor—Robert Burstein Construction