2023 RDAA | Custom Rural or Vacation Home | Oregon Beach House | Cutler Anderson Architects

A delightful essay on the notion that there is no bad weather, just bad clothes, Oregon Coast Beach House embraces the elements that make this a powerful place. Fierce storms bring 27-foot waves, salt spray, and high winds that literally sandblast the house. “Storms pick up sand and throw it at the house, so I decided I would design it like it was a tank,” Jim says. The low-slung box has no eaves for water to penetrate, and its cladding materials—rough, tight-knot western red cedar amplified by a smooth, high-rise structural glass curtain wall—ensure maximum durability. That wall, which faces west toward the ocean, is an inch thick and reinforced with bronze mullions that resist corrosion and high winds.

At the entrance, an elevated, 50-foot-long CLT-covered walkway crosses an interior courtyard that provides outdoor privacy while connecting the occupants to the fresh air and ocean sounds. It joins two bar-shaped volumes—one containing the garage and two guest suites along the street, and the other housing the main living spaces and primary bedroom, allowing the guest rooms to be left unheated when not in use. Insulated concrete floors release heat from the sun for much of the year. The judges praised the rigorous design and choice of materials. “It still feels beachy despite the glass curtain wall,” they said.


Custom Rural or Vacation House

Cutler Anderson Architects

Oregon Beach House

Bandon, Oregon

Project Credits

Architect: James Cutler, FAIA, Cutler Anderson Architects, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Builder: Tom Harmon, Harmon Construction, Coos Bay, Oregon

Interior designer: Beth Wheeler, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Landscape architect: Geoffrey Smith, By-the-Sea Gardens, Bandon, Oregon

Engineer: Jerome Madden, Madden & Baughman Engineering, Portland, Oregon

Project size: 2,447 square feet

Site size: 0.41 acre

Construction cost: Withheld

Photography: Jeremy Bittermann Photography

Key Products

Cabinetry: Korben Mathis Woodworking

Cladding: Tight-knot cedar, Conrad Lumber

Cooktop/ovens: Bosch

Countertops: Costa Esmeralda stone

Engineered lumber: CLT by Johnson Lumber

Entry doors: Simpson Doors (Cutler Anderson design)

Fireplace: Stûv 30

Furniture: West Elm, Blu Dot

Hardware: Reveal Designs (Cutler Anderson design), Häfele

Refrigerator: Thermador

Windows: Jeld-Wen

Window wall systems: Kawneer