Avid cyclists who race nationally and internationally, Tim and Sue Butler began their new home search looking for a place with a garage to store their bikes. They ended up spending over a million dollars building a dramatic three-story home with a roof deck, giving them a 360-degree view of the city. A separate 600-square-foot “garage” houses their 22 bikes plus many other extras a bike enthusiast might want, from a hot-water washing station for muddy bikes to a sauna, fitness room and fix-it station. Surely a athlete’s/cyclist’s dream home.
Tim and Sue Butler’s new house in Portland, Oregon is a dramatic three-story wood and glass contemporary with a roof deck far above neighboring roofs. The house is narrow and tall, reflecting a narrow lot, and looks like a mini, modern, wood clad version of a high rise. Horizontal wood slats compensate for its verticalness, and a cedar wall that rings the house and garage creates the look of a compound. Sliding exterior louvers act as sun screens.
Portland designer Corey Martin chose sturdy, simple interior materials. A white oak-paneled kitchen opens up to a dining room with a long, white oak table with two benches (shown here, with the Butlers) that sit under 20-foot high ceilings.
Floating wood stairs, suspended by stainless steel rods, lead to the second floor. There are radiant heated concrete floors, concrete countertops, plaster walls that echo the look of the stucco outside and a central concrete column-shaped chimney that goes up through the middle of the house, serving fireplaces on all three floors.
In the bike garage there’s a sauna and a fitness room with a rack of dumbbells, a trainer cycle and a large piece of equipment for squats, chin ups and leg presses. The bathroom has a large glass shower.
So whilst it may not be every cyclist’s dream home, as many other homes have a big garage to store bicycles it is nontheless an inspiring property and one I have wanted to feature because I am myself a keen cyclist.