In February 2014 I retired from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory after 39 years. A week later my wife, Denise, and I were on the road for our long planned move to McMinnville, Oregon. McMinnville is about one hour south of Portland in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country. We first started seriously thinking of McMinnville as our retirement location in 2008. In 2010 we purchased a half-acre lot west of town. It was the ideal location for us with beautiful views to the west of hills and trees.
In 2011 Denise started the house design process using a program off the internet. A year later in the spring of 2012 we enlisted the services of Nathan Cooprider, a Portland based architect, to help us bring the design to completion. Along with our builder, Shan Stassons of Winsome Construction it was a two year process to achieve the final design that is currently under construction.
Our house plan was driven by a desire to capture the views to the west. Therefore a wrap-around porch and a great room (living room, dining room, kitchen) and is located on the west side of the house with lots of windows. The master bedroom and bath is located on the south side of the house for privacy from the street leaving the other two bedrooms to be located on the north side. For some architect generated views of the house check out the House Plan Gallery.
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