The Providence House

Builder: KDC Construction, 503-260-0146

Price: $2.2 million

Square feet: 5,300

House design: J.E. Krause Architect, 503-656-4111

Interior design: DeAnne Coppenger, KDC Construction

Landscaping: Grow-Rite Landscaping, 503-972-1738

Marketing representative: Angie Arnette, John L. Scott Real Estate, 503-320-1988

In one respect, the 2007 Street of Dreams is deja vu all over again for Keith and DeAnne Coppenger.

In another, it's a whole new ballgame.

Last year, the Coppengers' company, KDC Construction, built the Street's official charity home, The Providence House. Thanks to donations and discounts from building supply companies, subcontractors and marketing company John L. Scott, the home's sale raised $134,000 --well beyond the $100,000 goal --for the Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center.

This year, KDC's back as the builder of the official charity home, and many of its subcontractors and suppliers have returned. The Coppengers again hope the sale of the show home raises at least $100,000 for the Center for Medically Fragile Children.

They're calling the 2007 entry The Providence House. But while the name's the same, the new house is easily distinguished from its predecessor.

For one thing, at 5,300 square feet, it's about 1,300 square feet smaller. And Keith Coppenger likes it that way.

The lot, he said, told the Coppengers what to build. "This backyard is a Sherwood Forest," he said. Working closely with architect J.E. Krause and cabinetmaker Charles Buller of Park Place Wood Products, Keith and DeAnne settled on a style they call "Northwest lodge."

Accordingly, they sited the four-bedroom house to capitalize on the privacy and beauty of the backyard's stand of towering firs. Although the trees block a view of Mount Hood, "I've drawn a line in the sand and said they all stay," Coppenger said. Strolling through an undergrowth of ferns and spring wildflowers, he noted that clouds obscure the mountain for many months of the year. " But you can always look at trees in winter."

And visitors will look. Upon entering the foyer through French solid-knotty-alder doors with custom leaf-motif leaded glass, one can't help but be drawn to the view. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the adjoining great room frame both the stand and, on clear days, an unobstructed view of Mount Adams.

The formal dining room sits to the left of the entry; to the right is the main stairway, which also is accessible from the kitchen. The custom staircase has wrought-iron balusters, and tongue-and-groove wainscoting in knotty alder ties it visually to the great room.

The great room features a gas fireplace with stone surround and custom built-in cabinetry. French doors lead to an outdoor living space covered by a mahogany tongue-and-groove ceiling. A spiral staircase with a hand-forged wrought-iron and glass-panel railing leads to a Juliet balcony.

Open to the great room, a 13-foot-long eating "nook" and kitchen with a butler's pantry cover 600 square feet. The windowed nook features built-in seating with storage, and it overlooks the back deck and yard.

DeAnne Coppenger said the atmosphere of the entire home could be illustrated by the 90-plus-inch table in the nook, which --like all the furnishings --was provided by Kitchen Kaboodle.

"Whenever possible we really do like to use local companies," she said, "and I've always been intrigued with Kitchen Kaboodle."

The feeling was mutual, and Kitchen Kaboodle not only signed on to furnish The Providence House but also to make a cash donation. As visitors walk through the house, they'll see furniture that can be found at Kitchen Kaboodle; very little is custom-made.

In fact, Coppenger said, she first saw the oversized, Chinese birch nook table at a Kitchen Kaboodle store. Rustic, with a hand-planed look, the table has turned legs that inspired the legs on one of the kitchen islands. Coppenger calls the look "woodsy."

Finished with $50,000 worth of Viking appliances (including a 48-inch dual-fuel range and oven, two refrigerators with freezers and two dishwashers) donated by Builder's Appliance Supply Co. (BASCO), the kitchen also features hand-hammered-copper farm sinks crafted by Native Trails.

The atmosphere of the great room/kitchen, however, is largely set by Park Place Wood Products' custom-stained and glazed knotty-alder and cherry pieces, including cabinets, shelving and two kitchen islands. In reds, creams, browns and greens, the hand-finished elements are "pieces of furniture that've been screwed to the wall," Coppenger said.

Antiqued birch hardwood floors run throughout the main living area, including the master bedroom. The master bath, however, has a Versailles-pattern pillowtop travertine floor.

The master bath has a two-person shower and a 6-foot spa air tub, which provides a gentler, quieter massage than a whirlpool bath. It also has knotty-alder cabinets, including a makeup vanity and two built-in armoires. Nine small mirrors above the dressing table reflect natural light from windows that frame a view of Mount Adams.

A powder bath with a concealed laundry area --"what I like to call the 'powtility room,' " Coppenger said --completes the upper level.

At the bottom of the stairs, a media room features a built-in home-theater system with a 92-inch projection screen, as well as a wet bar by Park Place with granite countertops. French doors lead to a covered lower-level patio.

Two bedrooms with a shared bath and a guest suite lie beyond the entertainment room, as do a powder bath and a utility room, and a hobby area with a dog wash. Not one to sacrifice form for function, DeAnne Coppenger chose travertine tiles with laser-etched leaf motifs for the utility room floor.

Her choice reflects KDC's attention to detail.

"I think the architecture and the layout are the best we've done," Coppenger said of KDC's fourth Street of Dreams entry. "You hope to improve every year, and I think we have."

ILLUSTRATION: Photos by John M. Vincent


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