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Cantilevering on two levels for dining room, spa.

Perched high atop Portland's western hills, Penny and Bill Ritchie's house had a fabulous view. What it didn't have was a dining room that took advantage of it. First, architect John Hasenberg determined that the house's steel framework could carry more weight. Then he added wooden posts and a beam upstairs for the dining area and reinforced the lower-level steel to support a spa area in front of the master bedroom (see diagram above). Total space gain on the upper level is 130 square feet, including an added push from an angled glazed wall.

To reach the lower level, a new stairwell replaces a tortuous spiral staircase. Below, the Ritchies gained 96 square feet. A self-contained spa rests on a tiled platform, leaving room for exercise equipment. Trees provide privacy.
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Date:Jul 1, 1990
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