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There was method in Dad's madness! When his children asked him to design a clubhouse, Portland architect David McNiven came up with the building shown here. When the children grow up, he'll have a detached studio that can double as a guest bunkhouse.

From the outside, the clubhouse is a handsome garden structure. Inside, a plywoodsheathed wood frame has bare-to-the-studs walls that can accept youngsters' hard knocks. Later, the clubhouse will be insulated and finished, and Dad will have his long-awaited studio.

The composition-shingled clubhouse rises 17 feet above its concrete foundation. Ceiling height is 7 1/2 feet on the first floor, about the same upstairs in its loftiest areas. "I expect to have a drafting table, shelves of books, and a reading chair downstairs,' says McNiven. "Upstairs, foam pads and sleeping bags for what I hope will be a tribe of grandkids.'

Photo: Designed to be compatible with parents' house, clapboard garden clubhouse looks grand. Small windows, steep gables, and vine maple help play tricks of perspective

Photo: Two-story structure has 200 square feet of floor space, including deck. In building's next incarnation, lower level will become studio, middle level will be removed, and upper level will become a sleeping loft
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Date:Jan 1, 1988
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