for Living Smart:
Big Ideas for Small Lots.

Vargas Greenan was one of two
firms selected from 426 design
professionals to contract with the
City of Portland, OR to produce
permit ready construction drawings
for a narrow lot house.  The design,
which has been featured in Portland
Catalogue of Narrow House Designs
in addition to publications such as
Builders Magazine, Metropolis and
Fine Homebuilding, provides
homeowners and developers a high
quality infill housing building type for
narrow lots.  

The proposal was awarded a Design
Excellence and People’s Choice
award and was praised by residents
and public officials for its
appropriate scale in relation to older
existing homes while introducing a
contextual design vocabulary.  
Sustainable building materials are
used throughout, achieving Earth
Advantage certification.
The narrow lot house draws inspiration from vernacular Northwestern buildings
The central double height living room breaks up the linearity of the
house while distributing light
Second story balconies address the street and provide privacy