Grandma’s House | Bend, OR
A Dream Come True
For the founders and residents of Grandma’s House, the team at Pinnacle Architecture made “A Dream Come True”. The new redesign enhances the place with the warmth of sunshine through large picturesque windows, providing the means to reveal the spaces and volumes and interact with the environment, while enhancing a creative atmosphere and supporting the staff in their teachings.
Even though there had been a previous expansion, the house still did not meet the needs of the residents and staff. The kitchen was not large enough to accommodate the number of mothers and their children at the same time. The aging house was dated by darkened colors, fluorescent lighting, cramped spaces, and small windows. There was a great need for all new appliances in the kitchen and a large back deck for summer gatherings; as well as a computer room for classes and internet job search, an expanded living area for a full-time night supervisor, and a family dining room that would allow enough space for high-chairs so that the young moms residing in the house could eat their meals together.
“Pinnacle Architecture saw our vision and listened to our personal needs. They gave us the space we needed and brightness with windows that is perfect.” – Woody Medierous
The team at Pinnacle went beyond the requirements to not only create a safe home environment and allows the teens to work together with their children as a family, but also designed beautiful spaces that supported much more of their needs. Spacious counters were designed to give teachers and residents enough work space to learn life-skills, making it possible for mothers to work side-by-side, build lasting relationships. The new design has sparked the interest of a few local chefs, who have volunteered to teach life kitchen skills to the young mothers. The house is now an inspiration to the young mothers that pass through the doors and on their way to self-sufficiency.
As an agency of the United Way, the house is not funded by state or federal governments but relies solely on contributions from the community. This project was made possible by a large number of donations and services from local businesses, including Pinnacle Architecture, Kirby Nagelhout Construction, The High Desert Design Council, First Story, W&H Pacific, Froelich Engineering, Tomco Electric, J&R Fire, Northcoast Electric, McMurray and Sons Roofing, Mt. View Heating, Gordon Pennock Cabinetry, as well as many other generous companies.
Grandma’s House provides a safe haven to the teen mothers’ of Central Oregon by offering a curriculum that is designed to promote self-sufficiency and individual responsibility, while encouraging the pursuit of healthy, positive lifestyles. You can find their website at http://www.grandmashouseofbend.com/about.html
Images taken by Alan Brandt Photography