The Moose Road Residence is an affordable home made from plywood and strand board. The house is located in the hills overlooking the Ukiah Valley in California, and it provides views of vineyards, mountain ridges and a local landmark named Eagle Rock. Mork Ulnes Architects ensured the building’s low impact on its surroundings by using off-the-shelf materials and placing the structure in such a way that it avoids the roots of several nearby oak trees.
The house is constructed on steel stilts and oriented to form three large apertures towards the most attractive views of the surroundings. By using standard sized sheet material such as plywood and oriented strand board, the architects managed to cut the building costs to only $190 per square foot.
While the sleek outer skin is made from steel siding, the interior walls are lined with birch plywood, which gives it a more rustic feel. The discrete entrance is complemented with a small porch that leads to a surprisingly spacious open-plan living room. The bedrooms are nestled into two smaller wings and feature minimalist furniture made from burnt wood, designed by San Francisco artist, Yvonne Mouser.