Project Description

Elements That Withstand

PROJECT: Arch Cape
DESIGNER: COLAB Architecture + Urban Design
BUILDER: Paul Caruana
PHOTOGRAPHY: Darius Kuzmickas


Completed in 2018, this home in Arch Cape, along the Oregon coast, is the ideal retreat for anyone with an affinity for ocean air and a sandy hideout. This project was a labor of love for owners Mark and Laurie Engberg, in particular. 

Mark, the owner of COLAB Architecture + Urban Designcollaborated with builder Paul Caruana to build a home that would transition them into retirement—meaning that the home needed to be built with materials that would last, but still show off the creativity drawn on by the owners. They worked with Joel Chown, from our Portland Showroom, to select fixtures that met both the quality and creative standards they desired.  

 For the exterior of the house, it was important that the hardware and lighting be durable to withstand the harsh, saltair environment,” says Joel, “That lead us to select solid bronze products from Rocky Mountain Hardware with a substantial look to match the oversize custom door at the front entrance.” 

 For the interiors, Mark was drawn to the aesthetics of the Cutler Anderson collection by Reveal Designs displayed in Chown’s Portland showroom. “It’s always special to work on an architect’s personal home, because they have years of experience creating beautiful spaces for their clients and now they’re afforded to the freedom to do so in their own home,” says Joel.  

 In the kitchen, the Engberg’s chose an open layout and were one of the first clients to install a workstation from the Galley after Chown introduced the line in 2016. Joel recounts, “The clients came into the showroom very excited about the Galley and wanted to make it the working focal point of a very functional and elegant kitchen”.  

The Galley workstation was paired with counter accessories from German elite manufacturer, Dornbracht, and found harmony with the design, while still showcasing the functional versatility of the product.  

 Chown Hardware takes pride in the small, but important part the company plays in the process of building beautiful home all over the Pacific Northwest. “In the end we want our customers to come home to well-built space that they can be proud of, and this project was a culmination of that shared goal, says Joel. 



Rocky Mountain Hardware
The Galley