This home in Portland, Oregon has simple, boxy forms starkly contrast with surrounding residences, its compact shape and modest scale help it fit into the traditional neighborhood without calling attention to itself. The house was built around a large birch tree, with dwarf fountain grass and porcupine grass planted in front. A weeping blue atlas cedar provides a focal point near the front door. Mahogany flooring, a continuation of the mahogany backyard deck and front porch, is enhanced with a clear finish. The home’s open floor plan is exemplified by the loft-like master suite that looks out onto the backyard through a double-height living room. Sliding pocket doors and windows (invisible here), allow for privacy and separation when desired.