Keeping in Character
Tinker didn’t have to start from scratch. He and his wife already owned a tiny (less than 800-square-foot) 1916 bungalow in Gearhart, just an hour and a half outside of Portland. After they bought the house in the mid-1980s, he spent season after season sitting on the bungalow’s rickety shingle roof, studying the wind, the daily and seasonal movements of the sun, and the water view. Because he’s passionate about preservation, he decided early in the planning process to retain as much of the original home as possible. At the same time, he committed to a modern house with generous new spaces, all built in an environmentally responsible way.