Buckhaven Pavilion


In retirement, many people move from a colder, wetter climate to a hotter, drier one. This couple, however, traded bustling, balmy San Diego for a secluded setting full of nature in the Buckhaven neighborhood of unincorporated Hillsboro.

Down a gravel road in the countryside, the home sits amongst beautiful, mature trees and has a stunning view of the mountains. Of course, maximizing the ability to spend time outdoors in their home’s spectacular surroundings was high on this couple’s wishlist. Integrated lighting, ceiling fans, and heaters ensure they can use the room at any time of the day or year, essentially adding another room to the home! Because the structure needed to be large enough to accommodate a grill, wood-fired pizza oven, fire pit, and a large dining table, special care was taken to design a shelter that was both beautiful and sturdy. Using knife plate construction allowed the design team to create a structurally sound 600 square foot pavilion using only four posts.


Steven Kurvers





A lifelong Oregon resident, Drake has been passionate about plants since childhood, beginning with propagating and growing flowers at his grandfather’s nursery. He opened Drake’s 7 Dees in 1974, while earning degrees in Business and Horticulture from Oregon State University. He later expanded into the design/build side of the industry, allowing him to combine his passion for plants with his love of family by maximizing the quality of family time spent outdoors.

Drake is co-founder of the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association and is a Landscape Industry Certified Manager (LICM)—a designation that less than two percent of landscapers have attained. Additionally, Drake serves on the Board of Directors for the Portland Japanese Gardens, widely regarded as one of the seven best Japanese gardens outside of Japan.

Drake is married to former Oregon Speaker of the House, Lynn Snodgrass. Together, he and Lynn received the Farm Bureau President’s award in 1999 for their service and dedication to agriculture in the state of Oregon. Drake and Lynn have two wonderful daughters, two talented son-in-laws, and seven grandchildren. In his spare time, Drake enjoys camping, water and snow skiing, reading, and of course, gardening.