Photos by Lincoln Barbour
This project is a phased remodel of a 1950s ranch house in the southwest Portland hills. The house sits on a steep lot, with the front door on the upper level and the lower level opening out to a beautiful south-facing garden. In this first phase we did space planning for the entire project, but only completed a remodel of the upper floor. The lower floor, which will include a new master suite, will be remodeled in a few years. The upper floor remodel included the kitchen, dining room, living room and hall. The original kitchen and dining room had dark wood panelling, and only a few small windows despite the beautiful south facing views. We added windows and french doors along the whole south wall, and removed a wall separating the kitchen and dining room. We designed a new bright and functional kitchen with lots of storage in white lacquer and bamboo cabinets.
After worrying about how to address a back hall that felt like a dark narrow tunnel, we decided to just accept it and painted it a dark charcoal grey. We embellished the walls with abstract modern flowers in various shades of grey and black, and added a big mirror as well as a mirrored cabinet at the end of the hall, to add sparkle and light.
The new kitchen has a generous island as well as an inviting breakfast nook, with a custom table of our design, built by our friend Kari at merkled. The living room painting is by one of our favorite Portland artists, Kelly Neidig. We freshened the dining set, which was a family heirloom that the clients wanted to keep, by lacquering the chairs in a fresh pale blue-green and reupholstering the seats in a bright red.