Mount Tabor Tudor
The clients for this project were a family of four who had lived for a number of years in a Tudor house atop Portland’s Mt Tabor. It had been a grand house at one time, the first on its block, built during prohibition with a speakeasy in the basement. Unfortunately by the time our clients bought the house it had suffered several poor remodels and had fallen into disrepair. Our challenge was to retain the character and charm of the house, while fixing the things that had gone wrong and reworking the layout to create rooms for a modern family that enjoys cooking, eating, and being together.
We completely renovated the kitchen, taking out a wall to transform it from a narrow galley into a spacious room with a breakfast nook and a generous island. The kitchen is open to an adjacent “snug room” with comfortable built-in seating, a fireplace, and a television concealed behind a paneled wall. We relocated the powder room to an exterior wall where it could benefit from an existing window. In the living room, we designed two L-shaped sofas to create a simple and inviting furniture layout, which centers around a generous coffee table and fireplace. Our design for the coffee table was inspired by the hexagonal marquetry top on the clients’ heirloom dining table, which we kept and reused.
On the second level, we reconfigured a convoluted closet and a tiny master bath to make space for a generous master bath, a laundry room and a large walk-in master closet. We also remodeled two more existing bathrooms, designing a custom mosaic tile pattern for each.
A new paint palette of watery grays complements the warm colors found in the rugs, wood floors, and furnishings. We also designed custom light fixtures, as well as a new built-in dining cabinet with glass doors.
During construction the family was living in London, where they received updates on the renovation of their beloved home from afar. Their trust and enthusiasm made the project a pleasure as well as a success.
The senior designer for the Mt Tabor Tudor project was Chelsie Lee.
Photos by Lincoln Barbour