Photos by Lincoln Barbour
Jessica and husband Yianni Doulis bought this fixer in Southeast Portland with the goal of restoring its original charm, while creating a comfortable home for their growing family. The couple did much of the work themselves, performing major wall repair, setting tile, adding period-authentic moldings, installing doors and windows, applying paint, and building an exterior retaining wall.
Did we mention that Jessica was six months pregnant when they started this project? On their first night spent in the house, Jessica finally relaxed and promptly went into labor with the family’s second child, Penelope.
Green features in the house include non-toxic paints and finishes; improved insulation; reclaimed doors and hardware; an antique range; salvaged tile, lighting, and plumbing fixtures; a retaining wall made of locally sourced stone; recycled-glass-tile floors in the bathrooms; and native-Oregon plantings. Nearly all the furnishings are vintage or antique.