The clients for this project were a young family with a very modern aesthetic. The trick was to take their hundred-year-old Northwest Portland house and make it feel fresh and current. We completely remodeled the kitchen, opening it to the dining room with two-sided glass cabinets. Also on the ground level, we replaced a full bath with a compact powder room, thereby creating a back hallway and vastly improving the flow of the house. On the second level, we borrowed excess space from an existing bedroom to create a master bathroom, complete with double sinks and a generously sized shower, and designed a cabinet that beautifully conceals a washer, dryer and storage space at the top of the stairs. Finally, we transformed the formerly dim attic into a cheerful, sunny home-office and play area, freshening the walls and floors with white paint and installing four large skylights.
2011 Northwest Design Award Winner: Whole House Less Than $400,000
Photos by Lincoln Barbour