This stunning 1950s ranch house remodel project has been designed by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, situated in the southwest Portland hills, Oregon. 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 the first phase of the remodel, the designer conducted 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.
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 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.
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.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
Hollcroft Residence has been designed by Giulietti Schouten Architects, offering a modern design aesthetic in a location with easy access to downtown Portland, Oregon. The client is a married couple with no children who were relocating from Seattle. The couple wished to purchase an affordable home, since they were on a fixed budget based on the proceeds form the sale of their Seattle home. The 1,900 square foot house was sited on a vacant 50’x100’ corner lot 5 miles west of Portland. The neighborhood had no underlying aesthetic, as at it was comprised of a wide variety of homes dating from the 1950s through present day.
A modern composition of wood screen walls and composite wood veneer panels give the home a warm, inviting yet modern feel. The series of wood screen walls also provide privacy to the outdoor deck and patio spaces as well as the interior living and dining areas. The living room windows and clerestories take advantage of the southern sunlight.
The simple shed roofs complement the modern aesthetic while providing protection from the rainy climate.
The floor plan is simple and catered to the clients’ active lifestyles; hence, the master bedroom is accessible from the mud/utility room for easy clean up after cycling or running.
Photos: David Papazian
Portland Hilltop House is a single-family home with a simple, long bar plan designed by Olson Kundig Architects and situated in Portland, Oregon. Although primarily wood frame construction, many structural steel elements are contained within its design features. The two-story home features a rhythmical spacing of floor-to-ceiling windows providing a rigorous proportion and rhythm along the south elevation. Views across the main axis – from the courtyard to the south-facing balconies – provide a strong connection to the outdoors. A lantern-like entry vestibule surrounded by windows is covered by a large thin steel plate canopy that appears to float above it, welcoming visitors to the house from the motor court.
The main level includes living areas, an office, and a master suite. From the main level, the landscape slopes down to expose a lower level with a media room, pool room, and guest quarters, as well as a 100-foot library stretching along the entire north wall. The master suite angles away from the rest of the house, taking in the best views and seemingly hanging in the trees.
The architects applied an industrial aesthetic to the family room. Blackened-steel panels sheathe the fireplace wall; a concrete slab forms a minimalist hearth. The furnishings and rug echo the colors and forms of Kundig’s architecture.
Photos: Tim Bies Photography
S-T Residence is an incredible contemporary home design with a beautiful sunroom addition in Portland, Oregon, designed by Emerick Architects. The sunroom was added onto the kitchen to create a strong connection between the interior and the beautiful large garden area. The bi-fold doors open to a covered porch to expand the living area.
The bi-fold doors to the back and the French doors to the side give this newly added sun room the feeling of being an outdoor space. The wrap around porch makes this a perfect area for entertaining.
The new sun room is open to the newly remodeled kitchen which makes a perfect space for casual entertaining.
The kitchen and sun room open out to the lovely garden space making it a perfect place for summer entertaining.
The newly remodeled kitchen is both beautiful and functional with large appliances and open shelves to display the owner’s pottery collection. The space is expanded by a renovated butler’s pantry through the cased opening.
This eating area and built-in desk was added off of the kitchen and new sun room providing an open, light-filled space.
A pair of large windows are framed by a built-in wood desk flanked by open shelves. The desk area is conveniently located off the kitchen and provides a lovely view to the garden.
This light-filled butler’s pantry with custom built-in cabinets provides a functional transition between the kitchen and dining room in this lovely 1920′s home.
The wall color in this contemporary living room is Benjamin Moore Mustard Field #377.
Photos: Courtesy of Emerick Architects
Crane Building Penthouse has been designed by Giulietti Schouten Architects, located within the urban core of Portland, Oregon, nestled atop the historic 1909 Crane Building, an old brick plumbing warehouse. This seventh floor 2,500 square foot penthouse has established views of the city, bridges and west hills but its historic status restricted any changes to the exterior or window and door locations. Further limitations included maintaining all existing plumbing locations and staying within the existing ceiling framing.
With their three kids leaving for college, this husband and wife wanted to shed their life of their large suburban house and start anew in the heart of the active Pearl District. Even though their current house was close to their high-pressure work in the High-Tech field they desired to distance themselves and create a sort of “urban refuge above the city”, a personal retreat where they both could entertain and work on occasion as well as provide a home for their grown-up children.
Key Plan Concepts:
Reclaimed Australian Chestnut flooring was chosen for its warmth, while Dark Sapele at the built-ins, entry and sliding gallery door provides a sharp contrast to the white stone counters. The clients requested the mudroom/pantry to be hidden yet accessible to reduce clutter and noise within the open living areas.
The design needed to create a functional open living/dining/kitchen and media area for both entertaining and working. The dining and kitchen area especially needed to be expandable for family gatherings and contracting for daily use. Recessed automated roller-shades screen the afternoon west light, and help maintain clean lines.
The various vaulted ceilings were retained to maximize daylight and wrapped in clear cedar to give warmth and further define the many unusual ceiling angles. A custom welded steel fireplace with an oil-rubbed finish was designed to be the visual anchor of the living room. The intent was to contrast it with the concrete walls while connecting it to the notion of exposed steel in the original building.
A custom sliding sapele screen at the entry provides immediate privacy for the bedrooms when entertaining yet also invites guests to “discover” the gallery on the other side where the original steel and concrete structure were left exposed.
Photos: David Papazian
Nob Hill Penthouse is a stunning modern project designed by Kim Hagstette with Maven Interiors in Portland, Oregon. The home was featured on the cover of Luxe Magazine Summer 2013 NW edition. The penthouse is comprised of 4,000 square foot of living space, designed for empty-nesters. This was a major renovation that took the better part of a year to complete. All the artwork and furnishings are new as well. The penthouse living room is sophisticated and inviting. The artwork was created specifically for the space and commissioned through Heidi McBride Gallery.
Art: Heidi McBride Gallery and Art Consultancy. This living room image shows how the right art combination and lighting can truly transform an interior.
This penthouse kitchen was completely gutted and remodeled. The view from the floor to ceiling windows would inspire anyone to spend a lot of time cooking in this kitchen.
This light filled living room is all about texture and shimmer. The artwork throughout was largely commissioned and sourced through Heidi McBride Gallery. The dining room table was a custom design by Made Inc.
The dining room table was custom designed by Bo Hagood with Made Inc. The artwork was a commissioned piece by an artist in Palm Springs named Downs. The art for this project was selected as a collaborative process with Heidi McBride.
This awkward room posed an interesting design challenge. This narrow space adjacent to the kitchen now serves as entertaining lounge space and boasts the most magnificent views in the home. The light fixtures were custom designed by Maven Interiors, and Made Inc. The glass shades were hand blown and silvered by Esque Studio. The tables and channel tufted faux fur wall was also a joint collaboration between Maven Interiors and Made Inc. The sapele mahogany wall connects to the kitchen and unifies the entire space. The television bracket is motorized and operated by a remote that allows the TV to telescope out and angle so it can be viewed from either the lounge seating or kitchen table area.
Detail view of the narrow lounge space. The light fixture, table and channel tufted faux fur wall were a joint collaboration between Maven Interiors and Made Inc.
This media room was designed with all the bells and whistles (hidden). The dark walls, ceiling and motorized blackout draperies help set the tone. The television wall was custom designed to conceal all the speakers, subwoofer and AV equipment behind twisted felt panels. All the high definition sound comes through without any distraction from visual clutter. The wall was custom design by Maven Interiors and the custom felt textile is by Moufelt.
This bed was custom designed for this project. It was a collaboration between Maven Interiors. Made Inc., and Moufelt. The custom felt headboard screen not only provides unique beauty, but it serves to provide extra privacy from the wall of windows in this intimate space.
The fireplace wall in the master bedroom exemplifies the thoughtful use of surface materials. From the hand patina on the cold rolled steel fireplace to the silk wallcovering, shiny mirrored bureau and highly textured wool area rug– the contrasting materials create an exquisite and unexpected combination.
Every home needs a surprise room. This powder room became the perfect small space to make a big impact.
Nighttime view of the living room. We love the way lighting transforms this entire home. The shadow play and shimmery effect that happens at night is an almost magical transformation.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour Photo
SE Division Street is a commercial building project that was transformed by Emerick Architects into an industrial home by adding a second story light-filled living space in Portland, Oregon. An open floor plan, lots of large windows and door panels and 12 foot tall ceilings give it the character of an industrial loft. Custom stainless kitchen cabinetry combined with vintage fixtures and furniture carry out the eclectic feel of an old urban loft.
A machined hood, custom stainless cabinetry and exposed ducting harkens to a commercial vibe. The 5′x10′ marble topped island wears many hats. It serves as a large work surface, tons of storage, informal seating, and a visual line that separates the eating and cooking areas.
Windows and door panels reaching for the 12 foot ceilings flood this kitchen with natural light. Custom stainless cabinetry with an integral sink and commercial style faucet carry out the industrial theme of the space.
Upon entering the penthouse the light and dark contrast continues. The exposed ceiling structure is stained to mimic the 1st floor’s “tarred” ceiling. The reclaimed fir plank floor is painted a light vanilla cream. And, the hand plastered concrete fireplace is the visual anchor that all the rooms radiate off of. Tucked behind the fireplace is an intimate library space.
A glimpse into the office space from the living room reveals the large custom built-in painted wood filing and storage cabinet below the windows. Clerestory windows above the desk bring in additional natural light.
A custom-designed paneled zinc barn door is a piece of art, as well as functioning to close off the living space when desired.
A huge wall of windows faces the bed and billowy parachute curtains soften the space. The room was left simple and intimate to create restfulness.
With the floor to ceiling windows continuing through into the bathroom, and white details throughout, the room is airy and filled with light. The sink is re-purposed from a commercial building and the custom zinc medicine cabinets are extra deep and outfitted with outlets so that the bathroom clutter is contained.
The movement is orchestrated so that you experience the heavier/darker ground floor upon entering the building and then travel up through the light filled stairway.
The concrete stair treads and steel risers wrap around the hand plastered elevator shaft.
The interior stair that leads up to the living space is filled with natural light and gives way to a view of the rooftop outdoor terrace and garden.
Setting the penthouse 12 feet away from the property lines allowed for outdoor rooms. as well as another opportunity for an environmental feature: storm water management. With tall light embracing windows and bi-fold doors the indoors feels a part of the outdoors and vice versa.
The exterior terrace features large concrete tiles, built-in planters and a reflecting pool. Amber string lights provide mood lighting outside the dining space.
The second story was added atop this existing commercial building to make a new loft-style residence. The existing building received new windows and a facelift to blend with the new rooftop dwelling.
Photos: Lincoln Barber
This new custom riverfront townhouse retreat was designed by Olson Group Architects in collaboration with interior design firm Jenni Leasia Design in Portland, Oregon. This property was a once a two unit condo that was merged into a beautiful three level townhouse with an ambiance of resort living yet with all the comforts of home. The interiors blend clean contemporary elements with traditional cottage architecture for a clean inviting design that lets the breathtaking views take center stage. It is luxurious, yet very relaxed.
The Weiland sliding door is fully recessed in the wall that leads out to the balcony. The fireplace stone is called Hudson Ledgestone by NSVI. The cabinets are custom. The cabinet on the left has articulated doors that slide out and around the back to reveal the television. It is a beautiful solution to the hide/show television dilemma that goes on in many households! The wall paint is a custom mix of a Benjamin Moore color, Glacial Till, AF-390. The trim paint is Benjamin Moore, Floral White, OC-29.
The Kohler trough sink is in the center of the island. During parties the home owners fill it with ice and let guests help themselves to beer and wine.
The interior designer designed this craft space on one side of the laundry room.
The designer took stock of everything the homeowner wanted to store here—from wrapping paper to knitting yarn—and designed the cabinets accordingly.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
West Hills Remodel is an incredible project that encompasses a remodel and addition to a 1950s ranch in the Portland Hills, Oregon by Scott Edwards Architecture. The renovation added 2,000 square feet in addition to the 1,500 square foot existing footprint. The design, centered around the living, dining, and kitchen hub, is nestled into the hillside and takes advantage of the commanding views to the south. With a modest budget, the design exemplifies what can be done to create a contemporary livable home for this growing family.
Photos: Courtesy of Scott Edwards Architecture
Hoke Residence is a gorgeous contemporary private residence situated at the border of Portland, Oregon’s Forest Park and has been designed by Skylab Architects. The home is comprised of 4,800 square feet of living space and was once featured in the Twilight Movie saga as the Cullen’s modern pad. From the architects, “The residence provides a venue for interplay between the vibrant outdoor environment and dramatic interior spaces that simultaneously shelter occupants, and frame the expanse of the surroundings. The sloping site presented technical challenges, and demanded an innovative approach to marry a desire for a relatively small building footprint and generous and flowing spaces.”
Living volumes are cantilevered in order to simultaneously minimize the building footprint, and heighten the light tree-house experience of the principal interior spaces. The residence melds the technological and the primitive in its materials and systems. The home features daring cantilevers, advanced building systems and controls, and cutting edge details- yet the surfaces, textures and spaces are natural and intuitive. Daylight and electric light play quietly against the warmth and textures of natural materials, but are modulated by surprising and inspiring geometries. This duality is mirrored in the dwelling’s flowing spaces, moving between crisp and deftly angular details, and framed views of the forest canopy or the primeval boulders upslope.
The residence features an extensive system of decks and patios connected to the interior spaces by floor to ceiling openings. These outdoor living zones are located strategically in opposite cardinal directions from the core living spaces, to provide generous outdoor spaces useable at different times of day and through different seasons. Occupants may seek shelter from or open themselves to the sun and rain, light and shade, depending on need or whim. At once urban and wild, the residence is in harmony with, and a reflection of its location at the border of Portland and Forest Park.