This spectacular Portland house gets a bright and airy renovation

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Giulietti Schouten Weber Architects have reimagined this spectacular contemporary house located in the hills of Northwest Portland, Oregon. Relocating from Seattle, Washington, this retired couple was looking for a change in architectural style from their previous craftsman home with a sizeable yard for gardening.

A modern design with an open plan was desired, and an existing two-story house was vetted for a potential renovation. The existing main level was reorganized to accommodate an open plan, maximizing natural light and views. The original enclosed staircase was moved and replaced with an open tread design closer to the core of the home. 

ARCHITECT Giulietti Schouten Weber Architects CONTRACTOR Don Young & Associates INTERIOR DESIGNER Poppi Hammer Interiors ENGINEER JG Pierson Structural Engineers

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The scope of this project entailed the renovation and addition of a dilapidated home built in 1959. The architects preserved the original footprint and expanded the dwelling vertically to add the owner’s bedroom suite along with an outdoor terrace on a partial third level. This increased the home’s livable space to 4,118 square feet.

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The basement was updated with new finishes and a dark room for the owner’s personal photography studio was carved out of an unused storage space. A partial third level was added above for the owner’s bedroom suite and outdoor terrace while utilizing the existing footprint to limit site disturbance and preserve desired gardening space.

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The poorly built, existing exterior cladding was replaced with a mix of warm cedar siding, patinaed metal panels, and distressed concrete accents designed to age more beautifully and maintain resiliency. A new entry stair supported by a custom-formed concrete wall welcomes guests, and an integrated stormwater planter slows and filters water run-off from the roof of the home.

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What We Love: This fabulous Portland house transformation maximizes its surroundings with large windows that capture both the light and views. Large overhangs and covered deck areas extend out from the main level, blurring the lines between indoors and out. Overall, this renovation created a spectacular home that refreshes with open volumes and extensive glazing. Nestled into a sloping hillside and surrounded by beautiful trees, this dwelling achieves Zen with ease.

Tell Us: What detail do you like most about this renovation project? Let us know in the Comments, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other amazing home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Oregon: A breathtaking glass house in harmony with the wild woodlands of Oregon and This mid-century ranch house gets a brilliant update in Portland.

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The old roof was removed, increasing the main floor’s eight-foot ceilings to nine feet. A dormer window was added to the kitchen. In doing so provided the main-level living spaces with more volume while allowing for large windows and skylights to flood the spaces with light.

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ACCOLADES: Master Design Awards – Silver – Whole House Remodel

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Above: In the kitchen, the cabinets are a vertical-grain fir, while the countertops are stainless steel. The raised bar countertop is concrete.

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Above: In this light and airy living room, the flooring appears like concrete but is actually a large-format porcelain tile. Adding a midcentury vibe to the space are Hans Wegner chairs and a Noguchi coffee table.

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Above: The main level guest bathroom has an industrial feel.

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Above: The staircase was meticulously crafted of painted steel supports and laminated maple treads.

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Above: This third-level addition encompasses the owner’s bedroom with a custom-fabricated bed with an integrated headboard and nightstands. Expansive aluminum-frame windows provide treetop views.

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Above: The bathroom features a cast-concrete trough sink. Softening this luminous space are the green-blue glass wall tiles and gray floors.

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Above: A photography studio and darkroom are located in what was once the basement storage room. The homeowner’s artwork is on display throughout the home.

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Above: The back of this dwelling features an amazing entertainment deck. with a covered dining area and a fireplace. The flooring is concrete. Large concrete piers were installed to support the weight of this deck.

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Above: The exterior consists of a mix of materials, such as cedar tongue-and-groove siding, Cor-Ten and painted steel, along with distressed concrete that is intended to stay attractive as the home ages.

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BEFORE THE RENOVATION

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Above: A view of the back of the structure prior to the renovation. The deck was removed and replaced.

PHOTOGRAPHER Sally Painter

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