Claudette's Kitchen + Breakfast Room Remodel


Claudette's Kitchen + Breakfast Room Remodel

Kitchen Renovation in Portland, OR

Our first Portland kitchen remodel, completed in 2012, remains a favorite. After spending more than 40 years in her Alameda, Portland, home and raising 3 children there, Claudette was ready for a gut renovation of her kitchen. The new design was inspired by the 1920s home's gracious English-influenced architecture. Clean lines and a shot of bold color strike a balance between modern and traditional.

Better flow, storage, and Claudette's longed-for double oven determined the big moves in the kitchen plan. A compact, yet high-traffic area, this kitchen gives key access to several rooms. We respected the circulation, while also improving flow between the kitchen + breakfast room, and between the indoors + out. 

This project was published by Remodelista and Portland Monthly.

I found the prospect of a new kitchen daunting and had thought about it for years without doing anything about it. My kids had been pushing me to renovate, but I was overwhelmed and just kept putting it off. From the beginning, Michael was hands on. He took care of everything, which was a big relief.

Before + after

By forgoing cabinetry above the peninsula, we opened it up to the breakfast room. A bi-level countertop is multi-purpose: it screens messy prep areas from the kitchen, acts as a breakfast bar, and is also handy for placing hot dishes from the the adjacent double oven.

Roll over the image to see the kitchen before + after.

Bold + blue

Bold + blue

Flooding a whole wall with cobalt tile adds a jolt of color to counteract Pacific Northwest gloom. 

Brit + bright

Brit + bright

A color scheme of deep blue, black, and white, together with a British-made Shaws apron sink, adds subtle, traditional English flavor. Large windows at the sink make the most of natural light.

Everything in its place

Ample storage ensures kitchen and pantry items are tucked out of sight. Cabinetry designed by Michael Howells.

Photographer: Anna M Campbell