Dan + Jenni's Home Remodel + Addition
Whole House Renovation in Portland, OR
Dan + Jenni’s cozy 1,000 square foot home served them well as a couple, but after their second child was born and Dan began to work fulltime from home, they felt cramped. With Portland real estate in short supply—and a desire to stay in their school neighborhood—they decided on radical renovation: stitching a second floor to their existing house and creating a new, high-performing modern home out of the old.
The second story adds a master suite, 2 kids' bedrooms + a bathroom. Design challenges involved working closely with the existing 1949 house and building on both a tight budget and a tight urban lot. The original house remains intact right down to the windows, tucked inside the new form and wrapped in new siding.
A kitchen renovation came several years after the first phase.
The original bungalow remains intact, right down to the windows, but nested within the new form.
Dan + Jenni had already made significant improvements to their one-story home. We worked carefully around these improvements, preserving the first floor in its entirety. In addition to new bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, the second-story addition frees up the first floor, accommodating an office for Dan (a work-from-home graphic designer) while Jenni's mom provides care for their small children.
Touch of luxury
Pragmatics drove materials choices. But we managed a few luxurious touches, such as pure wool carpeting in all of the bedrooms and a master suite balcony, with beautiful views to the West Hills.
Ikea cabinetry, Daltile, and marmoleum floors kept bathroom costs down.
The new space is multi-purpose. The stairwell connecting the first and second floor also serves as a gallery for Dan's art collection. A small home office for Jenni, a teacher, is tucked beneath the staircase.
Several years after the upstairs addition, the kitchen took its turn. Patterned tile floods the walls. Ample open shelving keeps it light and bright.
Photographer: Anna M Campbell