Irvington Kitchen + Backyard Remodel
Kitchen + Backyard Renovation in Portland
After completing an attic remodel for this client, we had the joy of designing an exuberant, light-filled kitchen + breakfast room in their historic Irvington home, as well as a deck + patio.
The kitchen + breakfast room was inspired by the owners' Scandinavian heritage, as well as by a café they love in Europe. Bookshelves make for easy lingering over a snack and something to read. The kitchen's literary theme extends into the tile pattern. Stacked 3" x 9" tile echoes spines on a bookshelf, and give a subtle nod to the author who cooks here.
Terrace doors provide access to the deck + patio, with a dining area, hot tub, outdoor shower, and firepit.
Lined at one side with a full wall of bookshelves, the kitchen has ample room for cookbooks, literature, crockery, and tchotchkes, while ensuring precious objects are far from heat and moisture.
Books for breakfast
Floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves make a library of the breakfast room.
A Saarinen marble-topped tulip table centers the breakfast room, with French doors opening to the new deck + patio.
A cast-concrete fountain at the patio adds an element of serenity and privacy.
Wood + water
Brazilian ipe decking, chosen for its durability, transitions to a cedar soaking tub.
Wood meets board-formed concrete at the retaining walls, softened by bamboo and a stained cedar fence, all chosen to weather well in the rainy Pacific Northwest climate.
We extended the tile and color scheme from the kitchen to the large outdoor planter, adding a punch of color to the otherwise neutral scheme.
Photographer: Laurie Black