Laura + Paul's Home Remodel
Whole Home Renovation in Portland, OR
Laura + Paul looked long and hard for a not-too-big, 1-story no-basement "blank slate" house, with potential to become a beautifully appointed "last" home, appropriate to aging in place. A 1954 Portland Heights home with great bones met all the requirements.
Overlooking downtown Portland, the home's spectacular views are maximized throughout the new plan. Last remodeled in the 1980s, the house received a full gut renovation. This allowed us to customize the layout for optimal functionality and gave the owners an opportunity to make the home their own, from the inside out.
No room was left untouched during this remodel. Big moves include making living/dining/and kitchen into one, with ample daylighting from beautiful new windows. The primary suite's existing fireplace and media wall were completely redesigned. The main bathroom allows for a generous shower and tub arrangement. Guest rooms were converted into 2 home offices with flexible Murphy bed design for guest accommodation.
Warm, refined finishes express Laura + Paul's considered tastes, while punches of color in the guest baths + media room keep things lively. Taking inspiration from the couple's collection of Heath Ceramics crockery, we upholstered both the living room + primary bedroom fireplaces in Heath tile, as well as the kitchen/servery backsplashes + all bathrooms. Laura + Paul also engaged our services for furnishings, with classic modern pieces mixing easily with their pottery and artwork, including paintings by Laura from her college years.
Views for breakfast
A new breakfast nook takes advantage of the views of downtown Portland and beyond.
Easily accessed from the kitchen, living room + primary bedroom, the remodeled patio makes the most of the home's exceptional orientation.
Two paintings by Laura anchor the great room.
Room for color
We took guest bathrooms as an invitation to color, in an otherwise more neutral palette.
Tone on tone
A coral guest bathroom adds a colorful counterpoint to the neutrals in the main spaces.
As with all Howells projects, we designed all cabinetry in the home, including this oak media wall in the primary bedroom. A Howells + Millinger wool rug from our collaboration with Christiane Millinger anchors the room (and inspires the current TV screen image choice).