Molly + Jung's Home Remodel
Whole Home Renovation in Portland, OR
Molly + Jung and their 2 kids spent 15 years in their 1890 SE Portland home before undertaking this remodel. With Molly's best friend next door, and a neighborhood they love, they were keen to stay put, yet make a big leap into an energy-efficient, functional, and stylish home—all within the existing footprint.
Functional goals included ample daylighting, maximizing usable space on the second floor, and radically modernizing the main level. What was previously a front porch is now a cozy entry/mud room. Upstairs, small dormers at either side of the gable end were replaced with long shed dormers on both sides of the ridge, opening up a previously cramped floor. The new second floor layout includes 3 bedrooms, a family-style bathroom with private toilet, a linen closet + laundry closet. By holding the new dormers back from the street facade, the home maintains a modest profile. A finished basement completes the program.
Unafraid of color, the owners bring their curiosity, creativity, and Molly's large collection of vintage globes to their home. Royal blue threads through the public rooms, culminating in the ultimate color celebration in the kitchen, where it meets grapefruit and black. Here Molly, a trained chef, finally has a space worthy of her cooking.
Different house, same silhouette
While completely modernized, the scale of the house is consistent with its previous incarnation—and with other houses on the block.
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Kitchen before + after
Molly spent 15 years cooking in her existing kitchen. For the remodel, she chose a bold new direction.
Rendered + real
Remodels are not always a faithful representation of the rendering, but in the case of this kitchen, it's hard to tell the difference.
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As with all rooms in this house, the main floor bathroom is an opportunity for color.
The family bathroom on the second floor contrasts dark green with pale pink, highlighted by a skylight.
Light + bright
As with the rest of the second story, the remodeled primary bedroom has more and well-placed windows.