Tony + Holly's Home Remodel

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Tony + Holly's Home Remodel

Kitchen + Bath Renovation in Portland, OR

We revamped a SE Portland 1960s ranch kitchen + living room + bathrooms for a family of 5. 

The house had an open plan and retro ranch flavor that is rare for Portland and lends itself to easy, family-friendly living. The desire for something cheerfully different led to a Mediterranean-inspired tile palette, with ample daylight to play off the colors of the tile backsplash. An eat-in kitchen continues the retro feel with midmod era-reproduction furniture. A sunken living room, vintage marble fireplace, and new wool carpeting keep things cozy.

This project was published in Atomic Ranch magazine. *Three years after the kitchen + living room project, we remodeled the main bath + kids' bath.

We are so happy with our new space. Our kitchen and living room have been completely transformed. It was a genuine pleasure and honor to work with Michael. We really felt that we were working with an artist and an architect throughout the entire process. He possesses a unique combination of vision, creativity and professionalism as well as an amazing ability to listen and get a feel for our ideas. His presence throughout the process, his ability to advocate for the homeowner, and his obsessive attention to detail resulted in the finished product being of the utmost quality.
Brady Bunch chic

Brady Bunch chic

A bold configuration of Heath Ceramics handmade ceramic tile makes a splash, adding to the vintage vibe of this '60s ranch.

A midcentury kitchen before remodel showing outdated cabinetry. A Michael Howells-designed midcentury kitchen after remodel showing blue and yellow tiles and open plan.

Before + after

Holly + Tony had one clear request for their kitchen: that the range be placed so they could look out to the living room and through to the back yard, making it easy to keep an eye on their small children.

Roll over to see the kitchen before + after.

Italian-inspired

Italian-inspired

The existing Carrara marble fireplace was a stepping stone(s) to a midcentury Italian–inspired design scheme. 

A living room before remodel, closed to the kitchen. A living room after remodel, open to the kitchen.

Old + new

Integrating the new with the old means paying attention to details as well as the big picture. In the dining area, we refinished the original built-in mahogany sideboard and reframed it in cherry wood, to coordinate with the kitchen cabinetry. We also gave the sideboard new custom cherry pulls, to match those in the kitchen.

Warm + cool

Warm + cool

Mahogany vanities at the master + kids' baths add warmth to the bathrooms, while bold tile schemes keep things cool.

atomic ranch bathroom before Orange atomic ranch bathroom after remodel

Kids' bathroom before + after

The kids' bathroom gets a bright new look.

Fun + functional

Fun + functional

The kids' bath gets a bright-orange budget-friendly tile (while their parents get handmade ceramic tile). But neither bathroom skimps on function and attention to detail.

This is a 1960s ranch home before a remodel. This is a 1960s home remodel by Michael Howells. It is painted a bold red.

Fresh face

After interior remodeling was complete, the exterior got jealous. New paint color, porch slab, columns + house numbers complete the transformation. 

Photographer: Laurie Black