Modern Home Remodel – Portland

Removing walls to add space

This SW Portland home remodel combined two of the bedrooms and added a bathroom, taking it from a strained 3-bedroom 1-bathroom to a  more comfortable 2-bed 2-bath.  Removing walls around the kitchen provided for a more well-integrated and open floor plan. This mid-century home went from outdated and cramped to modern and airy with an emphasis on usability and flow.

The kitchen was originally closed off by a peninsula and hanging cabinetry that left only a small amount of room for passage. The brick wall was imposing on the space, and was in need of an update. Replacing the brick with clean drywall that extended to meet sleek concrete around the fireplace made the space feel much larger. Removing the peninsula and cabinets almost doubled the size of the kitchen.

The new cabinets were custom-made by Huntwood in a frameless black walnut with a natural satin finish. Built-in utilities make a relatively small kitchen feel larger by placing storage elements directly opposite the working areas like the cook top, sink, and prep area. Function comes with efficiency, so this makes the most sense when working with limited space. The floors throughout most of the house are oak hardwood with walnut pegs; the hardwood was kept continuous throughout the main areas, only switching to tile in the bathrooms. The countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms is Quantra quartz in “Night Shade”, keeping the materials throughout the home consistent.

Custom cabinetry was carried through to the bathrooms, and ceramic plank tiles with a washed finish were used to give a sense of length to the space, extending to the wall beneath the vanity cabinet. The long planks and floating cabinet manage to give a sense of more room in the room, and undercabinet lighting is both a design and safety feature, allowing for soft, low lighting for night visibility.

After completion, this SW Portland home remodel became a perfect example of what you can do with an existing floor plan that is cramped and restrictive. The homeowners plan future improvements to continue to add value and style to their home.




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