PDX Additions

1940s Galley Kitchen Update

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This cute, little gem of a 1940s cottage had a narrow, double-galley kitchen. Original cabinetry was modest and failing after nearly 80s years of use. The challenge was to re-make the kitchen…only better! Both homeowners like to cook and be in the kitchen together but it is a fairly small space. The refrigerator was placed […]

PDX Additions

Woodstock Double Galley Kitchen

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New Kitchen - view to west wall

A galley kitchen can be a real challenge but with some careful moves and thoughtful design, you can create a real workhorse of a room! This darling, bungalow style home from the 1920s, had a small but efficient kitchen on the back side of the home. The kitchen appeared original but there had been some […]

My House

Decommissioning a Cesspool in Portland

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This is part of a longer story about doing a master suite addition project on my own home. I’ll add more posts as the project takes shape but you can start here to learn more about the remodel.  A little story about cesspools One of the surprises when I got to permitting my project was the […]

My House

Evolution of a Remodel – Part 1

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  In this two-parter, I’m going to talk about my own home project, how it evolved, and all the things that came into play to inform the process including finances, budget, life goals, pessimism, blind faith, and occasionally luck. TRADE UP OR REMODEL? Like many (most… maybe all?) of you, I’ve been dreaming of remodeling/fixing/adding on […]

Projects

Kelly Street • Attic Conversion

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I initially contacted Amanda to take a look at our unfinished attic space. We were struggling to make the layout in our 1910 farmhouse-style home work with our growing family. As we stood in the raw space, examining the rafter layout and roof structure, she outlined some of the issues and limitations of converting the […]

Projects

Montavilla • Structural Change

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My husband and I and our two daughters just moved into a classic Portland cottage that had been renovated to add a full second floor. I loved all the space on the new second level but I had a feeling that the original first floor layout could be improved. I had an idea about removing a […]