Sometimes a house needs to be more than it is. In that case, a whole house remodel might be the best choice. The original layout of this Portland home was boxy. Lots of smaller rooms and cabinetry made the spaces feel cramped and cluttered. With a remodel of the entire interior space, the results are striking. Each space feels fresh and open. Featured on the 2020 Tour of Remodeled Homes.
A Cohesive Design
Although there are a few transitions in palette throughout the home, it holds a cohesive design that feels extremely natural. The wide-plank wood floors throughout unify the open plan. The use of matching pulls in the kitchen and bathrooms gives a sense that everything here is deliberate. This is a major benefit of a whole-home remodel. Homeowners get to occupy a space that meets all of their needs without feeling like certain rooms no longer match the rest.
With just a glimpse, it is easy to see how this home flows from one room to the next. The original design closed off the kitchen, making it difficult for the homeowners to entertain or even communicate with each other from separate rooms. The new design beckons to the viewer from the moment they enter the door. The sunken living room features soft shades and a balance of warm and cool. The opening into the dining room through to the sun room gives the sense of immense depth, with definable transitions between each space.
Clean Lines and Color Contrasts
The kitchen uses shades and contrast to create a style that feels unique and inviting while meeting the latest trends. Natural stone in dark and light build contrast between the wall and island, the countertop and the backsplash. This allows colorful cooking implements, as well as the metal accents throughout, to pop. The use of gray in this space draws in elements from the living room's fireplace surround, allowing for a smoother transition.
While the kitchen features clean lines, the bathrooms show off shapes. Contrasting designs and patterns draw the eye without creating visual clutter. Hints of the homeowners' natural style emerge in the blue cabinetry and hexagon flooring. A mix of broad and minute tiles allows the patterns to emerge.
Maximized Natural Light
The purpose of an open layout is partially to maximize the airy feel of the space, and this house has it in spades. The large and numerous windows give the perfect opportunity to show the scenic views on all sides. Instead of heavy curtains or shades, roller shades provide privacy when needed and maximum visibility during the day. Light-filtering shades in the bathroom give it an open feel without a sense of exposure.
If the theme of this remodel is room to move, then the bathrooms feature it prominently. The spacious shower contains hints of interest, designed to unite the room without overwhelming the user. Luxurious Jack and Jill sinks provide each person their own space, with an eye-catching natural stone countertop and large mirror. The second bathroom offers a similar sense of luxury, with brass accents reflecting off the smooth marble surface.
Finding beauty in an existing space takes an eye for design and the ability to see it for what it could become. These Portland homeowners struck gold with a space that suits their needs, with delight around every corner.