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How a Portland Family Found the Home of Their Dreams

Anna and Jeff, the owners of a classic Prairie/Craftsman-style home in the historic Alameda neighborhood of northeast Portland, Oregon, needed upgrades to a fine home that had fallen into disrepair over the years. The entire house presented potential remodeling projects, but they decided to focus on the immediate needs first: a kitchen remodel and remodels of two bathrooms.



The Kitchen

As the “before” picture illustrates, starting from scratch in the 1930s-era kitchen was the best option for the remodel. What the homeowners and COOPER Design Builders’ team created in the original galley-style footprint is a charming kitchen that honors the character of the home’s original era.


The beautiful new kitchen features classic touches such as white subway tile on the walls, a farmhouse sink, and a natural-stained hardwood floor. A neutral white and soft gray palette, plus a bright window over the sink, contributes to a feeling of openness, while the charcoal quartz countertops provide contrast.


Working to make the best use of the limited square footage, which is further constricted by three entries into the kitchen, the designers created efficient task areas along the linear space. A professional-quality gas range oven in one corner with countertops and cabinets on both sides and a large refrigerator across from a food-prep area leads into the cleanup zone of dishwasher and sink.

Storage was worked into every possible space of this kitchen remodel, and the glass-front upper cabinets allow the homeowners to display their colorful Fiestaware.

The Bathroom

The remodel of the main bathroom upstairs continues the philosophy of keeping things clean and simple. The crisp white countertops, trim, and fixtures get a pop of color from the aqua penny-tile floor, which is complemented by subtle aqua wall paint.



The bathroom is flooded with natural light from the windows, and the glass partition at one end of the bathtub/shower lets in the sun.

The Powder Room


On the main floor, the small powder bathroom also got a much-needed remodel. Going with a white-and-gray theme, the design team added hexagonal Carrara marble tiling to the floor and a classic rectangular pedestal sink.

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