A hundred-year-old Craftsman-style in Portland, Oregon’s prestigious Heights neighborhood needed a new kitchen. The footprint of the space had to remain as it was–there was no room to expand in any direction. However, a double stairway to the second floor was eliminated so that only the stairway from the front hall could be used. The stairway leading into the kitchen was closed off and removed, and space was captured from that area to enlarge the kitchen.
The client and her builder husband were heavily involved in the project, and came at it from different angles. The husband is a great cook and was interested in function, while the wife focused on creating a beautiful space–one where she could entertain their extended family and close friends.
The pivot points for the space were beautiful Pratt & Larson tile, and custom-made cherry Craftsman-style cabinets. Leaded glass panels were selected for several windows as well as upper cabinets. The glass panels reflect the original leaded glass in windows throughout the main floor of the house. A special range hood was designed to show off additional tile work. Under cabinet and recessed lighting aid in the kitchen’s function.
Hand painted bookcases and storage turn the tiny library and office space into a totally usable space. Small furnishings contribute the the feel of more square footage as well. The beautiful wall-to-wall woolen Axminster carpeting subtly adds to the room’s overall beauty.
Other major improvements include painting the entire interior and exterior, the addition of a bathroom and guest bedroom, library storage for the owner’s lifetime collection of books in the walk-out basement, and new fireplace surround in the living room . Additionally, the client remodeled and added a sun porch, and increased the master bedroom and bathroom spaces. One other bathroom was remodeled, and a small powder room was added in a former entrance area closet.