2023 Master Design Awards: Whole House More Than $700,000 — BRONZE

by Emily Blackburn

Giulietti Schouten Weber Architects

Portland, Ore.
gswarchitecht.net

Location: Portland, Ore. | Project cost: $1.3 million
Square footage before: 6,700 | Square footage after: 6,834

This whole house remodel encapsulated everything down to the studs of the three-story house. The scope of work was to primarily concentrate on the main and upper-level remodel, as well as a total transformation of both the inside and out of the original 1940s house with its ’80s remodel, turning it into a modern urban house in the forest high above Portland. The clients, a professional couple with two children, loved the site and location but didn’t like the interior or exterior. Additionally, the house was too big for their needs.

The team ran into some challenges dealing with the small, dark entry porch, low and inconsistent window head heights through each room, and multiple odd layouts.

The first solution involved opening up the kitchen and enclosed breezeway to the family room by removing a wall that prevented light and views into the kitchen. An enclosed mudroom was inserted between the kitchen and the garage while providing access to the rear yard and pool. The entry and entry stair and entry roof were completely reorganized to capture more light with a new vaulted ceiling above the entry and a wood screen slatted wall for privacy from the new wood stair. The entire front facade was reworked, and multiple gable dormers were simplified and complimented with tall, angled window walls with simplified exterior materials. Using vertical cedar siding and vertical window layouts with black steel accents help create a more modern streamlined front facade.

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