Thursday, September 24, 2015

Open Studios and Jim and Ruth's New Home

Open Studios is Fast Approaching ....

My studio will be participating in Open Studios again this year. Please take this opportunity to see not only where I work but also over a hundred other artists studios in metropolitan Portland.

October 10  -  11
October  17  -  18
10:00 am to 5:00pm

My studio is at 5125 NE 19th Ave
I will have some free tickets for the program there to give away.
Or you can purchase a calendar / ticket at New Seasons.

Jim and Ruth's New Home

Last October Jim and Ruth approached me to help them to re-imagine their 1978 builders "spec" house into a place they would enjoy for years to come.

Here's the story in pictures and a few words...

Here come the before pictures

These are photos of the back of the house.  Now I will take you inside.

you can see I wasn't too interested in image quality.

I produced a design that tore out the back wall of the house and gutted the entire rear of the house.  The front of the house is still historically correct.  We'll deal with that later.

So Satisfying

This, as you can see, is the new rear of the house with a roof line that resolves better the previous roof mash up.
The deck is Honduras Mahogany and the 5' overhanging deck roof is supported by three solid 8"x 8" western red cedar posts.
We extended the left hand end of the house to create a Master Bedroom suite.

The master bedroom has three pairs of french doors on two of its exterior walls opening onto the rear deck and garden.

New simple vg fir cabinetwork, bamboo floors and granite counters.  Lots more windows looking into the garden.

The living room's entire rear wall is 3 pairs of french doors, again opening onto the rear deck and backyard garden.

The center portion of the ceiling is raised and paneled with fir flooring.  This allows for continuous recessed lighting in the surrounding soffet.

Two solar tubes dazzle the room with light.