ALAMEDA RESIDENCE // Photography by Luke and Mallory
This project involved a kitchen and bath remodel of a 1950s home in the Alameda neighborhood of Portland. The house was built by a well known architect of the era, Ken Birkenmeier, and much consideration was taken to modernize the spaces while staying true to the era and original materials.
The kitchen needed some better efficiencies and use of space. Some minor "updates" and changes were made over the years but not with a consistent aesthetic. There was a pass through window to the dining room which still made it feel closed off, and an entire long wall of the kitchen that was empty and unusable due to the very large fixed island. We eliminated the pass through and recentered the opening into the kitchen and carried the oak floors from the rest of the house into the kitchen to open the flow. Instead of the fixed island, we had a custom open kitchen cart built by Ardis Design with locking wheels at the base to keep the space flexible. Cabinetry was added to the perimeter wall and the range and refrigerator were relocated there with an added prep sink. We really wanted to keep the original windows and were able to modify one to be narrower to accommodate the new cabinetry, instead of replacing with new. The back door was switched to a dutch door to add ease with entertaining. Quartz countertops were used for durability and the white oak cabinets add warmth and continuity with the rest of the house.
We completed a full remodel of the master bath, and a minor update of some fixtures and restoration of original tiling and fixtures in a second bath. Original tilework included a lot of teal, subway tile and hexagon mosaic so we kept with that palette in the new master bath. Additionally we expanded the space by a couple feet, swapped the sink and shower locations and added a second vanity faucet and custom cabinetry. To maximize the small space, a trough sink enables a double vanity, the wallmounted toilet allows the countertop space to continue the width of the room, and the curbless, walk-in shower keeps the room feeling open and bright. A hexagon shaped vanity mirror from the original master bathroom, was moved the the second bath, and a custom white oak frame was added.