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Before and After: Portland Whole House Remodel

When our clients moved from Michigan, they knew their newly purchased Portland home needed a whole house remodel. But they didn’t know what to do or where to start. After 17 years, they finally decided to tackle an extensive renovation to add character to their builder-basic home.

After meeting our team at a local home show, the couple entered into a Design Agreement to start planning the transformation of their Cedar Mill home built in 2000. They chose to work with Mountainwood Homes to help them identify their style and find ways to stretch their budget to upgrade multiple rooms throughout the house.

See the transformation unfold with Before and After photos of this Portland whole house remodel.

1. Foyer

Before the remodel, the entry featured a pony wall that divided the formal dining room from the hallway. While it may have provided a sense of separation between the two areas, it also had the unintended consequence of making the hallway feel narrower and the formal dining room smaller than it was. However, with the pony wall removed, the space has been opened, creating a more spacious and inviting feel as you walk in the front door. Now, the dining room connects to the hallway with stained beams.

before front entrance in a 2000 Portland home

Entry in Portland Whole House Remodel

2. Staircase

The builder-grade staircase had outdated balusters and a dry-walled half-wall upstairs. To add more craftsman details, we installed black iron balusters. New wood newel posts add interest and tie in the stained wood beams from the main floor. The open railing allows natural light to flow through the area, making it feel brighter and more inviting. In addition to the staircase upgrade, swapping out the outdated light fixture changed the look of the entry stairwell. Overall, the new design has transformed the once dull and uninviting space into a stunning focal point that elevates the entire home’s aesthetic.

Before staircase remodel in Portland, Oregon

Staircase after in Portland Whole House Remodel

3. Formal Living

The formal living room once felt outdated and uninspiring with its pastel yellow paint and dated builder-grade carpet—however, the space transformed after undergoing a much-needed renovation. We replaced the outdated carpet with solid Red Oak hardwood flooring laced into the existing hardwoods to create a more cohesive look. One of the most significant changes was installing painted wainscoting throughout the formal living room, adding elegance and sophistication. The Dried Thyme paint color from Sherwin-Williams (SW 6186) ties into the newly painted kitchen cabinets. Using Accessible Beige by Sherwin-Williams (SW 7036) for the walls provides a neutral backdrop for artwork and furnishings. The once dull and uninviting space is now a beautiful, welcoming area perfect for hosting guests or reading a book.

before Portland formal living room

after Portland, Oregon formal living room

4. Family Room

The family room looked like a typical home built in the late early 2000s – wall-to-wall carpet, deep recessed shelves, beige tile, and in desperate need of a fireplace wall makeover. Now, the built-in fireplace wall features stained Alder cabinets, a green ceramic tile from Statements, a built-in TV, bookshelves, and lower glass display cabinets.

before fireplace remodel in portland oregon

after fireplace remodel in Portland, Oregon

5. Kitchen

Instead of a complete kitchen remodel, the space got a refresh. Our clients wanted to keep their existing black granite countertops, so we selected products that worked with the countertops. We installed 3×6 Mesmerist tiles from Daltile set in a horizontal brick for set to add a glossy texture to the space. The variation in color and structure gives an organic look to the backsplash area to look like handmade ceramic tile. Since the layout worked for the clients, we painted the existing cabinets with Ivory Lace (SW 7013) on the upper cabinets and Dried Thyme (SW 6186) from Sherwin-Williams on the lower cabinets. New appliances were high on the list, and the new dual fuel range and French door refrigerator upgrade the space.

before Portland kitchen

After Portland kitchen remodel

6. Powder Bathroom

The small powder bathroom under the staircase needed some interest since you can see it from the hallway. We installed a board and batten accent wall in the powder bathroom. Using the Accessible Beige wall color keeps it subtle and lets the detail shine. A new American Standard Portsmouth Pedestal Sink, Delta Cassidy Venetian Bronze faucet, light fixture, and painted storage cabinet above the toilet help upgrade the space.

before Portland powder bathroom

after Portland home renovation powder bathroom

before powder bathroom

after Portland powder bathroom

7. Hall Bathroom

Upstairs, the dated hall bathroom needed a major style upgrade. The white tile countertop and fiberglass shower/tub walls had to go. Since the space was small, Designer Sarah Peek envisioned using tile wainscot around the room to make the whole room feel like one section. A mix of Bedrosians Cloe ceramic tiles in green and white elevates the look. The Taj Mahal quartzite bathroom countertop complements the porcelain tile floor color. Inspired by furniture, the custom Alder vanity cabinet with dark stain adds to the space’s vintage feel.

before guest bathroom renovation

after guest bathroom renovation in Portland

before guest bathroom renovation

after guest bathroom renovation in Portland, Oregon

Love where you live

In conclusion, this Portland whole house remodel has transformed into a place the couple will enjoy for years. By adding character through color and millwork enhancements, the house now reflects their style and preferences, making it a comfortable and inviting space.

“This home is now a Craftsman style with a Pacific Northwest-inspired color palette,” Sarah says.

If you have a home that needs updating, do not hesitate to contact our team, who can help you achieve your desired vision for your home. You can transform your space into one that meets your needs and provides comfort and style, so you love where you live.



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