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Funky Functional

Location: Portland, OR

Collected, personal, and practical.

After six years in their 1950 SW Portland home, our clients wanted a change. With their children growing up and becoming less destructive, they contemplated both short and long-term visions for the house. The 1950s charm had faded, and the last major update was in the 1980s.

The couple prioritized renovating the well-worn kitchen, dining, and living areas, as the current layout needed to make more sense for their lifestyle. They aimed to use the space better, particularly the underused backyard-facing windows, and use practical materials for their busy family. In their words, “We’re done with the status quo!”


Homeowner Wish List

  • Bright kitchen
  • Induction cooktop
  • Additional storage
  • Spice storage
  • Open shelving
  • Pantry
  • Appliance garage
  • Upgraded appliances
  • Connection to dining and living rooms


Project Outcome and Results


  • Changed the layout for better flow
  • Removed the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room and added a beam
  • Optimized storage with thoughtful kitchen cabinetry
  • Included a beverage fridge in the kitchen island design
  • Added lower cabinets with floating shelves above to create division between the dining and living room
  • Added a sliding glass door to connect to the backyard
  • Installed a new window in an original window framing location flanking the fireplace
  • Added bookcases on both sides of the fireplace to add storage and character
  • Installed blue glazed ceramic tile on the fireplace surround and hearth
  • Laced in new hardwood flooring and refinished the existing hardwoods

Ready for a new kitchen?

You’ve waited long enough. Let’s transform your kitchen into a space you love. Work with our team to design a beautiful and functional kitchen completely customized to you.

The remodel totally transformed the heart of the home. We spent time and attention on the cabinetry to determine where things would go. They were so used to not having space, so we wanted to create a place for everything.