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Substantial Elegance

Location: Portland, OR

Fabulous and functional upgrades.

When you love cooking and baking, your kitchen needs to function correctly. The couple wanted a more user-friendly configuration along with a style update. Relocating the cooktop allowed for a more powerful ventilation hood so the couple could cook how they wanted.

Other areas of their main floor, including the family room fireplace, flooring, paint, entry staircase, powder bathroom, laundry room, and light fixtures, were also updated. The couple was excited to be a part of the renovation process and were excited to work with our design team to visit showrooms and see products in person. After the renovation, the 2002 home in the Bonny Slope neighborhood of Northwest Portland feels substantial and tailored.


Homeowner Wish List

  • Reconfigure the kitchen island
  • Add a hood vent
  • Move the sink out of the corner
  • Add prep sink
  • Extend the fireplace the height of the room
  • Refinish existing oak hardwoods and lace in new hardwood to create better flow between spaces


Project Outcome and Results


  • Relocated cooktop from island to back wall
  • Moved sink location out of the corner
  • Installed new windows at the sink
  • Mixed paint-grade upper cabinets with walnut lower cabinets
  • Removed unused built-in desk from the kitchen (internal link)
  • Maximized cabinetry storage with mixer lift, utensil, and spice pull-outs
  • Incorporated a floret-pattern tile accent wall
  • Added a hood vent for better ventilation while cooking
  • Built a drywall hood with a walnut wood band
  • Installed the fireplace stacked stone up to the ceiling
  • Cut off the round newel post caps on the entry staircase
  • Painted handrails, newels, balusters, and walls
  • Refreshed the office, powder bath, and laundry room

Create the home you’ve always wanted.

Need help turning your outdated home into a fully functional and refreshed space? Work with our team to discover what’s possible, how to bring it all together, and create a cohesive look from room to room.

Moving the cooktop to the wall creates a focal point with the hood. The kitchen feels more substantial and focuses on what they love—cooking!