Originally built by our humble President himself and his father in 1976, this job holds special, sentimental value. The owners, who just so happen to also be Rod’s brother and sister-in-law, were quite attached to their Tigard home of 35 years with its quiet and secluded setting surround by trees, yet still just a few minutes from I-5 freeway access. But now with kids raised and out of the house, they decided it was time to trade in the ‘70s style gold vinyl floors, dark brown shag carpet and the dark, dingy and rather uninspiring kitchen and family room for a new space. Frequent world travelers, these clients wanted something they’d look forward to coming home to after exotic trips across the globe, yet also inspired by them. Upon the first consultation the problems were clear to our designer. Bulky upper cabinets blocked the nook from the dining, 8’ ceilings gave the room no sense of expanse, and only one window provided natural light. As if that wasn’t bad enough all the accent from cabinets to carpets were dark.
As is the case in many problems the first solution was to tear down the wall. Next, five new skylights were framed into the ceiling. With the wall between the family room and kitchen torn down and the new skylights in, the space was immediately transformed from feeling like a dungeon to a treehouse. A new 7’ window and sliding glass door along the family room wall created an even wider sense of expanse, bringing more of the treed setting and natural light from outside in. Naturally, a deck was also built to make this treehouse complete. The numerous trees outdoors are mimicked in the 4” white oak plank flooring and the Italian-inspired solid stained cherry cabinets. Titanium honed granite countertops and a raised island with a unique chiseled granite edge further bring in the rustic outdoorsy feel.
Certainly when you’re invited to these proud owner’s home who love to entertain, the first place you’ll be directed by your host will be the unique custom designed wine bar. This wine enthusiast, who previously stored his prized wines in his basement, will proudly show off his new arched wood framed serving area displaying his favorite Oregon wines in two Subzero under counter wine fridges with locks– keeping all his favorites at just the right temperature. While he’s pouring a glass don’t forget to admire the Tantrum glass tiles by Sonoma Tile Makers set within the natural slate back splash. And as you toast to good wine and great design, don’t forget to get the name of his contractor.