Established in 1859, the Alameda neighborhood in Northeast Portland, Oregon is home to many historic cottages and craftsman style houses, just like this one. And in a neighborhood that takes pride in itself we wanted to design a new kitchen our clients could also take pride in. In order to accomplish this we took inspiration from our clients themselves, who between busy work schedules and raising their two kids wanted a kitchen that was functional and professional, yet fun and inviting. To do that we had to overcome one of the most common concerns in remodeling– space. First things first, we removed the load-bearing pillars leading from the kitchen to the back room by re-engineering structural framing. This opened up the flow from kitchen to the TV room to the terraced backyard, making entertaining easy.

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Speaking of easy, you know that space problem we mentioned earlier? Well our designer was able to create evemore by relocating the refrigerator and installing a 30” Sub Zero fridge with built in matching panels. The addition of refrigerator drawers at the breakfast bar that divides the two rooms not only provides extra refrigerator space, but makes serving the morning juice or snacks before a busy day a cinch. A 15” deep pantry with chalkboard panels provides even more food storage, along with a place for the kids to draw and hang their upcoming sports schedules.

You wouldn’t think an island in such a tight-fitting kitchen would be plausible, but the new 20” X 30” island, painted Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray, isn’t just stylish– it’s functional! Equipped with storage for cutting boards and knives it makes for yet another easy place to prepare meals. For these health conscious, environmentally friendly Portland dwellers a compost/recycle center was a must. But built into the base cabinet with its own pull out drawer you wouldn’t even know it was there. What you might notice is the reflective glass backsplash, which pulls in colors from other rooms, creating that sense of cohesiveness throughout the whole house our designer finds essential.

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Just like the preexisting kitchen, the TV room was small, dark and confined. This space issue was solved by removing the closet and custom designing a built in component and storage unit for the TV, recessing it into the preexisting closet space
. No protruding TV, no visible cords or consoles– now this space is easy to flow through while guests are entertained from the kitchen to the terrace, yet is still accessible for those nights off with some Netflix.

This unexpected bathroom remodel came while demoing the kitchen downstairs. Due to previous improper engineering, our team was quite surprised to find the bathtub from upstairs coming through the kitchen ceiling! But here at Northland we’re always ready for surprises. In the middle of working on the kitchen design, our designer had to now come up with a bathroom design on the fly in order to ensure all remodeling stayed on schedule. But not only were we on a time crunch; the bathroom was an unexpected expense, meaning we had to come up with a great design that was relatively inexpensive–and fast! But you’d never know that by looking at the finished product…

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The pure white vessel sinks paired with Tech Lighting’s Mini Benton Pendants contrast this espresso finished alder vanity. Between that and the frameless walk-in shower with both a handheld and rain shower head, you would never imagine this remodel came unplanned. Finished  off with Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray on the walls, this bathroom not only ties in with the rest of the house, but demands attention of its own.

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