A Mid-Century Kitchen Renovation

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Kitchens, Project Spotlight, Renovations | 0 comments

[Project Spotlight: Miller’s Kitchen] The owners of this 1950s home in the Healy Heights neighborhood in the West Hills of Portland’s Southwest section wanted a kitchen update. The husband is a Realtor®, and they came to learn of Spectrum Homes because he sold a house where we’d previously completed a kitchen renovation project. He liked the quality of work and reached out to inquire about his own home. The existing kitchen was dated, inefficient and did not match the needs of how the homeowners wished to cook and entertain. Having said that, they still wanted to preserve the...

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A Southwest Portland Kitchen Remodel

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Kitchens, Project Spotlight, Remodeling | 0 comments

This 1954 home in southwest Portland had an existing kitchen that was poorly laid out. The appliances were lined up one after the other, and the soffit make the room feel cut off from the rest of the house. For this renovation, the first task was to make the kitchen feel more open, and we did so by removing soffits, window and door to the deck as well as removing an interior door to extend the kitchen. To take advantage of the amazing view, the exterior wall was reframed and three windows were added – making it nearly a wall-of-windows. This also allowed a ton of natural light into this...

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An Old World Kitchen Remodel

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Kitchens, Project Spotlight, Remodeling | 0 comments

Like many homeowners today, these Wilsonville clients wanted to open up their living space and remodel their kitchen. The 1988 floorplan felt too cramped, cluttered and drab. The new design called for removing the wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room. This would open up the floorplan and allow for more seating around the dining room – two of the homeowners’ main goals. However, this presented a structural challenge because it was a load-bearing wall that also contained plumbing, electrical and HVAC ducts. To support the second story, a beam was recessed into the ceiling,...

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Lake Oswego Master Bathroom Transformation

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Bathrooms, Project Spotlight, Remodeling | 0 comments

The original master bathroom had an odd layout. There were two closets in the middle of the room that separated the vanity and tub from the toilet and shower. After tearing everything out of the room, the first thing we did was extend the vaulted ceiling over an additional 4 feet. Mother Nature gave us bit of a challenge early into the project. As we were reframing the ceiling, we experienced a snowstorm, so we had seal the ceiling with plastic to prevent the pipes from freezing. However, once the storm passed, and we were able to finish enclosing the ceiling once more, the added vault made...

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A Galley Kitchen Transformation

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Design, Kitchens, Project Spotlight, Remodeling | 0 comments

These Happy Valley homeowners loved their location, but their kitchen, originally built in 1978, needed an update. They wanted more cabinet storage in their kitchen, and wanted their dining room and breakfast nook area to feel less cramped. Expanding without Adding Square Footage A small space can feel even tighter with clutter, so when space is limited, smart design calls for planning specific spots for storage. We knew we’d be able to make the square footage feel bigger than it actually was by changing the layout, choosing brighter colors and with strategic cabinetry design. We started by...

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A Japanese Tansu-Style Kitchen

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Project Spotlight, Remodeling | 0 comments

This Southeast Portland kitchen was in need of a makeover. The layout was cramped, storage was minimal and countertop space for food preparation was hard to find. The inspiration for this kitchen renovation came from a Japanese antique cabinet – in Tansu styling – that the homeowners, Bradley and Melissa, owned. Tansu originated in ancient Japan and is prized for its natural rustic beauty. It was important that the kitchen not only matched the look they wanted, but that it also gave them the workspace they desperately desired. Together with kitchen designer Crystal, of Pacific Northwest...

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