Category Archives: Projects

Ashcreek Addition

This project creates a compact master suite distinct from the house for privacy and solitude. A connecting vestibule with mud and laundry rooms attaches at the first floor for convenience and age-in-place longevity. The cathedral ceilinged main spaces bookend the lower-ceilinged closet and bathroom.

Materials include: custom walnut cabinetry, cement tile flooring, ceramic wall tile and brass fixtures.

Little Prescott House

For over 100 years, this small house had seen numerous additions and remodels. Portions of the existing house had no foundation. Walls, ceilings and floors had multiple layers of finishes on top of each other. The roof and ceiling were sagging and the floors sloping. The plan layout was convoluted with awkward connections between rooms and the backyard. The result was a house that was almost uninhabitable, and upon first look, Christie Architecture recommended that it be torn down.

The clients, however, insisted that it be saved. The house was stripped to the studs and received a new foundation. Awkward additions were removed and the plan was completely rearranged. The new house is slightly smaller than the original, yet the open plan and clarity of design make it feel larger and more connected to the exterior.

Finishes include: white oak floors, rift white oak trim and cabinetry, concrete countertops, slate tile flooring and ceramic wall tile.

Hillside House

This whole house remodel transforms a modest, circa 1941 1-1/2 story house on a double lot with fantastic Mt. Hood views into a spacious three story home with a finished basement and two-car garage.

The natural stained cedar shingle cladding is set off by thick painted wood trim around the windows and a flare detail that shelters each opening in the façade and delineates the floors. The steeply pitched roof and large overhanging eaves protect the building and, along with the balanced proportions, lend it a traditional, crafted look.

The interior features traditional detailing, painted custom flush inset cabinetry, hardwood floors, and polished nickel hardware.

The exterior features cedar shingles, flared siding details at the floor line, painted dimensional trim, exposed timber framing, cottage windows, canopies at exterior doors  and windows, and a covered entry porch.

Laurelhurst Craftsman

Over the past few decades, this former 100-year old Craftsman house had been remuddled to the point where it didn’t resemble its former self at all. This remodel made every effort to restore the house back to its original character and charm.

Exterior renovations include a new porch, new windows, new siding and trim, and eave extensions with exposed rafter tails.

On the interior, the kitchen was enlarged to provide space for an island and additional cabinet and counter space. An addition was built at the rear of the house for a breakfast nook. The entry hall was opened up with a new stair guardrail, cabinetry, and bench.  A powder room was added adjacent to the entry hall. A new built-in graces the enlarged dining room and a window was added for more light and a view to the backyard.

Interior materials include: hardwood floors, painted flush in-set cabinets and trim, honed quartz countertops, ceramic tile, and oil-rubbed bronze hardware.

Hollywood Bungalow

This 1920’s one story bungalow was ready for a transformation. The entire first floor was gutted. The original traditional layout was revised to create a single public zone with living, dining, and kitchen looking directly out to the back patio that was fitted with a 12’ wide slider door. The master bath was completely renovated with a walk in shower. A new study and half bath were also included.

The entire house received new heating, lighting, plumbing, insulation and energy efficient windows.

Major materials include caramelized bamboo cabinetry, stained oak floors, white quartz counters, and a stainless surround at the cooking area.

The exterior cladding was replaced in kind to revitalize the facade but remain in character with its traditional neighborhood.

Patton Modern

Christie Architecture designed a new living room fireplace surround, complete kitchen, and cabinetry in the study and the master bedroom in an existing midcentury ranch house. The oak floors throughout the house were stained dark to set off the new cabinetry, and all interior doors were replaced.

The living room fireplace wall was resurfaced in a woven stone tile. A soapstone hearth cantilevers off the wall.

The kitchen layers white and black finishes to break up the large space. White Carrara countertops and white stained rift oak establish the perimeter of the kitchen. Absolute Black granite lines the cooking niche and the work island. Satin nickel faucets and cabinet pulls add subtle accents. The refrigerator, freezers and ovens are concealed in the cabinetry.

The study and master bedroom cabinetry is silvered oak. Fabric panels conceal the audio/video equipment yet still provide signal access. An existing gas fireplace was relocated and integrated into the finished cabinetry in the master bedroom.

Modern Farm House

This project involved a renovation and addition to a 70-year old farmhouse that had been added on to and renovated numerous times and lacked a harmonious design.

In phase I, the existing house was extended to accommodate a master bedroom, changing vestibule and bathroom. In the living area, a dated fireplace was removed and replaced with a modern wood stove. The dining room was relocated from a former bedroom so that it has a sensible proximity to the kitchen and living area. Built-in cabinetry was added to complete the space.

In Phase II, the kitchen will be renovated to match the living and dining areas.

Materials include white washed wide-plank hardwood floors, white-washed cabinetry, quartz countertops, porcelain tile, and stainless steel hardware.

This project is part of a larger whole house remodel – view drawings of the entire project here.

Riverview Midcentury

This project was a whole house remodel to a 1960’s midcentury home overlooking the Columbia River. Every surface was renovated – walls, floors, roof, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, fireplace, fixtures, lighting, windows and exterior siding.

An attached garage was added to the house, connecting the kitchen through a new laundry / mud room. The new laundry room features a custom tiled dog wash, slate floors and custom laminate cabinets.

The front hall was extended to provide a more gracious entry at the front door. The entry hall features a custom steel powder-coated guardrail and a silver slate tile floor. A soapstone slab was added to the fireplace hearth.

The kitchen features built-in paneled appliances for a seamless look. Cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms are rift white oak with white quartz countertops. All lighting in the house is LED.

The master bathroom features a private commode and a walk-in (curbless) shower with a large skylight overhead.

Family Porch

With a steep front yard to this 1910 traditional South Portland house, this project proposed replacing an old, cramped, one-car structure that was tight and difficult to use with a new two car garage and a new outdoor deck above.

The structure is stuccoed concrete accented by stained Ipe carriage doors, trellis and fence. There are step lights modestly embedded in the walls that provide subtle but effective lighting for evening use.

Raised above the city street, the deck is a family refuge with a view that creates an outdoor gathering space where none existed previously.

Garthwick Modern

This project strips an existing nondescript 1940’s house down to the studs and completely rebuilds it into a beautiful, modern home.

The hipped roof is removed on both the house and garage and replaced with a flat roof. The house receives both an addition at the back and a second story addition on top. A window wall of glass defines the first floor while the second floor hovers above. A full width porch faces the street, connecting the interior to the exterior and presenting a friendly facade to the street.

The interior features hardwood floors, clean white walls, quartz countertops, laminate cabinets, ceramic tile, and LED lighting.

The exterior features large glazed openings, board & batten siding with black metal accents, and simple geometric lines.