This 1959 daylight ranch, set into a hill in southwest Portland, had an aging wood deck at the lower level facing southeast. The upper floor kitchen looked out to the back yard and was begging for an outdoor dining space in the trees facing the view.
The design started by investigating ways to provide a screen of selected transparency to help screen the lower outdoor sitting area and outdoor shower serving the hot tub. Black stained cedar of alternating profiles created the baseline screen. Arcing lines lent energy and movement to the screens acknowledging the movement between decks.
The black stained cedar and the raw brown ipe are intended to age together, changing hues over time. The cedar’s warmth shines through the black stain. With time, the raw, warm brown ipe will age to a complementary silvered gray.
The upper deck used a stainless steel cable rail system to allow views out while seated at the dining table. The steel stanchions were powder coated black to minimize their imposition in the views.
This project involved gutting one floor of a 1940’s split level to create a more open, light-filled home.
By flipping the location of the kitchen and dining room, knocking down the wall between the two, and adding a small addition, a larger, more efficient and open eating and prep space was created. A large sliding glass door both visually and physically connects the interior living space with the backyard, creating a connection where there previously was none.
The kitchen features a central island with seating space for three and a full wall of cabinets with a built-in buffet counter.
Overhead lighting was added to all of the existing living spaces on the main floor. The fireplace received a full makeover and features green brick tile with a blackened steel surround. The opening to the basement staircase was widened to create a better connection to the lower level and the entry hall guardrail was replaced with a design more fitting with the style of the traditional home.
Materials include: clear vertical grain fir cabinetry, quartz countertops, fir flooring, brick fireplace tile, and blackened steel.