The Portland Residence is a concept home for a family and their frequent guests that aims to make the most of PDX living and its environment: inner eastside location, connected open spaces with extensive natural light, cozy oasis’ for the long winters, modern timber construction, outdoor living amenities, stormwater management/celebration and accommodations for all who come to visit.
The concept started with the idea of a dream home located in one of Portland’s most vibrant inner eastside neighborhoods, with walking access to the city’s best restaurants, coffee shops and countless boutique shops. These neighborhoods (Hawthorne, Division/Clinton, Sellwood) are notably composed of standard 50’x100’ lots that allow for two units, or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) that give residences flexibility to generate additional income through rent or Airbnb, or house long-term guests. The initial goal was to maximize the use of the lot size, with multiple indoor/outdoor uses, solar orientation, and craft the lot/structure with materials that are quintessentially Pacific Northwest and modern in their composition.
The result is a 3,600 sq. ft. home built from leveraging regional technological leadership in cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction, vast operable wood-framed glazing, an open layout with prioritization of common spaces, numerous but compact bedrooms, extensive at-home work spaces, vibrant materials such as coreten steel roofing and gabion rock walls, and the “extra”, the inclusion of an at home spa retreat.
Taking advantage of the region’s robust renewable energy, the Portland Residence is 100% electric (no natural gas) and intentionally opts out of using on-site solar panels in favor of plugging in to the network’s abundance of cleaner hydroelectric and wind-powered electricity. The vaulted spaces and operable glazing/skylights throughout the house, creating a chimney effect, allow the building to be naturally ventilated and cooled throughout the summer months. During the winter months, the home is heated with a hot water radiant floor system sandwiched in between the CLT panel and the finish flooring. This sandwich flooring system also allows for flexibility with the home’s electrical distribution. In addition, the heating is supplemented by the large and iconic central wood-fired stove.
Portland Residence Upgrade
For a couple and their young family, with two kids and a dog, moving to a new house in Sellwood, Portland near the Willamette River was their dream. Luckily the 1910-built house had already been incredibly renovated by the previous owner and was move-in ready, but many of the living spaces (both interior and exterior) still needed to be taken to the next level to meet the needs of the family of four, their guests, as well as achieve their desired PNW nature/modern cabin aesthetic.
The spaces and new design features embrace the use of the region’s most ubiquitous timber source, Douglas fir, an abundance of house plants, and a soft and cool color palette throughout the house to bring a calming feel to the place they’d be calling home for the foreseeable future.
New design and renovation aspects to the house included interior furnishings, decoration, interior wall and ceiling painting, basement family/TV room overhaul, custom shelving, front entry coat and shoe storage, and an exterior backyard living space with custom modern Adirondack outdoor furniture.
Located in the heart of Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, the 1911-built home was a quintessential “fixer” when purchased in 2009. Among the numerous aspects of the house that needed major attention, the home’s one-and-only bathroom was particularly unsavory. With a bathroom remodel budget of little more than $5,000, the bathroom was redesigned, demolished, and rebuilt immediately. Keeping in-line with the home’s historic aesthetic and materials, the sink was salvaged from the neighborhood’s ReBuilding Center, the toilet and bath tub were reenamaled, the hardware and vanity were purchased from Portland’s Rejuvenation, and the cabinetry coming from IKEA kept the remodel in budget.
With the intense daylight that falls upon the high desert of Central Oregon, the Gillard’s requested a shading device that would be universal in use to protect the primary working and reading spaces within the residence and the detached office while maintaining the tranquil views outward onto the ranch property.
The awnings are constructed principally of hemlock and redwood to provide a warm glow into the interior spaces. The slated shading structure is able to remain extremely lightweight, making possible for the easy adjustability by an individual of any strength (or removal during the harsh winter months) due to the tensile support of the structure’s underbelly.
Located in the heart of Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, the 1911-built home was a quintessential “fixer” when purchased in 2009. Among the numerous aspects of the house that needed major attention, the front porch had become structurally unsound with buckling columns, sagging front beam, and a floor consisting of water-logged and rotting plywood. The renovation addressed all of those issues, maintained the homes historic aesthetic, and notably was re-decked with neighborhood-sourced (ReBuilding Center) reclaimed douglas fir tongue and groove flooring.
Modern Adirondack Chair + Furniture Set
The Modern Adirondack Chair is an initial prototype for an outdoor furniture business for the intent of consumer mass production, distribution and sales. With a current market void for affordable modern outdoor furniture, the chair aims to capture the vernacular charm, comfort and appeal of its traditional predecessors, while appealing to those with modern tastes and mainstream budgets. Composed simply of douglas fir, fasteners and a clear oil finish the materials alone have been optimized down to $27 total per unit. The model targets a $225 MSRP with a western red cedar option priced at $350.