On June 2nd, the Modern Architecture + Design Society opens the doors to the 2018 Portland Modern Home Tour!
This is your chance to tour the properties, meet the architects, and talk to the homeowners of some of Portland’s most forward-looking modern architecture!
This home is a remodeled 1958 daylight basement ranch. The house was deconstructed, roof was removed and the home was stripped to the studs. The existing basement of the home opened up to a very large flat back yard but was not used because of low ceilings and lack of daylight. How could the large basement be utilized and the connection to the backyard be established? The solution was reverse living – all bedrooms were placed upstairs and a master bedroom addition was added and the kitchen, living room and family room were moved downstairs. The floor joists were cut in half creating a double height space along the entire back of the home. The remaining low ceiling spaces became utilitarian – mechanical room, mud room, pantry and powder bath. The addition to the ground floor steps down to allow for higher ceiling in the family room.
Radiant floor heat, ducted mini splits, double the insulation required by code in the walls and roof, metal rainscreen facade, reclaimed material used throughout as well as durable, natural materials like stone, concrete and metal make this home an extremely energy efficient and low maintenance.
SE Hawthorne Blvd.
This house was designed and built by Drew Hastings of Raphael Design for his family (his wife Jessica and their son Arlo). The lot was created when Jessica’s parents split off one third of their three-lot property on 56th and Hawthorne Blvd in the Mount Tabor neighborhood of Southeast Portland.
The house is 2,100 sf with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. The family knew they didn’t have a huge budget to design their forever home so they kept the form very simple but wanted to achieve high-quality details. They ended up embracing the minimalist approach on a large scale as well as down to the details. For example on the exterior they’ve concealed the gutters and downspouts behind the siding to visually minimize the reading of the elevations. Hiding the gutters/downspouts opened up opportunities to enhance the rainscreen wall assembly by allowing for more rigid rockwool insulation to gain a higher R-value, a larger air cavity to help with moisture mitigation, and deeper window frames to add depth to an otherwise tight exterior. The exterior envelop design combined with the high efficiency mechanical systems give the house a lighter carbon footprint.
The form of the house is archetypal gable shape–modern but referencing the 100-year-old neighborhood it inhabits. Because the lot is narrower than the standard one, the family also wanted to take advantage of the daylight on site. Instead of a garage there is a screened carport, and in the stairwell and master bath there are ribbon skylights to bring light into the middle of the house. And being amongst the tall trees of the Mt. Tabor area they wanted wood to be the primary material on the exterior. As the home owner, architect, and contractor, Drew was able to have custom details and craftsmanship throughout the design of the house. This is reflected in particular in the custom cabinetry, stair woodwork, and exterior detailing.
NE 76th Ave.
Conceived more similar to a loft type space rather than a traditional single family home, the homeowner was seeking to challenge a normal arrangement of rooms in favor of spaces that are dynamic in all 3 dimensions, interact with the yard, and capture the movement of light and air.
As an artist that explores the beauty of natural objects and scenes, she tasked us with creating a building that was not precious – one that explores the essence of its raw building materials and is not afraid of expressing them as finished.
We designed opportunities for kinetic fixtures, many built by the homeowner, to allow flexibility and movement.
The result is a building that compliments the casual artistic lifestyle of the occupant as part home, part work space, part gallery. The spaces are interactive, contemplative, and fun.
SW Northvale Way
From the owner:
This “Alcoa Care-Free Home” is one of 24 model homes that were built throughout the country in 1957 utilizing aluminum as the main feature. Unfortunately, they ended up costing double what they had thought they could build them for, so the remainder of the projected 50 were never built. As far as I know there are no others on the west coast.
We purchased this house in 2016, and realized it was in need of some very crucial upgrades immediately. So we got to work on replacing old plumbing with PEX, re-did the low-voltage lighting system, and the electrical panels, new flooring, sheetrock, paint, etc.
Upgrading the kitchen was our latest project.
Other owners have changed things as well along the way, but the original footprint remains the same. Back in the 90’s the open atrium was enclosed and the bedrooms reconfigured, I’m not sure when the original kitchen was remodeled, but I kept the design of the remodel for its efficiency.
For those of you that may have seen this house when it was for sale, I think you’ll like the improvements we’ve made, and that we’ve kept everything in line with the architect, Charles M Goodman’s, original intent. This home may not be Care-Free, but it’s a joy to live in!!