2017 Portland MA+DS Modern Home Tour


On June 3rd, the Modern Architecture + Design Society opens the doors to the 2017 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 home designs!  


  1. Download and print the official Tour Map here:
  2. Visit any Tour house between 11am and 5pm  
  3. Purchase tickets at the door for $40 each.
  4. Enjoy the day supporting local Portland architecture + design!
Thank you to our official media partner, GRAY MAGAZINE
Special thanks to our educational partner, AFO!
Home by Rael, Inc. (Photo: Carla Rael)
Home by Modern NW, Presented by Nichiha
Home by Scott Pitek (Photo: Steven Scardina Photography)
Home by Risa Boyer Architecture (Photo: Reagen Taylor)
Paris Group Realty - Architect: Hinge Build Group
JT Roth Construction Inc.
Home by Urban Housing Development


Northwest modern home custom designed for optimal views of the valley below. Designed & built by the homeowner’s. This home has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, open living concept with the master bedroom on the main floor.

The lower level has a home office, mudroom & reception/entryway. There is a large shop with a shower, game room & half bath.

The main level boasts a cooks kitchen with walk in pantry, a large dining area & family room with wood burning fireplace. The kitchen has quartz countertops, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, top of the line appliances & walnut cabinets. Just off the main living area is a bathroom, master bedroom, laundry room & bedroom #1.

The top level has 3 more bedrooms, open tv/game area & a bathroom. 1000 square foot upper level deck, provides privacy & sweeping views of the valley.

The home’s lower & main levels have concrete flooring with radiant heat & the top level has hard wood floors.

The goal for this family of 6 was to have plenty of space to entertain & hang out as family white maintaining their privacy.


This low-lying brick and cedar home across from Fernhill park in NE Portland sits in an enclave of undiscovered mid-century homes built in the 1950’s. From the street, the home looks as though it’s one level but when you enter you discover that the house is an unconventional split level with four levels dividing the length of the house. The original main level of the house was disjointed with the kitchen and dining room at the rear of the home and the living room at the front and a long hallway and a few bedrooms in between. The recent remodel rearranged the floor plan moving the kitchen and dining area to the center of the house and opening up the living room and fireplace to the new kitchen. A bedroom and small den were created where the kitchen and dining room once sat. An original built in hutch from the dining room has been re-purposed as a bookshelf and dresser. The den acts as a sitting room and transition from the backyard into the house. On the upper level sits a master bedroom with views of the Columbia River, because of space constraints a skinny and efficient 3’ wide bathroom was added to the bedroom. The lower two levels house another bedroom and bathroom and large daylight basement family room and office. 

HOME 3 - 722 NW: Our Nichiha Featured Home

This home is modern by definition, starting with the exterior. From the parapet walls and façade design to the simple flow of the floor plan, the Tishenko residence stands out as exemplary in the modern home space. This 4,200 sqft home is located in Camas, WA, just a short drive from Downtown Portland. The modern project was completed in 2014, and handsomely decked in sleek Nichiha fiber cement siding. The luxury modern home features dreamy, smooth finishes throughout, including modern, tall glass windows, rich hardwoods, pristine white walls, as well as deeply relaxing spaces of zen. The home also features a state-of-the-art-kitchen and even its own sauna. Come enjoy its well-conceived floor plan and modern surfaces, finishes and tones. Sneak a peek HERE.


This home was designed using the Passive House energy standard as a design tool and was certified Earth Advantage Platinum, as well. By carefully taking advantage of the sun’s relationship to the site, sealing all the air and moisture leaks in the home and using an appropriately large amount of insulation we could reduce the heating and cooling needs by up to 90%. By paying close attention to the sun, the designers were able to bounce daylight deeper and more softly throughout the home. To accentuate this effect, LED built-ins at the windows help to simulate natural light when the sun isn’t shining.

Attention to this level of detail has created a warm and open feel throughout the home. Most of the time, even in Portland’s grayish climate, you don’t even need to turn the lights on because the daylighting is so well thought out. A nice side effect of building to this higher standard is that you end up with a superior built home with far less maintenance in the future.

In addition to the energy savings, the use of reclaimed and FSC certified materials gives this home a real Pacific Northwest personality and fits charmingly in with its neighbors while still being undeniably modern!


This new single-family residence was developed to maximize the livability, density and value of an underutilized corner urban lot. With the construction of the new house the existing cottage serves as an accessory dwelling unit to the new primary residence.

The new house reflects the design principles of a structure that is simple and cost conscious, yet flexibly adapts to its resident’s needs and integrates with its context. The exterior takes inspiration from traditional gabled roof house forms, while abstracting proportions, fenestration and detailing to create a minimal, yet elegant complement to surrounding homes. Large casement windows & high ceilings flood the interior with light, provide passive cooling & heat gain, and create a neutral space that acts as a gallery for the owner’s diverse possessions while adaptable enough to appeal to any future residents. The fenced courtyard connects interior and exterior spaces while providing privacy from the street corner.

In order to keep construction costs affordable, the Owner acted as the General Contractor. The home adds density to a typical urban lot and increases the property’s value and usability, while maintaining a scale with fits within the built context of the neighborhood.

Along with being affordable, the home has low life cycle costs due to sustainable and green elements such as: R-30 walls with exterior insulation and R-50 unvented roof; exterior rainscreen siding; standing seam metal roofing; slab-on-grade foundation; hydronic floor/wall and hot water heating from a central natural gas boiler system; A Heat Recovery Ventilation system was installed in lieu of forced air; The house orientation, with full height operable windows and interior transoms, maximizes passive principles by taking advantage of prevailing winds in summer for cooling and south solar gain in the winter for heating. The exterior cedar fencing was finished the Shou-Sugi-Ban charred wood treatment to ensure longevity and low maintenance. All permanent and recessed lighting is LED or CFL.

The slab-on-grade floor has a smooth hand-trawled finish reminiscent of stone, with the stair & second level flooring being white stained pine. Kitchen, bathroom & closet cabinetry are by IKEA, with custom millwork built by a local craftsman.


New single-family contemporary style residence located in a new Northwest Lake Oswego neighborhood.

This three story home features a large open Kitchen surrounded by a Morning Room, Butlers Pantry, and spacious Great Room. A 12′ panel door opens the Great Room to a large outdoor entertaining area, facing west, over looking protected green space. Included on this main floor is a fully serviced guest suite.

The vaulted Master Suite, located on the upper floor, features a large walk-in closet with built in cabinets and a oversized vanity that opens to a walk-in shower area with a freestanding bathtub.

The lower level Rec Room floor is finished with a polished concrete, accented with a tile inlay. The full service wet bar and 530 bottle wine cellar accessorize this room for complete entertainment.


Gorgeous new construction home, bringing modernity to the wooded Arnold Creek neighborhood of SW Portland!

This stunning home provides the elegance of modern, urban living with the comfort and quiet of living in SW Portland.  

Sophisticated built-ins, floating shelves and a gourmet kitchen will delight design lovers; as will the light-filled windows cut into the walls at varying heights, giving the property the style of a modern art museum while maintaining the practicality of family living.  The large, fence yard with covered patio is perfect for outdoor entertaining all year long.  

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