This main floor remodel to a 1980s home in Lake Oswego included complete changes to the kitchen, family room, dining, living room and entry. The goal was to open up the compartmentalized spaces with minimal impact to the footprint of the home, while maximizing access to natural light. The kitchen was re-worked to be as efficient as possible, wasting no space.
Smaller walls which previously disconnected the living room from the rest of the shared spaces were removed, reuniting the living room with the dining and kitchen areas.
The dining room was expanded by 80 sf, taking space from the back patio, in order to create a visual connection to the adjoining kitchen and living room. This also allowed for large doors and windows which increased the amount of daylight in both areas.
The kitchen was converted from a cramped compartment with a broken work triangle into a highly efficient galley-style layout, diverting foot traffic away from meal preparation. Locating the cooking surface with sleek hood in front of a large window creates a unique element to the otherwise traditional surfaces. A new kitchen island seating bar invites spectators to socialize while giving the cook some elbow room.
The family room, which was once a distant corner, is now seamlessly connected to the kitchen with an intimate seating area huddled around the cozy fireplace.
Traditional millwork and finish elements are combined with unique tiles and colors to seamlessly blend old and new.
The guiding force behind this project was the notion that families grow and grow-up over time, so a home should set the stage for a lifetime of happy memories that last for generations. What was once a dark, scattered interior is now a bright and spacious home that will bring joy to its inhabitants for many years to come.