Greg and Liiza Boyd have lived in five homes in the past eight years. But after downsizing into their last home and taking an idea perhaps too far, they decided it was time to size up and build something that was just right.

“We wanted to stay close to the river and in Wilsonville,” explained Greg. “We had visited a home done by Red Hills Construction and admired how well it was built.” The Boyds were anxious to get their project underway, but Red Hills was committed to building a home in Wilsonville for the 2019 Street of Dreams. “We had hoped to have more land than was offered in the Red Hills lot,” added Greg, “but it was in the town we wanted and with a builder we wanted.” The couple called Bill Krasnogorov, who is a partner with his wife and brother in Red Hills, and gave them the go-ahead.

Doing so meant heavily customizing an existing floor plan to turn it into the just-right home. The project needed to meet the couple’s needs and be ready for the Street of Dreams open house. From breaking ground in March to finish in July, the project took a speedy eighty-seven days to complete.

The resulting 4,600-square foot house is a home within a home. The first floor features the entry, library, great room, kitchen, dining room, pantry, mudroom, and the master suite (which includes the sleeping space, master bath, closets, and laundry room). “Our living space is downstairs,” said Liiza, “where we have everything we need.”

Upstairs, the second floor offers a bonus room, three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a second laundry room, and attic storage. The arrangement easily accommodates house guests and provides everyone with privacy. The home also features one single garage and a double garage.

In addition to the layout, the couple wanted large, high-ceilinged rooms that despite their volume felt welcoming and in proportion to the rest of the home and the people in it. Another goal was to meld the European and modern rustic styles they had admired into one cohesive design that they dubbed “Old World Modern Farmhouse.” But perhaps their most controversial request was that there would be no doors or curbs in the master bedroom suite.

“It’s just the two of us, said Greg. “We don’t need doors.”

To meet the Boyds’ wish list, an eighteen-foot high vaulted ceiling was created in the kitchen by pushing back an upstairs bonus room over a garage, and the entry to the master suite was hidden by tucking it behind an angle in a hallway.

Perhaps the most appreciated and most inventive construction customization, however, was performed on behalf of the couple’s three Dachshunds. “We needed to be able to close them off in the mudroom when we had guests, but we also wanted them to have access to their food and dog beds,” explained Liiza. The Red Hills team built a floating and pocketing dog door between the kitchen and mudroom and concealed the dog beds in a hidden corner.

“That was a huge hit,” said Greg, “and not just at the open house but also by anyone who visits and sees it!

“When we met with Bill, we always appreciated the attention to detail, the listening skills, and that the team brought a lot of ideas to enhance our vision,” he added. “He always said yes I can do that. He always was going to make it work.”

“We want to create homes you don’t see every day,” said Bill.” Our homes are very client-driven, we make it clear to everyone who works for us that this home belongs to someone.”

To realize the Old World Modern Farmhouse aesthetic, Krasnogorov introduced the couple to designer Rebecca Denis and owner Jody Wallace of the Portland interior design and staging firm Greylyn Wayne.

“It just felt right when we met them,” said Liiza. “They were excited, which made me more excited. We met once a week at the start of the project. Rebecca created beautiful renditions so we would know exactly what everything would look like. They are so exact; they almost look like photographs. We always knew what to expect and the builders looked at them, too, so we all had a reference point.”

“We had very strong ideas of what we think we wanted,” added Greg. “They brought their talents, so it was a strong collaboration and more fun than you would imagine.” And their determined focus made it easier for the designers as well. “They were very clear on what they wanted, what they liked and what they didn’t like, so it was much easier for us to find the products that would suit them and the home,” said Rebecca.

Liiza went with Rebecca as she visited custom artisans and, during their trips, discovered a late 1800s heating grate and an early 1900s register that was later incorporated into the house. “The pieces we found just bring me joy,” she said.

Throughout the home, the builder, designer, and homeowners chose materials and finishes that would fit the stated design goals. On the main level, hardwood floors by DuChateau ground the home with the requisite old-world feel and unite the entrance, hallway, powder room, great room, and kitchen and dining area with a common material. Other common materials include the use of plasterwork in a modern expression on all the walls and ceilings, and the use of white oak that is repeated in the great room’s built-in shelving units, the kitchen cabinetry and the powder room. Material choices in each room further reinforced the design ethos: in the kitchen, for example, traditional soapstone counters in the room’s perimeter and forcium quartzite on the island and stove backsplash are countered by modern appliances by Wolf and Sub-Zero, and in the master bath, arched doorways and porcelain tiles from Summer Tile, reminiscent of that found in Italy, are mated with a navy blue cast iron tub.

Furnishings throughout the home were from What’s New? Furniture, a sister company of Greylyn Wayne’s, that offers new, custom-built, and consignment furniture.

The use of old and new materials and the incorporation of architectural finds all combine to give the house history, ground it in character and imbue it with a comfortable modern spirit. “Sometimes the universe just aligns, and it did with Greylyn Wayne and Red Hills Construction,” said Greg. “We plan to sit here and relax and enjoy it for a very long time.”

PROJECT SOURCES

CONTRACTOR
Red Hills Construction, Inc
www.redhillsconstruction.com

ARCHITECT
Builders Design, Inc
www.buildersdesignpdx.com

INTERIOR DESIGN
Greylyn Wayne
www.greylynwayne.com

APPLIANCES
Standard TV & Appliance
www.standardtvandappliance.com

PLUMBING FIXTURES
Ferguson
www.fergusonshowrooms.com

LUMBER
Parr Lumber
www.parr.com