Notes of old world and modern farmhouse styles marry seamlessly in the great room where traditional wood floors are juxtaposed with relaxed modern furniture, and traditional plaster was worked into a contemporary design on the ceiling and walls. In the background, two sliding LaContina doors retract into the walls when open to provide unobstructed access to the backyard. The designer combined two circular chandeliers to provide proportion and warm lighting to the room.

Dreaming of Home

Looking for a home that was neither too big nor too small, a Wilsonville couple’s quest for the just right home led them to a street of dreams where they were able to build a bespoke home that weds old world character with new world verve.

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To open up the living areas, heavy traditional elements were eliminated, including quadruple crown moldings, massive Roman columns that blocked passageway from the living area to dining nook. Edgy fur chairs with bone pair with pinstriped velvet sofa.

High Contrast

When Ponciano Design teamed with Rebuild LLC to transform this 2006 Forest Heights home from traditional to classic modern for Portland’s 2018 Tour of Remodeled Homes, Ponciano created a very dramatic, polished classic look with plenty of glam.

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Inspired by early 20th-century national parks buildings, Hoedemaker Pfeiffer set out to create a secluded, yet playful retreat to enhance Their clients’ vacation home on Whidbey Island. taking advantage of Pacific Northwest materials and sensibilities, The Fieldhouse is designed as a place for sport and recreation.

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Sited on a 1.2 acre, heavily forested property, this home in the Portland area feels enveloped by the landscape. The exterior blends traditional stucco in two different shades as well as vertical red cedar. Wide overhangs protect the siding while also creating strong horizontal lines in contrast to the vertical cedar. A reflecting pool near the front entrance pulls in light and sets a spa-like tone even before you step inside.

Wildwood: A Forested Home in the City

Heart of the city. Heart of the forest. This sylvan retreat in Portland, Oregon, is close to everything, but feels a world apart. With a clean, contemporary style and warm, inviting spaces, this custom home nurtures a family’s connection to one another, and the outdoors.

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A cantilevered staircase with glass railing sits against interior/exterior envelope of Amber Rose flame cut stone contrasting with cold rolled blackened steel fireplace. Gregorious|Pineo Battista dining table; Holly Hunt chairs; blown/cast glass Trinh Nguyen artwork. Photo © Derek Reeves

Sustainable Dream Home

This couple’s dream to build a very sustainable, yet elegant contemporary hillside home wrapped in rich, warm horizontal cut stone that would also embrace its expansive views of Lake Washington and the Cascades became an award-winning reality when Stuart Silk Architects came on board.

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Spaced vertical mahogany boards create a screen framing metal clad wood Sierra Pacific windows.

River House

After decades spent dreaming of building a house on his Vancouver property by the Columbia River, Gary Miller and his wife Dell Ann Dyar, overcame complex permitting laws, density requirements, and BNSF Railroad permit, to build a modern home along the wooded river’s edge designed by Carmel architect Erik Dyar of DYAR Architecture.

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Refined Rusticity

Respecting and augmenting the original architect’s vision were top priorities for a striking Black Butte Ranch renovation, where natural materials, a stunning site, and classic Northwest language with a modern twist merge to create a family’s perfect legacy vacation home.

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A pair of 1930s Murano glass chandeliers from 1st Dibs, purchased before the project broke ground, add sparkle and panache to the sleek kitchen design. Lacanche range features a granite backsplash (Patagonia polished) from Pental Surfaces of Portland, which glows dramatically from complex backlighting. Double islands feature an MPP detail - laminated striated soft Douglas fir. Clean-lined Oregon white oak cabinetry by Heritage Woodcraft. A step-down area that looks out on pond via Reynaers windows features U-shaped bar. Artwork by Portland’s Andy Luce.

Once Upon A Pond

After 15 years spent living in a traditional home on a 26-acre farm-like property in Silver Creek Falls, Oregon, this couple found Bend architect Eric Meglasson of Meglasson Architect and Portland interior designer Holly Freres of JHL Design to collaborate on designing an ultra-modern home surrounded by nature on the shores of a beloved pond.

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Modernized Ranch

Torn between purchasing a new home and staying in the location they loved, a Portland couple settled on a bright, modern renovation of their midcentury ranch by Richard Brown Architect and Introspecs that retained a sense of comfort and warmth.

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Gig Harbor Classic

A client with a desire for a classic East Coast aesthetic modernized in the Pacific Northwest achieved her vision thanks to a major renovation by Marianne Simon Design and Ripple Design Studio.

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Indoor-outdoor fabrics from Architex and Christopher Farr Cloth are durable choices for the kitchen banquette, while artwork by Mia Farrington and Jennifer Gauthier brings visual interest to a nook located off the kitchen. Counter stool and dining chairs by Crate & Barrel and custom upholstered by Village Interiors.

Creekside Modern

Working collaboratively, a visionary client and NB Design group partnered to create this supremely serene escape, completely transforming a ranch-style home nestled in nature into a zen-like retreat for an active family of five.

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California Dreaming

California dreaming, Northwest soul. This midcentury home on Mercer Island had great bones and an outstanding location, but felt closed-off inside. A thoughtful remodel from Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape and Treebird Construction mingled the best of California modernism with a distinctly Northwest attention to craft to bring up the curtains and let the light back in.

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Color-impregnated curly maple herringbone entry flooring by Provenza Floors. Kush Rugs; Kelly Wearstler black Souffle chairs; Barcelona Couch from Design Within Reach.

Modern Compound

Spectacular things happened when these homeowners, armed with a clear vision of the ultra-modern home they wanted to create, teamed with Shannon Ponciano of Ponciano Design and Craig Moody of Northwest Classic Homes for the third time to create a home like no other.

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Hunziker’s U-shaped Coraggio mohair sofa nestles before stately Fleetwood windows facing lake on Lapchi rug.

Mercer Island Refuge

When award-winning architect Brett Baba of Graham Baba Architects of Seattle teamed with revered “AD 100” Seattle interior designer Terry Hunziker, who has thrice remodeled what began as a humble 1960s lakeside cabin, the home’s simple roots soared to princely status.

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The original arched steel windows and sconces remain intact in the vaulted ceiling living room with expansive city views and 5,558 sq. ft. of terraces. Custom cold rolled steel firebox pops amidst a newly designed and constructed chimney.

The Envoy

By teaming the Garrison Hullinger Interior Design aesthetic with Olson & Jones Construction know-how, a perfect union was formed to modernize the 5,026 sq. ft. two-story penthouse atop the 1929 Envoy Apartment Building – Portland’s tallest high-rise of its day, which still stands like a sentinel overlooking NW 23rd and Burnside.

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A super-steep, relatively small site brought challenges, but also opportunity. Instead of building out, this home went up to fit just over 3,000 square feet on a city lot. Terraced walkways, patios, and staircases knit the home into the landscape, and the offset cantilevered form creates plenty of opportunities for rooftop outdoor space.

Sky Box

Steep site? No sweat. Lane Williams Architects and Shapiro Ryan Design transformed a difficult parcel in Seattle’s Madison Valley into a fresh, stylish hideaway. This custom-built modern home uses cantilevered forms, creative outdoor space, and clever shifts in perspective to take maximum advantage of every vertiginous inch.

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Because designer Jennifer Kowalski loves to cook and entertain, it helps her conversations with clients, like Julie Barbello, who also likes to host. The Barbellos’ remodeled open-concept kitchen, therefore needed to expand its former postage stamp-sized footprint, to incorporate full-sized appliances, an island large enough for baking, and plenty of room for two people to work. The kitchen’s fun, trendy look was achieved thanks to rich navy-colored cabinets with bronze pulls, white vertical herringbone-patterned wall tiles, and floating shelves that provide storage while also maintaining an airy feel.

Trendy Blues

The goals for this client’s West Seattle renovation were to open up the small existing kitchen and make it more functional for cooking and entertaining. A stellar team of designer, architect, and contractor worked closely with the homeowners to achieve their vision—a smart and trendy space as functional as it is bold.

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A typical 1940s interior—think lots of small, defined spaces separated by doorways and walls—made the kitchen and dining areas feel cramped. By removing interior walls and raising the ceiling to the roofline, this project transformed a historic home into a light, bright, airy space. Yet by keeping the original built-ins and echoing traditional design elements like crown molding and lapboard in other areas of the home, the remodel stayed true to the underlying structure.

Seward Park Gables

Repatriating unused attic space to create open rooms with dramatic gabled ceilings.

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Paramount for the kitchen of this Gleneden Beach retreat was to merge the indoors and out, and to lighten a once dark, cavelike feel. “The challenges were to create a large open space and maintain the structural integrity of the loft above,” says C&R Design Remodel co-owner Beth Rhoades. “This required beams over the kitchen’s new location. We also needed to address the cooktop ventilation. The end result was to sheetrock those to have them disappear in the space.”

Oceanfront Haven

Paramount for the kitchen of this Gleneden Beach retreat was to merge the indoors and out, and to lighten a once dark, cavelike feel.

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In one portion of the kitchen, designers Alex Childs and Brooke Prince created a dining nook. A built-in bench matches the cabinetry and conceals storage space underneath the cushions. The pedestal table and bentwood dining chairs incorporate touchstones of mid-century modern style.

Mid-Century Marvelous

This family’s cherished mid-century modern home in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood got a new lease on life thanks to a little help from White Space Design Group. A full remodel revealed open spaces, light-filled rooms, and a refreshed aesthetic that interprets vintage style through a modern lens.

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