Finally! Photos of Lynn's House

Dec 18, 2014 by Hiromi Ogawa

We worked with Cesar Rubio, who did a marvelous job capturing the layers and textures of Lynn's house and her family's lifestyle.  We will post all of the images on our website soon, but in the mean time, here is a sneak peek.

Front Entry

Living Room


Courtyard and Carport

Drawing to Reality at NE 38th Avenue Residence

Dec 9, 2014 by Christina Kwiecienski

wainscot elevations interior elevations with proposed wainscot and attic access

 hide attic access hatches with wainscot view down the hall of the wainscot- showing the attic access opening towards the back


I love how the conversion of this attic benefits from the charm of sloped ceilings. However, with sloped ceilings attic space is never far away. Our clients wanted a way to make the necessity of attic access openings more discreet in the commonly used spaces. With this traditional home, we utilized wainscoting as a way to achieve their desires. 

Color and Perception

Dec 9, 2014 by Christina Kwiecienski

bedroom paint colors Our clients selected some great colors for their daughter's new bedroom. 

NE 38th Avenue Residence is basking in the light of fresh paint. While admiring the colors, Hiromi and I experienced a vivid James Turrell moment. Is the ceiling grey, white, or perhaps purple? The expansive North facing windows in this room are demonstrating the ethereal quality of natural light even on a grey winter day in Portland. Depending on the time of day, year and weather, the quality of light will change our perception of color. 

Insulation In-formation at NE 38th Avenue Residence

Nov 7, 2014 by Christina Kwiecienski

under construction with framing and insulation  Looking into the hallway and closets from one of the bedrooms under construction with framing and insulation View out the bedroom windows

Construction is in full swing and moving quickly here in Portland! I spy three different types of insulation: batt insulation in the walls and dormer roof, rigid insulation between existing roof joists, and acoustical insulation between interior spaces. With all that insulation in place, it's incredible how much quieter and warmer the space is. 

The Evolution of a Stair

Oct 27, 2014 by Christina Kwiecienski

stair details

It’s amazing what creative solutions can emerge when collaboration is at play. The evolution of this stair in particular is a result of an exquisite collaborative effort between architecture and engineering. We worked directly with our structural engineer, Bill Harrison, to find a solution that embodies our client’s vision for this project. As the design progressed (from left to right on the image above), we wanted to enhance one of the most innovative features of this stair - the perforated metal mesh. The mesh seems to defy the laws of gravity as it floats upward, bending continuously to act as both stair riser and tread. The owners were also very helpful in communicating their preferences as we shared each option. The design would not have evolved in the same way without the necessary and valuable structural input from an engineer that understands the essence of the design. What a beautiful partnership!

Finishing up Santa Fe Avenue Residence

Oct 23, 2014 by Hiromi Ogawa

Santa Fe Avenue Residence kitchen

Final touches are being applied to the Santa Fe Avenue remodel and addition.  The transformation has been amazing - see the "before" pictures in our previous blog post here.

NE 38th Avenue Residence begins construction

Oct 13, 2014 by Hiromi Ogawa

We're very excited to have a Portland project break ground this fall.  It's always exciting when framing goes up and the rooms start to take shape.

Transparency and Connection

Aug 8, 2014 by Christina Kwiecienski

SketchUp model - view inside from backyard deck SketchUp model - view inside from backyard deck

SketchUp model - threshold between inside and outside space SketchUp model - looking towards the kitchen and living spaces at the threshold between outside and inside. 

It's amazing how powerful a 3D model can be when it comes to understanding spacial relationships. One of the driving elements of this project is the inter-connectivity between inside and outside living spaces, and I love how the digital model really allows for us to feel that transparency and connection.

Featured on Houzz: 7 Kitchen Flooring Materials to Boost Your Cooking Comfort

Aug 7, 2014 by Hiromi Ogawa

12th Street Residence Kitchen 1

The Novak Residence kitchen has been featured again on Houzz, in an article called "7 Kitchen Flooring Materials to Boost Your Cooking Comfort".  The Flexco rubber floor is a big hit with the owners, who are avid cooks.  They preferred a tough, yet soft surface like rubber over the idea of continuing the wood flooring, since they wanted the kitchen to withstand spills, stains, and drops, yet still be comfortable for their no-shoes barefoot lifestyle with a young child underfoot. 

Other flooring materials featured in the article include favorites we have used in kitchens and throughout the house: cork, bamboo, and wood. 

Making Use of the Space Under the Stairs

Jul 7, 2014 by Hiromi Ogawa

Neilson Street stair cabinet Front

We were just featured in an article called "Turn Wasted Space into Functional Storage", where they use our Neilson Street Residence project as one solution for using the underutilized space under the stairs. 
















Other examples in the article were also inspiring, such as a play house, pull-out pantry, and bookshelves.  It's always nice to take advantage of unused spaces, and make something special that is unique to the home.