New album of old photos on our Facebook page

Oct 7, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

Check out photos of a Berkeley Remodel and Addition we designed back in 2006.  Photos by Joe Fletcher Photography.

Here are some of the services we provided:

  • designed the new layout for their home, including the exterior aesthetic, interior flow, window placement, appropriate room sizes, and overall update on the house based on a more modern lifestyle
  • drew plans and elevations to help the owners understand the new look and feel of the house; designed custom cabinets for the kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathrooms to fit all their storage and use needs
  • helped the owners select exterior colors, interior colors, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, furniture, window coverings, and other design-related pieces
  • drew details and compiled schedules to obtain a building permit
  • helped the owners interview contractors, and negotiated the final bid
  • acted as owner's representative by overseeing construction, assisting the owner with last minute changes, and reviewing the contractor's invoices

And this is just a partial list.  We take care of each project as if it were our babies.  We love every home as if it were our own.  We treasure our projects and our clients.  And we are proud of that.

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House Addition featured in Portland Architecture blog

Sep 21, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

Brian Libby at Portland Architecture interviewed Hiromi about our recently completed project in North Portland, as well as our company's general approach to projects.  You can read more about it here.

Topics: Press, Projects

Choosing wood is like choosing an outfit.

May 26, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

a fine example of like-materials coming together and living in harmony... I hope you'd agree.

Just like in fashion, colors, textures, and proportions should be considered, especially when combining like-colors and like-materials.  We want to avoid the "tried but failed" look, like wearing denim on denim.

In this Portland bedroom addition (still under construction), we carefully chose a hemlock ceiling, douglas fir window, and cork floor in finishes that work well together.

The crowning touch is the custom-blended white paint color the owners chose.  Very nice.

The room is warm yet neutral, ready to serve as a backdrop for their life ahead.

And so it begins....

May 20, 2010 by Lynn Fisher

The start of construction is always exhilarating for us -- it's thrilling to see a project which we know so well through drawings start to become a real, built object.  For our clients, however, I think it's both exhilarating AND terrifying.  It's thrilling to finally begin construction, but once demo starts, someone with whom they have a new relationship (the contractor) has just torn off the back of their home.  There's no going back.

This project in Berkeley broke ground last week.  In the fall, they should be hosting Thanksgiving in their newly expanded home, with a new first floor rear addition containing a kitchen, eating area, and family room, and a new second story master suite.

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When two countertops meet…

May 18, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

...they gently embrace each other.

A kitchen remodel in Portland, currently in progress.  Caesarstone quartz "Pebble" in honed finish, over a custom beech butcher block eating counter.  The eating counter will float across a floor-to-ceiling window with folding glass panels.

Go Kitchen Go!

May 4, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

Our lovely clients, Andrew and Peg, recently entered the Rejuvenation "Make your Home Your Own" Contest with photos of the kitchen we designed for them. Check them out!

If you like what you see, vote for their project and help them win the People's Choice award!

Topics: Projects

Almost complete – Remodel and Addition in Albany, California

Apr 19, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

The custom casework under the stair articulates the stepping profile.  It also creates an artful display on an otherwise unusable wall.

Casework by City Cabinetmakers, construction by Tom Dannenberg Company.

The windows between the upper and lower cabinets illuminate the Kitchen; the Hakatai red tile backsplash compliments the red cords of the Caravaggio pendant by Cecilie Manz.

We'll post more photos after the project is complete and we have Joe Fletcher, our lovely photographer, do his magic.

What a difference color makes

Feb 22, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

We are currently observing construction of a second-story addition to a house in Albany, California.

Residence in Albany - BEFORE color change (but AFTER second story addition)

We'll post more photos once the project is complete, but I wanted to share before and after photos of the exterior colors, which I think makes a world of a difference, not only to the feel of the existing facade, but also to the new volume as a whole.

Residence in Albany - AFTER color change

The white trim accentuates the window openings, and the house looks brighter.

Here's another project, this one in Portland, Oregon, where the exterior color also transformed the house:

Residence in Portland - BEFORE

Residence in Portland - AFTER front porch addition and color change

If you'd like to see more before and after photos, feel free to check out our facebook albums here:

North Portland residence breaking ground

Feb 20, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

Corner of existing garage, and form work for new foundation

We have started construction on one of our projects in North Portland: a modern two-bedroom two-bath addition to a traditional home. The form work for the foundations are in, and you can get a sense of how the addition will make a courtyard-like space that is accessible from both bedrooms and the original house. We're excited to see things take shape!

The owners (a fun and active family of three) are living in the home during construction, and the connection between the main house and addition will be made at the very end.  Special thanks to Lorence Brothers Construction for all their hard work so far.

Topics: Projects

Project photos on Facebook

Jan 25, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

We've started posting project albums on Facebook, so that our clients can share their before and after photos with their friends and family. Our clients have been nice enough to share their albums with you, too. Just click on the badge below and you'll be redirected to our Facebook page. While you're there, become a fan to get updates on new albums and projects!

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