Category Archives: Projects

Patton Modern

Christie Architecture designed a new living room fireplace surround, complete kitchen, and cabinetry in the study and the master bedroom in an existing midcentury ranch house. The oak floors throughout the house were stained dark to set off the new cabinetry, and all interior doors were replaced.

The living room fireplace wall was resurfaced in a woven stone tile. A soapstone hearth cantilevers off the wall.

The kitchen layers white and black finishes to break up the large space. White Carrara countertops and white stained rift oak cabinetry establish the perimeter of the kitchen. Absolute Black granite lines the cooking niche and the work island. Satin nickel faucets and cabinet pulls add subtle accents. The refrigerator, freezers and ovens are concealed in the cabinetry.

The study and master bedroom cabinetry is silvered oak. Fabric panels conceal the audio/video equipment yet still provide signal access. An existing gas fireplace was relocated and integrated into the finished cabinetry in the master bedroom.

Modern Farm House

This project involved a renovation and addition to a 70-year old farmhouse that had been added on to numerous times and lacked a harmonious design.

An addition was constructed to accommodate a master bedroom, changing vestibule and bathroom. The kitchen, living and dining rooms were reconfigured so they have a sensible relationship to each other.

The dining room features custom built-in shelves and cabinetry while the kitchen houses an island with a maple butcher-block waterfall counter.

Materials include white-washed wide-plank hardwood floors, white-washed cabinetry, quartz and maple countertops, porcelain tile, and stainless steel hardware.

Riverview Midcentury

This project was a whole house remodel to a 1960’s midcentury home overlooking the Columbia River. Every surface was renovated – walls, floors, roof, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, fireplace, fixtures, lighting, windows and exterior siding.

An attached garage was added to the house, connecting the kitchen through a new laundry / mud room. The new laundry room features a custom tiled dog wash, slate floors and custom laminate cabinets.

The front hall was extended to provide a more gracious entry at the front door. The entry hall features a custom steel powder-coated guardrail and a silver slate tile floor. A soapstone slab was added to the fireplace hearth.

The kitchen features built-in paneled appliances for a seamless look. Cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms are rift white oak with white quartz countertops. All lighting in the house is LED.

The master bathroom features a private commode and a walk-in (curbless) shower with a large skylight overhead.

Family Porch

With a steep front yard to this 1910 traditional South Portland house, this project proposed replacing an old, cramped, one-car structure that was tight and difficult to use with a new two car garage and a new outdoor deck above.

The structure is stuccoed concrete accented by stained Ipe carriage doors, trellis and fence. There are step lights modestly embedded in the walls that provide subtle but effective lighting for evening use.

Raised above the city street, the deck is a family refuge with a view that creates an outdoor gathering space where none existed previously.

Garthwick Modern

This project strips an existing nondescript 1940’s house down to the studs and completely rebuilds it into a beautiful, modern home.

The hipped roof is removed on both the house and garage and replaced with a flat roof. The house receives both an addition at the back and a second story addition on top. A window wall of glass defines the first floor while the second floor hovers above. A full width porch faces the street, connecting the interior to the exterior and presenting a friendly facade to the street.

The interior features hardwood floors, clean white walls, quartz countertops, laminate cabinets, ceramic tile, and LED lighting.

The exterior features large glazed openings, board & batten siding with black metal accents, and simple geometric lines.

Grant Kitchen & Bath

This project created a new, more efficient use of an old existing kitchen, doubling the storage and preserving the footprint of the space. The existing full bath was updated to brighten the space and improve the old haphazard layout of the room.

Modern lines in the cabinetry, chrome hardware, and lighting accents give a nod to the midcentury provenance of this 1950 house. A unifying palette of warm rift white oak cabinetry with white quartz countertops relates the two spaces. The bath includes subtle color and texture in the penny tile as well as subtle functional touches like a heated fog-free mirror. The wall-to-wall mirror opens up the modest space and concealed storage simplifies the surfaces.

The kitchen preserves original windows along two walls offering a view out the city. The cabinetry layout efficiently used every bit of volume in the room to improve storage and integrate the daily needs of the homeowners. A built-in bench provides storage under the seat. The refrigerator and freezer are integrated into the storage wall. Topmost panels in the cabinets offer long-term storage options.

Hayhurst Midcentury

This project was a whole house remodel and addition to a 1950’s ranch house. The existing house had a small, isolated kitchen, awkward dining and living rooms, and no master suite.

To remedy the problems, a small bedroom and adjacent hallway were removed to create a large, open kitchen and dining area. The living room was connected to the backyard via a new French door and stair, and a small addition was added to the house to create a master suite. Finally, the remainder of the spaces were revised and updated with a common palette of finishes.

The kitchen features a large island that separates the working area from the seating area. The walls of the kitchen and dining room are lined with floor to ceiling custom cabinetry that visually ties the entire space together.

The master bathroom features double sinks, a separate toilet room, and a large walk-in shower and tub room.

Finishes include: oak flooring, rift white oak cabinetry, quartz countertops, porcelain tile, limestone slab, and brushed nickel accessories.

Hawk Ridge Midcentury

This project involved remodeling and enlarging an existing small and awkwardly arranged kitchen in a 1960’s split-level. A small addition was added to the front of the house under the existing eave to create much needed workspace, and a wall was removed to open the kitchen to the dining room. The entry hall was reconfigured to clarify the circulation through the house. The combined result of these small changes creates a space that feels thoughtful, open, and modern.

The kitchen features a large island that separates the working area from the seating area. A 3’ x 8’ skylight centered above the island brings in natural light and helps the existing lower than average ceiling feel higher.

The sink, fridge and island cabinetry are white foil, while the cabinetry that extends the full length of the range wall is plain sliced walnut. The white foil provides a quiet background for the drama of the walnut. A new slate fireplace surround was designed for the existing living room firebox.

Finishes include: gray oak flooring, walnut cabinetry, white foil cabinetry, quartz countertops, stainless steel countertops, ceramic tile, slate tile, and polished chrome accessories.

Alameda Update

This project was a gut renovation of an existing kitchen and dining room.

The remodel involved removing a wall between the existing kitchen and dining room to create an open cooking and eating area. An island with a waterfall counter and seating area separates yet connects the two spaces.

Numerous small closets were removed to expand the kitchen and create a sense of clarity in the plan. A back bedroom was opened up to create a den that is cozy and private yet still connected to the family spaces.

The contemporary flavor of the space is balanced by hand-crafted ceramic tile at the backsplash, tying the new kitchen into the traditional style of the existing house.

Finishes include: rift white oak cabinetry, quartz counters, Clayhaus ceramic tile, oak hardwood flooring, and brushed nickel accessories.