Alameda Craftsman

Portland, OR

3,383 SF

Designed to Age in Place and Keep in the Family
The new fireplace at the Alameda Craftsman features a sealed gas fireplace, ceramic tile, a limestone hearth, and custom built-in cabinets.

After 30 years in her treasured 1920s bungalow, Irene craved a change. First and foremost, she wanted to age in place in her cherished home with plenty of room for her grown children and grandchildren to visit. A remodel designed for aging in place was the answer. She wanted a design that addressed every space, detail and system to give her peace of mind for the future. Furthermore, she wanted to prepare the house to stay in the family for years to come.

Vicinity plan showing the location of Alameda Craftsman.
Front exterior craftsman house after the aging in place remodel.
Front exterior of house before renovations.

In this case, the remodel involved removing the roof and gutting the structure down to a few first-floor walls. A home with two full stories plus a basement took its place.

The exterior design features a full front porch, tongue and groove soffits as well as barge board brackets, and lap siding. These details reintroduce the bungalow to the urban neighborhood with a distinct street presence.

Other notable exterior design elements include divided-light windows with the same pattern as the original house. Additionally, custom rafter tails created in honor of her beloved complete the design. 

The exterior of the aging in place remodel features traditional detailing such as eave brackets, window trim with backbend, chunky columns, lap siding and tongue and groove soffits.
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The interior highlights include a fully reworked first floor plan as well as an addition at the rear of the home for a new primary suite. Designed to accommodate aging in place, the remodel offers ample space and a more accessible layout. Asa result, Irene now lives her daily life on the home’s main level.

Equally important, finishing touches maintain the Craftsman charm while supporting modern living. For example, the living room features a gas fireplace with an Encore Ceramics tiled surround and classic painted built-ins.

The fireplace is a sealed gas unit, surrounded by traditional, custom built-in cabinetry. The tile is by Encore Tile and the hearth is limestone.
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By gutting the home and raising the roof, the existing attic space became a livable second floor. It accommodates three bedrooms and a full bathroom—the perfect place for visiting family. Additionally, a code-compliant stair replaced the existing steep (dangerous!) staircase. Decorative iron balusters with a white oak handrail round out the look. The open design maintains a desirable connection between floors.

Craftsman detailing and character feature throughout the home.

The stair guardrail at the second floor landing features decorative black iron spindles and a white oak handrail.
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The tile backsplash over the range features trivets that the owner collected over the course of her travels.

The new kitchen focuses on clean lines and simple details. White-painted, flush inset cabinetry contrasts with black quartz countertops. In addition, the crisp white subway tile backsplash highlights Irene’s trivet treasures, a collection from her many travels.

Natural light floods the kitchen via windows that provide views to the backyard.

The kitchen at the aging in place remodel is large and has a view of the backyard.
The primary bathroom at the aging in place remodel has a walk-in shower, a large sink vanity, and a private toilet room.

The primary suite remodel includes a fully accessible bathroom to truly address aging in place. Well-appointed and packed with function, the space includes a walk-in shower with a bench seat and grab bars, and a sauna too. Finally, the tile details and polished nickel finishes elevate the aesthetic of the accessible features.

The primary bathroom features a walk-in shower and sauna with grab bars and a bench.
Red front door craftsman house.

While designed to support Irene’s daily living, the future functionality of the home remained top of mind. Her son Josh, who will inherit the home someday, supported every step of the process. 

“Lisa has the skill to understand a client’s desires and make them a reality. My remodel accommodates aging in place perfectly.”

Irene B.