Patton Modern

Portland, OR

2,538 SF

Masterful Millwork Transforms Every Space
This mid-century modern gem needed a few updates—contemporary touches to better suit family life and amp up the aesthetic appeal.
A stainless steel sink faces the front window at the Patton Modern.

The kitchen is open to the living room at the Patton Modern.

The existing plan featured an open kitchen, living and dining area within a single space beneath a dramatic cathedral ceiling. A single column smack in the middle made it feel a little awkward. Clearly structurally significant, the challenge put creative problem-solving to the test. 

Moving it would be a considerable cost and effort, with very little design reward. The obstacle was embraced and integrated into a vertical anchor for the new kitchen bar area. It now houses bookshelves for recipe books.

The wall separating the kitchen from the rest of the house was reworked to align with the living room fireplace wall. The wall now conceals the refrigerator to maintain a clean aesthetic and the cooking zone is highlighted with a striking black granite inset—a dramatic contrast to the whitewashed wood cabinets.

The black granite alcove and high-performance, color-correcting lighting create a stage for the colors of cooking. The black granite is repeated in the central island for maximum theatrical effect. 

Carrara marble forms a kitchen peninsula perfect for dining at the Patton Modern.
Custom cabinet pulls are crafted from black leather at the Patton Modern.

The right materials make all the difference.

White marble, whitewashed rift oak, custom leather pulls and speakers concealed behind black panel fabric are combined to create stunning millwork throughout the home. The primary bedroom features a revamped fireplace wall with plenty of storage and display space. Millwork and custom furniture steal the show in every room.

White oak cabinetry surrounds a gas fireplace at the Patton Modern.
Carrara marble and white oak are used to create a custom stereo cabinet at the Patton Modern.

Work from home never looked so good.

A wall of well-appointed cabinets has plenty of space for a television, gaming equipment and even a fold-out desk for work-from-home convenience. When not in use, it is out of sight in true style.

A custom drop-down desk hides the computer and other electronics at the Patton Modern.
White oak, black fabric, and custom leather pulls form a stereo cabinet at the Patton Modern.
White oak cabinetry forms a custom stereo cabinet at the Patton Modern.
The existing fireplace received a new custom tile surround and marble hearth at the Patton Modern.

The living room fireplace wall was transformed. The heavy split-faced Roman brick was refaced with a stone tile and accented with a cantilevered black marble hearth to create a wall of undulating white visual texture.

The existing fireplace featured bland bricks at the Patton Modern. It was ready for a remodel.
A black marble slab cantilevers from the wall to create a floating hearth for the fireplace at the Patton Modern.