Modern Farmhouse


Location
Portland, OR

Size
2,761 SF
Reorganizing One Phase at a Time
Sometimes the essence of a home loses itself in a cycle of additions. Families try to make a house better suit their lifestyle by tacking on more space. This 1930s house had a series of additions, decade after decade—50s, 60s, 80s, 90s—the floor plan was transformed into a disaster.
Warm winter boots sit next to the custom bench and cabinetry in the primary suite at the Modern Farmhouse.
The custom bench and cabinetry in the primary suite at the Modern Farmhouse provides a play place for the owner's daughter.

The stove hood is crafted from the same white oak as the adjacent cabinetry at the Modern Farmhouse.

This couple invested in the bigger picture – they wanted to honor the bones of where it began and bring it to an honest place in the modern world.


The entire home was reimagined. It was reorganized to establish a logical and natural flow of space. Due to all of the additions, a distinct style had disappeared. Cues were taken from its farmhouse roots and then layered with a Norwegian-inspired modern sensibility. 

A classic subway tile backsplash is a nod to the farmhouse style but applied in a modern proportion. This is just one example of how this remodel helps the past thoughtfully meet the present.

The kitchen highlights the elevated aesthetic. The bright white, light-filled space features an island with a maple butcherblock countertop. The waterfall edge and finger-jointed corner details are thoughtful yet subtle details that make the space unique.

The kitchen at the Modern Farmhouse features an island crafted from maple butcher block.
An island with a maple butcher block counter separates the dining and prep areas in the kitchen at the Modern Farmhouse.
The island countertop is crafted from maple and finger-jointed at the waterfall edge at the Modern Farmhouse.

A purest palette with simple, clean materials unifies the interior. From phase to phase, stained white oak floors and cabinets maintain a cohesive décor.

A dramatic storage wall brings form and function to the dining room. A combination of closed and open storage provides display space for dining ambiance while keeping all the family necessities out of sight but close at hand. 

The wall unit is crafted from white-stained rift oak at the Modern Farmhouse.
A custom wall unit was designed for the dining room at the Modern Farmhouse.
A large mirror above the sink vanity creates the illusion of a large space in the primary bathroom at the Modern Farmhouse.

The redesign included the addition of an enviable primary suite.


The spa-like bathroom features a soothing selection of porcelain tile for the floor and walls, a large double vanity, and a skylight to infuse the space with natural light. 

A towel hangs on a hook just outside of the shower in the primary bathroom at the Modern Farmhouse.

This is an example of how the design process can help a home grow in the right ways.


Over the course of the master planning and phased construction, this couple grew their family—and this house supported their growth every step of the way. Now it is the perfect home for their family of four.

A large skylight bathes the shower with natural light in the primary bathroom at the Modern Farmhouse.