SW Farmhouse

Portland, OR

3,272 SF

Starting Fresh Provides New Opportunities
This is a rendering of the front of the SW Farmhouse.

This expansive property in Portland’s Hillsdale neighborhood was full of opportunities. While the clients were attached to the original 800-sq.ft. farmhouse, their dream home was 3,200-sq.ft, making a renovation impractical. It was time to start fresh with a new modern farmhouse.

Vicinity plan showing the property.
Digital rendering of the southeast corner of the new modern farmhouse.

The plan for the new modern farmhouse carefully considered the spirit of the old home. Thoughtful planning provides an L-shaped configuration while a smaller entry space connects the two volumes. A one-story structure focuses on family living and entertaining while the adjacent two-story volume provides private, relaxation spaces. A detached building set within the landscape offers a quaint yoga studio.

By dividing the home into discreet volumes, the larger house sits comfortably within the neighborhood of older, smaller homes.

The exterior materials play with the history of the original farmhouse—horizontal tongue and groove cedar, shallow eaves and a metal roof. Windows with divided lites further the farmhouse vibe while a large brick chimney anchors the east elevation. The house features a full rain screen under the new siding.  Exterior insulation in the walls and roof keep the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

The interior design features vaulted ceilings and a large stone fireplace. Shaker-style cabinets, soapstone countertops and wide-plank hardwood floors create a warm, welcoming feeling while polished nickel hardware completes the farmhouse aesthetic.

Digital rendering of the east elevation of the new modern farmhouse.
First floor plan of the new modern farmhouse.
Second floor plan of the new modern farmhouse.
Digital rendering of the northeast corner of the new modern farmhouse.