Alameda Craftsman

Portland, OR

3,383 SF
Designed to Age in Place and Keep in the Family
After 30 years in her treasured 1920s bungalow, Irene was ready for a change. She wanted to age in place in her cherished home with plenty of room for her grown children and grandchildren to visit. A whole house remodel was the answer—a project that addresses every space, detail and system to give her peace of mind and prepare the house to stay in the family for years to come.
The new fireplace at the Alameda Craftsman features a sealed gas fireplace, ceramic tile, a limestone hearth, and custom built-in cabinets.

This is a view of the front exterior of the Alameda Craftsman after being renovated.
This is a view of the front exterior of the Alameda Craftsman before being renovated.

The roof was removed, and the house was gutted down to a few first-floor walls. It was then rebuilt as a two-story structure with a basement.

The exterior design – with a full front porch, tongue and groove soffits, barge board brackets, and lap siding – reintroduces this bungalow to the urban neighborhood with a distinct street presence.

Divided-light windows, with the same pattern as the original house, were incorporated into the design of the new house.

Custom rafter tails were designed as a memory to the original tails her beloved husband had emphasized years ago. 

The exterior of the Alameda Craftsman 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 flow and function of the first floor were reworked and an addition was created to support a primary suite. The ample space and more accessible layout allow her to live her daily life on the home’s main level.

Finishing touches maintain the Craftsman charm while supporting modern living, such as the focal wall in the living area with a gas fireplace, tiled surround and classic painted built-ins.

The fireplace at the Alameda Craftsman 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, the existing attic space was reintroduced as a livable second floor with three bedrooms and a full bathroom—the perfect place for visiting family. The existing steep staircase was replaced with a more reasonably sloped stair and appointed with decorative iron details. The open design maintains a desirable connection between floors.

Craftsman detailing and character are found throughout the home.

The stair guardrail at the second floor landing at the Alameda Craftsman features decorative black iron spindles and a white oak handrail.
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The tile backsplash over the range at the Alameda Craftsman 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 is contrasted with black quartz countertops. 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 Alameda Craftsman is large and has a view of the backyard.
The primary bathroom at the Alameda Craftsman has a walk-in shower, a large sink vanity, and a private toilet room.

The primary suite includes a fully accessible bathroom. It is well-appointed and packed with function—a true walk-in shower with a bench seat and grab bars. It has a sauna too. The tile details and polished nickel finishes elevate the aesthetic of the accessible features.

At the Alameda Craftsman, the primary bathroom features a walk-in shower and sauna with grab bars and a bench.
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While the home was designed to support Irene’s daily living, future functionality was top of mind. Her son Josh, who will inherit the home someday, was intimately involved in the process. 

“Lisa has the skill to understand a client’s desires and make them a reality.”

Irene B.