Moving into a new home can be exhilarating, especially your first home. There are dreams of a garden full of organic produce, green lawns, gleaming floors and streams of light coming through windows. But often, especially if it is your first home, those dreams come with their fair share of work.
Chris and Katherine recently moved into their North East Portland home – a classic 1916 Portland Arts and Crafts with original built-ins on a tree lined street. It is the type of home you can imagine generations gathered around a dining room table or busily preparing food in the kitchen. I love these homes. The moment you walk in the door there is a sense of place that is just right.
However, Chris and Katherine’s kitchen and small half-bath belong to someone else’s dream. A dream stuck in 1980’s big hair with a foot in Disco. I think I had a shirt almost identical to the blue and green striped bathroom walls in 3rd grade. And Katherine and I weren’t sure if the kitchen was painted a nacho cheese or blue box macaroni and cheese yellow.
I asked Chris and Katherine what are their plans for this space and immediately Katherine said, “I want to get rid of the yellow orange color and the flooring!” With Chris adding, “We want a usable space that people can come over and feel at home.”
Chris and Katherine contacted Hardline Design and Construction to do their kitchen, bath and small mudroom remodel after they had seen the work Hardline Design and Construction had done for Katherine’s brother. Sarah Cox, Designer of Hardline added later, “We did a full basement and new garage for them, they were wonderful to work with.”
Adam Lucas of Hardline Design and Construction said “What Chris and Katherine want for this job is to keep their period details yet make the space more usable and to incorporate seating. To accomplish this a wall is being removed where a flue once was and that will give way to much needed space.” Also original cabinets are being kept where possible and any new cabinets are being chosen to fit in. Chris and Katherine also want to include recycled and reclaimed items when possible. They are having a kitchen island built with a butcher block top that is being made from fallen Portland walnut and maple trees.
Please check back with us to watch this project grow. We are expecting this remodel to take 4 to 5 weeks and we will be posting more pictures as this kitchen, mudroom and bathroom develop.