Dan + Jenni
Dan + Jenni’s cozy 1,000 square foot home served them well as a couple, but after their second child was born and Dan began to work fulltime from home, they felt cramped. With Portland real estate in short supply—and a desire to stay in their school neighborhood—the couple decided on radical renovation: stitching a second floor to their existing house and creating a new, high-performing modern home out of the old.
The second story adds a master suite, 2 kids' bedrooms, and a bathroom. Design challenges involved working closely with the existing 1949 house and building on both a tight budget and a tight urban lot. The original house remains intact right down to the windows, tucked inside the new form and wrapped in new siding.
Rather than attempting to fake the aesthetic of the original structure, we gave the whole house a fresh attitude. Climate and locale drove the choices: a shed roof is cost-effective and efficient in the rain, and gray clapboard siding gives a nod to a local tradition. Updates include comprehensive seismic, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and thermal upgrades to the building. A fencing scheme is planned as a second phase.