Gwen + Andy

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Gwen + Andy

Kitchen Renovation

This 1920s house isn't short on charm, but the circulation between the kitchen, dining room, and breakfast nook made it awkward for family living.

To maximize usable kitchen "real estate," we closed off a redundant entry to the back staircase, creating vital counter space between the fridge and range. At the nook, we widened the opening for ease of access and designed a built-in bench to make for easy casual dining and a space for the kids to do crafts and projects. Matched oak flooring unifies new spaces and old.

Kitchen finishes strike a balance between past and present: honed black granite countertops are durable and evoke a classic American feel. Handmade gray-blue tile adds texture and visual interest. Kitchen cabinets are painted white with the faintest hint of gray, whereas walls are off-set in a paper-white for a clean, modern finish. Lighting and hardware by Portland's own Cedar & Moss and Rejuvenation, respectively, add some local polish.

“We chose to work with Michael because of his thoughtful and personalized approach to our home remodel. He added value to our project throughout the process, from the design phase all the way through to construction and clean-up. Michael's attention to detail, responsiveness to all our questions, and project management helped to produce a glowing result for our family.”



The old kitchen was worn out, with a tricky layout.


Closely connected

We created a wide casement opening between the kitchen and dining rooms. This way, the two rooms are nicely connected, but maintain crucial separations for optimal function.


tactile + timeless

The large-format handmade tile is unusual: layers of blue and gray on a natural clay base make for gorgeous texture and shifting color effects.

General Contractor: The Works

Photographer: Anna M Campbell