Our Roscoe Hemenway kitchen remodel was recognized on Houzz this week. And a good week it is!
This project is a complicated garage replacement. Soldier pilings, helical pilings, tunnels, waterproofing, roof terraces & cascading stairs with basalt stone walls. Not to mention the replacement of the wrap-around porch and the front portico restoration. Luckily we have a good crew on the job; and although the place looks a mess, things are going according to plan.
We had lots of options to present to the clients for their new ADU design. The owners wanted a more contemporary look for the new structure in their backyard. We looked at different sizes and outdoor spaces so that the ADU really enhances the activity in the back yard. Hoping to start developing the design of this new place soon.
This Eastmoreland house is converting 2 dormers into 1. The goal of the project is to enlarge their tiny bathroom and give the adjoining bedroom a little more space and natural light. A small change that we are trying to keep clean, simple and in keeping with the architecture of the house.
This is the attic bathroom in the Wade Pipes house. The vanity floats in the middle of the gable space with the bathroom on one side and a closet on the other side. It's hard to believe that such a small tight attic space turned out so nice! Just a few door stops left to install and blue tape to remove.
The street facade is amazing on this Victorian house in the Alphabet District but the back could use a little attention. The primary goal is to convert the basement to living space but we also looked at revamping the kitchen and back porch just a little to help make the main floor space function a little better and also open up more to the backyard.
Existing back facade
Schematic floor plan. New kitchen, basement stairs and a small little office at the back of the house really change the energy of things..
It's hard to find a door with more character than this one. We are going to be doing a remodel on this Victorian basement. That might not sound too exciting until you see the granite masonry foundation on this beauty. We'll show you more in the not so distant future.
This is the first year that Gusto actually had a place to Take-Your-Child-to-Work to. And Nico actually had a good time working with us. He pretended to be the lead designer rendering a copy of an old presentation. His color selection was pretty sharp. We were happy to have the good company today.
Just a slight remodel of the side porch and an efficient master bedroom addition to help an old house function a little better.
We are happy to see this project getting to the finish line. A complete make-over and it is looking so much better than when we started. It's very much the same house on the exterior with just a few changes that helps to really connect it to the outdoors. Instead of one set of slider doors, there are now 3 and the shed dormer in the attic makes a beautiful room where it was just cold storage with exposed rafters and insulation before. Looking forward to sharing finished photos.
Sometimes it's hard to see how things will finish out in the end. A quick sketch can really help make sure that we're on the right track. Take this new side porch for instance.
Macleay Remodel wrapped up last week. A pretty significant transformation by changing the master bedroom roof and enclosing the front porch. But the big change with this job was the reworking of the kitchen and the basement stairs. Pictures can't describe how big the improvement was.
The framing on the Roscoe Hemenway remodel is underway. We are reworking the kitchen and the back covered porch to really open the house to the backyard where the owners have a pool that gets a lot of use during the summer. This summer will be the best pool year ever! We posted the schematic design back on May 20th 2016
Gusto is starting to help with a new historical renovation. This house was the home of George Chamberlain, a popular and well liked governor of Oregon from 1903-1909. Originally Whidden and Lewis designed this house for the Oliphant family in 1893.
We are working with old friends but new clients to help their old kitchen open up to the backyard in a new way. It's always a challenge to move bathrooms, porches, mudrooms and pantries away from the back of the house to help connect the rooms like the kitchen to the backyard. That's what this project is all about. It's a bonus that we are working for Portland's best metal craftsman, Flux Design, on this project!
Slow down today and enjoy the beauty of the snow. It's such an amazing transformation of the city.
Gusto has always appreciated the Envoy building, near the corner of 23rd and NW Burnside. We were fortunate to get a chance to work on one of the units. It was a small master bathroom remodel with plenty of limitations but the change has made a big difference to the livability of the unit.
The shower, vanity and toilet locations were fixed due to the concrete construction of the building and also due to the cost that would be incurred if the plumbing were to change. So we moved the wall opposite of the plumbing wall 42" which allowed us to add his & her vanities. This added much needed storage and a place to prep & primp that wasn't in the way of the other person.
The best part however is the tile. The owners loved the Greek Key pattern and the classic black nero and white carrara marble combination. Gusto worked to detail the materials so that the design came together as if the bathroom were original to the unit. The final result is a deco-styled bathroom in a deco-styled building.
Gusto would like to make a shout out to all the guys that are out there working to keep the projects moving forward in Portland's sub-freezing temperatures. It's not easy to motivate on days like these. Thank you!
Gusto is working on a simple ADU design to convert an old garage into a unit with storage on the ground floor for the primary family and rentable space on the 2nd floor.