This is a renovation of a ranch-style home located in the Alberta Arts District in Portland, Oregon. The owners, builders, and designers — Michelle Ruber and Klaas de Jonge of Encircle Design Build — renovated the old home with locally-sourced materials and contemporary design. It’s now used as a short-term, vacation rental to “provide people a home that embodies Portland’s energies of creativity and ecologically minded ways.”
The single-family home had a cramped floor plan, too many doors, and less than desirable natural lighting. So the owners removed certain walls and doors to improve the flow and allow more natural light.
This walk-through video shows the before and after changes
Ruber, a prior marketing director for Environmental Building Supplies and YOLO Colorhouse, and de Jonge, previously a carpenter with Orange Design and Build, stripped the kitchen and bathrooms to the studs. What they found was the lack of insulation and old plumbing and electrical, which they fixed.
The owners designed and built cabinets with reclaimed wood. Locally-sourced reclaimed wood was used to make the dining table, coffee tables, bed frame, floating shelving, and fireplace mantle. The kitchen cabinets were made with salvaged fir that was grain matched “so that looking at the cabinets is like looking at a painting,” said Ruber.
Ruber and de Jonge donated old, unused materials and reused some of the existing doors, trim, moldings, and flooring. The appliances were replaced with Energy Star ones. Also, the home was finished with YOLO Colorhouse no-VOC paints, Godfrey Hirst wool carpeting, Expanko cork tiles, and Vermont Natural Coatings wood finish.
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Photo credits: Joshua Seaman Photography.