Well it didn't take as long as we thought...but we have found our next project! Since the market is so fast and competitive here in Portland, we were prepared to wait some time to before securing the next house. We were able to get away after finishing the Tabor House for some quick R&R only to come back and find the perfect house within a short week. Since then we have been scurrying around and preparing ourselves for quite. the. project. We are no longer in the Tabor/Montavilla neighborhood but actually back up in Northeast Portland where we did The 1940's Ranch a little over a year ago. The location is perfect. That is one of the main reasons we fell in love with the house. The others being the street presence, the age of the home and of course the potential! We present you with The Emerson house...
The house is tall and grand from the street which is one reason we love it. It looks somewhat old and it is (1908) but there is something slightly off. Windows and doors don't line up, very basic exterior trim, asbestos siding (ugh!), nothing that really shows off it's age and grandness. There will be a lot of changes made from the outside. Other than making the house more symmetrical, a new balcony will be added above the front door and we will give the house a more age appropriate siding and trim. Think Modern Colonial.
The biggest change we have for this house will be found in the back yard. The shed is cute but we will be removing it because we will be adding a second story addition which will be a porte-cochere. The second, finished story will be a new master suite while the lower story will be open air and used as parking when needed and a covered porch/outdoor entertaining area at other times.
The inside of the house is similar to the outside. Clean, basic, but nothing special. The floor plan is decent but needs reworking so we will be doing that. This is right inside the front door. A large space that is actually not very usable in it's current state. We plan on adding a powder room here, since there currently is no bathroom on the main.
On the other side of the house is the living room. The space is good but also needs to feel special. More character will be added this space but with a modern vibe. More to come...
The dining room is the only room in the house that hints at the age of the house. It's a great space, but almost too large for the type of room it is. We plan on moving the kitchen to this area so it will open to the living room, dining room and be much larger than the current kitchen.
The current kitchen is small. It feels very disconnected from the rest of the house and somewhat odd because of it's size. Like mentioned before, the kitchen will no longer be here as it will swap spaces with the current dining room and will all be open to one another.
The current "master" bedroom is probably the coolest room in the house. It is huge and runs the whole length of the house. However, no bathroom attached and that closet is a little awkward. This room will stay the same size, become a guest room and we have some awesome ideas for that closet area!
The other guest bedroom is also cute. It is a good size and an interesting shape. We will not be doing much here as far as reworking layout but it will get the same facelift as the rest of the house and...a door that enters onto the new balcony. This will be a special room.
The upstairs bathroom is a great space. The layout is good but it just needs to be dressed up. Right now this bathroom serves as the main bathroom for the upper floor but will now become the secondary bathroom as we will be adding a master bathroom and bedroom for this floor off the back of the house. Big changes guys.
Now the basement looks very dark but is actually quite bright for a basement. The basement actually sits halfway above ground level making it somewhat of a daylight basement...sort of. This space will be reconfigured as secondary living area and bonus space. It will be the perfect getaway. (Don't worry about that water on the floor...we were defrosting an ancient freezer)!
Another bonus room in the basement that will get reworked.
The basement bathroom is a good space...but could use some reworking. We plan on moving the claw foot tub from the second floor down here and charming this place up a bit!
Say goodbye to the weird shower (and everything else...well maybe not the mirror, it's kinda cute)!
This project really excites us. It will be one of our biggest transformations to date and we can only imagine at this point what the house is going to look like a few months from now. We actually started work on the thing a couple of days ago, so changes are already taking place and we are liking what we are seeing! We will be posting our inspiration soon!