One of the roughest houses we have ever worked on, this house on the Oregon Coast required us to start from the existing foundation and build new. We were able to work with the original footprint of the home but had the pleasure to start new with everything else. Our plans involved building a fresh and bright country home with modern influences.
The exterior was designed to be more modern in shape with the parapet, corbels and siding acting as a traditional balance. We chose white as the exterior color with bronze windows as the contrasting color for a more modern approach to a traditional color scheme. The house now stands tall and proud as opposed to it's original life.
The inspiration for the inside came from the broad range of style that is tagged modern country. This is our version. White walls and trim but full of character. The idea was to keep everything imperfectly classic. Subway and hex tile for the bathrooms, mismatched antique wood doors throughout, repurposed antique furniture, butcher block counters, zinc backsplash, farm sinks...the list goes on. With this wide collection of elements and materials, the house fit together perfectly and intentionally and that is the beauty of country design.
When designing the layout of this house, the small footprint proved challenging. After designing and redesigning, we were able to come up with a layout that flowed well and provided enough living and entertaining space without feeling too open or too closed off. We love the idea of reworking the layout of a smaller home to maximize it's usability and not to lose but to gain valuable space. This home proved exactly that. The Port House remains one of our favorite projects to this day.