1954 Kitchen Remodel

Located on a small corner lot in Portland’s Southwest Hills, this 1954 single-family one level detached home had never been updated. The new Owners wanted to bring the existing Kitchen and adjacent Half Bath into the 21st century.

We removed all the existing cabinets, appliances, and heavy-handed soffits over the wall cabinets. We broke up the bowling alley effect of the 30 foot long kitchen with a short peninsula counter that doubles as a breakfast bar on the Desk/Breakfast table end of the space. The wall and base cabinets at the far end of the Kitchen were converted to full height pull-out pantry units on the interior wall.

On the exterior wall opposite the new pull-out pantry we added a casework enclosure to conceal a new stacked full-size washer and dryer. We included a laundry sink next to the washer/dryer enclosure that doubles as a bar during parties.The existing Half-Bath at the far end of the Kitchen was converted to a full bath with the addition of a shower.

The flush overlay Kitchen cabinets have been painted white, the counter tops are a grey peppered granite and the Kitchen and Breakfast Area wall color is a medium warm grey. The red accent wall color at the far end of the Kitchen provides interest and further breaks up the length of the 30 foot galley Kitchen. The lighting in the Kitchen was modified to highlight the face of the upper cabinets. Under cabinet lights were included to enhance counter top tasks and illuminate the backsplash. Pendant lights were carefully placed over the two sinks and over the Breakfast Area peninsula to light tasks as well as to add visual interest in the long Kitchen. The Owners no longer think of the Kitchen as being unusually long; it is now a well-designed place to do laundry, prepare food and entertain.