Dream magazines about stylish homes can’t offer the same experience as walking through a space that represents the latest trends in living space design, with hard-wearing products and tasteful decor.
The 2022 Renovated Homes Tour on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, lets you take your time strolling through five upgraded private homes in the greater Portland area and asking local home improvement contractors to update a kitchen, to rework a bathroom or add a room.
The tour, produced by the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland and its Professional Remodelers Organization, is returning to an in-person event after virtual events in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
Visitors ($30, remodeltourportland.com/p/tickets) can hear about energy-efficient upgrades, scratch- and water-resistant flooring like luxury vinyl plank, composite flooring and new products paint that lasts longer.
Visit RemodelTourPortland.com for more information and to purchase tickets (use code TOUR2022 at checkout to save $10; there’s a $2.50 service fee).
Here are the highlights of each of the five renovated homes in the 2022 Renovated Homes Tour:
Sophisticated townhouse: A brownstone-style townhouse in Northwest Portland’s Alphabet neighborhood now features an open staircase and an upgraded entryway, living room, kitchen and three bathrooms. The work was carried out by C&K Custom Remodeling, a Portland-based design-build firm.
Experts say white and cream cabinets will always be in style, but dramatic colors are also popping up in kitchens, from sky blue and geranium red to stone gray and black.
This remodeled kitchen has painted black and white cabinets, white quartz countertops, and floating shelves against black ceramic tiles that are stacked rather than staggered. The existing black appliances were replaced with stainless steel appliances.
A modern linear fireplace and large TV screen are part of additional space to entertain guests in the kitchen, says Lloyd Martindale of C&K Custom Remodeling.
The master bathroom has a brass and black color scheme, custom plumbing fixtures, designer fixtures, faux encaustic tiles, and a barrier-free shower with a hidden drain.
Other cool elements are non-slip terracotta floor tiles and wallpaper mural as well as a custom window partition. The French doors separating the dining room and the kitchen have been redone.
Multigenerational house: John May of Creekstone Design + Remodel in Tigard has completed the renovation of the entire house which includes a basement converted into an in-laws apartment for this multi-generational family.
The once dark and dated home interior now has more open spaces – a wall has been removed dividing the dining room and kitchen – as well as glass barn doors and barn wood floors which have replaced the old laminates.
A modern fireplace has been installed in the expanded kitchen, which features an island with geometric accent tiles on its most visible side. The appliances are charcoal in color and there is a custom magnetic board on the pantry cabinets.
The in-laws’ new apartment has a door to the outside. Inside there is a kitchenette, a fireplace, a laundry area, large closets, a bedroom and a bathroom with heated floors.
Pet-friendly spaces: A contemporary renovation by Creekstone Design + Remodel has made the rooms more functional and open. Beautiful new floors and other durable finishes can withstand the activities of teenagers and large dogs in the family.
A black and white ceiling mural in the kitchen reflects the new color scheme, with white wall cabinets contrasting with the black cabinets on the island.
The master suite features a spa-like bathroom with a zen tub, custom cabinetry, and rock tile floors, while the kids’ bathroom has been dressed in new tile and planks.
Characteristics of aging in place: Keith Knowles of EverLife Home in Beaverton has completed a complete renovation of the home over three generations to live comfortably in his relaxed, chic style.
The trend of mixing wood is seen here with hickory floors, white oak countertops, and faux fir and larch beams under a vaulted tongue-and-groove ceiling. Reclaimed wood was used as a backsplash.
An efficient desk has room to work and study, and built-in storage.
Private accommodations with a seating area and kitchenette for grandparents have been created by reconfiguring a large bedroom. The new space has a stair lift, accessible bathroom, and other aging-in-place features.
Scandinavian aesthetic: A renovation by Brian Schmidt Builder of Lake Oswego has created a modern Scandinavian look while opening up the floor plan of a previously remodeled mid-century home, making rooms easier to live in and entertain.
A wall separating the dining room and the living room has been removed and the hardwood floor continues into the kitchen where there was once dated vinyl. A Monocoat floor finish allows for long-term durability and repair flexibility, says Brian Schmidt.
Existing kitchen pantries and a linen closet have been replaced with a wall of Italian laminate cabinetry. A mirrored wall sits behind a large bar cabinet with floating shelves.
The peninsula and freestanding island have quartz counters for food prep as well as dining bars for dining or doing homework.
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072
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