Jarrett is Done

Nine months ago, we broke ground on our largest project to date.  The time between then and now has been a whirlwind of progress, with more than a few bumps in between.  We made it though, and we are happy to announce that The Jarrett House is done!  We were able to incorporate so many design ideas that we love and underneath that beautiful facade, is a home built like a bomb shelter.  We promise, we will get more into this later but for now, we are happy with the way this home turned out.  There is nothing like it and we LOVE that.  Check it out!



We are officially three months into our next project and still have not updated it here.  We're the worst, we know.  Let's go back a few months and get everyone up to speed.  We bought the Jarrett house back in March and it has been slow going getting started.  The house is the biggest project we have tackled to date and needed a lot of preparation and planning to just get started working.  With that in mind, we received our permits a little over a week ago and now the real work can begin.  After The Emerson House sold, we were prepared for the long process of finding another project house, but just a few days in we found Jarrett.  To add to the excitement (and stress) of finding our biggest project ever, we also found a house for ourselves as well.  We don't mess around.  It's been a pretty eventful spring to say the least, and can imagine summer won't disappoint either.  Enough of that, let's tell you about this house!


Although these are not the real "before" pics, you get the idea!  This is right after the asbestos siding was removed.  The house needs everything, no surface will be left untouched which excites us because we really have the chance to change things up a bit with the exterior and interior.   We plan to modernize the facade but add back that traditional character we love so much.  Window layout and style will change and although we haven't chosen a color yet, we plan to paint the exterior in a bold, masculine tone...more on that later.  The exterior of this house will be unrecognizable when we are done. 

Upon our first walk through of Jarrett, it was obvious the place had been empty for some time.  There's this smell that is synonymous with old, vacant houses that can't really be described until you experience it.  We always take that smell as a good sign that this place is for us...it's in our nature.  After getting over the smell, it was evident this house had a lot of potential.  One thing stood out...space!  The house was huge.  Our past projects have been on the smaller to medium size regarding square footage but this house was big, so much room for us to play with!  The original layout offered some decent sized rooms but it was not ideal.  We would describe the original layout as a typical Bungalow layout.  Large living and dining opening into each other with a closed off kitchen at the back of the house, then all the bedrooms and only bathroom lining the other wall from front to back.  Our plan includes combining the living and dining into one large living area and creating a unique eat-in kitchen which we are super excited about and that is all we are saying for now!

The original kitchen was a great size and quite charming so our plans will open and modernize this space while bringing some of that traditional feel back.

The original two bedrooms and only bath in the house were decent sized so we decided to keep one bedroom and the bathroom in (mostly) their original state when it came to the layout.  The second bedroom will now become a space for a grand set of stairs that will be one of the main focal points for the house.  The original set of stairs will be removed and made into a long hallway.  These changes have already taken place and the main floor flows perfectly!  Can't wait to share more!  

Now this area is where we fell in love.  The pictures don't show it well but the upstairs was massive and in it's original state.  It kinda took our breath away.  It felt like an old barn up there, it was incredible!  Since there was so much space, our plan involves adding two bedrooms and two full bathrooms to the area, one being a master suite.  Like I mentioned before, this area is already framed and we are in love with the changes.  

Somehow we didn't get any pics of the basement or the landscape but huge changes in those areas as well!  Probably the biggest changes out of anything in the house since the original foundation was in bad shape and a whole new foundation needed to be added.  Along with that, the ceiling height down there was incredibly low so our plan involved digging out the existing slab and down two feet for eight foot ceilings.  Like I said, huge project.

For now, that is the general idea of what lies ahead.  So much needs to be done and on a large scale too.  The next month we will see huge transformations with the new roof, windows, siding, basement foundation and slab, etc.  It's looking like a busy month but it will be gratifying!  More to come, but until then, keep up with us on our Instagrams for more day to day action.  


Emerson: On the Market


Like with every previous project, the last few months have been very busy to say the least.  Last night, we were able to put the Emerson House on the market and we are so happy with the way this project has turned out.  Although this house has been a lot of work for us (aren't they all?) our vision for it remained strong until the end.  This is a special home and we are proud to call it ours for the time being!  Over the next couple of weeks, we will get our own pictures up on the website plus a little more in depth look at the renovation process and inspiration for this home.  More to come.  Until then, take a look at the listing below!

Staging by:  Kaemingk Design


Emerson Progress.


Days are becoming busier as we are well into the home stretch on The Emerson House.  I know, hardly any updates this time!  Sometimes we dive right into a project and there really is no time for anything else.  That seems to be the case the majority of these days.  Anyway, so much progress.  The house is looking gorgeous and we are so excited to see what the near future holds as we complete it. Anyway, here is a little peek at what we have been up to over the last few months...lots of work!

So much work was spent on the exterior of this house.  We were able to save the original siding hidden under the asbestos siding.  Major victory but so much work.  New trims, doors and balcony are among the few changes that took place and now the house really stands out like it should from the street.  It is looking gorgeous and we are happy.

The inside is something we are REALLY excited about.  We have a lot of ideas guys.  It's going to be good.  Here is a peek of the floors.  1X12 reclaimed fir flooring milled from old beams.  We LOVE them!  That is all for now. :)

And this.  We have some really great outdoor spaces at the Emerson House and this is just one of them!  We were lucky to find some timbers used to build the Sellwood Bridge here in Portland so we used them to build a pergola.  The picture is great but this structure needs to be seen in person.  It is so awesome!

In other news,

1859 Magazine

featured us in their September/October issue.  We are elated.  Check it out!

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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.

Right now, the back yard is completely open to the street.  Our plans involve a fence at the sidewalk to make this space more private and bigger.  We plan to add parking, create a pergola for outdoor entertaining and revamp the shed into more living/entertaining space!  This area will be unrecognizable when we're done.

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 bathroom 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 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, but think two separate rooms.  We will also be attaching the upstairs bathroom to this room to make it a true master suite.

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 one of the main bathrooms for the whole house but will now become master bathroom since it is right off the master bedroom. We are changing the floor plan upstairs to accommodate this change and to make the upstairs flow better.

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 a secondary living area and bonus space.  It will be the perfect getaway...somewhat of a guest quarters when done.  (Don't worry about that water on the floor...we were defrosting an ancient freezer)!

This room was somewhat of a mystery.  We were unsure if it was another bedroom or an office of some sort.  We will be making this into a bedroom by reclaiming some floor space that was lost when the house was last remodeled.  It will now become the home's second master suite!

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!  This bathroom will become the second master bath as well.  

Say goodbye to awkward this awkward bathroom!

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!