Client / Owner: Todd Sprague
Team Members: Tim Schouten, AIA; Jake Weber, Assoc. AIA
Contractor: JD Hill Construction
Engineering: Grummel Engineering, Inc.
Project Type: Remodel / Addition
Building Type: Single Family Residence
Building Size: 5,458 SF
Location: Portland, OR
Completion Date: 2015
Photography: David Papazian


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This 1957 mid-century modern house sits on a 1 acre lot in SW Portland with an incredible view looking east toward the river and SE Portland. The single bedroom main residence needed a more functional floor plan and revitalization. The site did not allow much space for a main level addition given the house’s location on a steep hillside, so 2 bedrooms were added via an upper level addition.

The existing home featured low and sleek rooflines with large, thin gables, making a second level addition a challenging design problem. Ultimately, the design retained the existing and characteristic roofs while forming a second-level addition into the existing volume. In discovering a tapered upper level floor plan, we were able to diminish the scale of the addition while pulling the exterior wall inward, centering the city views. The result is a large, modern dormer, with a low sweeping roof that opens up to an amazing view of Portland.