Cleveland Avenue Kitchen Renovation
While our clients love their 1907 Craftsman home in Northeast Portland’s Humboldt neighborhood, the kitchen hadn’t been remodeled since the 80s. They turned to our design/build remodeling firm to transform the space into something with better functionality and modern character.
Learn how Neil Kelly design consultant Erika Altenhofen took this space from outdated and tired to warm and welcoming.
Aside from starting to break down, the kitchen wasn’t serving our clients’ needs in terms of adequate storage and a functional workstation to prepare and cook food. Additionally, the enclosed layout left no space for guests and visiting family to hang out and socialize.
“Function was top of mind, but the clients also wanted the kitchen to be a showstopper featuring art tiles and playful pattern and color,” says Altenhofen.
Our clients’ wishlist for their kitchen remodel included:
- More storage
- Better organizational solutions
- Updated appliances
- Mosaic tiles
- Playful patterns and colors
- Improved layout
- Space for guests to socialize
- Better lighting
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Design Challenges and Project Planning
The existing kitchen had a relatively tight layout with a few too many corners. In order to check off all wishlist items, reconfiguring the space initially seemed like a must.
“But after re-working the layout several times, the clients decided their existing work triangle functioned well,” says Altenhofen. “They just needed better storage and somewhere to corral future grandkids.”
Kitchen Design Solutions
After replacing the cabinetry, we filled them with various organizational features to optimize the available space while maximizing functionality. For instance, the new corner cabinets were fitted with blind pull-outs, allowing full access to the entire interior.
There are also pull-out spice racks, a trash and recycling drawer, and tray dividers to ensure every inch of storage can be utilized. Additionally, the built-in bench seats in the breakfast nook function as drawers.
We also installed a wider window over the breakfast nook to enhance the ambiance while providing more natural lighting. “The result is a cozy and welcoming area for guests of all ages to sit,” says Altenhofen.
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Special Features and Customizations
Neil Kelly fulfilled the clients’ kitchen remodel wishlist, converting it into a personalized space that aligns with their needs, lifestyle, and taste. “This project displays a high level of customization, creativity, and craftsmanship,” says Altenhofen. It’s a prime example of a traditional Craftsman home with a touch of Mission-style modern simplicity.
Notable features and customizations for this kitchen remodel include:
- Custom marmoleum flooring to match backsplash tiles
- Subway-style backsplash with mosaic accents from Motawi Tileworks and Syzygy Tile
- Coordinated flooring and backsplash tile
- Modern black drawer pulls and cabinet knobs
- Matching black outlets and light switches
- Above-cabinet pottery and art display with under-ledge lighting
- Minimalist built-in furnishings in breakfast nook
- Wider window over breakfast nook
- Gourmet appliances from KitchenAid
“The colors of the field tile were painstakingly selected to coordinate with the art tiles, and the custom mosaic above the range is worthy of its own gallery,” says Altenhofen. “The extra-high ceilings provided space for lit display cabinets, which feature a special collection of pottery and art.”
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Before-and-After Kitchen Renovation in Portland
This stunning Portland kitchen remodel went above and beyond our clients’ vision. If you’re considering a custom home upgrade of your own, the design/build remodel professionals at Neil Kelly would love to chat.
Our seasoned team of experts transforms spaces throughout Oregon and Washington, with design centers located in Portland, Eugene, Bend, and Seattle. Contact us to get started.
For Erika Altenhofen, great design means using creative solutions to make homes more beautiful, comfortable and practical. She enjoys working on timeless designs that combine modern, sustainable materials with classic elements that can be enjoyed for decades. She also recognizes the importance of balancing visual design with functionality, producing spaces that are suited to each client’s unique lifestyle.
“I love creating spaces that make my clients excited to be in every day,” she says.
Erika graduated from Oregon State University’s Interior Design program in 2012 and has been with Neil Kelly ever since.