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MYRTLE MID-CENTURY

PROJECT INFO:

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

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Libby, Brian. (2016, November/December). “Diamond in the Rough.” Luxe Magazine: Pacific Northwest, 286-301.
  • Quick, Scott. (Luxury Portfolio Edition). “1100 Southwest Myrtle Drive: Van Evera Bailey Reimagined.” Urban Digest, 4-21.
  • Watts, Matt. “Mid-Century Home by Giulietti / Schouten Architects.” Home Adore., 6 Dec. 2016. Web.

PROJECT DETAILS:

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, 2-bedroom guest house residence needed a more functional floor plan. 2 bedrooms were added to an upper level addition, and the guest house was cut in half to include 1 bedroom, 1 bath, and kitchenette + entertaining space.

Adding a main level addition with the existing U-shaped plan left limited options with the house’s location on a steep hillside. 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.