Residential and Commercial Design

West Hills House

The client came to us to help realize the potential of a 1950‘s house on the market in the Northwest neighborhood of Portland. He was attracted to the house ultimately for the neighborhood, vicinity of family, and the convenience of walking to shops, restaurants, and work.

Although he liked the era of the house, he needed our help to visualize how he would be able to update all the rooms in the house for his modern tastes. The new owner also had a very large and eclectic art collection that would need to be a focus of the design.


The existing house had good bones and a very well maintained exterior. The interior, however, was both clausterphobic and oppressive with outdated fixtures and finishes.


A long wall separating the living room from the hallway was removed and the ceiling raised to create a modern, airy living and dining room space. Other major alterations were a relocated basement stair and master suite. Almost every surface in the house was updated to create a custom home that is an art lovers sanctuary.


This house was featured in an Oregonian Article and was one of the houses featured in the Architectural Heritage Center Tour of Homes.