McMINNVILLE REMODEL || before + almost after

For the past 5 months Matt has been working on completely remodeling this cutie of an old house.  The house was taken down to the studs, thoughtfully designed and carefully put back together.  

Park Drive

** I hope to get some finished photos within the next month....including the exterior.  Since this picture, the door has been painted, beautiful new exterior lights have been hung, and the landscaping has been finished.**

I stopped by on Friday as Matt was wrapping up a few little details.  The owners have completely furnished it and there are a few little construction details left too.  As soon as both those are done, I will get some "after" photos!

So, starting downstairs "before".....

After......Matt removed the a lot of walls and "stuff" in the way, now the entry is open and inviting!!


Isn't this little built-in bench and storage just the cutest?  Now there is plenty of room to walk in, have a seat to take off muddy boots, and a place to hang your coat and purse.

After heading through the front door, you can head to the right and right into the dining room....

dining room
dining table

As you head through the dining room, you can enter the kitchen to the left, or head down the hallway towards the powder room.  

The kitchen before......

And after.....


I love this built-in pantry!  One of my favorite features in the kitchen!  Matt built all of the cabinetry and custom built-ins.   He did all of the finish as well, to me, that's where so much character is added!  And don't even get me started on the attention to detail!  I am sure I notice it more than most people because I see all of the work that he puts into a project, but the beauty is definitely in the details!

desk area

The kitchen is open to the living room, the beautiful back yard and the sunroom.....


The living room before.......


And the beautiful living room now......

open living room

The wood floors turned out beautifully!  There was a lot of thought and research that went into the finish for these fir floors.  We refinished the existing and added new and needed them to tie in beautifully.  The owner also wanted them to have a bleached look, and nothing too was quite a process but we got there and I wish you could see how beautiful they are in person!

Another before photo of one of the bedrooms.....

bedroom before

And some after photos of the upstairs.  Matt added a laundry room and a bathroom, the upstairs is now so comfortable with two en-suites and a laundry room.  I am telling you, it's the best of both worlds.....olld house charm with modern amenities!


A dear friend, who was also the listing realtor, stopped by when I was there on Friday.  She commented that it looks like a brand new house, and it does.  You are probably sick of me always saying this, but my dear hubby is incredibly talented and a very gifted craftsman.  Not one detail slips by him.  It can drive me a bit crazy at times, but it sure makes for incredibly beautiful spaces with well thought out designs and well executed craftsmanship! 

hallway light

I will definitely post better photos with more of the bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a lot of material and selections information.  

This sweet little home took A LOT of creativity, construction smarts and time, but it sure looks clean, open and inviting! Can't wait to share better photos soon!!  

Happy Independence Day friends!

THE DEN || custom cabinetry + more

I dream of one day having a library in our home.  Shelf after shelf of book, I just love the look of a well stocked home library!  Maybe in 10 years or so I will have time to read again ;-)  Until then, I wanted to share some pictures of a library Matt just finished for a client.  We have done work in the past for these clients.  They are the cutest little couple.  And she has a beautiful decorating style, their home is just beautiful.

I can't seem to find any 'before' pictures.  Just think dated Ranch office {that's not meant as derogatory, that's just the best description!}



We removed the dated wood paneling and added new lighting.  Matt built and installed beautiful alder cabinets, paneling and faux beams.  The fireplace got a face lift with new tumbled stone surround, and the old brass fireplace metal was painted matte black.  The new carpet is a soft, lightly textured basket weave.  Not only does the den look beautiful, it ties in perfectly with the rest of the home.  You may remember these bathrooms that we remodeled a few years ago….this is the same home.  I also want to note that I only met with this sweet client for one consolation, she did a great job of pulling everything together!!









I think it turned out beautifully!  Thank you so much for the opportunity D & M!!

BEFORE + AFTER || a few more 'AFTERS'

Matt is doing some work at a home he remodeled two years ago.  We never snapped pictures of the completed project with the landscaping in place.  I asked him to snap a few yesterday and I thought I would share them.


This is what the home looked like when the owners contacted us.  They brought the property for the amazing views and the established vineyard.  When they talked to us, their intention was to demolish the existing house and build brand new.  Matt explained how they could still get the house of their dreams while saving the existing home (and saving money on permits, septic, etc).


When we worked up the design for this home, there were several factors that had to be considered.  I won't bore you with those details!  But, the homeowners wanted a MODERN home with a NORTHWEST/LODGE vibe.    And, they homeowners were, and still are, the best people ever!  They are so kind and were so fun to work with!!


Now the home completely functions for them and their growing family (and business).  It blends into hills and trees, yet still has some personality.


This is the new front door and entry.  Looks a little different, right?


The back side of the home has more of a MODERN look and captures the AMAZING valley and vineyard views.  They are just getting ready to add stone to the bottom level of concrete and that will look really sharp.


One of these days I will post photos of the interior!

In the mean time, enjoy your week!  I am hoping to wrap up a lot of 'half finished' projects, both for myself and for clients.  I should have a lot of 'AFTER' photos to bomb you with in the next few weeks ;-)

BEFORE + AFTER :: exterior

Hello friends!

I am knee-deep in projects, but that just seems to be how I roll these days ;-)  Since I don't have any 'finished' project photos to share this week, I thought I would share a few BEFORE + AFTER photos of one of the homes we remodeled in Carlton.

When we purchased this home {8 years ago!} we bought it with the intention of living in it for a few years and then buying acreage and eventually building a new home.  We have been here for 8 years {on and off} and love it here!

The home sits on a double lot, just on the outskirts of town.  And, it has a work shop.  The shop is where Matt works his construction magic!


This is how she looked when we bought her.  Over grown, moldy and falling apart.  A little 900 s.f. four square with a funky addition out the side and the back.  She needed a lot of work!  Matt saw the potential, and we were both willing to work hard!!


We had to do quite a bit of de-construction and demo.


Matt did a lot of the work himself. It took us just 1 year to get most of the work done.  My hubby is one hard working worker bee!!!  We spent a lot of late nights working on this little place.


We still have a lot of projects that we would like to do!  But doesn't everyone?!?


To the left of this little pop-out is where the original front door was located.


Matt had planned on building this cupola with windows.  It serves as ventilation.   But,it was going to take a.long.time for him to custom build windows that would work for this space.  We opted for the louvers and I love them!


The work shop really is the reason we purchased the property!  We skinned the front of the work shop with cedar siding and built a large sliding door.


The sides and back of the work shop are metal siding.  It's all painted one color and it really is hard to tell that the entire shop isn't sided with cedar siding.


This home has served us well over the past 8 years!

Since living here, we have fixed up 2 other homes in Carlton, but that is for another post ;-)


BRYN MAWR VINEYARD :: before + after

 It all started with a little {but quite custom!} pump house cover.

Matt received a call, the new owners of this property asked if he could build them a pump house cover.  One thing lead to another and before long we were designing renovation plans and working out the details for this 3800+ s.f. addition.


 The existing home sat on beautiful acreage in the heart of the Eola Hills.  There was a small vineyard and a small winery on the property.  The owners bought the property with big plans of fine tuning the art of wine making and creating a family run business.

After several meetings, they decided it would be best to renovate/add on to the existing home instead of demolish the home and build brand new.

The design process took several months, but was so worth it!


 The outside shell was transformed in a matter of months.


 The new addition was thoroughly thought out and planned for how the homeowners would use the house.


 The South side of the house captured the view of the beautiful Eola Hills.


 The new exterior consisted of clear fir {vertical} siding, cedar board + bat, cultured stone and a standing seam roof.  Classic 'Pacific Northwest' features.


 The homeowners plan on tackling landscaping this Spring.




 The South side of the house completely captures the amazing views, it is truly breath taking!


 It's hard to see from this picture, but this is a huge, covered deck.  It's right off the the kitchen.  It has a built-in BBQ, cabinetry and a fireplace.  Did I mention the fact that is also has amazing views?!?



New garage doors and man doors.  This area serves as the winery until they build a new one in the next few years.

I will be sure to post some photos of the interior soon.

These clients were absolutely fabulous.

So easy going and down to earth, they were truly a joy to work for.  Thank you for the work John and Kathy!

We are so excited for them and winery venture.  If you are out tasting near Salem, be sure to stop by Bryn Mawr!!