By the time Ty and Kelly Milford had purchased modernist architect Saul Zaik's wood-clad Feldman House in Southwest Portland, a succession of subsequent alterations had marred much of its original design. With its dramatically cantilevered, low-pitched gable roof, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and numerous openings to the outside world, the current home underscores Zaik's achievement while also containing a few necessary contemporary additions.
Architect Jeff Stern's eco-friendly home in Portland includes a detached studio connected to the residence by a passageway that mimics the feeling of passing through outdoor space. Along with an open floor plan enhanced by materials like painted sheetrock, concrete floors, and plywood cabinets, the home includes an array of photovoltaic panels that help it maintain Passive House standards.
A 796-square-foot dwelling attached to a larger one utilizes a garage door to give the dining area a much larger feel. "The garage door simply lifts out of the way and does not need the same amount of space as french doors or even accordion walls," said lead designer Shannon Baird.
Architect Jeff Kovel designed this prefab home in Northeast Portland for a couple in seeking to use affordable and sustainable building methods. Kovel used 28 HOMB triangular modules to construct the home, and the shape remains a visible leitmotif throughout, from the cantilevered staircase to the honeycomb-inspired ceiling.
A cantilevered second floor addition wrapped in black corrugated steel gives Nick Oakley's home in the Alberta district of Portland an industrial feel from the outside, one that is countered by the welcoming, wood-dominated interior.
Unobtrusive from the a street view, Betty Rahman's gabled Portland home belies her modernist leanings inside. The simple white color scheme allows for different furnishings to take center stage, like a custom dining table from Steve White Design.