This charming bungalow home is to be found in the Alberta Arts District of Portland, Oregon. Alberta Arts is a funky neighborhood known for its artist community. The area has been gentrifying in recent years, with many of the older houses being spruced up or completely renovated. This small house was built in 1912 and was extensively remodeled a few years ago. It features the broad eaves supported by knee braces, exposed rafter tails and decorated porch structure that are hallmarks of the Arts & Crafts bungalow style.
The small home has 1,044 ft2 (97 m2) plus a finished basement “bonus” room. There are two bedrooms, one on the main floor and one upstairs tucked under the roof. A new kitchen by Square Deal Remodeling Company features cabinetry built from reclaimed Douglas Fir and a countertop that was salvaged from a bakery.
The living area has a large arched opening separating the living room from the dining room. Small Arts & Crafts bungalows typically use some kind of large cased opening to set off the dining and seating areas in what is essentially one modestly-sized space. Dividing up the room may seem like it would make the spaces feel smaller, but in fact the framed opening creates the perception of added depth. The key is to make the opening large, almost the width of the room, so that it doesn’t actually close off either space.
One item that sticks out like a sore thumb are the multi-paned front windows. They are more appropriate to Colonial houses as the glass-making technology of the time limited the sizes of the individual panes. Arts & Crafts bungalows typically had double-hung windows with a large pane in the lower half, and multiple panes or decorative art glass in the upper half.
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Photographs courtesy of Heather Lamkins, Living Room Realtors.
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