1912 Arts & Crafts bungalow in Portland, Oregon
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 remodeled. This one was built in 1912 and was extensively renovated a few years ago. It features the exposed rafter tails, broad eaves supported by knee braces, and decorated porch structure that are hallmarks of the Arts & Crafts bungalow style.
The small house 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 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.
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Photographs courtesy of Heather Lamkins, Living Room Realtors.
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