Last year I was hired to update and remodel a 1950s mid-century style home designed by Van Evera Baily for Herbert Hoover’s sister. The home is set on a beautiful hazelnut farm with views of the Willamete River. There is extensive use of natural wood throughout the home. The ceilings are built of cedar 2 x 6”s that are exposed on the vaulted interior ceiling. There is no ridge beam in the main living space, the 2 x 6” are interlocked to form the ridge structure. This is a signature feature of the architect’s homes. Other signature features are vaulted ceilings, large expenses of windows and sliding doors, all still original when my clients purchased the property.
My clients wanted to use the house as a weekend home. Their list of wants included a new kitchen, a new master bath, new lighting throughout the home and exterior living areas. The owners wanted comfortable furniture that fit in with the style of the house and could take lots of use, a pool table in the great room and several more intimate areas with fireplaces to relax in.
The owner owns an Italian restaurant and is a wonderful cook so it was important that the kitchen function very well and be able to comfortably handle their large family. We opened the kitchen ceiling and the wall into the great room to make the space open. During demo we discovered triangular windows that we incorporated into the design. The main features of the combined kitchen family room area are a large island with lots of seating and a bar and wine rack that frames the opening into the Great Room.