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Before And After – A Respectful Remodel For A Mid-Century Modern Home

A fully renovated mid-century modern home.

Interior design firm Wise Design, together with General Contractor and Architect Owen Gabbert (formerly Clarkbuilt), has transformed a dated 1954 mid-century modern home in Portland, Oregon.

Before – The Exterior

The original home has a brown exterior with original windows and white trim.

Before - The original mid-century modern home has a brown exterior with original windows and white trim.

After – Exterior

The updated bright white exterior, with a metal roof, has black windows and door frames. An updated deck extends the living areas of the home.

The updated bright white exterior of this home with a metal roof, has black window and door frames. An updated deck extends the living areas of the home.

After – Entryway

The updated entryway is lined with wood and includes a large window and tiled flooring.

This updated entryway is lined with wood and includes a large window and tiled flooring.

Before – Living Room

The interior of the home was a time capsule of its mid-century modern era, left totally untouched.

Before - The interior of the home was a time capsule of its mid-century modern era, left totally untouched.

After – Living Room

The updated living room received new wood floors as well as windows and doors. Throughout the home, the clients wanted to retain as many details as possible, like the beams in the ceiling.

This updated living room received new wood floors as well as windows and doors. Throughout the home, the clients wanted to retain as many details as possible, like the beams in the ceiling.

Before – Living Room

The original living room included a fireplace as well as built-in shelving.

Before - The original living room of this mid-century modern home included a fireplace as well as built-in shelving.

After – Living Room

The updated living room still includes a fireplace, however, a new fireplace surround was created that also includes firewood storage. The built-in shelving was also retained, and a new shelving niche was added to the right.

This updated living room still includes a fireplace, however, a new fireplace surround was created that also includes firewood storage. The built-in shelving was also retained, and a new shelving niche was added to the right.

Before – Dining

The original dining room had green walls and orange carpet.

Before - The original dining room had green walls and orange carpet.

After – Dining Room

The updated dining room has now been positioned by the windows and includes an oval wood dining table.

This updated dining room has now been positioned by the windows and includes an oval wood dining table.

Before – Kitchen

The original kitchen featured wood cabinets and original appliances.

Before - The original kitchen featured wood cabinets and original appliances.

After – Kitchen

The new open kitchen includes a grey peninsula, grey cabinets, wood details, white countertops, and a tiled backsplash by the stove.

This new open kitchen includes a grey peninsula, grey cabinets, wood details, white countertops, and a tiled backsplash by the stove.
This new open kitchen includes a grey peninsula, grey cabinets, wood details, white countertops, and a tiled backsplash by the stove.
This new open kitchen includes a grey peninsula, grey cabinets, wood details, white countertops, and a tiled backsplash by the stove.

After – Hallway

The updated hallway includes vertical wood slats that serve as dividers not only to the downstairs stairwell but also in the family room itself.

This updated hallway includes vertical wood slats that serve as dividers not only to the downstairs stairwell but also in the family room itself.
This updated hallway includes vertical wood slats that serve as dividers not only to the downstairs stairwell but also in the family room itself.

Before – Bedrooms

Here’s a look at what the bedrooms looked like, with the wall coverings continuing onto the ceiling in the first room, and shag carpet covering the floor.

Before - A mid-century modern bedroom.

A second original bedroom has wallpapered covered walls and rusty colored carpet.

Before - A mid-century modern bedroom.

After – Home Offices

A pair of home offices have been included in the updated home. The first has blue walls and wood floors, while the furniture reflects the original mid-century modern aesthetic.

A modern home office has blue walls and wood floors, while the furniture reflects the original mid-century modern aesthetic.

The second home office includes a wallpapered wall with a delicate print that creates a backdrop for the white shelving that spans the wall.

This modern home office includes a wallpapered wall with a delicate print that creates a backdrop for the white shelving that spans the wall.
This modern home office includes a wallpapered wall with a delicate print that creates a backdrop for the white shelving that spans the wall.

After – Primary Bedroom

The primary bedroom has bright white walls and wood furniture that complements the wood window frames and door frame.

This updated primary bedroom has bright white walls and wood furniture that complements the wood window frames and door frame.
This updated primary bedroom has bright white walls and wood furniture that complements the wood window frames and door frame.

After – Ensuite Primary Bathroom

The ensuite bathroom includes mid-century modern-inspired tile flooring, a walk-in shower with a bench, white tiled walls, a freestanding bathtub with a wood shelving niche, and a wood vanity.

This ensuite bathroom includes a mid-century modern inspired tile flooring, a walk-in shower with a bench, white tiled walls, a freestanding bathtub with wood shelving niche, and a wood vanity.
This ensuite bathroom includes a mid-century modern inspired tile flooring, a walk-in shower with a bench, white tiled walls, a freestanding bathtub with wood shelving niche, and a wood vanity.
This ensuite bathroom includes a mid-century modern inspired tile flooring, a walk-in shower with a bench, white tiled walls, a freestanding bathtub with wood shelving niche, and a wood vanity.

After – Bedroom

A second bedroom has a wood cabinet outside its door, while inside the bedroom there’s a dark grey upholstered headboard and a sliding door that opens to the outdoors.

An updated interior includes a wood cabinet outside a bedroom, while inside the bedroom there's a dark grey upholstered headboard and a sliding door that opens to the outdoors.
A modern bedroom with a dark grey upholstered headboard and a sliding door that opens to the outdoors.

After – Bedroom

A third bedroom has white walls and concrete floors.

A remodeled bedroom with white walls and concrete floors.
A remodeled bedroom with white walls and concrete floors.

Before – Bathroom

One of the original bathrooms includes wallpapered walls and a tiled vanity countertop.

Before - a dated mid-century modern bathroom includes wallpapered walls and a tiled vanity countertop.

After – Bathroom

In one of the updated bathrooms, a tiled wall creates a backdrop for the dark wood vanity, while a black-framed oval mirror complements the window frame.

In this updated bathroom, a tiled wall creates a backdrop for the dark wood vanity, while a black-framed oval mirror complements the window frame.
In this updated bathroom, a tiled wall creates a backdrop for the dark wood vanity, while a black-framed oval mirror complements the window frame.

After – Powder Room

The updated powder room includes wallpapered walls with delicate metallic accents.

The updated powder room includes wallpapered walls with delicate metallic accents.

After – Mudroom

A small mudroom includes a built-in cabinet and drawer, and a small floating wood bench.

A small mudroom includes a built-in cabinet and drawer, and a small floating wood bench.

Before – Family Room

The original family room, located on the lower level of the home, Includes a fireplace with a brick surround, and wood wainscoting on the lower half of the room.

Before - This original family room, located on the lower level of the home, Includes a fireplace with a brick surround, and wood wainscoting on the lower half of the room.

After – Family Room

The new family retains the original fireplace, however, it has been painted grey, while the adjacent bookshelf was updated.

A modern family room with a fireplace and built-in wood shelving.
A modern family room with a blue couch.

The wood slats on the upper level are also used on the lower level, creating a room divider for defined circulation zones and a spot to display art and collections.

Wood slats and cabinets are used to create a divider in this family room.

Before – Bar Area

The original bar area includes yellow and black stools that match the yellow countertop.

Before - The original bar area includes yellow and black stools that match the yellow countertop.

After – Bar Area

The original built-in bar received a fresh facade with a dramatic red velvet channel tuft upholstery and new dark countertops.

An original mid-century modern built-in bar received a fresh facade with a dramatic red velvet channel tuft upholstery, and new dark countertops.
An original mid-century modern built-in bar received a fresh facade with a dramatic red velvet channel tuft upholstery, and new dark countertops.
Photography by Meagan Larsen | Interior Design: Wise Design | General Contractor & Architect: Owen Gabbert LLC (formerly Clarkbuilt)

Source: Contemporist

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