We're delighted to have recently completed a small remodel of a guest suite in a house located on Portland's SW Humphrey Boulevard. Designed in 1932 by architect Roscoe Hemenway, the house is one of Portland's classic residences. The guest suite is on the second floor, at the end of what was originally as a service wing, with its own entrance from an exterior staircase. Prior to our work, the space had been used as a live-at-home care suite and had quite an institutional feel to it. Our clients approached us with the task of turning it into a guest suite, while retaining what we could of the existing building fabric. We began by dividing the existing "L" shaped space into two rooms, separated by a pair of glass pocket doors. The larger of the two rooms will be kept as a bedroom, while the smaller becomes a more intimate sitting room with a new wood burning stove and a dutch door onto the exterior stair. We removed the carpet in both spaces and refinished the existing fir floor that lay underneath. We placed a new pocket door between the bathroom and sitting room, which required building out a new wall adjacent to the existing wall to avoid disturbing the plumbing stacks. In the bathroom we added a new sink, toilet, bathtub and shower head, while keeping the existing tile in place.
We would like to thank our clients for giving us the opportunity to work on such a beautiful house, and hope that our work make it even more liveable as a home.