What do you do when you find the perfect home in the perfect spot, but you just need more room to accommodate your growing family? For Melissa and Gary, the answer is to employ Arciform to help them expand the footprint while maintaining the unique character of their Lake Oswego bungalow. Above is a historic image of the home that is being used to drive the design of the addition.
Arciform co-owner Anne De Wolf has been working with the family for two years to create a plan that will accomplish their goals and meet their budget. They’ll begin construction this summer.
Here’s a peek into the progress so far.
1. How did the clients discover Arciform?
Anne: They lived in Florida and found us searching for remodeling companies on line.
2. What are the goals of their project?
Anne: To add living space to the house – a large kitchen, a master bathroom, flexible storage space, a covered back porch and a two car garage. The client wants to furnish the space with salvage including windows and doors and cabinetry.
3. What are some of the challenges the project faces?
Anne: The city of Lake Oswego is enforcing alley-facing garages in the ABC District.
The client had requested a tandem garage to keep the profile of the garage structure small in relationship to the house. This caused some juggling.
Also, the client did needed a firm estimate to commit to moving forward with the project. We went through extensive design options over two years including estimating to create a project that meets the client’s needs and financial goals. And we want to use salvage, so we have had to hunt for some of the pieces during the design phase so that we can design accordingly.
4. What are you most excited about in the design so far?
Anne: All of it! The house will provide a lot of flexibility as the spaces can change with the family’s needs. Also, the client’s philosophy with regards to salvage and style are very much in sync with my own. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.
5. What are some of the personal touches in the project that really fit their personalities?
Anne: Gary collects salvage architectural elements. We are working with them to find and integrate salvaged windows and doors into the design plan.
(Check out one of the salvage window elements we have collected for the project below.)
Anne: Also, the breezeway, back porch and mudroom – the family has two small boys, and they will be spending a lot of time there.
We’ll keep you posted on the progress of this project as it moves into the construction phase. We couldn’t be more excited to help Gary and Melissa create new, comfortable spaces for their family to enjoy.