• A back of house addition to a 1911 home in the Irvington Historic District.

  • Inlaid breezeway floor tile makes a pretty, durable spot for changing muddy boots.

  • The addition allowed for a larger kitchen, a priority for family gatherings.

  • Pretty and practical, the kitchen has plenty of storage, prep areas and dining space.

  • The dining room’s great bones now boast rich art deco wallpaper.

  • The new pass-through butler’s pantry also keeps barware for entertaining.

  • A new bath for the kids is full of natural light and painted a cheery pink.

  • The master bath feels more luxe with radiant-heated marble floors, a roomy shower and double vanity.


ARCIFORM completed an addition and remodel of a 1911 Colonial home with Transitional elements the Irvington neighborhood. We went through the City of Portland’s Historic Review approval process, as we altered the back of the home with the addition.

The clients are a family with deep local roots who wanted a more comfortable home as their family grew and a gathering place for family celebrations. The overall intent was to provide better function and space while preserving the intrinsic character of the home. New interior and exterior fixtures and finishes were selected to be cohesive in design, color and texture. The family was communicative, understanding and patient throughout the build. They were an amazing couple to partner with on this large renovation. In the end, it was extremely gratifying to see their family move into and fall in love with their new home.

All the original door and window hardware, HVAC registers and light fixtures were preserved, dipped and stripped of paint, cleaned and polished, then reinstalled.

A combination of Cedar and Douglas Fir was used for window and door casing, exterior lap siding and the back porch wood balustrades where eaves and exposure wasn’t as extreme.

Custom metal hand and guard rails were incorporated on the back porch where the roofline did not cover.  The metal was painted rather than powder coated so that they were was congruent with vintage metal work.

New millwork to closely match existing by McCoy Millwork.

New lighting fixtures by Rejuvenation and Elk Lighting, via Lumens.


The basement is the nerve center of the home: all structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing that needed addressing began there. This was a big challenge, as it was a fully-finished living space that was occupied throughout the remodel. With flexibility and lots of communication, we were able to complete our work and keep the tenant’s space accessible, clean and with power, plumbing, heat and air conditioning.

With the rear addition, the basement stairs are now accessible from the breezeway, and light comes into the stairwell thanks to our team altering a salvaged door by adding vintage wavy glass.



This new light-filled space is a respite from the elements and a perfect transition to the interior. There’s a tile “carpet” in Tabarka’s Izmir handpainted terracotta tile from Tempest Tileroom. Given its long lead time, our sample tile was traced onto paper and photocopied repeatedly, each paper tile cut and set in place as a template so the Oak border could be installed first.

Near the basement door, there’s a custom bench with shoe cubbies below and hooks for coats above. A built-in bench with plush cushions rests at the end of the way, a comfy spot to relax as you shake off the weather or worries of the day. Both were designed by Arciform and crafted by Versatile Wood Products.


The kitchen is now the hub of the house with its roomier, more open layout, natural light and improved flow. Flooring is new top nailed White Oak to match the existing floor. New perimeter cabinets are painted white with unlacquered brass hardware. The custom island is Walnut and offers plenty of seating for casual dining or catching up with the cook. Near the windows is a cookbook and bill pay area with a fold-down desk. A walk-in pantry offers plenty of storage for drygoods. All cabinetry is custom made by Versatile Wood Products. Counters are topped with3cm Soapstone from Pental Surfaces.

Appliances include a range by BlueStar, Miele dishwasher and Frigidaire refrigerator, all from EastBank Appliances, while plumbing fixtures are by Kohler and Waterstone. The custom range hood cover was crafted by Versatile Wood Products. There are framed corkboards for family notes and reminders, and the backsplash tile at the sink and range is glossy white thin brick by Fireclay. A handy new laundry chute near the hall has a Walnut door.


A pass-through butler’s pantry and bar was nestled in between the existing dining room and kitchen. Bathed in a rich, deep blue, it keeps all the barware and bottles tidy and tucked away.


The dining room was already in great shape, but the homeowners wanted a little WOW factor. Wallpaper to the rescue! Walls above the paneling now boast glamorous jewel-toned wallpaper in the art deco print Han’I by PaperMint.


Situated between the dining room and kitchen, a new WC opens to the entry hall. It’s a visual treat with a combination of deep blue paint and jovial floral wallpaper by Hanna Werning. Plumbing fixtures are by Delta,Signature Hardware and Kohler.



What was once a nursery became the kids’ bath, complete with bathtub, a 2-sink vanity and a view of the new balcony. Floors are clad with 1″ unglazed porcelain hex from Heritage Tile, 3×6 ceramic wall tile is by DalTile, and the walls are painted a soft rose hue. Plumbing fixtures are by Delta and Kohler via Ferguson. The 5 existing windows were maintained in place, flooding the space in natural light.


The existing 2nd floor bath was expanded and made more luxurious as the master bath. Radiant floor heating warms the marble basketweave floor tile by Walker Zanger on chilly days and nights. The tub was removed and a roomy tiled shower installed, along with a double vanity and full height recessed medicine cabinet. Plumbing fixtures are by Delta, Kohler and DXV. Painted in the same saturated blue as the butler’s pantry, the master bath feels both cozy and inviting.


Through the side gate at the driveway sits the backyard, new covered back porch and grilling patio. The porch provides sheltered passage to the breezeway, a perfect spot for kicking off shoes and hanging up coats. Above the porch is a new balcony, overlooking the yard. All new details and materials were selected to closely match the existing.

Traditional rope and pulley double hung windows (Ingenuity) were custom fabricated by Versatile Wood Products and installed at the entire façade of the addition. A powered, 12’ sunshade was painstakingly built into the eave while maintaining structural and architectural details.