Preservationists Rick Michaelson & Karen Karlsson 
Fight to Save Portland’s Architectural History

Your average Portlander might not know architectural preservationists Rick Michaelson and Karen Karlsson by name, but they will certainly recognize many of the properties they’ve worked to save. On the list are some of Portland’s most interesting historic structures. Along … Read more

Our Summer Road Trip Continues!

Cabin fever – we’ve all got it. Or maybe you have condo fever, cottage fever, or Craftsman fever, depending on where you rest your head at night. No matter what you call it, we are all tired of being stuck … Read more

Celebrating the Heceta Head Lighthouse!

Join ARCIFORM and Versatile Wood Products in celebration of the Heceta Head Lighthouse. We are happy to share our part in restoring this historic landmark structure on the Oregon Coast to keep it shipshape for visitors in the decades to … Read more

Summer Road Trip Through Restoration

Summer Road Trip Through Restoration 2020

Join us for a Summer Road Trip Through Restoration, and witness Portland’s building boom in the late 1800s to early 1900s! Most years, summer brings picnics, camping, garden parties, backyard BBQs, and outdoor sports like hiking, waterskiing, or swimming. But … Read more

By Saving “One of the Last of Its Kind,” ARCIFORM Preserves Portland’s History

The ARCIFORM team has been hard at work restoring the historic Fried-Durkheimer House, also known locally as the first Morris Marks House, and the extensive renovations are nearing completion. Recently, we were able to take a look at the … Read more

ARCIFORM Builds More Than Just Houses: They Build Community

Ask ARCIFORM Principal Designer Anne De Wolf why supporting community organizations is important to her, and her answer is quick and definitive: “These organizations add character and meaning to our society. If we only focus on the endless list of tasks … Read more

To Us, Sustainability is all About Preserving and Enhancing

Over the past 20 years or more, sustainable design and construction has made tremendous strides in the United States and around the world.

Because buildings account for more than half of our energy usage, it only makes sense that we … Read more

Confidently Colorful: Inspired by Color and Pattern at Home

A Design Week Portland event in collaboration with the color experts at Miller Paint


The legendary French impressionist painter Claude Monet once wrote, “Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Monet, painting water lilies from a Giverny, … Read more

Carrying the Torch: Preservationists Save Portland’s Architectural Treasures

Built in 1880, the Fried-Durkheimer House, also known as the first Morris Marks House, is a stunning example of the Italianate style that was popular in Portland in the mid to late 1800s. Very few Italianate structures remain in Portland today, which makes this architectural beauty especially worthy of preservation. Designed … Read more


Let’s face it – Valentine’s Day is one of the most challenging holidays to shop for. Not only is the pressure on to wow your loved one with something unique and special, but Christmas just spoiled them with gifts. And all those … Read more

Holiday Gift Guide 2019, Designer Edition

It’s not too late to find holiday gifts for the most special people (and pets) in your life! ARCIFORM Junior Designer Sarah Pilcher shares some of her favorite local sources and finds below:

For the pets in your life – … Read more

Back of House Addition

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

Under the direction of Principal Designer Anne De Wolf, Project Manager Adam Schoeffel, and Site Lead Jamie Whittaker, ARCIFORM recently renovated this beautiful 1911 Irvington Colonial. Owned by Portlanders with deep local roots in need of space for their growing … Read more

Opportunity Knocks: A Workshop for ADUs and Living Space Conversions

Like nearly every large American city, Portland possesses a large stock of historic homes dating to the early 20th century and in some cases even the late 19th century.

These homes were built largely in neighborhoods that were conceived before automobiles became prevalent. Here in Portland, these relatively close-in … Read more

A Century of Style: Portland’s Architecture from the 1850s to Today

by Anne De Wolf, Principal Designer of ARCIFORM

For the love of architecture, join us!

We’re hosting an Architectural Home Styles of Portland workshop for passionate people interested in learning more about the city we love. December 17th, 10am.

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Great Gatsby! What a Party!

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, Anne and Richard De Wolf, owners of Portland-based design-build firm ARCIFORM, hosted a Great Gatsby-themed party in their fabulously restored 1904 historic mansion. The event was a benefit for the Lan Su Chinese Garden during … Read more

Inspired by Family

In business since 1997, and with many residential remodeling projects under their belt, ARCIFORM is known for their expertise in historic preservation. How does a company like this grow and thrive? It starts with family. And by family we mean … Read more

Design Week Recap

ARCIFORM was pleased to showcase their work in several different ways during this year’s Design Week events.

On April 9, Principal Designer Anne De Wolf and Project Manager Joe Hoffman presented a Whole House Remodel workshop at the Architectural Heritage … Read more

This Beautiful 1909 Bungalow Matches Kerri Hoyt-Pack Inside and Out

Visionary. Leader. Change Maker. Mentor. 
These are among the many words that describe Kerri Hoyt-Pack. A former advertising and marketing executive, Kerri recently left a thirty-year globe-trotting career advising well-known international companies, among them Levi’s, Nintendo, and Nike. After fifteen … Read more

Behind the Scenes at Our “Inspired by the Family” Video Shoot

The Hanifan House, home to Gary and Melissa and their sons, Luke and Paul, was built in 1920 in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Using salvaged and antique materials when possible, ARCIFORM and the Hanifans renovated this gorgeous bungalow to fit the needs of their young family. … Read more

Whole House Remodels:
Breaking Down a Complex Process

Don’t miss the Whole House Remodel Workshop on Tuesday, April 9th, 5:30-8pm
Presented by ARCIFORM

BEFORE Whole House remodel – 1952 Ranch 
AFTER Whole House remodel – 1952 Ranch. (Photo by Mitch Hose)

So you’ve just bought a charming … Read more