This Day in History

December 18th, 1949 was a chilly day in Portland, Oregon, with afternoon temperatures dipping into the low 30’s and Portland’s signature snowy (…no, rainy…no, snowy…no, rainy) weather in the

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Return to Romance

As I walk to the door of Gretchen Newmark and Jim Gerber’s 1910 Craftsman Bungalow, painted in a pale yellow with cream and periwinkle trim, I notice I’m feeling a little nervous, but I’m not sure why.

Jim is a … Read more

In Good Hands: Project Manager JOE HOFFMAN

In Good Hands: Project Manager JOE HOFFMAN

Written by Marty Hegg & Sarah Crouse

Quiz time: which ARCIFORM employee was raised in Detroit, Michigan, has held jobs as a fine woodworker, a stay-at-home-Dad and sailing instructor before his current job … Read more

Building Trusting Relationships by Design

Building Trusting Relationships by Design 

Arciform has been a premier design-build renovation and remodeling company for older buildings and homes in the greater Portland Metro area since 1997. From the very beginning, we set out to be the designers and … Read more

The Walter: A Labor of Love

A basalt rock wall borders the Jacob H. & Etna M. Cook house along the sidewalk; the brick foundation is also faced with basalt 

The next time you’re in the Mt Tabor neighborhood, hiking in the park, picking up … Read more

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