Inside Arciform

Dan Volkmer’s Kitchen Remodel

Dan Volkmer, Portland real estate agent with 40 years’ experience specializing in historic homes, and Anne De Wolf, principal designer at ARCIFORM, have had a symbiotic relationship since the early years of Anne’s career.  Through the years, Dan has referred many-a-client to ARCIFORM, as they are a premiere design/build team in Portland for restoring period […]

The Morris Marks Diaries: Old House Revival Tour!

The month of April was a busy one for us here at ARCIFORM. Not only did we host a workshop on ADU’s and Short-Term Rentals, a Design Week Open House and a Lan Su Chinese Garden benefit party at the De Wolf home, we also showcased what is becoming one of Portland’s most beloved old […]

An Urban/Nature Fusion: The Eugenis & Amy House

We surprised Christy Eugenis on Thursday. Arriving a bit early for our scheduled meeting to discuss Design Week, photographer Mitch Hose and I wanted to get a few shots for a blog piece as well. But Christy, a former photo stylist, videographer and fashion show producer, took it in stride. I would have picked up […]

A Night to Remember

Last Thursday night we celebrated 21 years of preservation, remodeling and design, 24 years of marriage and the launching of a new website—very soon! For those of you who have ever built a website, you know that sometimes it takes longer than expected… Richard and Anne answered questions on the stage in the beautiful TOC […]

Reimagining a Master Suite for Comfortable Style Now – and in Years to Come

This week I caught up with ARCIFORM Designer Tara Douglas on a master suite remodel the firm completed last month for a couple in the Irvington neighborhood. A major focus of this remodel was to create spaces that suit their needs now while preparing for future aging-in-place. “The clients want to stay in their home […]

5 Kitchen Remodels We Love

There’s a reason they call kitchens the heart of the home. A kitchen is where you spend  time not just making food for yourself or others, but also where you grow your family. Kitchens are lively and full of energy when friends and family gather. They’re a calm and comforting nest after a heated discussion. […]

The Morris Marks Diaries: Structural Development

An update from project manager, Joe McAlester Perhaps while stuck in traffic, you’ve noticed the old house sitting at the intersection of Southwest Broadway Drive and Grant Street—you know that busy intersection to get on or off I-405 near SW 6th? It’s an area you might not have given much notice before, other than that […]

A Kitchen for Cooking, Cats and Comfort

“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” – Jules Verne Linda Schmidt loves cats. This is the first thing I noticed about the 1929 Tudor home. The cat shaped topiary as I walk through the front door, the bengal cat, […]

Linda’s Chewy Ginger-Molasses Chocolate Chunk cookies

Recipe modified from Martha Stewart’s December/January 1997 issue INGREDIENTS (makes 8 dozen – you’ll need alot for the Holidays!) 64 TJ pieces (4 bags Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chunks) 6 cups plus 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 5 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 4 tablespoons cocoa powder 4 sticks of […]

Creating an AirBnB Worthy Basement Renovation

Arciform designer Kristyn Bester contributed the following article to the January 2014 edition of NW Renovation magazine. It is reprinted here for your convenience. Of all the possible home remodel projects, adding a guest suite or creating an ADU in the basement can seem the most daunting.  From deciphering code compliance challenges to choosing an […]