InterWorks collaborated with these homeowners to understand their vision of “home,” then brought that vision to life while rejuvenating an historic 1920s Mediterranean house.

Rejuvenate to create an Oregon “home”

Our homeowners have worked and traveled all over the world—India, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Washington DC. But Oregon is their home. As they contemplated a new phase of their lives, Oregon called.

An important goal was to create a serene, peaceful space to highlight the eclectic treasures gathered during their time abroad. Each item evokes memories of people and places in their lives.

The distinctive 1920s Mediterranean style house they found had been remodeled many times. Its most recent version was not appealing, nor was it sensitive to the style and character of the house. This remodel was about coming home for our clients as well as coming home for the house itself.

Rooms moved to create a natural flow

Changes to the main floor accommodated the clients’ desire to create a more natural, continuous and efficient circulation flow. The kitchen was moved from the back corner to the center of activity. The kitchen is the heart of a home and the new location reflects its central importance.

The dining room was moved to the previous kitchen area, creating an intimate space with built-in cabinets and a wet bar. A coat closet and pantry, lacking in older homes, were added. The powder room was moved closer to the central area, rather than next to the kitchen.

Thoughtful design included repeating shapes and patterns throughout the home to unify the design, create continuity and a sense of place. The Moorish-influenced arches throughout the house were incorporated into the new design. Garish colors were replaced by a subtle and rich palette of twenty-one colors chosen to enhance and complement many cherished treasures.

Another challenging aspect was the imprinted old-world plaster. Expert craftsmen matched the existing style in many rooms. American Clay, an environmentally-conscious natural earth plaster with embedded color, was used in other areas. This conveyed an Old World feeling and maintained a lighter texture.

As a home remodeling company committed to our environment, green and sustainable building practices were used, including repurposing most wood trim, doors and windows, extensive recycling and deconstruction, and choices of sustainable products for many of the finishes.

On the upper floor, more remodeling improved the use of space and enhanced the continuity of design. The guest bath was remodeled so a window seat could be added to the guest bedroom. Entrances to living spaces were aligned to create a better sense of balance and aesthetics.

The result is a noble older home that celebrates its own distinct and cherished heritage with style, and homeowners who can truly call it “home.”


Before and After

A green and sustainable remodel sensitive to the style and character of the house brought improved space and continuity of design.

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