Sharing a splendid remodel on tour
- Nicole DeCosta
- West Linn Tidings - Features
Situated on a corner lot in Lake Oswego, Rachel Reynolds' house has definite 'curb appeal.' But it is the inside that deserves a closer look.
Reynolds' - a Principal Broker with Coldwell Banker Barbara Sue Seal in Lake Oswego - will be switching roles this weekend. Instead of touring countless homes with clients, she'll have visitors over to her open house.
But sorry folks, this house is not for sale.
Reynolds' home will be on display this weekend as part of the Remodelers Home Tour. The tour showcases remodeling projects by members of the Oregon Remodelers Association/NARI. This year, the remodelers of 22 homes in Portland and Salem areas will be available to talk about their projects on-site.
Reynolds' project updated her 1928 bungalow to millennium standards by improving its overall flow from room to room, refreshing the kitchen and adding square footage upstairs.
'I wanted the serenity; I wanted an 'old house' feel and I wanted the modern features,' said Reynolds. 'I just wanted it to keep its old integrity, but there was a lot of clean up to do.'
Working with the Coopridge Group, Reynolds says she enjoyed the collaborative approach to remodeling. To begin the project, two-thirds of the upper story had to be redesigned to create open flow and additional square footage, she said.
A hallway and bathroom were reconfigured and a master suite was added to the original home. By adding this suite - complete with a walk-in closet, bathroom and plenty of sunlight - a covered outdoor patio was created from the room's overhang. Reynolds now uses the outdoor space for breezy afternoon chats and as a place to relax. French doors lead to the outdoor sophisticated entertaining space with oversized chairs and a water feature.
Back inside, the kitchen was refreshed but kept its original cabinetry. Granite countertops replaced Formica. And tile walls were replaced with a purposeful back splash.
Throughout the home, Coopridge Group updated period style millwork, installed vintage hardware and created archways between rooms. Oak hardwood floors were installed downstairs and replaced a carpeted staircase.
Reynolds says that the new take on her old home blends seamlessly with the home's Craftsman style, accented by a low-pitched roof, wide eaves and outdoor spaces.
'It looks like it's always been this way,' said Reynolds. 'I grew up in this area … and I've always admired this house. Even when it was (getting remodeled) I'd drive by just to look at the blue tarp on the roof.'
While Reynolds spends most of her days as a real estate broker touring homes with her clients, she says it will be interesting to have her home on tour.
'It's a fun house, but I think the best time to be at this house is at night,' she said. 'People come over and it's just warm. All the lights have dimmers (and) with the crown molding (details) it's just comfortable.'
The Remodeler's Home Tour runs this weekend - October 14 and 15 - from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at Safeway Tickets West centers and on the Web at www.oregonremode