Lake Oswego Retreat
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Perched atop a sloped outcropping that stretches further out over the water than any of its neighbors, this gorgeous Lake Oswego home keeps a low profile from the street, with lower floors hidden from sight.

The renovation, designed by Emerick Architects, was all about celebrating the home’s existing Mad Men style while making a few architectural changes to foster more openness, which is one of our specialties.

In an interview with Dwell magazine, homeowner John says “We stalked it for a couple years. It had such extraordinary qualities, and the potential of expanding the kitchen and dining room onto a porch overlooking the lake. It was not conspicuous when viewed from the road or the lake, and it’s sympathetic to the surrounding landscape.”

“The floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall glass makes for an amazing experience of living among the trees,” John says. “It’s a very interesting multilevel design that creates so many different spaces and experiences where you can always find enough room for a group conversation, but you also have plenty of nooks and crannies to hide away.”

Originally, the house was weighed down with an outdated kitchen, dead-end corridors and closed-off rooms. The new design focused on breathing life into these spaces by creating connections between them and the outdoors while introducing a modern feel that complimented the mid-century style. From connecting the kitchen to the main living space to selecting the furniture, these details encompassed design elements large and small. The meticulous attention to detail is reflected in the seamless weaving together of new and old and the incredible craftsmanship throughout.

The ultra modern home is at once welcoming, cozy and completely mid-century chic. It was a true pleasure to preserve, remodel and reimagine this incredible home, detail by detail.

Read more about this project at Dwell.com.


Architect: Emerick Architects

Builder: Right Angle Construction

Paint + Stain: Bristle & Hue

Structural Engineer: Grummel Engineering

Landscape Architect: Lango Hansen

Cabinetry: Cardinale Fine Cabinetry

Upholstery: Revive Designs

Photography: Jeremy Bittermann