Stunning mid-century renewal in Portland by Jessica Helgerson

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Saul Zaik House is the remodel of a mid-century modern home by noted Portland, Oregon architect Saul Zaik, carried out by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. The 1950s house had been poorly remodeled over the years, yet had some notable features to preserve, such as a sunken living room and expansive corner windows. An past extension to the home included three bedrooms with aluminum windows and flat ceilings, but didn’t match with the styling and details of the original character of the house. The renovation for a family with two young children encompassed relocating the master bedroom and bathroom to the back of the home and adding a mudroom, laundry room and office. The family room was out of scale with the other rooms, so the proportions were reworked. Windows were upgraded throughout the home and vaulted ceilings were included in the addition. The goal of the remodel was to put back the part Saul Zaik’s design that had been remodeled out of the house. The result was a cohesively designed home where everything fit just perfectly. Every change the designer’s made, they pondered “what would Saul do?” Luckily the elder architect was still alive and came to the house to consult and bless the renovation. In the end, Zaik’s vision came to life, a fusion of indoors and out, with cozy, yet wide open spaces that are both pristine yet casual.

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In true mid-century fashion, a George Nelson Bubble Lamp hangs from the ceiling in the left corner of the room and an Eames lounge chair sits next to the fireplace. The glass walls are original features to architect Saul Zaik’s 1956 design.

Let us know your thoughts about this mid-century renovation in the comments section below. Are you inspired by mid-century modern design? We have featured several here on 1 Kindesign, in case you missed them, have a look: Mid-century modern beach house retreat on Pender Island and Mid-century modern ranch house renovation.

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The home features a crisp color palette of Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron for the exterior cladding and Venetian Gold for the front door.

Photos: Lincoln Barbour


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