This mid-century ranch house gets a brilliant update in Portland


Risa Boyer Architecture in collaboration with James Frank Construction is responsible for this mid-century ranch renovation located on a quiet, shaded street in Northwest Portland, Oregon. The project entailed a new home and a kitchen with skylights for a pastry chef and her family. The kitchen was opened up to an outdoor eating area and connected to the dining room and living room.

A cozy window seat and desk area provide a place for the kids to hang out while mom is baking. The living room was vaulted and a 20’ multi-slide door opens the living room to a pool and deck. A small den space was carved out of an original bedroom to create a place for the kids to play and watch tv but stay connected to the main living space. The finished result is a warm and inviting home for a young family.


Above: A custom walnut entry door has concealed hinges and an integral walnut side lite. The flooring is 7″ rift sawn white oak.


What We Love: This mid-century ranch house offers a young family the opportunity to reimagine their home to meet their lifestyle needs. A small and cramped kitchen is now open and airy with plenty of counter space — idyllic for a professional pastry chef! We are loving the integrated sliding glass doors and the skylights in the kitchen and dining room, creating a home that feels spacious and bright.

Tell Us: What do you think of the transformation of this mid-century home? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Check out a couple of other amazing mid-century home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign: Split-level mid-century ranch home gets fabulous facelift and Midcentury modern house gets an inspiring makeover in Northern California.


Above: This transformed kitchen was opened up by removing a few of the walls to create a stronger connection with the side yard via bi-folding doors. The custom cabinets are walnut, while the countertops are quartz.




Above: The brick fireplace was clad in walnut panels that wrap around the side creating built-in storage. 


Above: For the kids and the cat to lounge and play a small sitting room was devised just off the living room with telescoping pocketing walnut doors.





Above: A window seat was boxed out on the side of the kitchen to form a cozy nook for reading and work at a small built-in desk.

PHOTOGRAPHER Josh Partee Photography

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1 year ago

Love this! Midcentury design is cozy yet feels up to date.

2 years ago

The entry, which seems about moody as one can get, seems disconnected in spirit from the rest of the house.