A sure sign that nature (and actually trade) heals: the Portland Modern Home Tour will be there this fall for the first time since 2019.
A $40 ticket ($15 for 10-17 year olds) gets you entry to Seven dwell magazinedignified homes, a mix of new construction and clever mid-century renovations, spanning the metro area from Cully to Lake Oswego. They all boast impeccable green confidence. (Does your home use less energy than it generates each year even though you own an electric car? We didn’t think so.) All homes open on Saturday, October 15 from 10am to 4pm with architects, designers and builders to order via to talk about their projects.
Here’s a sneak peek at five of the tour’s showstoppers– full details on the last two houses are pending.
This Three bedroom, two bathroom house in Cully was built in 1926 and renovated in 2022. The original 5,000-square-foot home had already been “gutted of its original character when we bought it,” says its new occupant, who also owns Akos Construction, which did the work. They kept the foundation, subfloor, and a single wall, and used the lap siding from the previous house as the siding; otherwise everything is new. Note the large covered outdoor patio, an elegantly designed home office, and rainwater harvesting for toilets and irrigation.
Another Akos house, this one Three bedroom, three bath home in Hillsdale Also known as “The Treehouse” because of its wooded setting. It’s a mid-century classic from 1967 that’s been given a snazzy upgrade. Pay special attention to the walk-in fireplace with brick and walnut accents; Don’t miss the tile work in the master bathroom either.
This Three bedroom, four bathroom Sellwood home is so energy efficient that it even powers its backyard swimming pool, is isolated from the environment and designed to help regulate water temperature. The vaulted ceiling on the ground floor is made from reclaimed Douglas fir wood from the existing 100 year old house on the site which was dismantled. There’s a lot of wood in the house, but it doesn’t feel dark thanks to well-placed skylights.
You usually need access to Oswego Lake to get the full measure this three storey house overlooking the lake, which has four bedrooms and three bathrooms plus a powder room. It looks like a neat stack of boxes, slightly offset to allow for both neighbor privacy and maximum water views. We love the sharp-edged boathouse and cascading, terraced lawns.
An L-shaped house arranged around a courtyard to make the most of the mature trees on its expansive grounds, this five bedroom, five bathroom Raleigh Hills property House was built in 2005 but has echoes of the pre-war German-inspired Bauhaus style. You can’t miss the sweeping brass staircase that anchors the interior.