Modern * Black * Cantilever * View

I feel like I hit the jackpot with this awesome project. The clients are amazing, they have a great appreciation for design and excellent taste. The site is beautiful, tranquil and has an astounding view of the Willamette River with a waterfall, geese and the occasional party speed boat zipping by. And it’s a NEW HOUSE! I love remodels and they are the bulk of my work in Portland but having a ground up project from time to time certainly is exciting. It hasn’t been all peaches and cream on this project, we have had our share of permit struggles, the site is in a Greenway Overlay zone which was a time consuming and challenging process to get approved. We kept the house in the original footprint with several of the lower basement walls in place and used this as a starting point for the project, this allowed us to build within the overlay zone. The site is incredibly steep along the river and this created it’s own challenges with having to secure the foundation into the bedrock. Construction is well underway and it’s very rewarding to see it take form. Construction is scheduled to be complete early Summer, just in time for some river fun. 

Riverwood Modern House

Riverwood Modern House

Riverwood Modern House

Hunter Residence on Modern Home Tour

I'm excited to announce that we will have a recently completed project featured on the 2016 Portland Modern Home Tour that is coming up on June 4th. The project is a completely remodeled early 1970's split level home in the Raleigh Hills neighborhood of Portland. The house was taken down to the studs and the floor plan reworked to create an open great room with kitchen and living room attached. The upper and lower levels were opened up to the main level by replacing a carpeted staircase with a steel and open wood riser staircase. A master suite was seemlesly added to the rear of the house. Several outdoor living areas were created in the front and rear yards with new concrete walls and terracing the gently sloped lot.

Below are a few before and after photos, we will be professionally photographing the house after the tour.

Hunter Before

Hunter Before

     Hunter After

Hunter After

Loft Kitchen Remodel

Working with Hammer and Hand on the Kiyama project was so much fun. There was a great collaboration which resulted in a beautifully constructed project. The cabinetry was built by Ben Klebba of Phloem Studios who is incredibly talented and has the attention to detail that was needed to create the walnut wrapped kitchen. Ben brings a true craft to everything he builds. It always helps to have clients with great taste and an adorable two year old to make every meeting interesting. Christina Kwiecienski, of Risa Boyer Architecture, played an important role in the design of the project.

Hammer and Hand wrote a nice blog post with lots of before and after photos which can be found by clicking on the image below:

Hammer and Hand Blog Post





2014 has been a busy year for RBA. We have had a fantastic year with wonderful creative clients; fun and challenging projects; and great collaborations with contractors and craftmen.


Terrace Drive Residence

The Terrace Drive Residence is located on the lake in Lake Oswego. The scope of work was to modernize and add onto a post-modern house designed by the now deceased architect, Greg Baldwin, who designed the house as his private residence. The original house was built in the 1980's and underwent a very intriguing (and totally different style) modern kitchen renovation around 2007. My clients purchased the house because of this kitchen renovation which on the inside was a gorgeous high-end European kitchen by Poliform and on the outside was an ultra modern white metal and glass facade. The remainder of the house had not been updated and was a very stark contrast to the kitchen. Our job was to bring the rest of the house up to the level of the kitchen. The house was completely gutted with the exception of very beautifully crafted doug fir cabinetry which we continued in style throughout the remodel. A steel and glass sunroom was added to the west side of the house to showcase a stained glass art piece that the family has collaborated on over the years. Below are a few construction photos of the progress.




Portland Monthly 2014 Design Annual

One of my favorite projects has been published in the Design issue of Portland Monthly. I feel very honored to have a project featured among such great local designers.

Portland Monthly Arcticle

Portland Midcentury Home featured on Houzz

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Nathan Residence Photo shoot

Another very fun and inspiring photo shoot with the talented Lincoln Barbour. I can't wait to see the final photos of the Nathan Residence, a mid century remodel completed a few months back. It was a difficult space to photograph because of the bright sun and dark interior but I knew Lincoln could handle it.

Mid century Post & Beam

Mid Century Post & Beam Renovation

Construction has started on the Nathan Residence, a Portland Mid Century home. The Nathan's are not new to construction, this is their second project on this house. The first project was completed about 7 years ago when they painstakingly added 1000 sf with the exact detailing of the original home. Post & Beam construction of the 1950's is very different from current construction standards and it is very difficult to match the minimal construction techniques while meeting the current energy and seismic codes. They did an amazing job with the addition and even the most discerning eye would have a very hard time telling where the old home ended and the new began. When I first met with the Nathan's they shared their construction stories from round 1 and I knew these two had good taste and high expectations. The scope of work was to renovate the original half of the house and add a covered deck, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, new kitchen and wet bar, and make the entry of the house friendlier. The challenge was to make the remodel look and feel like it had always been there while adding modern conveniences. Being a fan of mid century design I was up to the challenge.

Below are renderings from the design process: