Remodeling With What You Already Own

From Margaret Everton on February 17, 2011 in Portland

When the idea of packing up their home in Salem, Oregon—and collectibles from teaching in Nairobi, Kenya—filled Brad and Kristen Dixon with dread, they considered renovating instead. Kristen had grown up in a nearby home, and had created their current home themselves on land they had bought from her parents. The couple, and their two children (ages 2 and 4) were beginning to outgrow the home in its current state. And something had to be done. portland remodeling By coincidence, Kristen spotted an ad in The Oregonian for designer Allison Smith’s company, Decorate With What You Own. The idea seemed respectful and intriguing to Kristen. “We like what we have,” she Kristen says. So the couple eventually met with Smith, who suggested repurposing existing areas like the nook and removing its nook-ness by moving the adjacent door. They called her ideas genius, and appreciated Smith’s overall philosophy that less really is more. portland living room The project was driven by trying to keep the farmhouse a farmhouse and honor what it actually was. They removed the old playroom, office, and music room to make room for more open space and an ample kitchen. Windows were shifted, such as the one over the sink, and the garage was semi-enclosed, creating a mudroom (essential with so much rain). portland own storage In addition to structural swapping, new details were added, such as blond oak floors that were replaced with dark plants to update the overall space. In the end, the Dixons were able to keep an improved-upon a space that they wanted to love for years to come. “It feels simple,” Kristen says. “It feels like us,” Brad says. You couldn’t ask for more in a renovation. portland remodeling dixons Via Oregonian

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