architecture | planning | green building consulting
With this ADU scheme for SE 22nd Avenue in Portland, OR, Inchoate inverts the traditional vertical relationship between residential public and private areas by placing the more privacy sensitive program elements - bedrooms, bathing room, and children's play area below the public spaces. Furthermore, by situating the privates spaces fully below grade, 3 things are accomplished.
1) Despite fully glazed walls for the bedrooms, which open onto a sunken courtyard, privacy is maintained for these spaces due to the limited sight-lines from adjacent grade or properties.
2) Given that the floor of the lower level is more than 4' below the public right of way, the lower level does not count as floor area, allowing this ADU to officially be tallied as only 680sf (the maximum allowed given the small size of the existing primary structure) while practically it has double that floor area.
3) Even with 12' high ceilings on the public level, the ADU building height can be kept below 15' - allowing the ADU to avoid a series of prescriptive code measures that would dictate the look and style of the ADU.
While technically a remodel and addition of a second story to an existing small house, the Beethoven Residence is effectively be a brand new house. The design is defined by the graceful new “butterfly” roof that expands the bedrooms spaces to the east and west. The exterior was designed to be both beautiful and require minimal maintenance with dark anodized aluminum windows and a dark grey field of fiber cement board siding accented with red metal corners and smaller areas of clear, knotty cedar.
Inside, the formerly, very small 2 bedroom/ 1 bath house was transformed into a contemporary, statement home with 3 bedrooms / 3 baths and an open floor plan. The first floor has one bedroom, which will be used as a media room, in the front of the home. The spacious entry flows into the open living, dining and kitchen in the rear of the home. The living room is able to completely open up to the outdoor dining deck through a 5-panel, bifolding door. The new kitchen features custom Walnut cabinets and a Heath tile backsplash.
The new staircase is a central focus of the design, with an integrated custom walnut bookshelf in the center of the switchback and three large skylights above. Upstairs are two more bedrooms, both en suite, and a large laundry/craft room. The new master bedroom suite overhangs the existing structure below creating a covered outdoor dining room space. The butterfly roof allows for soaring ceilings in both bedrooms and dramatic skylights in the master bathroom that set of the 3D Porcelanosa tile in the master shower.