Vernon Residence

NE Portland, OR

As the population of Portland increases, many people are looking for creative solutions to add density while preserving the character of the historic single-family neighborhoods that comprise the majority of Portland’s East side. The client for this new residence had an existing 1909 house on a corner lot near NE Killingsworth St and NE Alberta St with a generous backyard that they wanted to partition into a separate lot for a new single-family residence without demolishing the existing home.

The new 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath 1,125 SF home maximizes the small 1,746 SF lot and creates private outdoor spaces with large openings connecting to the interior at both the front and back of the house, making a small space feel larger, open, and connected to the outdoors. Clever closets and cubbies tucked into extra nooks and crannies allow for a open floor plan without sacrificing storage. Vaulted ceilings, tall fully glazed doors, generous operable windows, and a large double-height space create spaciousness within a small footprint.

This home was originally permitted as a 800 SF stand alone ADU with an art studio for the main house and was subsequently converted during construction in conjunction with a lot division.

Big space with a small footprint.

Project done in collaboration with Winder Gibson Architects

ADU