Site Size: 5,000 square feet
Project Size: 3,000 square feet
Program: This 3,000-square-foot single-family house was built on an undeveloped lot in a dense 1920s historic neighborhood near Portland’s downtown. Though it overlooks a 31-acre city park, the site came with several major constraints: it fronts a busy street, the back quarter slopes down 20 feet, and a large 100-foot Douglas Fir requires its own space at the slope of the site.
Solution: Ellen Fortin and Michael Tingley, both architects, built their combined live-work space for $650,000. A professional architecture studio and guest apartment occupy the ground floor. The second floor contains two bedrooms and the main living space—a large single room with living, library, dining, and kitchen areas, with an outdoor terrace extending to the south. The master suite and a west-facing deck take up the third floor.
Completed in November 2010, the house, built in a high seismic zone, has a steel moment frame to support cantilevered decks and brace the primarily wood-framed structure. On the interior, the architects employed evocative regional materials, such as fir paneling and basalt stone tile.
Owner: Ellen Fortin and Michael Tingley
Gross square footage: 3,000 square feet
Total construction cost:
Completion Date: November 2010
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit: Ellen Fortin + Michael Tingley – Partners in Charge (RA); Shelley Martin (RA), Mitchell Snyder (RA) design assist
Interior designer: Ellen Fortin Design + Architecture
Partners in Charge: James Lord + Roderick Wyllie
Designer: Alain Peauroi
Paints and stains:
Paneling: Custom Fir wood paneling – Stair and Master Bedroom by WBS Construction
Plastic laminate: Wilson Grey plastic laminate – Kitchen vertical bar face, lower drawers
Floor and wall tile:
Carpet: Mohawk Spectrum V
Special interior finishes unique to this project:
Gas Fireplace - Living HZ54E Regency Horizon Contemporary
Dimming System or other lighting controls: Lutron dimmers
Amerisink SS - Kitchen sinks
Other unique products that contribute to sustainability: