Modern Gabled House in Portland

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August 4, 2014
In Portland, Oregon, a designer creates an open, environmentally sensitive house for a client on a 5,000-square-foot lot. Read Full Article
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  Scott Pitek designed this gabled structure for Betty Rahman on a 5,000-square-foot lot in Portland, Oregon.  Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

    Scott Pitek designed this gabled structure for Betty Rahman on a 5,000-square-foot lot in Portland, Oregon.

    Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

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  Inexpensive but sturdy James Hardie lap siding was used on the exterior.  Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

    Inexpensive but sturdy James Hardie lap siding was used on the exterior.

    Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

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  The resident, Betty Rahman, has decorated the interior with items she has picked up on her travels around the world.   Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

    The resident, Betty Rahman, has decorated the interior with items she has picked up on her travels around the world. 

    Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

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  The dining table is one of several custom pieces in the house by Steve White Design.  Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

    The dining table is one of several custom pieces in the house by Steve White Design.

    Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

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  One tree had to be cut down to make way for the house, so Rahman salvaged two sections of the trunk, had them painted white, and repurposed them as coffee tables.  Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

    One tree had to be cut down to make way for the house, so Rahman salvaged two sections of the trunk, had them painted white, and repurposed them as coffee tables.

    Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

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  Pitek says Rahman asked him to keep the house simple, "and let the texture of her life give it depth." The white color scheme lets her furnishings and belongings take center stage in the space. The kitchen cabinets are from Ikea.  Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

    Pitek says Rahman asked him to keep the house simple, "and let the texture of her life give it depth." The white color scheme lets her furnishings and belongings take center stage in the space. The kitchen cabinets are from Ikea.

    Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

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  Transom windows above the interior doors, as seen from the second-floor landing, promote air-circulation in the house, which does not have an air-conditioning system.  Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

    Transom windows above the interior doors, as seen from the second-floor landing, promote air-circulation in the house, which does not have an air-conditioning system.

    Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

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  Rahman in her bedroom.  Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

    Rahman in her bedroom.

    Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

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  Rahman did her own landscaping in the garden outside her house. The cedar fence was made with planks that were charred and sealed following the ancient Japanese shou sugi ban technique, which is supposed to make the wood resistant to fire, rot, and insects.  Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

    Rahman did her own landscaping in the garden outside her house. The cedar fence was made with planks that were charred and sealed following the ancient Japanese shou sugi ban technique, which is supposed to make the wood resistant to fire, rot, and insects.

    Courtesy of: Steven Scardina Photography

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