Before & After: Their 1890 Farmhouse Hides a World of Color Behind Its Gray Facade

In Portland, Oregon, a culinary couple call on architect Michael Howells to raise the roof, revamp the floor plan, and spice up the kitchen.
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Molly and Jung Kim weren’t looking to radically alter their circa-1890 farmhouse in Portland’s Hawthorne District. A modest charmer situated on a leafy residential street about three miles southeast of downtown, the house fit in perfectly amidst a succession of Craftsman bungalows with covered front porches.

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Brian Libby
Dwell Contributor
Brian Libby is a Portland-based architecture writer who has contributed to Dwell since 2004. He has also written for The New York Times, Architect, CityLab, Salon, Metropolis, Architectural Record and The Oregonian, among others.