Bathroom remodel of Bill Fletcher-designed home restores a slice of Portland’s architectural heritage

Home remodeling project of master bathroom preserves legacy of iconic NW architect.

In the early 1960’s, Portland’s own William Fletcher and his “14th Street Gang” of architects began designing homes and buildings that would come to define the Pacific Northwest landscape. Incorporating forms and materials indigenous to the region, the buildings yielded an aesthetic as unique as their natural surroundings. So when homeowner and photographer Antoinette Sharp came to Hammer & Hand with a bathroom remodeling project for her Bill Fletcher-designed home, preservation and architectural integrity were forefront on her mind. (See full image portfolio here.)

Bathroom remodel by Portland & Seattle remodeling contractors Hammer & Hand
Photography by Antoinette Sharp

“We contacted a lot of different contractors for input and Hammer & Hand really saw the range and versatility of the project,” said Antoinette. “We have great respect for the home’s architect so we were very impressed when we interviewed Alex Daisley and saw his dedication to staying true to the architectural integrity of the home.”

Collaborating with Mary Hogue of MKM Architecture, the H&H remodeling team set out to align the bathrooms to the aesthetic of the rest of the home. The photos featured in this post are by Antoinette.

Bathroom remodel by Portland & Seattle remodeling contractors Hammer & Hand

“The house featured a lot of open beam work and exposed lumber,” said H&H project manager Alex Daisley. “The bathrooms had only partially exposed beams and weren’t in line with the rest of the home.”

As the remodeling team began exposing the beams in the bathrooms, they ran into some unique challenges.

“The existing open beams had been exposed to UV light for years,” said Alex. “Trying to match the finish on the newly exposed beams with the existing beams was a challenge in and of itself.”

“I have never done a remodel before so I didn’t know what to expect,” recalled Antoinette. “I was really concerned about the beams in the bathroom matching the beams in the rest of the house but I was relieved when Alex assured me that no matter what happened, if it wasn’t to my liking they would keep working on it until I was happy in the end.”

Bathroom remodel by Portland & Seattle remodeling contractors Hammer & Hand

In addition to work on the exposed ceiling beams, the team also added a steam shower, new tile and upgrades to the mechanical ventilation and ceiling insulation.

“Throughout the whole process, great care was taken to leave the house in clean condition,” said Antoinette. “The workmanship was high-caliber and sensational and I liked having the people around.”

– Jeff

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