Monday, December 15, 2014

Modernizing a Portland House Details

Creating a more contemporary feel for this house remodel involved using more modern materials with simple detailing that highlighted contrasting colors, shapes and textures.

Before - After rooms views of this project can be seen here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Modernizing a Portland House

A recent whole house renovation I completed involved modernizing a nondescript 1980's era home.  The renovation involved replacing all the windows and doors, new roof, new bathrooms and new LED lighting throughout. The challenge was to create a very contemporary interior in architectural spaces that were generic and definitely not modern in character.  The solution was to find a balance between clean minimalist details and contemporary surfaces that would not look out of place in the existing building.  The overall effect is bright light filled spaces with warm wood finishes that create a comfortable daily living environment.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mobile Cabin Two

This design takes the Mobile Cabin design one step further by adding a separate bedroom module, expanding the sleeping capacity to 8 people. The first module has an expanded Living and Dining area as well as a larger Kitchen, while still keeping the full bathroom so that the couch surfaces can be used for sleeping.  This open design creates a "great room" that is 24' long, and by using the typical RV slide out, over 10' wide.   It will have a very spacious feel despite it's total living area of 544 sq. ft.  Probably too big to be considered a "Tiny House", more of a "Minimum House", that is very comfortable and livable while still offering the mobility to to be moved to a variety of locations as a vacation retreat.

The design of the Mobile Cabin can be seen here.

Both cabin designs are shown set in the desert on the East side of Steens Mt. in the far SE corner of Oregon.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


 Salt Creek Recreation Area, WA

 Steens Mountain, OR

 Cape Flattery, WA

 Philips Lake, OR

 Cape Disappointment, WA

 Salt Creek Recreation Area, WA

 Malhuer Lake, OR

 Alvord Desert, OR

 Near Fields, OR

Photographs of pathways or roads receding into the distance beckon you to discover what is around the bend or over the hill.  The same is true designing a site plan or even circulation within a building.  Each path or hall should invite you to explore that which is just out of sight.

All photographs taken with an iPhone.  2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Robert Moreland

Monday, May 19, 2014

iPad Sketches Made with Paper 2

Sketches of wild coastline at Salt Creek Recreation Area and Crescent Bay on Washington State side of the Straits of Juan de Fuca.  All Rights Reserved 2014 Robert Moreland.  Drawings made on an iPad using Paper 53 app.