The 16th annual Tour of Remodeled Homes in Portland, Lake Oswego, Wilsonville and Tigard will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15. Tickets, $22 for both days, are available at remodeltourportland.com; 503-684-1880).
One home on display will be one In Gabriel Park.
Janet Eastman explains the history and lets us know that "JB Construction and Deb Seeley Designs' client was 6 years old in 1940 when her parents built this Southwest Portland house in dairy pasture, now known as Gabriel Park.
Over the years, the house changed along with its surroundings but the family held on to it, recounts Jim Bruce of JB Construction.
As an adult, the second-generation owner wanted a few upgrades: A master suite with an attached reading room, and to move the laundry out of the basement.
A wall of windows on one side of the old master bedroom became a well-lighted hallway leading to the new reading room and spacious master suite with a cathedral ceiling, walk-in closets and a bath with a walk-in shower.
Windows frame views of beautiful gardens and double sliding French doors open to a new deck.
The main floor laundry has custom cabinetry for front load washer/dryer and a built-in ironing board. The space doubles as a garden potting room with a separate counter and sink bench.
A den was created by reconfiguring a coat closet and part of the old living room. With double pocket doors for privacy, it is perfect for viewing sports, says Seeley.