Photography by Norman Hersom · Drawing by Sydney Hamel, 3rd grader
6603 SE 31st Avenue · Arts and Crafts
Eastmoreland began as a City-Beautiful-Inspired Suburb in 1910. The idea behind this planning and design philosophy was to introduce beauty and grandeur into cities, thereby enhancing quality of life for its residents. This grand 1914 Arts and Crafts masterpiece is an impressive example of beautiful city living.
A clever remodel combines gorgeous craftmanship with functional, intentional design. This 4-bedroom, 3.5 bath house sits on .29 acres and is designed for graceful, everyday living. When Barb and Mitchell Wright bought the house in 2014, they immediately began renovations on the 5,458 square foot house, starting with an outdated 80’s kitchen. The new kitchen features high-end appliances (Subzero, Wolf, Miele and Perlick) including two ovens, and features a vaulted breakfast nook with built-ins, and an adjacent mud room with custom cabinets and storage.
The Wright’s took a pragmatic approach in their remodel with designs that emphasized fun, stylish, and easy living while preserving many of the home’s original features, including: oak floors, dining room built-ins with wainscoting, plate rails, and original glass windows in the dining room.
The thoughtful redesign placed equal emphasis on pragmatism, elegance and joy. Despite the grand scale of the house, each room feels intimate and contains an element of surprise – from the breathtaking spacious master suite bathroom, to the hidden room behind the top floor bookcase, to beverage bars on every floor; including a coffee bar with a mini-fridge and dishwasher in the master suite. A cozy pass-through play space and closets between the children’s bedrooms adds yet another bit of sweetness and fun to this beautiful home.
Every opportunity for storage was seized, including adding tiny cabinets flanking the microwave and utilizing the eaves, to the addition of a dormer which houses a dreamy master suite closet. So many thoughtful extra touches make this house a truly luxurious living space, such as lighted storage cabinets and slow-close drawers, and a laundry chute with access on every floor.
The lower level is a separate living unit with a bedroom, full bath, bonus room, and an entertainment room that features a drop-down movie screen and an audio/video command tower that communicates with entertainment components throughout the house. The unit opens to a huge yard with a play space, dog run, fire pit, hot tub and metal fabricated raised garden beds. The living is large in every sense of the word in this gorgeous, luxury home.