Hood River Remodel

A complete home renovation in the heart of Hood River

Breathing new life into an old home

When we met the owners of 406 9th Street, they had recently purchased their old Victorian across from the Children’s Park in the heart of Hood River, OR. They had ideas and dreams of the home they wanted to create. They were dreaming of a heritage home that would be passed down through the years from one generation to the next. A place where they could establish traditions and watch their grandchildren grow. They had named their home “Stone’s Throw”

In reality, this old house was wrought with old-house challenges

The siding was compromised and tested positive for lead paint. It had been remodeled countless times and added onto, but not by qualified builders. Its 2×4 exterior walls were crooked and leaned away from each other. Systems were outdated and it was worn from years of use as a duplex and rental.

The first challenge was How to get off to a good start?

To get this rehabilitation renovation off to a good start we met at Kickstand over beers. We listened carefully to how they wanted their home to “live”. Together, we evaluated ideas, budgets and schedules and navigated our way through the complex of challenges and priorities. We took this home back to the studs, furred out walls, re-wired, re-plumbed, replaced mechanical systems, and created three functionally distinct living zones. Their new home would be re-built with an open concept main level, a second floor with bedrooms and bathrooms for the extended family, and a two story, split-level, master suite with a winding staircase to her private art studio book nook.

Better than they dreamed!

Ten months and many beers later, this renovation was complete. We turned over the keys and toured these owners through their all new, turn-of the-century home, tastefully full of modern features, craftsmanship and historic charm.

Stones Throw features…

  • New dutch cove style, cedar siding, hand nailed and vented with a rain screen for maximum durability, painted a delightful bright white with striking black trim;
  • Restored front porch entrance, with a classic light blue/green painted tongue and groove ceiling, classic fir decking, and recessed lighting;
  • Custom pergolas attached to the house with corbels over the garage and side entrance;
  • All new Pella Impervia windows in the divided-light style with dual- color frames;
  • Full light french doors entering into the open concept living and dining rooms;
  • A stone fireplace made from locally sourced river rocks with a live-edge wood mantel defining the heart of their home;
  • Custom cabinetry throughout, including a concealed tv cabinet over the fireplace, bench seats with pull-out drawers built into the bay window in the dining room, a pull-out booster step for grand-kids to reach their bathroom sink; and his & hers vanities in the master bathroom. He gained storage for his ski gear and pantry goods. She gained copious custom cabinets and closets where she can store her most important treasures neatly behind closed doors;
  • A private Master Bedroom suite, featuring a winding staircase to her attic space turned art studio, his & hers closets on either side of a wall- set fireplace with stucco surround topped with an artistic driftwood mantle, a well appointed master bathroom and even a stacking washer/dryer;
  • Four additional bedrooms, designed intentionally to meet the specific needs and personalities of visiting family and friends;
  • Inviting white oak floors, stairs and handrails evoking the feeling of warmth and quality, and white toned walls making a lively backdrop for an playful ensemble of artistic belongings;

The thoughtful design and craftsmanship throughout evokes the essence of tradition and heritage they desired in their “new” home.