Street of Dreams Home Tour in 2021: Builders and Designers Return with Ideas Ranging from Public Pleasure to Overkill

A tight budget, limited space, and common sense make it impossible for most people to have a basketball court inside their home. But ideas for improvement should at least start without limits, and that’s at the heart of visiting the 46-year-old NW Natural Street of Dreams luxury home.

The audience-pleasing spectacle allows people to wander through new homes filled with trendy decor and, of course, exaggerated elements meant to excite: an all-glass window seat that hovers above it. ‘a garden, 100 bottles hanging over a wide wall of wine, and a robotic lawnmower are part of the 2021 Street of Dreams tour, which runs through August 22 in Happy Valley.

Last year’s event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but with COVID-19 protocols and precautions in place, and despite labor and material shortages this year, builders and Portland area home designers are responding to tourists’ aspirations to see ideas and appliances that make life easier.

The pandemic has increased people’s desire to be entertained at home and to feel like they’ve escaped to a five-star hotel in their room, enjoying a spa in their bathroom and a relaxing complex in their backyard.

All of the houses in the tour have a large room with an island to congregate around and glass doors that slide out to an open-air oasis. Some have two suites, one for elderly parents to age in place, as well as steam shower areas with touch controls for a TV and freestanding tub that offers light, heat and wellness therapies. at the water.

Red Hills Construction’s Tuscan Farmhouse Outdoor Patio with Wendy O’Brien Interior Planning & Design is part of the NW Natural Street of Dreams Luxury Home Tour.Oregonian

The designers at Street of Dreams show how to design a kitchen, maximize storage in a pantry and laundry room, and create a flexible space that can transform into a home office or a quiet study space.

“It was so nice to see visitors really enjoying the show after the pandemic lockdown,” said urban planner and designer Wendy O’Brien, who has partnered with developer and builder Red Hills Construction on a Tuscan farmhouse. .

“We heard ‘wow’ and ‘no way’ followed by high-five when people saw the half-basketball court and a teenage girl screamed when she entered the girl’s room,” with a vaulted alcove and “You Glow Girl” neon art on the upholstered headboard, said O’Brien.

Most people who are planning to build, buy or renovate a home who attend the show want to learn more about advanced building techniques as well as energy efficient approaches that can be adapted to any home.

The show’s producers, the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland, have chosen the 2021 theme as “a dream for many” and with a $ 20 ticket, visitors will be able to tour new homes in two Happy Valley developments:

Heritage Crest, a gated community with three multi-million dollar custom homes, and Pleasant Valley Villages, a planned community with three model homes staged for the tour and selling for $ 550,000 to $ 650,000.

An off-grid cargo container house converted by Relevant Buildings of Oregon City will be on temporary display at Heritage Crest, along with three single-person shelters designed by Base Design Architecture and manufactured by MODS PDX.

The modular sleeping spaces were furnished by Tiffany Home Design and Kevin Twitty Interiors, and will be donated at the end of the show for use by homeless veterans through the non-profit organization Do Good Multnomah.

“Please stop by the MOD unit as you enter the living room and preview an alternative housing option to help provide safe and dignified housing for those in need in our community,” said Brenda Ketah, Executive Director of Home Builders Foundation-HomeAid Portland, which funded the project and coordinated donor contributions.

In the early days of the event, Rebecca Denis of Greylyn Wayne interior design and home staging said that people inside the northwest-style home she furnished were interested in spaces that were comfortable and very. habitable for people of all ages and abilities.

Visitors to the Scandinavian-inspired farmhouse of Anlon Custom Homes and Tiffany Thompson at Duett Interiors were treated to a mix of vintage and modern styles in a calming setting, and plenty of ideas from around the world: a powder room Curved takes its decorating cues from Chefchaouen, Morocco and futbol fandom can be seen in the media room which has a sequined carpet.

• 2021 NW Natural Street of Dreams Model Homes Photos

Here are the highlights of each of the three luxury homes at the 2021 NW Natural Street of Dreams main site, Heritage Crest at 12500 SE Mount Scott Blvd .:

Bill and Serge Krasnogorov of Red Hills Construction developed the community of nine Heritage Crest lots and built two luxury properties including a Northwest style home with Rebecca Denis of Greylyn Wayne interior design.

The home’s name, Ohana, which means “family” in Hawaiian, has guided everything from layout to outlets as the owners quest to welcome several generations of their Hawaiian parents. The single storey house allows for wheelchair accessible areas with wide hallways and rimless showers.

The spaces in the 3,834-square-foot home are open and comfortable, Denis said. Sliding glass doors, windows and even a transparent fireplace in the great room draw the exterior environment.

A subtle color scheme of green and blue was inspired by the Hawaiian Islands, but they are “not tropical” and can be used with contemporary, modern and traditional furniture, Denis said. The fitted wardrobes and doors are painted in Farrow & Ball Down Pipe, a dark gray with undertones of blue.

The raw fir beams in the kitchen, dining room and great room bring a feeling of longevity and warmth to the rooms painted in Sherwin-Williams alabaster. The white walls, ceilings and trim are slightly modified with different chandeliers.

The house’s extended eaves provide protection from the summer sun but allow winter sunlight. Other energy efficient features include premium wall insulation, radiant underfloor heating, and electric patio heaters.

Red Hills Construction worked with Wendy O’Brien Interior Planning & Design on the 7,338 square foot Tuscan-inspired Zion farmhouse. The owners wanted enough space for their family to enjoy sports, music, and other hobbies at home, while still having plenty of space for entertaining.

The great room has a glass wall that slides out to perfectly connect the interior with the outdoor seating, the concrete and steel fireplace, and the swimming pool.

The living room-style home theater features a 100-inch screen, bar with a sturdy on-board counter, and plush seating. Richly colored walls house oversized pop art by musicians and Donyale Luna, the first African-American model on the cover of British Vogue.

Beyond the theater hall is an indoor gym with a basketball court wood floor once used by the Miami Heat.

Fans of kitchen tours love the curved dining bar, which serves as an additional dining table. It’s attached to the quartz island, but the surface is wood, not quartz, a stony material that is “hard on the elbows and cold, especially during the winter months,” O’Brien said.

Upstairs is a children’s night bedroom with four built-in bunk beds, in addition to the house’s four bedrooms and a master suite that ‘is all about romance and relaxation with rustic beams and a fireplace, ”O’Brien said.

Mike Harn and Scott Bowles of Anlon Custom Homes and Tiffany Thompson of Duett Interiors have created a Scandinavian-inspired farmhouse named Hygge, which alludes to comfort and is a design style used to achieve a sense of coziness and well-being. .

Here, serenity begins in the walls. The high-performance house has walls that are heavily insulated for temperature control and soundproofing, and the pipes are cast iron “so you never hear the water running,” Harn said.

A feeling of calm comes from the furnishings; each piece has been selected to be practical and aesthetically beautiful. Imperfections must be honored, Thompson said, pointing to beams salvaged from a strawberry farm.

A rectangular glass window seat, Skycove by Marvin Windows, with natural light streaming in from all four sides, allows you to sit and listen to the rain. “The more you celebrate Oregon, the more you fall in love with it,” Thompson said.

There are lots of surprises in the house with 5,132 square feet of living space. A bonus room, at the top of a half wooden staircase, has a secret door, hidden by a hard-to-miss splash of red paint on the wall. Open the door and enter the exercise room, which has a climbing wall.

Or continue up the stairs to the children’s bedrooms and bathrooms. A girl’s bedroom has circles on the ceiling and a black and white polka dot tile floor.

A small craft room features a series of artfully stacked asymmetrically stacked corner cabinets that are functional and playful. Cabinets are covered in Miller Paint’s shark fin, which changes hue from gray to blue-green depending on the light coming through a large window.

“I wanted to play with shapes and objects just like kids use spaces,” Thompson said.

The 2021 NW Natural Street of Dreams Home Visit in Happy Valley is open Wednesday through Sunday, July 31 through August. 22. Show hours at the main venue, Heritage Crest at 12500 SE Mount Scott Blvd., are 10 am to 9 pm. Show hours at the bonus site, Pleasant Valley Villages at 11878 SE Bridal Veil Falls Place, are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Event parking for Heritage Crest, which includes the luxury homes and a temporary site for the shipping container house and sleeping pods, is available 800 yards at Happy Valley Nursery at 10800 SE 129th Ave. A shuttle will transport ticket holders to and from Heritage Crest. There are very few accessible parking spaces at Heritage Crest. Park at Pleasant Valley Villages to view the model homes.

An in-person ticket ($ 20, includes free virtual tours and events such as garden talks on August 14-21.

The show’s COVID-19 protocols will follow Oregon and CDC guidelines, and the number of people in homes at a time may be limited. Unvaccinated visitors are asked to wear a mask when in homes.

– Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

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