Inner NE Arts & Crafts

When these garden-loving homeowners built their home on the site of a tear-down in the Alameda neighborhood of NE Portland, they were faced with a challenge. The larger footprint of the new home left little space for the garden they’d envisioned! They knew it was critical to maximize the natural beauty of the available space, so after extensive research and interviews with several design-build firms, they enlisted Drake’s to do just that.

The new yard is small but mighty. A partially-covered patio provides shelter from the elements (a constant in the Pacific Northwest) while a gas firepit enhances their enjoyment of the outdoors year-round. Natural building materials, organic shapes, and the fairytale glow of strategic outdoor lighting ensured the space retained a “garden” feel. A dog-friendly synthetic lawn with pet treatment minimizes odor–and maintenance!


Steven Kurvers