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The Portland 2635 - 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1 garage, 1758 square feet



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AH, Dear Portland.  From rivers to mountains to bridges to Zoobombers, your presence has been immortalized.  On television.  Where the mantra "Keep Portland Weird" is sung proudly from atop statues.  That overlook foodcarts.  Where corrupt politicians are the norm since 1850.  And are celebrated.  But at least it's not Seattle.  Portland's drier.

In a city where weirdness is celebrated, what happens to the "normal".  As weirdness grows, normal gets smaller.  At some point, the weirdness becomes normal and the norm becomes weird.  So the pendulum either swings the other way or the trend wraps itself into a wormhole that spits you back out where you started.  The Portland plan is kind of like that.  Not a wormhole, mind you, more like the ever moving dividing line between normal and weird.

The City of Portland allows for a particular type of single family lot in a particular type of situation to be created as small as 36' wide and 50' deep.  Technically 45' wide and 40' deep is also allowed but much less common.  Since infill is a preference of the city council, we decided that it would be a good idea to have a plan in our back pocket to fill this niche.  There was an agonizing push-pull between fitting a mold and classic styling.  We probably hit it that day but who knows where the line has gone since then.

The main floor is a little bit contorted to be able to fit the expected great room and an unheated storage space.  A little hip check in the dining room opens some space.  That funny notch in the back helps conformance with another policy.  All single family homes must have a 12x12 outdoor space that is not in the front yard.  This is perfect because now the front yard can be used for raising chickens.

Upstairs are a surprisingly spacious 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  Of course the inner neighborhoods will utilize it as a bedroom, an art room, and a rental space for a hipster.  But the options are even greater than that.  Should you choose to use bonus room trusses, you could gain an extra 350 square foot game room above this horde.  That space has been made big enough for 2 more bedrooms.  Now we're talking college housing, baby!



All plans include four elevations, floor plans, foundation plans, at least two building sections, framing plans for the second floor and/or roof, and notes and construction details. This is everything you will need to build, but may not be everything you need to get a permit. Check with your local jurisdiction. Electrical layouts, cabinet elevations and engineering are not included.