Magazine article Sunset

Bright and Fresh: Most Log Cabins Are Dark and a Little Gloomy. This One Found the Light

Magazine article Sunset

Bright and Fresh: Most Log Cabins Are Dark and a Little Gloomy. This One Found the Light

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"I'm not really attracted to log homes," Bruce Carey laughs, "but my shtick is to mix the old and the new. I saw the home's potential," he said, recalling what he felt when a 1920s log cabin in the Forest Heights neighborhood of Portland came on the market four years ago. He was interested because of what he thought he could do with the logs and because of its location--the property backs up to Forest Park and is an 8-minute commute to downtown Portland. "The cabin was a pretty funky old place," Carey says. "It had been messed with so much that our goal was just to clean up the lines."

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Carey's vision was sophisticated. Most prospective buyers saw a warren of small, dark rooms suffering from bad remodels. Carey transformed the traditional cabin into an open space perfect for entertaining. It became an ideal home for Carey, who owns the well-known Bluehour Restaurant in Portland (see "Life in the Pearl," page 126), and his partner, Joe Rogers, who owns another popular Portland dining spot, Saucebox.

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Carey and Rogers began by taking out as many walls as possible on the home's main floor. "The house is almost square," explains Carey. "I liked the idea of a square home without interior walls, so we tried to achieve as much of that as possible."

Previous owners had hidden the log walls by drywalling over them and boxing out the log beams. Carey and Rogers, who clearly enjoyed wielding the sledgehammers, removed as much of this as possible and left the structure exposed. …

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