It is a strange day when you meet a complete stranger that can tell you all about the soggy depths of your backyard.  A few months ago I met a very inquisitive four-year-old boy who asked the typical questions, “Well, what is your name? How old are you (uggh)? Where do you live?” When I answered “In Beaverton” he became the sharpest GPS locating device trying to hone in on my exact quadrants “Where in Beaverton? What street?” Until his dad flipped his head around and asked where on my given street did I live. I thought, “Well, I see where the boy gets it.” As it turns out though, Todd grew up in my neighborhood and his childhood friend (now coach for the Miami Heat) grew up in my house.  So not only was Todd very familiar with the ins and outs of my house but also my yard.  When Todd asked if my backyard was still a swampy pit during the spring I didn’t take it too personally because he obviously was remembering mud pits from years long past. Quite possibly the very same mud pits my daughters play in today.
Todd and his wife Amy now reside in Portland and were kind enough to let me visit their beautiful 1909 Ladd’s Addition home. They have completed a number of renovation projects with materials from Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage.
Amy told me that when they bought their home a few years ago their mantel was nothing more than a single hunk of wood that was out of scale with their large living room.  With reclaimed lumber from Aurora Mills, the impressive skills of their carpenter, Scott Eisland of Quartersawn Construction and the color matching genius of David “Bo” Bowman (he color matched the mantel stain with the rest of the woodwork in the house), they were able to create a mantel that looks like it was born to their home.

Fireplace created with salvaged lumber from Aurora Mills

Fireplace created with salvaged lumber from Aurora Mills


Todd & Amy Fireplace Dentals

Fireplace details are complimentary to wood trim found throughout the house.


Todd and Amy also used salvaged banister parts to make a “new” banister that was higher to protect their young boys.  This is another seamless and period-sensitive design.  They also replaced a few doors with some of Aurora Mill’s 5-panel doors.  These blend so well with the home’s original doors that even Amy was having difficulty telling me which were original and which were from Aurora Mills.
Railing created from salvaged materials

Railing created from salvaged materials


Five-panel doors that were stripped and stained

Five-panel doors that were stripped and stained


A fun detail in their bathroom is the use of an old window header with vintage croquet mallets that have been used to make colorful and whimsical towel hooks in the boy’s bathroom.
Whimsical bathroom hooks made from croquet mallets

Whimsical bathroom hooks made from croquet mallets


Croquet mallet bathroom hooks created by Amy

Croquet mallet bathroom hooks created by Amy


The love of architectural detail and family marry so well in this home. Todd and Amy have taken into account space for them and their three boys to grow.
Carpenter: Scott Eisland with Quartersawn Construction. Phone: 503-481-6294
Stain color matching/ wood distressing: David “Bo” Bowman.  Phone 503-281-5728
By: Louise Gomez Burgess at Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage