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An Atlanta Arciform Project

What do you do when you’ve just started to enjoy your dream whole house renovation only to land a job that has you moving across the country?

For one Arciform client the answer was simple. Have Arciform Principal Designer Anne De Wolf adapt their favorite design elements from their Portland home to work in their new Atlanta home.

Here’s a look at how it all turned out.


The clients loved their Arciform kitchen, with its classic grey, black and white color palette, custom island,  and pendant chandeliers. Designed by Arciform Principal Designer Anne De Wolf.


The new kitchen features an island with similar design details and cabinetry that matches the millwork details of the original design. A glint of brass in the pendant lighting fixtures and cabinetry hardware gives a touch of Atlanta luxe to the revised design.

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The white on white palette is warmed up with brass hardware accents. Below, a full wall of cabinetry with glass multi-lite doors offers display space for favorite serving pieces. The fridge blends into the cabinetry behind integrated panels.

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In the master bath, Arciform’s Portland project (below) featured a walk-in marble lined shower with  dual shower heads and a bench seating. The custom vanity featured marble counters and old Hollywood inspired design details.


The Atlanta version of the project brings the same classic elegance and custom vanity details to the project. The more generous square footage of the new Atlanta master bath (below) allows the walk in shower to be supplemented with a soaking tub.

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The rest of the home offered opportunities to play with the same classic color palette on a much larger canvas.

Here are some of the highlights:


The lines of the dramatic entry staircase are punctuated by a glossy black handrail.

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At the top of the stairs, an custom obscured glass skylight floods the  landing with natural light while adding depth and dimensionality to the space.

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Custom full height display cabinets in the dining room feature dramatic X-shaped muntins on the glass doors.

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Black, white and a glint of brass carry through every detail, even down to the under sink pipes in this WC.

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The living room features classic millwork accents that draw the eye upward towards luxuriously high ceilings.

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It was such a rare and enjoyable opportunity for us apply the Arciform design sensibility to a project in a different part of the country. It’s a useful reminder that, although you can’t take your Arciform kitchen with you, you can definitely recreate your favorite design details (with a little help from our design department).

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Join Arciform in Giving Back this Season

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Client Services Manager Jeremy Gould invites you to join him in giving back to the community. As a volunteer firefighter he contributes 50 hours a month to keeping families safer. He asked to share a few words with the Arciform community about contributing your time and resources to your community.

Greetings all,

I just wanted to say a little something here as we approach the holiday season. I encourage everybody to find something in your communities where you can donate some of your time for a good cause. It can be anything at all. I think that if all of us humans thought this way and did these things for our communities even just one day a year, the world would be such a better place. For example, my daughter and I choose the Toy and Joy program in Newberg to donate our time to.

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Every year in May we hold a huge pancake feed fundraiser at the fire station and everybody works it for free. All of the money goes to purchasing toys for kids whose families may not be able to afford them. Then, when it gets closer to Christmas, we will go down to the station and wrap the toys to get them ready to deliver. Finally, on the morning of December 24th my daughter and I will commandeer the Chief’s rig, load up the toys, and go hand deliver them to the kids at their homes. We get lots of hugs from moms and grandmas, and lots of smiles from all the kids. Last year Makayla and I delivered about 500 presents. Along the way, we will also secretly be looking to see if they have a Christmas tree or any decorations, and if they don’t we will make arrangements to have them delivered. We’ve even brought groceries to a few families that obviously didn’t have much.

Every year my daughter tells me she definitely wants to do it again next year. It is really quite rewarding to know that you’re bringing so much happiness to these families. My point here is that giving even a little bit of time can have a huge impact on peoples’ lives, and the volunteers gain so much joy and build a sense of community.

We’re so grateful to have the opportunity to give back each year and we would love to hear about the ways you choose to support your community. Share your favorite organizations to support in the comments below to spread the good word about the important work being done on behalf of those in need.

Happy Holidays!

Historic Cabin Brought Back to Life

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ODAR members serve refreshments at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Arciform team was thrilled to celebrate the completed reconstruction of the Pioneer Mothers Cabin with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony Sunday March 17th. The event marked the end of years of planning, fundraising and worry for the members of the ODAR (Oregon Daughters of the American Revolution) after watching their historic monument slowly slip into the Willamette River. Now relocated to higher ground at the Newell House Museum, the cabin is once again open and ready to educate and entertain!

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The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin finally completed at it’s new location.

Although the building now stands proud with a structurally sound chimney and wall bracing, as well new radiant floor heat for comfort, this final celebration was many years coming. Arciform was fist contacted in the fall of 2013, but thoughts of moving the structure had been floating around for over 15 years. Listing it on Restore Oregon’s 2013 Endangered Places brought much needed attention to the cause and when aided by grants and the tremendous efforts and generosity of volunteers and subcontractors, funding for the project was finally made possible.

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Arciform team members prepare to reinstall one of the larger logs at the new site.

With all the architectural elements and individual logs cataloged and identified on a set of plans, the cabin was finally ready to be carefully dismantled piece by piece and stored at it’s new home at the Newell House Museum. A fresh concrete slab was poured over a network of tubes for hydronic radiant floor heat and a new reinforced cinder block chimney with firebox to meet modern safety codes was installed. After another bout of fundraising, every piece from window jamb and rafter to the forty foot logs spanning nearly the entire width of the cabin were reinstalled.

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Halfway through the deconstruction process, small white tabs indicate each log’s proper location.

Although the building’s original location perched on the edge of the Willamette River will most certainly be missed for it’s historical value and aesthetics, the ODAR members are thrilled to have this piece of history out of harms way for upcoming generations to enjoy. For more information and photographs of the construction process, check out the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin’s Facebook page. If you have a historic building in need of relocation or simply repair please visit our website or Versatile Wood Products for all your historically accurate window, door, millwork and cabinetry needs.

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Postcards from the Field: April

This morning we thought we’d take you on a quick virtual tour of some of the projects we are currently working on here at Arciform…

Here are a few of the projects underway…


This mudroom in Lake Oswego is getting a very cool tile treatment….

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A gas pass-thru fireplace in SE Portland is being installed in a mid-century whole house remodel…

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Some views are being re-framed at a different mid-century addition project….

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… with the help of a VERY large crane.

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A porch is coming together out in Beaverton…

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… while some very groovy tile is being set for a mid-century bathroom in Hillsdale.


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Bike racks and lockers are going to add some cool kid style to a basement renovation in NW Portland…

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….while this elegant custom radiator cabinet is being prepped for install up in the SW Hills.

Coming soon to Arciform… a historic Portland church gets a bell tower restoration, a Corvallis National Register property gets a new kitchen and the roof gets raised on a collection of dormer addition master suites all over Portland.

So… what are YOU working on?

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Postcards from the Field: Knotts Owen Barn

This week Richard and our preservation associate Catherine Cuthbert took a trip out to Corvallis to survey a historic 1870 barn that we are working with the owners to stabilize and preserve. This barn, called the Knotts Owens Barn, was listed as one of Restore Oregon’s 2013-14 Most Endangered Places.

Here are some pictures from our first look at the place:

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About the Knotts Owen Barn (from the Restore Oregon website)

The Knotts-Owens Barn is one of a handful of hand-hewn barns standing in Benton County today. This rare farmstead complex is regionally significant because it shows the evolution of a family farm from the settlement era through the 20th century.

The storyline of the Knotts-Owens farmstead begins in 1849 when Iowa natives William and Sylvia Knotts received a 640-acre donation land claim three miles north of present-day downtown Corvallis. The farmstead has stayed in the same family and the existing collection of buildings date to the 1870s, providing an excellent example of subsistence farming around the Mid-Willamette Valley. The complex consists of a farmhouse, machine shed, pump house, brooder house, and the barn.

Read more about this endangered place here.


We’ll keep you posted about the progress of this important preservation project.

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Postcard from the Field: Pioneer Mothers Cabin Update

We’re making great progress on our Pioneer Mothers Cabin restoration and reconstruction.

Here’s a peek at how it looks so far…

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We had some additional help from the Pioneer Mothers themselves the other day. Boy what a well dressed construction team that was…


Would you like to pitch in with the Pioneer Mothers? Find out how to support the restoration project here.


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Congratulations to Jeremy for Becoming a Certified Project Manager


We’re thrilled to announce that our Carpenter on Call Manager, Jeremy Gould, has recently been confirmed as a Certified Project Manager through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. This vigorous certification process requires 16 hours of coursework and the successful completion of a 3 hour exam to demonstrate knowledge of project management skills and procedures. We are so proud of Jeremy for his hard work and commitment to ongoing professional development to improve the skills and resources he can offer to Arciform clients.

We sat down with Jeremy for a quick Q&A about his favorite projects, long term goals and how he gets his kicks on the weekends (hint: it involves fire!). Here’s what he had to say:

How long have you worked for Arciform? What was your first position with the company?

I have worked for Arciform for 3 ½ years now and I started as a Lead Carpenter where I obtained my “Certified Lead Carpenter” certification also through NARI.

What’s your favorite part about the work you do here?

I really like the wide diversity of projects that I get involved with here at Arciform. I’m the type of person that will get bored pretty fast if I’m doing exactly the same thing everyday. I very much enjoy having projects that present unique (outside the box)  challenges to work through that do not really have an obvious solution. For instance, I recently put together a project where the client asked if I could make his master bathroom door a motorized sliding door that was operated with the push of a button. I also recently finished up a project that we installed an interior “slide up” door custom built by Versatile Wood Products.

Tell me about a project you worked on this last year that you particularly enjoyed.


I recently completed a deck project that I really enjoyed putting together due to some interesting challenges.

The first challenge was the fact that the deck is roughly 30 feet in the air hanging over a hillside.

The second challenge was a request made by the client to have a flat stone surface for the deck. The existing deck was as much as 8” out of level in some areas.

Her third request was to have a hand railing system that was as invisible as we could make it so that it didn’t block her gorgeous view of the city.

We ended up installing a membrane deck surface on the existing out of level deck joists and then installed 24” x 24” concrete tiles on adjustable legs sitting on the membrane. The result was a level concrete surface that moisture passes through and then runs off of the membrane beneath. Next, we installed a glass guard railing system with a ½” thick top rail and 1 ½” posts that we powder coated black (so they are invisible at night).

Lastly, we installed a rot proof fascia that was wide enough to cover the fact that the membrane deck and joists were 8” out of level so it looks nice and straight from the street below. I enjoyed working on this project because I got to design it, estimate  it, sell it and then project manage it.

Sounds like Arciform keeps you pretty busy. What do you do for fun?

Here’s a hint:


I am a volunteer Firefighter/Engineer/EMT with Newberg Fire.. I typically will work 2 – 3 shifts a month from 6PM until 6AM where I stay at the station overnight. When I am on shift I am in charge of Engine 21. I drive it to any call it gets called out on and then I am responsible to make sure it’s ready for the next call afterwards. I recently got qualified to drive our new patient transporting engine which is one of only a very few in the state.

Also, every three months or so we do an all-day training burn where we will train on a house that someone donated to us to have burned down. My role during training burns is usually a crew leader training the probies.

I love being a volunteer firefighter partially because it allows me to be an asset to society. I’m not the kind of person that looks to the government or anybody else for any kind of assistance. I also love it because lets face it! It’s really fun! Nobody ever says they wanna be an accountant or a computer tech when they grow up, they wanna be a firefighter! Driving that engine with the lights and sirens goin’, headed to a big fire where you can see that giant smoke cloud across town just rippin! Blastin’ through town with everyone gettin’ out of your way! Then to get there and run into the fire when everyone else is runnin’ out.

That’s just down right fun, I don’t care who you are!

Do you have a home maintenance project that could use Jeremy’s “out of the box” expertise? Email him at to set up an initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Pioneer Mother’s Cabin Rescued from Willamette

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We are delighted to report that the Oregon State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution have commissioned Arciform to begin rescuing one of Restore Oregon’s 2013 Most Endangered Places, the Pioneer Mother’s Cabin in Champoeg, Oregon.

Threatened by the encroaching Willamette River, the historic Pioneer Mother’s Cabin will be minutely catalogued, tagged, deconstructed and prepped for storage by Arciform starting this week as part of a multi-year project that will ultimately see the cabin restored and re-built on the grounds of the Robert Newell House and Museum.

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Although the structure is in overall good condition, the south bank of the Willamette River has eroded to within 20 feet of the cabin walls. Moving the cabin to higher ground is imperative to prevent the structure from sustaining water and flood damage this winter. Deconstruction will begin November 11th and will be coordinated by Arciform Project Manager Scott Mumma in collaboration with Arciform owner and historic preservation advocate Richard De Wolf.

De Wolf explains,
“We’re honored and excited to help rescue this important historic structure. Our team has extensive experience with historic restoration projects including the Heceta Head Lighthouse, the Waggoner Farmstead and the Silver Falls Historic Log Cabin. We look forward to putting that experience to work in support of this important effort.”

The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin was built in 1931 to honor female pioneers and house artifacts that crossed the Oregon Trail in the mid-1800s. Built with funds raised by the Oregon State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), it today operates as a museum and living history exhibit for school children.

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Primary goals of the multi-phase preservation project include upgrading the engineering to meet current code without modifying the look and feel of the historic structure and upgrading the comfort and energy performance characteristics of the structure. Deconstruction will require careful cataloguing of each element to be sure that it can be reconstructed in a way that will conserve and restore as much of the existing architectural material as possible. The reconstruction phase will include comfort and performance upgrades like the integration of insulation into the roof and a seismic upgrade that will require drilling threaded rods through the structure to invisibly lock the logs to the foundation.

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Check out the Bat Houses!

Each year, the 2nd graders at St Joseph Catholic School celebrate”Bat Tuesday,” a day of hands-on learning experiences about the fantastic and misunderstood nocturnal creatures that are a part of our local habitat.

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To assist with that effort, Arciform coordinates with Parr Lumber to provide them with a hands on experience building and decorating their own bat houses.

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Parents and volunteers assist the kids with the building process, making the day a great experience for the whole community.

We’re so delighted to have the opportunity to assist these tiny ecologists as they learn about bats.. and building techniques!

You’re Invited: Arciform Client Joins First Thursday

We’re delighted to share that Arciform client Judy Jacobson is about to launch her new Pearl District gallery, HAP, this November. We helped Judy prep her gallery for opening, so we’ll be there on first Thursday to toast her success. The exhibit looks totally fascinating and features an artist with a who worked with Laika Studios on the movie Coraline. Take a look:


Will you join us in helping her celebrate the opening of her new gallery?

Here’s the details:

Bartek Prusiewicz

New work

Under the Moon

When: First Thursday, November 7, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Where: 916 NW Flanders Street


Bartek Prusiewicz collects tin wind-up toys, vintage comics, science fiction posters, and 19th century ephemera. His work, crafted of ceramics and wood, re-imagines the forms of early and mid-century science fiction, embodying a sense of futuristic nostalgia.

He has a honed sense of dark and naturalistic whimsy, having worked on stop-motion animations for the films ParaNorman, Coraline, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and Creature Comforts America.