The June issue of Sunset Magazine profiles an abandoned 1910 beach cottage in Seaside – and the Portland architects who recently brought it back to life.
Principal of Emerick Architects, Brian Emerick is a 7th-generation Oregonian who chairs the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission. He and wife Melody have a passion for historic buildings, adaptive reuse and giving back to the community. Also a licensed architect, Melody brings interior design training to the table.
The couple came upon the almost derelict house on a family trip to the coast and decided to buy it as an investment. But in the course of leveling the foundation, harmonizing an ill-considered addition, redoing the façade, replacing the windows and heating, and lifting the attic ceiling to create a master bedroom, they fell in love with “Old Salty.”
Keen design instincts and sweat equity carried the day. Melody furnished the whole house on a budget of under $10,000 with vintage and second-hand charm.
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