The Emma Austin Home:
The renowned Portland architect, Joseph Jacobberger designed this Craftsman bungalow in 1911 tucked away by the railroad tracks in Lake Oswego. The Emma Austin House spans over an acre of land, filled with mature trees and a rambling creek. The house was going to be torn down and turned into several infill homes before John McCulloch swept in and purchased this gem to save it from being demolished. He had 48 hours notice and managed to secure financing to save the one of a kind structure.
The house perfectly blends into its surrounding landscape with dark stained wood beams, overhanging gabled roofs, and a wide front porch with masterfully inlayed stonework. The exterior of Jacobberger’s design is being preserved, but McCulloch Construction is remodeling the interior of the home to allow for modern amenities and conveniences. The kitchen is being expanded to allow for more light and a new, larger dining space is being constructed with private views of woods. The second floor, which was originally a three bedroom- two bathroom floor plan, will become a three bedroom-three bathroom finished product. The interior has an impressive brick and stone fireplace, and comes equipped with all of the beautiful built in cabinetry that one looks for in a Craftsman home. This home is perfect for someone looking to live in a private, wooded environment, devoid of the stresses of a cosmopolitan setting, while still living within city limits.
The front porch looks out past a newly leveled road to a creek on the property. The hallmark home sits at the entrance to a community. We began to imagine how the home could adapt to the needs of a modern family.
Addressing the site, we are bringing privacy and functional amenities to this 1911 home. A newly constructed 2 car garage grounds the corner of the site, separating the private realm from the street. The garage exterior mimics the original home’s Arts and Crafts detailing, with an added second story that is well lit as an inclusive work space and bathroom.
Queen Anne Victorian in Irvington:
McCulloch Construction bought this Queen Anne Victorian Farmhouse to protect it from being destroyed and turned into an infill in the historic Irvington neighborhood of Portland. The house had not been maintained by the previous owners, so was in an extreme state of disrepair upon its purchase.
The house was not visible from the street because the yard had become so overgrown. Bamboo and taken over the entire outside and had grown to be over 14 feet. The basement was unfinished and the original foundation was crumbling and about to cause the entire house to fall down. The beautiful detail of this Victorian home is now visible to the public. The foundation has been replaced and every floor has been expanded 15 feet, including the basement.
This home features 2 kitchens, 5 bedrooms, and 31/2 baths. Below the 3 bedroom, 21/2 bath main home is a separate 2 bedroom In-law suite or future rental income with a private entrance. This private listing can only be found here at Mcculloch. And as we still have time before completion, we are open to customizing the finishing details to your personal aesthetic.
We have taken on two major motions in this restoration by continuing our mission of affordable housing and the preserved urbanization of Portland. On top of a 15 foot expansion we have excavated 8 feet of earth to construct a basement Additional Dwelling Unit that can serve as an in-law suite. Utilizing our construction expertise we employed an original technique to lift the home by utilizing steel beams.
The home is shaping up with generous rooms and large open windows that make the space light and airy. The large entertaining kitchen opens out the back yard and large Curly Willow tree. Inside the space flow openly with a central stair landing. Features such as the large fireplace mantel bring the home back to its origin era.
The Westmoreland Greek House:
While John was still teaching, he redesigned his Victorian farm house into a jewel box that garnered media and local attention. Soon, neighbors hired him to work on every home on the block and beyond. Long days became years and John was able to buy the house next door with an empty lot where we built our proud design up Greek Revival. The house looks like it was designed by Jefferson. Though John drew and built the house himself, it so shines with old world beauty, that one visiting preservationist thought it a rare old beauty and earnestly lectured John to take care when working on the apparently historic home! The home marries three desirables - old fashioned elegance, modern luxury and layout and the latest in green tech: Classic lines: Our timeless layout features two fireplaces, high ceilings, windows everywhere, covered porches with columns, a dining room that seats twenty, three sets of French doors, herringbone oak floors, period moldings and romantic lighting. The graceful Greek lines have been stylish for 4,000 years. New home: The home has the modern amenities - big closets, mudroom, kitchen, family and breakfast rooms combined, master suite, heated marble floor, soaking tubs, three car garage, mother-in-law quarters, sound-proofed outer walls, maximum light. Green technology: From the triple insulated basement, the super insulated shell of the house, the reclaimed and sustainably harvested woods, engineered I-beam construction that used recycled wood, two high efficiency furnaces, no fly-ash concrete, and recycling materials throughout the building process we thought of our environmental impact from the demolition to the last coat of paint. The buyers, Geri and Mimi, selected art and furnishings to perfectly compliment the house, including a commissioned painting by John’s artist mother. In the process they have become dear friends and share a passion for history with John which has kept them sharing dinners and events at the charming house together. On visits to Gerry and Mimi’s Greek, John is swept away by how years of planning are actualized by the lively couple who imbue the house with modern vitality and complement the house's glamorous aura of old time grandeur.