Modern Mid-Century Kitchen

Modern Mid-Century Kitchen

Barton-Arendt Kitchen Remodel

Our clients, Kristen and Anthony, came to us with their sweet, mid-century rambler home in Columbia City, looking to open up the living room into their small, compartmentalized kitchen — a very popular trend back in the day but less useful to how we live today. As such, their goal was to create a flexible dining space, open the flow of the layout, and let in more natural light.

With an out-of-state architect on the project we had to adapt our typical processes to flexible communication modes to co-create a lovely space — balancing the clients’ desires and maintaining a sustainable footprint.

Together we cultivated a gorgeous, more modern mid-century look. By combining white and fir cabinetry with integrated appliance panels can get persnickety — especially the fir. As such we brought in one of our custom cabinet builders, resulting in a high-grade, grain matching, aesthetically pleasing, and highly functional product. With the paneled appliances, warmth of the fir, higher island, and flush-mount stove vent* — the space feels more integrated into the living area and less like a kitchen. The sleek, stainless counters complimented the clean design of the cooktop and light cabinetry, integrating the mid-century minimalistic feel.

The original house design included a single kitchen door to the backyard with windows along the living room’s back wall. Swapping that for large, sliding doors created an easy flow from the indoors to utilize the outdoor space as part of their day-to-day living space; adding loads of natural light, and complimenting the warm openness of the now conjoined space.

Removing a wall has several challenges: you lose space and sometimes lose structure! To obtain the open span desired we were required to add a steel post for support. Not part of the original concept, we worked through a number of aesthetic options — from boxing it in to giving it a special finish. Ultimately Kristen and Anthony chose to just give it a clear coat finish and live with it for a bit. Oftentimes changing a finish selection down the road can create more trouble than it’s worth — as such we are usually huge advocates for choosing the end solution. In this particular case however, anything extra we could do to the post wouldn’t impact any of the other finishes — giving them the opportunity to keep the solution simple in the moment.

Solving the loss of storage space was a much more fun opportunity. The dining hutch not only added a ton of function, but also a beautiful focal point in the room. Every detail planned and executed masterfully, the hutch strategically included push latches to minimize visual distractions from the gorgeous fir and supporting the simplistic, modern mid-century design Kristen and Anthony desired.

*Surface mounted flush ceiling flush stove hoods have come a long way. It is critical, if you consider going that route, that you do extensive research and stick with a high-quality brand. A number of features need to go into that product to make it successful with the extensive amount of space from the cooking surface. The extra time and money invested in a quality mounted flush ceiling stove hood will be well worth it if that is the direction you choose to go. (See image below).

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The Grass Isn’t Always “Greener” When You Build New.

The Grass Isn’t Always “Greener” When You Build New.

Grass Isnt Always GreenerEco-friendly advantages to retrofitting rather than building new.
We are thrilled to see more people seeking ways to reduce the environmental impact of their lives and homes. From buying/using less plastics to slowing down fast fashion, eating more local foods, and even driving a hybrid or electric car. But what about when it comes to making significant changes to your home?
Green building trends are becoming much more desirable these days. Techniques and super efficient and healthy products are super accessible. Yet, the number of builders intentionally integrating these solutions is still alarmingly low. (We’re happy to be amongst the small community authentically striving to build better!)
With so many new building techniques for high-efficiency homes and with the cost of retrofitting – we often get asked if it is “better” to build all new or keep as much as we can and retrofit/remodel?
In most cases, retrofitting a home already in existence is greener, more sustainable, more efficient, and overall less impactful on the environment and carbon outputs than building something new. New construction has been blamed for over 30% of all global emissions – from extracting new materials to transporting them and disposing of the old materials (which also involves lots of transportation). Renovating your current home eliminates the sourcing and use of new materials and allows you to incorporate some of the same modern, eco-friendly/carbon-impacting technologies that can lead your home towards the inspirational, new Net-Zero and Passive House homes being built.
We are huge advocates for looking at the whole system of your home and establishing a master plan for what is appropriate to tackle at what stages. Often times that is also means taking a look at not just system upgrades but how you anticipate shifting the interior or exterior spaces of your home over time as also a discussion point to when to do some of the system upgrades.
Contact us to set up a consulting appointment and start envisioning your future sustainable and carbon-friendly home.
Lighting Your House for a Happy Planet and a Healthy Home

Lighting Your House for a Happy Planet and a Healthy Home

We regard lighting to be a crucial component of any sustainable building, which includes everything from the health of the inhabitants that live in it to the amount of energy it consumes.

While energy-efficient lighting is a simple and effective alternative for your home and your carbon footprint, it is important to consider the cheapest and most renewable source of healthy light, the sun. The challenge is to find ways to utilize the sun’s light inside your home throughout the day.

An intentionally well-designed new build or remodel can produce ample amounts of natural light. Well-placed windows, skylights, doors, (and one of our favorites) Solatubes allow in the sun’s light, even in your home’s darker spaces. Letting in natural light will lower your energy bills and contribute to happier and healthier lives.

If installing new windows, skylights, or Solatubes is not in your budget; there are cheaper alternatives that can help maximize light throughout your home. Choosing light-colored paints, shiny flooring like linoleum, and reflective materials for your walls and ceiling can create a lot of fluid light that will brighten up even the darkest of rooms.

Learn more about different lighting solutions in recent Mighty House projects, including this video from the 2021 NW Green Home Tour, showcasing Solatubes and the reasons for specific placement. Please reach out to us and let us know how we can help adapt your home to allow in the most natural light possible for a healthy, eco-friendly, and happy home.

State of the Industry: Two Years Later

State of the Industry: Two Years Later

MHC State of the Industry Two Years LaterIt’s crazy to think that we are coming up on the two-year anniversary of the pandemic pivot. We have been very fortunate that the construction industry has managed to move forward during and in the wake of statewide ebbs and flows. Although, we have not gone without our struggles — we continue to face labor shortages, concrete worker strike impacts, and intensive supply chain issues. Even in the midst of these complications, we look for opportunities to learn and come out stronger as a business, as a community, as a family, and as individuals.


While every day feels like a day closer to life pre-pandemic in our personal lives; the construction marketplace is still a very challenging place to be. We are committed to navigating any hurdle in front of us to make sure we live up to our core principles and deliver exceptional building practices, outstanding solutions to your home-building needs, and excellent customer fulfillment. Let us know how can we help you live, play, and grow in your home better.
When It Comes To The Smallest Details – Size Does Matter

When It Comes To The Smallest Details – Size Does Matter

MHC Butcher Block to QuartsFinish work is often about the smallest of details, and it takes the right carpenter with an extensive line of experience to execute it precisely. No matter how beautifully designed, this high level of detail work is the first thing that will catch any visitor’s eye when they walk into a room. Whether it is intricate tile work, crown molding, built-in custom cabinets, or live edge shelving, you will not regret taking the extra step to integrate this level of work into your new construction or remodel.

Most seasoned finish carpenters know the tricks of the trade about getting it right. This requires them to think quickly and adapt to any given situation. A successful finish carpenter also needs to have an eye for the work and dedication to making every single detail work. We pride ourselves on our fine craftsmanship, and we are committed to every project from start to finish – down to the very smallest detail.

Check out our Details photo gallery from projects throughout the years. Contact us to let us know which are your favorites and how we can help integrate extra fine details into your upcoming or existing projects. We look forward to hearing from you.