Church to Bungalo Conversion

Church to Bungalo Conversion

Front view of COT as it stood pre-construction


This is going to be a fun one! We’re a little late posting this, but after more than 2 years of planning, we have broken ground on an exciting project in the Foster/Powell area in SE Portland. The project is an old country church, built in 1920, expanded in 1939, and abandoned until John and Erin Telford bought the property in 2012 with lots of ambition and some big ideas! Some of you may recognize Erin’s name as a designer we work with frequently. Once the property was re-zoned residential, Erin began designing what will become a beautiful residence with much of the original character of the church left intact or recreated in its original image.


Rear view of the COT with ADA ramp leading to main level

We began working with John and Erin in 2014, planning for what would become a major structural and cosmetic overhaul of the building. From the outside, the COT will appear very similar to what it may have looked like in the 1930’s, but the lower level will be completely gutted to make way for new structural grade beams, posts, and beams to support the upper level that was once the sanctuary. The roof covering two sides of the lower level will become a flat roof with a wrap-around deck, and the entire main roof will be removed to make way for a new 40-foot long 5 1/2″ x 27″ ridge beam and rafters to allow for vaulted ceilings in place of an already a spacious 14′ ceiling. New and energy-efficient custom windows will replace the old plexiglass paned cathedral-style windows, with a few more thrown in to really light up the main level.


The original entrance was closed off and turned into the pulpit when the ADA ramp went in. The original entrance will be restored, and the small choir loft above will be expanded and turned into a “third level” loft overlooking the dining and living areas.


The rear entrance and ADA ramp will be removed, but the arched apse that once housed the preacher’s pulpit will be restored.

The lower level will be completely reconfigured with several bedrooms, a workshop, family room, and master bed/bath. The kitchen, dining, and family rooms will be on the main level in one very OPEN concept space. Upper and lower levels will be connected with an interior staircase, What was a small choir loft will be replaced with a larger loft, taking advantage new vaulted ceiling. In the end, the house will boast all-new wiring, plumbing, and hydronic radiant heat throughout.


The 1939 basement addition that served less-formal functions for the church, will become bedrooms, bathrooms, family room, a workshop, and a utility room to house laundry and the boiler for hydronic radiant heating

We broke ground on this project in August, so stay tuned! There will be lots of pictures to follow!

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