While California has Eichlers, Oregon has Rummers. Built during the 60's and 70's, Robert Rummer's homes pop up everywhere from Beaverton to Gresham and are recognizable for their open floor plans, central atriums, flat roofs and radiant heating. Another commonality in the Rummers we've seen? Lots of 80's-style updates that stray far from the character of the house.
Glenn and Suzanne Walker knew they had work to do when they purchased their 1965 Rummer in Lake Oswego. According to the article, the counters were covered in basic white tiles usually used in bathrooms; the floor was Pergo; and the storage and counter space were inadequate. It was also too small for a family of five (or even just two) to use comfortably and was closed off from the rest of the house, particularly the great room.
With the help of kitchen designer William Roy, they uncovered the original aggregate floors; made custom cabinets from apple plywood; replaced the walk-in pantry with a niche for the fridge; and eliminated the stifling wall to make way for a breakfast bar. Along the way, they gained more space for counters and cabinets.
The article refers to a "strict budget," but there's no telling what it might be. Regardless, we like the way this open kitchen compliments Robert Rummer's original work while embracing a thoroughly modern style.
Images: William Roy, Fredrick D. Joe