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Howells Architecture + Design

Portland
Photo: Werner Straube

Regions Served

  • Chicago & Midwest
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Rocky Mountains

Howells Architecture + Design is a small architecture + interior design practice, serving the Pacific Northwest, West Coast, and Rocky Mountain West. Our mission is to create warm, tactile spaces that have a natural flow and are built to last.

We value what’s timeless rather than trendy, and aim to give our clients beautiful, personal, one-of-a-kind spaces that will look good and perform well for many years to come.

Humane. Refined. Intuitive. Respecting both past and present. These goals guide every project, big or small.

Firm principal Michael Howells has extensive experience in residential renovation and single family homes. Our work has been published online and in print by Portland Monthly, Dwell, Homestead, Gray, Remodelista, Gardenista, and Better Homes, among others.

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Contact

Owner

  • Michael Howells, AIA

Locations

  • 3820 SE Bybee Boulevard Portland, OR 97202

Featured Projects

Writer's Garret

This was a dark and dusty attic, in a large historic Portland home. But the writer-owner saw the potential for a “room of one’s own,” far above the noise of the house. A dormer, skylights, built-in bookshelves, and a wall-to-wall live-edge walnut desk make for a perfect work space. Warm gray wainscoting and honey-hued floors set a serene tone.

Photos: Laurie Black

Urban Garden

Inspired by Japanese gardens and mossy Pacific Northwest landscapes, we conceived of a multi-purpose outdoor space that would look good in all seasons. A cast-in-place paving scheme designates zones for a barbecue grill, a cedar soaking tub, a fire pit, and dining area. A maple tree forms the focal point and will grow to shade the yard. A 7-foot-tall cedar fence is sheathed on both sides, affording maximum privacy for the owner and the neighbors.

Urban Garden Details

We chose hardscaping materials that are readily available in Portland, and will weather well.

Photos: Anna M Campbell

Zen-inspired Bathroom

A stepping stone gets you into this Japanese soaking tub.

Mountain Home

We designed this 7-bed 5-bath home in Teton Village, Wyoming, for a family with 4 children. Strict subdivision guidelines mandated a traditional western mountain style, but refined detailing balances the rustic elements.

Photo: David Agnello

Mountain Home

We designed this 7-bed 5-bath home in Teton Village, Wyoming, for a family with 4 children. Strict subdivision guidelines mandated a traditional western mountain style, but refined detailing balances the rustic elements.

Photo: David Agnello

Mountain Home Details

Bathrooms in this home were inspired by the colors of the surrounding Wyoming landscape.

Midcentury-inspired Kitchen

The new kitchen in this 1909 home was inspired by the owners’ gutsy attitude and love of midcentury furniture. A major goal for this project was to to be bold but not cold, so materials were carefully chosen with this in mind. Select walls are upholstered in a dramatic gunmetal gray tile. Semi-reflective, the tile catches the light and softens the dark tones.

Photo: Anna M Campbell

Midcentury-inspired Kitchen

A very special, richly textured western walnut is paired with handmade tile.

Photos: Anna M Campbell

Garage Conversion

For this garden studio, we converted a garage into an office space.

Photo: Anna M Campbell

Garage Conversion

For this garden studio, we converted a garage into an office space.

Photo: Anna M Campbell

Second Story Addition

We stitched a second floor to this small ’40s home. The original house remains intact right down to the windows, tucked inside the new form and wrapped in new siding.

Vintage-modern Kitchen

A gut renovation of the kitchen in this ’20s home improved the flow, and brought in a fresh palette. Cabinets are painted gray-white, while walls are paper-white. Textured gray-blue tiles add warmth and texture.

Photo: Anna M Campbell

"Blue Grotto" Bath

We converted a chopped-up series of small rooms into an expansive master suite. The new bathroom features a wet room containing a shower and Japanese soaking tub.

Photo: Laurie Black

"Blue Grotto" Bath

We converted a chopped-up series of small rooms into an expansive master suite. The new bathroom features a wet room containing a shower and Japanese soaking tub, and a separate toilet room.

Photos: Laurie Black

Drake Tower Condo

Located in the residential tower of the iconic Drake Hotel, this Chicago 2-bedroom pied-à-terre is inspired by the views of Lake Michigan and the vibrancy of this world-class art city.

Photo: Werner Straube

Drake Tower Master

Modern and classical blend at the master suite of this Chicago condo. Architecture, interiors, custom cabinetry and built-ins designed by Michael Howells. Lighting by Atelier Jean Perzel. Rugs by Jan Kath.

Photos: Werner Straube

Drake Tower Details

Custom fireplace screen by Michael Howells, with a little help from Piet Mondrian.

Photo: Werner Straube

Drake Tower Details

Lighting by Jean Perzel. Built-in bed and nightstand by Michael Howells.

Photo: Werner Straube

Drake Tower Details

Foyer at Chicago Drake Tower condo. Wallpaper by Farrow & Ball.

Photo: Werner Straube

Blue + White Kitchen

This kitchen was inspired by the home’s 1920’s English influences–and Downton Abbey!

Photo: Anna M Campbell

Coverage on Remodelista & Gardenista

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