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Before & After: The Little NoPo Farmhouse Yard

by Annie Werbler

It’s always fun to keep in touch with homeowners who are passionate about improving their lives through design. Attorney Andrea Selkregg and graphic designer Malcolm Bungcayao shared The Little NoPo Farmhouse Makeover with us six months ago, and it instantly became an all-time favorite. Since then, the Portland, Oregon-based couple has kept busy improving the exterior of their property, extending that same bright and cheery quality outdoors and making every square foot of their parcel count.

The front porch, even in its original state, sealed the deal for Andrea. She wanted a home she could fix up to her taste, and knew it would be impossible to find a newly-remodeled place done to her exacting standards. As soon as spring came around, the pair got creative with what little remained of their budget after the interior renovation, and decided to do all the work themselves. They removed everything existing in the space, set out cement bricks to demarcate planting beds, and filled in large areas with sod and gravel. An outdoor kitchen was pieced together with items sourced from Craigslist and sample sales. Some cosmetic touches like contrasting paint details, dining and lounge furniture, and decorative accessories complete the modern vibe. With the yard finished, every inch of the house and property is ready to be enjoyed. Andrea and Malcolm wanted an outdoor space that would be safe and fun for children and dogs, and also one where the adults could entertain during summer months. Andrea is thankful that they were able to put their personal touch on every inch of this home. It feels uniquely personal now, and she never wants to leave. —Annie

Photography by Andrea Selkregg

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The front of Little NoPo Farmhouse in Portland, Oregon, updated by Andrea Selkregg and Malcolm Bungcayao.
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The family at work with help from two-year-old daughter Isla and their adorable dog Qtip.
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New sod, gravel planter beds, and decorative touches skyrocket the home's curb appeal.
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Looking toward the east gate at the left-facing side of the house.
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Inside the east gate with an overview of the dining, play, and lounge areas.
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Sleek planters welcome guests into the finished space.
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The family built a wooden fence along the southern, northern, and eastern perimeters of the property to secure the yard.
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A rustic dining table is conveniently located near the outdoor kitchen, in close proximity to the lounge area and beverage refrigerator.
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A conversational furniture arrangement, including a repurposed old loveseat, is located within warming range of a retro firepit.
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Looking through the seating area toward the back facade of the house, where the added finishes coordinate with the fencing material.
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A hanging planter turns a broken tree branch into a positive opportunity.
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Toward the back of the graveled patch, a kids' play area is decked out in nautical stripes.
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A grouping of planters and varied growth clearly marks the transition between zones.
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The addition of black-painted trimwork and natural wooden cladding adds life to the colorless structure.
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The outdoor kitchen features a grill, prep sink, and fridge for cold brews.
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The home's west gate with gravel beds and sprightly plantings.
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Drapey moss slides down the big backyard tree.
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A panorama of the full backyard scene.

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Comments

  • Love the small aggrgate areas – easy to maintain and adds a desert feel. Does anyone recognize the oval coffee table in the outdoor lounge? I’d love to know where to get it, thanks!

  • Very cute, but I wish that they had done something more appropriate to the style of the house using more color and texture.

  • Hi Andrea,
    We live in Canby and I always enjoy articles from fellow Oregonians!
    There is the nicest guy just south of you in Aurora that does AMAZING raw edge wood for tables, bar tops, shelves, etc… He even did his floor in this beautiful wide-plank wood. His stuff is truly a work of art so maybe more than what you’re looking for for outside use but just thought I’d mention it. Michael Bruno- Bruno Tree Care. You can see one of his bar tops at the Tabor Tavern.

    • Thank you so much for the info! I am always looking for new places to source wood. I think we will probably start getting serious about finding a nice piece of wood next spring. We will definitely give them a try. Thank you!

  • I live in the neighborhood and I must commend you on both your eye for design, and for saving an old Portland home. Thank you! And congrats on a perfect home.

    • There are so many great old homes in our neighborhood. It would be so fun to restore them all to their former glory!

  • What an improvement! I must go back and see the interior shots again.
    Can I ask where you got those throws/blankets that you have on the outdoor couch?

  • fantastic re-do. love the strong contrast…really makes those cute lines on the cottage pop. and so inspired by the way they maximized space in their backyard. fantastic use of space!

      • That’s correct! The only thing going inside once the rainy season hits are the couch cushions and blankets. Other than that, it all stays put. All of the wood has been sealed and the metal pieces are coated.

  • What a lovely home and garden. I noticed that the new trees are tied to the stakes with twine. This is harmful to the trees because movement from the wind causes friction on the tree trunk which can lead to wounds that let in opportune pests and diseases. Your local nursery or big box store has tree ties that are better for your tree’s health and vigor. Enjoy your garden!

  • We live in NoPo too and now that we are redoing parts of our yard I am quite inspired by your space. I’d love to drive by sometime :-)

  • Love this! We are in the process of planning out aggregate patio for this spring. What kind of stone did you use? Thanks!

  • Beautiful backyard! Hoping to do something like this in my backyard! Do you find the stone kind of a pain to walk on? Can you walk on it barefoot? And how do the chairs and table sit on it? Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Did you use pea gravel? Where did you get it? Are you happy you used peas vs more compact gravel?
    Great space!

  • Wow, what an amazing transformation!! I can see how much work went into it, well worth it!!! Sorry for so many exclamation points, I’m really in love!

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