Southeast Portland Luxury Home - Modern Minimalism Photo Tour

I think it is safe to say that when it comes to home design I have some pretty eclectic tastes. I love the stern and stoic look of the ever popular craftsman style that one sees all over the Pacific Northwest. I appreciate the intricate details of a turn of the century victorian. I even like the quaint and ultra-efficient nature of a well designed tiny home. I pretty much live, breath, and consume home design throughout my life as a professional Realtor. 

This modern minimalist home in South East Portland has a dominate square geometric appearance while also keeping to the "flavor" of the Pacific Northwest with a raw wood exterior.

This modern minimalist home in South East Portland has a dominate square geometric appearance while also keeping to the "flavor" of the Pacific Northwest with a raw wood exterior.

One school of home design that I often feel doesn't get the attention it deserves in the Portland area is newer construction that falls into the modern minimalist category. While incredibly popular in places like Los Angeles and New York City, Portland has seemed to reject this style out of hand, associating minimalist homes with overpriced condos built with the sole intention of sucking rent money away from gullible grad students, programers, and new Portland transplants. 

Open spaces are critical to a modern minamilist design, maximizing natural light, and leaving the eye uncluttered. 

Open spaces are critical to a modern minamilist design, maximizing natural light, and leaving the eye uncluttered. 

For the record, some of that criticism is justified. As someone who has watched "old Portland" change and shift radically over the past decade I completely get why someone would draw a line between the neighborhoods they've grown up with disappearing and the emergence of a more more minimal architectural style. However, I spent way too many hours in my college years studying the Bauhaus movement or the direct an honest lines of a Frank Lloyd Wright home to dismiss a house built around modern minimalism out of hand.

Again, we see an emphasis on natural light. This room in real life is much bigger than my camera could convey. I didn't have a particularly wide angle lens with me. 

Again, we see an emphasis on natural light. This room in real life is much bigger than my camera could convey. I didn't have a particularly wide angle lens with me. 

Keep in mind, when I'm talking about a modern minimalist home, I'm not talking about a home built "on the cheap". A home made from cheap materials, in a rush, and without care would be a poor investment no matter what the architectural style. Instead, in a minimalist home the elements strive to convey the message of simplicity (that is the key word right there). The basic geometric forms, elements without decoration, simple materials and the repetitions of structures represent a sense of order and essential quality. The movement of natural light in buildings reveals simple and clean spaces.

Even the fixtures stick to a minimalist and simple design aesthetic. The shower stall had two heads that could be operated independantly by switching the smaller handle back and forth.

Even the fixtures stick to a minimalist and simple design aesthetic. The shower stall had two heads that could be operated independantly by switching the smaller handle back and forth.

I recently had the opportunity to tour a minimalist home in South East Portland over the Thanksgiving weekend and I took a camera along to document the space. The home is a brand new construction and has never been officially occupied. Nestled just south of the Laurelhurst Move Theater the building looks slightly out of place next to several structures built around the 1950's but still blends well with the neighborhood as a whole. 

I'm not entirely sure I did the home justice as I only had a basic point and shoot camera with me, but I thought it would be fun to post some images anyway.     

Andrew Kaiser

My name is Andrew Kaiser, welcome to my site! I have a passion for making images wherever and whenever I can. I seek to capture humanity and the world around me with a focus on the figure. Film, digital, pinhole, and instant photography are all fair game for me.


I grew up in the California Bay Area and started taking photography seriously in High School. I was one of the lucky few who had a chance to go to a high school with a working darkroom and a teacher who understood that making images was an art form – care and patience was a necessity in the image making process from start to finish.


Later in life I attended the University of California in Santa Cruz where I received a Bachelors Degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture. After having my fill of the California sunshine I packed up my life and moved to the Pacific Northwest. I quickly found the overcast skies, lush forests, cooler temperatures, and creative communities to be a perfect match for my work.


Over the years I have exhibited my photographs in several galleries and art shows including the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival and Cascade AIDS Project. I’ve published a few books and taught workshops up and down the west coast of the United States. Through this site I’m hoping to share my work and perhaps inspire others along the way.