jeff stern lives in portland and practices architecture as much as possible.

IN SITU architecture


4 Responses to “About”

  1. Jennifer Says:


    I came across your blog after I googled Van Evera Bailey. Can you please send me more information on your house in Council Crest if it’s still available?

    Thank you,

  2. Robin Says:

    Hi , I own the A.B Graham Beach house in Gearhart, Oregon. I have been trying to find out more info on it. I am actually selling it- as I don’t get out there as often as I would like to… Its a great place.. Sad to see it go. Well built, and still looking good after all these years! If you know of anyone wanting an awesome house and piece of architecture, call Re
    -Maxx River and Sea, Gearhart!

  3. dan welch Says:

    I am finishing construction of a passive-ish house in Bellingham.

    Have a ton of cabinetry to finish as time permits over the next year. We are having cabinets made for the kitchen out of the same 100 year old joists that we salvaged from a elementary school demo half a block away. But what I need to work on are closet, desk, dresser built ins in the 3 bedrooms. The ply cabinets that are in your house caught my eye as it is something similar to what we are considering.

    Were those built out of AC ply? How was the dimensional stability of the larger cabinets? Any advice or suggestions before I just.p into this project?

    Your project looks amazing. Check out our Facebook page till we get the website running for info on our project.

    Dan Welch

    • insituarchitecture Says:

      Thanks for the comments Dan. I will take a look at your project soon.

      The faces were built out of standard AC ply, but the boxes are made from pre-finished maple. This is the second residential project I’ve done with it used for cabinets (I’ve also used it in a small retail space). On the first project we built the boxes out of it but decided to use the maple on this one. Flatness of the panels, dimensional stability, and quality of the face veneer are all certainly issues. We searched for the best panels we could find consistently, rejected a fair number, and ended up remaking 2 doors. We laminated 2 sheets for some of our larger doors, but they are still not flat and uneven. You will of course have the best luck by keeping the panels on the small side (say under 2′ x 4′).

      In the end I think it’s really a matter of adjusting your expectations. Matching veneers beyond a single sheet is basically impossible, there are plenty of visible patches, and some doors just don’t align perfectly. I like to describe it as an aesthetic of economy – the roughness is part of the charm.

      Hope that helps. Good luck with your project and let me know how you end up proceeding.


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