When the creative director of a skateboarding company sought to renovate his kitchen, he turned to Portland's Bright DesignLab to transform the out-of-date space into something that better suited his style. The area hadn't been touched in 20 or so years, and its cramped footprint and tired appliances succeeded in making the rest of the layout feel equally stripped of personality. The studio thought that the best way to approach the project was to use the homeowner's day job as inspiration. "We played off the client's aesthetics and his [profession] by using plywood with exposed edges as a central material in the design," said co-founder Leela Brightenburg. The team dubbed the home as the "plywood treehouse," where the namesake item — which is often used in skateboard construction — intertwines with different types of wood in everything from the custom shelving to the ample seating. And since views of the forest can be seen through the windows, the personalized upgrade is a subtle nod to the scenery, too.