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Downsize my Space is dedicated to discussing, thinking and dreaming about the process of downsizing. Find out the latest about accessory dwelling units, how to age in place, the best in small house interior design, green home ideas, tips for gardening in small spaces and more.

Walking the WALK

Jeff Speck

Suburbs and Walking When I saw that Tigard, Oregon had a long term vision to be – “the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest where people of all ages and abilities enjoy healthy and interconnected lives”, I was impressed with what moxie a suburban bedroom community of Portland had. Jeff Speck, a city planner […]

Time for a Face Lift

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How I got started I started my blog downsizemyspace– right size your lifestyle, in 2008 and seven years later it was time for the “face lift” techie remodel, so much has changed and improved with WordPress.   Now the posts are easier to read on all mobile platforms and there is more information about ADUS, […]

Stylin Senior Design

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This past year Michael Graves came to Portland Oregon to defend his iconic Portland Building and when he was done telling his side of history and why the 1982 Postmodernist building should not be torn down, there was a standing ovation. Graves, has left us mortals on earth as he has gone to another galaxy […]

Age Friendly Portland

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It was so appropriate that AARP sponsored a Age Friendly Panel discussion this month in Portland OR, and the room was packed. Being Woman’s History month – it was amazing to learn about AARP’s founder. Metro, Portland’s regional government, predicts that while the regions population will grow by 35% the number of people aged 65+ […]

Stay or Go?

Before Kitchen

Spring is here- the itch to clear out closets, make a home to do list, should we move or stay,  remodeling discussions are taking place in many homes. Often a kitchen just needs a “Botox face lift” –  a lift from a boring 1970’s  to one with current savvy design. My client Karen Bouch, who […]

Tiny Homes on Derelict Lots

Modern & Bright

These tiny homes go up quickly in a day, but even better they are built on “derelict sites”- empty lots. The Dutch firm Heijmans needs to visit Detroit, where there are many vacant lots. If you ever wondered if you would feel catastrophic in 200 square feet, spend the night at the        Tiny Caravan Hotel […]

So Hard to Contain Me

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You know my passion for small spaces and recycling so when I found this site Montainer they are a one stop shopping site for taking a shipping container and creating your home, office, ADU, yoga studio or an extra sleeping room. They have a team of architects, engineers, builders and designers that put the package […]

I am Legal!

Easy to send to City GOV

I am legal! I am a legal to have a short term rental in the city of PDX! The city has allowed ADU’s =Accessory Dwelling Units to be rented out on a short term basis. Go here to see the paperwork involved. I market my studio on the Airnbn website. When I travel I also […]