I wanted to share the highlights of the AIA Portland, 2013 Design Matters: Tour of Exceptional Portland Homes.
It was in conjunction of the Portland Design Festival.
It started with a bit of a drizzle and by the end of tour the sun was out- so PDX.
Most of the homes were owned by the architects who designed them- they are always the first brave souls to go small and smart!
Lets talk about EXTERIOR SIDING-
No more Hardiplank or cedar, it is all about metal or dark wood and just for fun lets turn it Vertical.
Lets talk INTERIORS
White white and white- walls, on kitchen cabinets, on tile and Silestone counter tops.
The light bounces off the walls and creates a more dramatic effect for artwork.
Lets talk SURPRISES
Hoods that were stainless – small and round
Vintage or over sized sinks in the Guest bath/laundry utility room.
Guest bath Aasum Design
Let’s talk Landscape
Use of metal for raised edible gardening bringing outdoors in with large windows
Best Idea for Bookcase- metal with thin veneer wood shelves.
standard issue metal racks with veneer
So many incredible ideas! I am inspired.
Where have I been hiding? I finally built my ADU= accessory dwelling unit. Or Granny Flat. Or Mother Inlaw Apartment. Or Sellwood Studio. Or my retirement home.
Now that it is completed, I will be sharing with you the process, the decision making, the pits, the falls and the finished product!
It started here last April 2013 getting the permit.
So The Before and After photos are fun. You know my love of garages but this old one could not be saved.
There were no footings, and half dry rotted out- so on to new construction.
This shows the Original Cottage in front- the scale fits the yard & the other home
Here is the architect Emily Refi. We met 3 years go when I wanted to start the project, she was pregnant and I was not ready so we reconnected a year later. Emily now works at Waterleaf Architecture and is very busy.
So what would you do with all your stuff packed in your garage?
Do you need it- do you park your car- is it a holding bin?
So glad to be back!
I am so excited to introduce you to Michele Reeves, I just met her myself this week at the Waluga Masonic Lodge in Lake Oswego. The meeting that Michele was presenting was “Fundamentals of Thriving Downtowns”. You all know how I thrive to promote urban downtown living and that I am very active in being a stakeholder for a vibrant downtown for Lake Oswego, marketing two condo projects, Stafford Commons and 555 2nd st Condos for the last five years.
Michele is an urban strategist with extensive background in commercial real estate, development consulting, project management, and retail leasing. She founded Civilis Consultants to help cities improve their downtowns by teaching the building blocks found in successful commercial districts. Working together with stakeholders, she takes those essential elements and uses them to help communities construct detailed and achievable plans for revival.
Who would not love this savvy consultant and her fast paced informative presentation- she is known nation wide!
The next series of workshops will included the following- Analysis and Recommendations Presentation- short term goals and concrete steps
Field Trip of “Do’s and Don’ts” in the City
Marketing and PR workshop “every downtown should have a clear idea of the experience it wants to provide”
Be sure to connect with Michele at www.civilisconsultants.com and www.cityoflakeoswego.com for more information.
See you downtown at the Saturday market for all the Turkey fixins! Cheers ck
George Rogers Park
With the biggest food themed holidays just around the corner, not many of us are focusing on skinny (there’s plenty of time for that in Januray)! But it looks like “skinny” is a growing trend around the world as land becomes more scarce and people continue to downsize! Check out these “skinny” homes from around the world.
Amsterdam is no stranger to skinny housing and these homes are common through out the city. At one time, there was a tax based on the width of a property – thus inspiring a lot of folks to go up instead of out! To read more about each home, click the city name.
So could you live in one of these Skinny Homes?
Images via here.
Just because you are downsizing doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your favorite antique pieces! With a little creative thinking and good space planning those beloved hutches, chests, secretaries and bookcases can come along with you. They often provide ample storage, which is key in a downsized home and they almost certainly hold memories and special meaning – so bring them along! Let’s peek into the home one of my own “downsizers” and see how she incorporates her much loved, large scale pieces into her 1,800 sq. ft. abode.
Oozing with European style and opulence, this client plays with scale and challenges her space by not being shy about large pieces. Balancing light and dark prevents the room from feeling heavy. High ceilings and ample natural light makes the space appear larger.
An antique silver tray adds sparkle to this tufted leather ottoman…
By creating stylish vignettes, she tells a story and creates layers of personal interest with her collections.
This majestic hutch is right at home in this open floor plan.
And who would have guessed that this painted bookshelf would fit perfectly into this hallway! A great place to grab a good book and smile at family photos on the way to bed.
An eclectic sitting room is full of antique finds. The different styles blend effortlessly, resulting in a room full of character and warmth.
So, don’t get rid of all your favorite pieces, thinking you must go buy a complete set of small-scale furniture for your new downsized home. Mix it up, keep what you love, get rid of what doesn’t work, play with scale and create balance within your new rightsized lifestyle.
Need help? I’m here for you!