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!
Downsizing is all about priorities. What do you really need to live, work and play? What are the essentials? Arriving at a place where your space is smaller may actually lead to a larger lifestyle. Mobility, less financial burden, a clutter free existence – FREEDOM!
So, I love it when I see successful people living in downsized homes whether it be a condo, apartment, town-home or trailer! Check out this fabulous retro airstream that has only 150 sq. ft of living space and has been refurbished by landscape architect, Andreas Stavroupolo.
Andreas actually works from a second trailer that provides ample natural light, plenty of desk and wall space to spread out his plans and is equipped with solar panels that power his laptop and other electronics. Now, that’s just plain cool (and green)!
Stavroupolo loves the freedom this lifestyle affords him and the ability to live and work on or near his work sites helps him personally connect with each project.
Do you have any dreams of owning an airstream? Or perhaps you already do…I would love to hear about it!
Images via here.
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
Just recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Leah Hersey of Jersey Girl Weaving. She’s a client of mine and when she told me about her home studio, I wanted to know more! Over tea and snacks, she told me the story of how her newly built studio was born.
Leah has always had a passion for textiles and inevitably fell in love with the art of weaving. Not quite as portable as knitting or as compact as cross-stitch, Leah soon realized that she would need space – a lot of space – to fully devote her self to this craft. After all, a real loom takes up a whole lotta floor. Enter the idea of constructing an out building and making it her full time studio!
Aptly named Jersey Girl Weaving – a throwback to her time living on the east coast – this new building has provided the space, natural light and artistic solitude that Leah was seeking.
I couldn’t resist capturing all the beautiful details of Leah’s space…
I just love all the colors and textures! The groupings of sheep create a sense of whimsy and honor Leah’s love of wool.
I know that having this new space makes Leah’s art a central focus in her life and brings her much joy.
By thinking creatively, she maximized her property and utilized her space with care and purpose.
Do you ever dream of having your own home office or studio? Where could you create this space?
Thanks to Leah for inspiring us!
Hello! Hope your summer is going well. Mine has been very busy – working, gardening, planning my remodel and visiting with family and friends! Finally had some time to check out the internet for some inspiration and I had to share this with you…
Found this amazing design contest via Jovoto, that has closed but the plans submitted are just fabulous! The assignment was to design a “Jewel Box” studio apartment within 420 sq. ft. Here are a few shots from the 1st place winner…
Some really ingenious ideas here. Go check out more of the design entries…I could have spent all day going thru them! So inventive!
Have a great rest of the week!