Posts tagged: downsizing

So Hard to Contain Me

By , February 2, 2015 4:22 pm

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.

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They have a team of architects, engineers, builders and designers that put the package together for you.              Design Build concept.

 

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It may be hard to stop with just one, go ahead and stack or attach them. When building it is always the city that can be tricky to navigate, and this company has adapted the recycled containers to meet code and move forward to permit stage. Go to this site for more ideas. Want to buy your own metal box go here.

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double decker- like legos stack them high

So many creative ideas- What would you use one for? Go ahead and dream…..

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I am Legal!

By , January 19, 2015 1:59 pm

I am legal! I am a legal to have a short term rental in the city of PDX!

easy paperwork to fill out

easy paperwork to fill out

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.

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My ADU Garden Studio

I market my studio on the Airnbn website. When I travel I also use Airbnb you meet the most interesting people and stay in some cool design spaces. Airbnb moved their very headquarters to Portland Oregon in 2014. They worked with the city to allow short term rentals, yes, in return the city gets more revenue. There is not a sales tax in PDX, so the money has to come to the city in other creative ways.

I want to work here!

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The process is easy to become legal, fill out the form, send out a letter to neighbors , send out a letter to neighborhood associations. Within a couple weeks you will get a call from an inspector to come out to be sure that safety measures are in place; exits, smoke alarms, Carbon Monoxide detectors, GFCI’s, and walkable pathways to the ADU.  In a couple days the city sends a nice official letter stating you are legal for short term rentals, yes along with a invoice for $128.00.

Easy to send to City GOV

Easy to send to City GOV

This was the perfect task to take care of in December when I figured City Gov may be slow and the wait line for the paperwork only took 15 minutes.

Though an even more important reason is that my ADU studio will be on tour this year with 15 other ADU homeowners over a two day tour in NE & SE Portland! I am very excited to be part of this growing cult of smart home ownership. I now consult many of my clients with how they can turn their basement or use the garage to build an ADU, I have the real estate know how, the design chops and the savvy advice of how to be a great host as they rent out their space!

buy tickets early - last year it sold out!

buy tickets early – last year it sold out!

MARK YOUR CALENDERS! May 29 – 30 – meanwhile contact me for the nuts and bolts of building your own ADU!

Be sure to go to my website and check out my new video  about downsizing!

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Age Friendly?

By , November 4, 2014 6:00 pm

Elders in Action- Sharing experience. Staying engaged. This community of individuals live life to its fullest. They are active advocates and vibrant volunteers of ALL ages committed to assisting older adults.

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One way they stay involved with the community is with their Age Friendly Program, which was developed in 1993 as a way to engage, evaluate and educate businesses and the community on how to involve our aging population.

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Visit their website here to see the complete list of partners in the Age Friendly network.

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Last month four volunteers visited the Lake Theater & Cafe that has just been remodeled in Lake Oswego. There were other small groups that visited The Pine Needle, The Oilerie, Key Bank, Sofas by Design, and Miller Paint. This was a partnership with the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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They had a tour of the theater and than sat down with the owner Drew Prell to discuss their evaluation and discuss the the following key points:

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Finding the Building, Parking, Building Entry, Signage & business information, Seating, Restrooms, Stairs, aisles & walkways, Lighting & Flooring, and Customer service. All the notes were recorded in a booklet from the volunteers including their feedback.

With a variety of businesses meeting current building city code issues and trying to appeal to a wide range of ages this was a excellent opportunity to connect and be aware how the older population views your business.

The big surprise really is that the feedback would be helpful for any age group- signage and directing people though a space is vital, were do I go, how do I pay and maneuvering throughout the space safely. Great ideas!

What store or restaurant do you like to visit over and over again- it just feels right?

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Tiny House Hotel

By , October 20, 2014 4:23 pm

Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel is Portland Oregon’s first hotel that is connected to the city water and power grid, six tiny homes on trailers complete with wheels.

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Owners Kol Peterson and Deb Delman persevered in the red tape to develop a business with 6 tiny magical homes circling around a fire pit and awning. The homes come in a variety of sizes, most common is 8′ 1/2 ” wide x 13′ 1/2″ high and one was up to 20′ in length.

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On weekends before their guests check in they have an open home tour, complete with builders on hand to answer questions and inspire others to try out the new lifestyle of  living small. Kol also teaches a class about ADU’s, accessory dwelling units. I was impressed with the turn out and a sleep over is a MUST!

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Last year they sponsored a tour along with City of Portland, Metro and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, of ADUs  (Accessory Dwelling Units) in Portland. There were over 800 people, for the second tour they have scheduled two days and 20 ADU’s, so mark your calender May 30 & 31 2015. Check out this space efficient ADU.

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Here are some of the interior spaces complete with mini kitchens and ladders to the loft.

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Be sure to go to your local bookstore to find books about the movement like, Dee Williams, The BIG Tiny .

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If you are beyond just looking at pretty photos and want to get your hands busy, there is a Tiny House Basics workshop November 1st and 2nd.

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See you in the Spring when my studio will be on the tour!

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What do you call – IT ?

By , March 26, 2014 5:06 pm

PDX Small Homes Go Big -is about how the City of Portland Bureau of Planners and Sustainability and Department of Environmental Quality have put together this great video
explaining ADU’s- or is it Laneway housing or Mother-in-Law studio or Secondary Dwelling or Accessory Dwelling – OR – What do you call it? – watch the video HERE and let me know what you think.

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The growth of these units compromise a quarter of the new single dwelling residence permit applications. Currently there are 800 completed ADU’s in PDX and more on the way. The city has waived development SDF fees until June 1, 2014, often a savings of $11,000 or more.

There is even a ADU Tour in PDX June 1, 2014, no mine Nordic Studio will not be on the tour this year, it is so popular and booked out through Airbnb. If you would like a personal tour just let me know!

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AFTER rear of Sellwood Studio

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