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Stay or Go?

By , February 25, 2015 4:18 pm

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 also happens to be a designer did just that with this white kitchen. New smart appliances, she kept the older cabinets, put new hardware on them, changed out the island with granite in contrasting color, and added a eye catching back splash. Simple changes that are cost effective but spice up the most lived in room.

Before Kitchen

Before Kitchen

AFTER Kitchen

AFTER Kitchen

 

Before old appliances

Before old appliances

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Reworked Cabinets for new Stainless appliances

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Old Island

New Island with granite

New Island with granite

As a past designer for Neil Kelly Remodeling, the phone would start to ring in the spring with homeowners looking for creative design ideas. Now as a broker for Windermere Stellar I find many  homes selling quickly that are updated  and remodeled. Gone are the days that anyone wants to tackle a DIY project themselves.  Why should you- I want to share two hot designers in Portland Oregon who I use to work with at Neil Kelly Remodel. They have seminars all spring and one is the Taste of Design March 4, 2015, go get inspired.

Neil Kelly Contrasts cabinets

Neil Kelly Contrasts cabinets

If you want some one on one consultation check out my designer friends websites- tell them Candace sent you! I have been brainstorming with them, since I about to build a small new urban home on a     50 x 50 lot.  I will be blogging and sharing my progress, but first you need to start with a designer – and both Ronda & Robin is where you should start.

Meet award winning Rhonda Knoche and her passion for Out of the Box Design, though she is at home with a traditional east coast kitchen as well. Known for color punches to wake you out of the winter slump, this kitchen remodel is one of my favs. Visit her on Houzz here.

Hardware pulls gone Crazy

Hardware pulls gone Crazy

 

Meet another award winning designer and teacher, Robin Rigby Fisher. Robin can design cabinetry and all the details with precision and finesse. Her designs will continue on to drapes, upholstery and custom furniture. I like how this built in bench seating is integrated into the island, very clever.

 

Island and Dining Combo

Island and Dining Combo

So head out to Home Shows, thumb through design magazines, visit Houzz on line and get some design advice from two savvy designers- it will save you money in the long run running your ideas through a designer that understands cost vs value.

And if you are trying to decide if you should sell or remodel visit me here!

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Tiny Homes on Derelict Lots

By , February 17, 2015 1:13 pm

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.

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Modern & Bright

If you ever wondered if you would feel catastrophic in 200 square feet, spend the night at the        Tiny Caravan Hotel in Portland Oregon, the only tiny house hotel. You can also tour six of them on Sundays and talk to the builders.

My Favorite Tiny

My Favorite Tiny

 

I just finished a class sponsored by the Energy Trust of Oregon that Kol Peterson teaches to the public and brokers like myself. His next class is March 21 you can register here.

Energy Trust of Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon

After you take the class be sure to go on the Build Small Live Large Tour this spring, where you can tour 20 small homes for more ideas before you break ground on your own ADU!

buy tickets early - last year it sold out!

buy tickets early – last year it sold out!

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Mine own ADU – Sellwood Studio will be on the tour- meet the architect Emily ReFi now with Waterleaf Architects.

Architect Emily Refi at front of Studio- complete with Vespa scooter!

Architect Emily Refi at front of Studio- complete with Vespa scooter!

When you get past the dreaming stage- I am always here to offer any advice you need.

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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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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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Shelter or Sculpture?

By , June 28, 2014 3:53 pm

Often my posts are about the newest, smartest way too live small or how to downsize and stay sane.

Since summer is here everyone is trying to find the best beach rental cottage, camp ground to pitch a tent or the latest boutique hotel to land and relax at the Oregon Coast.

This month I have a art exhibit at Manzanita News & Espresso and it poses the question – are those beach driftwood forts, shelter or sculpture? Here is my artists statement.

photo7The crowds are gone, I walk on the beach and come upon driftwood that has been assembled into primitive shelters with only washed ashore elements, gifts from the sea, wood, stones, seaweed or when viewed in solitary to me  they become solitary sculptures, left over remains of another existence, often I would feel like a archaeologist.

Viewing the art in the context, seeing it in its natural environment. Some of the pieces are ephemeral, persisting only for a few hours or days- exposed to erosion and wind and the sea, striving to fight the elements of nature, their creators have vanished.

I started to document the pieces for the last 5 years, feeling like  My physical interaction is as important as the viewing. I would enter any portal, to find choirs and alters, shrines the view looking out to the sea was peaceful and safe. I would feel the energy of the people who built the piece, was it a couple a family, how old were they? Why did they build this, and what conversations took place, and how did the construction bring them together?

Why do we still build shelter with no intention of using it? Such a primitive instinct.

Each work grows, stays and decays.  I am the observer the one who captures the serenity. The tide will once again regain and re-give.
It reminds us that nothing can or should last forever.
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Owned by Bunny and Star they have a devoted following of locals and tourists. This is where you pick up your CSA box on the front porch. There is a long waiting list to show your art at the famous coffee shop in town, mine was three years.

On the corner is a lovely shady patio and water bowl for Fido and the inside is filled with magazines- good mags and all beachy unique local artists jewelry. There are surf magazines and newspapers if you really want to know what is going on in the world. The chess set has had many matches played with my son.  There is no wi-fi – but rumor is that they just bought into it.

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The greeting cards are $5 each and I am donating all the funds to Lower Nehalem Land Trust. The land trust has a beautiful garden, but you must wait for that post another day. I am hanging out in a beach shelter!

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So what do you think Shelter or Sculpture?

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Enjoy the summer where ever your travels lead you.

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