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Stewards of Things Past

April 16, 2014
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Ladd’s Addition in southeast Portland is one of the Rose City’s oldest planned residential developments. A designated historic district, the area is among Portland’s most architecturally rich neighborhoods, with most of the homes built between 1905 and 1930. When Karen and John Hopkins purchased their 1908 craftsman style house a few years ago, Karen was…

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The Open, Flexible Kitchen

February 6, 2014
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For many Portlanders, a kitchen remodel is a chance not only to update appliances and aesthetics, but also to reconfigure the flow of an older home and bring it in line with how we live today. With multi-purpose bars or nooks to serve multi-tasking modern families, today’s kitchen is much more than just a place…

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The Quirky World of Vintage TV Lamps: Bring Whimsy into Your Home.

February 6, 2014
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Gone are the large, boxy TVs, replaced by wall-mounted flat panel screens and mobile devices. Young people have no memory of the large furniture-like TV sporting a black and white screen, with only ABC, CBS, and NBC as the program options, or the heavy “clunk, clunk, clunk” as the dial was turned between them. Nor…

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How to Re-Grow a Veggie Garden In Record Time

February 6, 2014
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Wow! It is August. How did that happen? I swear that Christmas was yesterday, or so it seems. I remember on the day I turned 21— which yes, was a long, long, time ago— someone told me that once you hit 21, time speeds up and you will be 40 before you know it. Boy,…

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NWR Profile: Design In a Day Landscaping

November 11, 2013
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When you decide that it is time to get some professional help and bring in a designer to tame your landscape, you will find a variety of choices. One option is Landscape Design In A Day (DIAD); it’s a fast, fun, and collaborative way of approaching the design process. For people who are willing to…

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No Sweat, Sweat Equity?

November 11, 2013
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A lot of remodeling contractors do not let their homeowners do any work on their projects because — ostensibly — they say that the owner’s workmanship might make their project “look bad.” (And, in some cases this is true!) Or, they say, it is hard for the contractor to schedule around owners who are doing…

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American Gothic

November 11, 2013
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The American Gothic Revival movement began around 1840 and continued for about thirty years for houses, much longer for churches and schools. Though early Portland was once filled with Gothic Revival houses, none exist today. Gothic style houses, together with houses in the Greek Revival style, were built in those central city neighborhoods most likely…

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Troubleshooting Mold Issues During Home Renovations

October 10, 2013
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When remodeling clients’ homes, one of the primary challenges we contractors encounter is mold. Pooled moisture leads to mold and mildew, often followed by bacteria, which introduces the possibility of termites and other vermin. While you may have entered the home expecting to take down and rebuild based on the customer’s plans, your job can…

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Povey Brothers Studio: The Art of Stained Glass

October 10, 2013
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Known as the “Tiffany of the Northwest,” the Povey Brothers Studio has produced some of the most beautiful and lasting stained glass pieces in all of Oregon. For instance, David and John Povey’s artwork can be found in the First Presbyterian Church, the Atkinson Memorial Unitarian Church, and the Pittock Mansion, just to name a…

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Plumbing Challenges in Older Home Remodels

September 5, 2013
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Here in Portland, many of the beautiful homes you see as you drive through the Mississippi, Alberta, and Mount Tabor neighborhoods were built prior to 1980. Older homes provide a historic charm that many homeowners enjoy. However, remodeling updates, particularly to the plumbing of these homes, are a must to keep them safe and stylish…

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