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Tiny Houses: Artistic Hideaway

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jun 9, 2014 3:58:00 PM

MOTIVATED TO REDUCE their footprint and their overhead, Kol Peterson and Deb Delman chose a lot in a walkable, bikeable Northeast Portland neighborhood for their Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU.
“The project encompassed a bunch of passions,” says Peterson, who works as Web manager for the Forest Service. Stephen Smith of Design Build Portland acted as general contractor, but Peterson and Delman put in an estimated $15,000 in sweat equity.

Their two-bedroom house measures 799 square feet, but feels much larger, thanks to Studio Eccos designer Brint Riggs’ open plan. The ground level includes a vaulted kitchen, living room nook and a corner office that doubles as a second bedroom. Upstairs, a short bridge connects the master bedroom to the bathroom, and shows off the custom steel railing.

Local artisans added personal touches to the house. Eric Bohne and stained-glass artist David Schlicker collaborated on a stained-glass starburst in a hinged steel frame, which acts as a sound barrier between the master bedroom and the vaulted space. Peterson sourced fixtures from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, flooring from Craigslist, doors from the Rebuilding Center.

Their ADU has been featured on Portland’s Build it Green! (BIG!) Tour two years in a row, and earned an Energy Performance Score of 35. The project came in at just under $100,000; best of all, rental income from the front house now covers the couple’s mortgage.

“I didn’t know a thing about this when we started,” says Peterson, who chronicled the experience in a detailed blog. Last year he began hosting workshops to help people navigate through the process of building their own ADUs.
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Topics: 1500 square feet or less, Energy Recovery Ventilation, energy efficient windows, LED Lighting, Recycled Products

California Dream

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 12, 2014 6:46:00 PM

EVERY REMODELING CUSTOMER'S nightmare is having a room or part of the house out of commission. Between product delays and issues with coordinating subcontractors, that time is often protracted. Bath Simple takes away all the frustration, says founder John Crowley. Based in Richmond, California, Bath Simple uses one-stop shopping to streamline the remodeling process for customers all along the West Coast.
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Topics: bathroom, Low Flow Faucets, energy efficient windows, Residential Retrofit, dual-flush toilets

The Annunciation Home

Posted by Matt Power

Apr 8, 2014 1:36:00 PM

When it comes to remodeling 100-plus-year-old homes in New Orleans, Southern Homes’ Chris Kornman notes that deconstruction has been the critical first step of every project. “A lot of these homes are former rentals, and often they haven’t been renovated in decades and have a lot of problems,” he says.

Rather than band-aid these issues, Kornman and his team strip the interior of the home, leaving only the exterior walls. What can’t be reincorporated into the home is then donated to either Habitat for Humanity or Green Project, a local entity with a similar mission for use in current projects.

In the case of Annunciation, a 1,400-square-foot house built in the late 1860s, the homeowner of was at a crossroads; she needed more room but loved her neighborhood and didn’t want to move. She also wanted her  home to be far more energy efficient as she was spending $300 month to air condition it during the summer but could never cool it below 80 F.
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Topics: 1500 square feet or less, energy efficient windows, Residential Retrofit, Louisiana, Recycled Products, Paint

Picture Perfect Puzzle

Posted by Matt Power

Apr 4, 2014 11:34:00 AM

Architect Annie Schwemmer likens any remodeling project to the challenge of putting a jigsaw puzzle together.  
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Topics: 1500 square feet or less, natural daylighting, energy efficient windows, home automation, Exterior Cladding, Residential Retrofit, Utah

The Clock Tower

Posted by Matt Power

Mar 31, 2014 6:53:00 PM

Some things are worth preserving. Books. Symphonies. Great Buildings. In times like these, when civil discourse is rare, when reality television portrays us at our worst, things of beauty from our past can sometimes provide a little rationale for the continuance of the human species. 
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Topics: 5,000 square feet or more, outdoor living, energy efficient windows, Residential Retrofit, Louisiana


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