Who doesn’t love a transformation?

One of the very best parts of my job is visiting people that I helped find a home. Not only do I get to catch up with what they’re doing and find out how much they love their house – I get to see what they’ve done to the house to make it home.

In this case, my buyer bought their house in 2013 and completely redid the kitchen and bathroom. They didn’t stop there; the next project was gutting the upstairs and transforming a large, modest bedroom into a fabulous master suite. The entire space is custom including the cabinetry in the bathroom and bedroom. Now, instead of just a bedroom there is a deluxe bathroom, built-in desk and cabinets and a skylight. In addition to how much this adds to the livability of the home it was a very wise investment.



Posted on February 21, 2018 at 4:28 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Homeowners, Portland Real Estate, Remodeling |

The Rebuilding Center

If you’re thinking about doing a project…
You might want to drop by the Rebuilding Center. Even if you don’t need any building materials you might have something to donate. They are a nonprofit whose goal of selling reclaimed and salvaged materials is a great fit for Portland’s sensibilities.

Every day, eight tons of building materials move through the Rebuilding Center warehouse, with all donations and sales serving our mission to reduce waste and build local community.

They accept donations of unwanted building materials and also demolish derelict buildings to get the materials that stock their shelves. What an incredible resource!! Check it out here.

Posted on October 9, 2016 at 2:35 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Green Living, Home Maintenance, Homeowners, Portland Neighborhoods, Portland Real Estate, Remodeling |

Change is coming!

At long last we are going to start on our backyard. For me, it was much easier making the decisions for the interior remodel than the backyard. Thankfully, we had the help of a great landscape architect, Erin Casey. Next month I’ll show you the fabulous plans she drew for us. Our backyard now has a much larger covered patio and sliding glass doors to the backyard from the dining room and master bedroom. This summer we plan to complete the patio, next summer the fence and flower beds, the summer after… the world. Below are photos from before the remodel and after – sort of the in-between stage. As you can see, we don’t have proper steps, there is gravel instead of concrete and we still have part of our grape arbor.  I know it will look worse before it looks better, but I can’t wait to get started! 



Posted on October 1, 2016 at 2:33 pm
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Splish Splash

A little while ago I featured the kitchen remodel of one of my buyers. She bought a wonderful home in NE and gutted the kitchen. After tackling that, she decided she was going to start on her bathroom. She gutted that as well and it looks just marvelous – my pictures don’t do it justice.

By the way, that is why I hire a professional photographer when I list a house!!! Below are the results plus a picture of how it looked when she bought the house. She obviously has good taste and a good contractor.



Posted on July 9, 2016 at 12:25 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Blog Roll, Home Maintenance, Homeowners, Remodeling | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Kitchen Transformation

About 2 years ago a client of mine bought a great home in the Alberta Arts Neighborhood. The house had tons of potential and had been very well tended. The only problem was the kitchen and bath were original and needed some love. She did the kitchen almost right away and finished the bath not too long ago. Here are a couple before and after shots of the kitchen!!

If you're ever curious how a remodel could affect the resale value of your home, give me a call and let's chat. 






Posted on April 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Blog Roll, Home Maintenance, Homeowners, Portland Neighborhoods, Portland Real Estate, Remodeling | Tagged , , , , , ,

Expand your living space without adding on!

A little over a year ago I helped a lovely family buy a home in NE Portland. They wanted a little more yard, a different neighborhood and a good family/playroom. Well they found the first two and the possibility of the third in the partially finished basement. They decided to move the staircase (which would give them more space when they remodel the kitchen), add some windows, sheetrock and carpet which completely transformed the space. Take a look at what they did!

Curious how a remodel could affect the resale value of your home? Give me a call!



Posted on April 20, 2016 at 11:41 am
Sally Baker | Posted in Blog Roll, Homeowners, Remodeling | Tagged , , , , ,

Kitchen Transformation

A while back, I featured a basement remodel done by a lovely family that lives not far from me; incidentally, I sold them their home. Well, they’ve rolled up their sleeves again and renovated their kitchen. When they redid their basement they moved the stairs knowing it would open up space in the kitchen. They redesigned the space so that it now is open to the dining room and has tons more counter space and light – it is stunning.

Beautiful solid surface counters with tile backsplash, custom cabinets, hardwood floors and, of course, all new appliances. Not only is it great for cooking – their 3 year old is already helping in the kitchen – it’s perfect for entertaining, too. Look below to see what they’ve done!


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Marika new 1 

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Posted on February 2, 2016 at 11:01 am
Sally Baker | Posted in Homeowners, Portland Neighborhoods, Portland Real Estate, Remodeling |

Remodeling, A Different View…Continued…

I told you about Megan and Corey who recently remodeled their home. They added a master suite that has access to their expanded new patio plus spruced up their existing bathroom and kitchen. You saw some before pictures; now it’s time for the finished product. I know they are so pleased to have the work done and even more pleased with the final results!!

Here are a few photos of the final product! If you're ever curious how a remodel could affect the resale value of your home, give me a call and let's chat. 





Posted on January 14, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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Remodeling, A Different View

Last year I met a couple who were planning to combine their homes and lives. Megan had a sweet bungalow in NE and Corey had a place in Estacada. Neither home was big enough for both of them so… should they stay or should they go??

After weighing their options, they decided adding on to Megan’s house was the answer! Megan’s home had 2 bedrooms on the main floor and one bath. What they wanted was a bedroom, bathroom, office and a master suite with 2 big closets and sliding doors to a patio! That is exactly what they got, and it turned out wonderful.

The interior is all done and now they are working on the backyard. Here are a few before photos and the beginning of the remodel.




Posted on December 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm
Sally Baker | Posted in Blog Roll, Homeowners, Remodeling | Tagged , , , , ,

We’re in the home stretch!!

For me the big news just before Christmas was – finally sleeping upstairs. There were lots of little things left to do like light fixtures, window coverings, and doorknobs, but we were very close to done! At this point, we didn't have the patio completed let alone stairs to the outside. We ordered some new furniture for the living room which would arrive by…. February.

After the new furniture and after the backyard and certainly after the steps are installed, we are going to have an open house to celebrate the true END of the remodel. I will keep you posted; I would love for you to come!

Last but not least, I have gotten such great feedback regarding the remodel. People love to see what other people are doing or have done to fix up their home. If any of you are planning a remodel let me know; I would love to take a few photos of the process!!!

Here are a few more shots of our progress!

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm
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