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! 

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AFTER THE REMODEL:

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.

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Posted on July 9, 2016 at 12:25 pm
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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. 

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Posted on April 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm
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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!

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Posted on April 20, 2016 at 11:41 am
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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. 

FINISHED EXTERIOR:

MASTER BEDROOM:

REMODELED BATHROOM:

 

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.

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Posted on December 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm
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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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Remodel, Part III

Month four of our remodel. Our windows were installed, the house got siding, the sheetrock was up and the new hardwoods – beautiful!!! Yes, there was still dust everywhere, and I sometimes doubted that we would ever live above ground again. I did see light at the end of the tunnel, however, and hoped to be moving back upstairs by Thanksgiving.

So back to the hardwoods: we thought we would be tough enough to stay in the house when they coated the hardwoods. Well it was just way too stinky so we had to scramble at the last minute to find an affordable place to stay – we picked the Banfield Hotel. Let’s just say that for our second night away from home we stayed with some lovely friends!

Here are a few more shots of the progress! If you are considering a move or a remodel, give me a call. I might just be able to help!!!

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 11:17 am
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Remodel Revisited

 

Fast forward to month 3 of our remodel! Lots of progress made. The shell of the addition was built so we had a much better sense of how everything was going to look.  

Our contractor, Tyler Dean Construction, did a wonderful job. They barely batted an eye when I asked to enlarge an already completed window opening by 2 inches so we could get a little more eastern light – the additional light is lovely, by the way.

Next up: lots of little decisions like lighting fixtures, hardware and paint colors – who knew there were so many shades of gray!! Maynard the cat was still very unhappy and threatening to pack his bag and leave. Otherwise, all went well and I'll be very excited to show you the end result.





Here are a few more during shots of the progress! If you are considering a move or a remodel, give me a call. I might just be able to help!!!

Posted on September 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm
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Do good fences make good neighbors?

If you ask me, I would say yes. At the very least, I’m sure our neighbor to the west would say "yes" since we removed part of our shared fence while doing our remodel. I have had a few fences built over the years and wondered when I did or didn’t needed a permit.

The City of Portland has a fairly comprehensive website that answers most of those questions. Also, I had been under the impression that you couldn’t build a fence over 6 feet in height. According to the website, it is a possibility but requires a permit and inspection.

Posted on September 7, 2015 at 11:43 am
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