Taking Stock while Making Stock: Thinking about your home at the holidays

If you’ve been thinking all year about changes that you want to make to your home, these wandering thoughts can all come to boil at the holidays. This is the time of year when we often do more than the usual hosting, cooking, cleaning, and celebrating. It’s also the time of year, especially here in […]

Decommissioning a Cesspool in Portland

This is part of a longer story about doing a master suite addition project on my own home. I’ll add more posts as the project takes shape but you can start here to learn more about the remodel.  A little story about cesspools One of the surprises when I got to permitting my project was the […]

Evolution of a Remodel – Part 2

  If you haven’t read Part 1 in “Evolution of a Remodel” you may want to do so. In this Part 2, I want to show how we changed our design to get to a price we needed that fit our overall goals for this house and for our lives. PRICING I solicited bids from […]

Portland Gives ADU-builders Another Two-year Reprieve

Mother-in-law cottage, guest house, rentable space – I talk frequently with local homeowners about whether creating an ADU is feasible for them. ADU is the acronym for Accessory Dwelling Unit. This can take the form of a small house on your property, a converted attic, or a finished basement which can serve as a stand-alone housing unit. Typically, […]