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Insulation: A Tight Fit Equals Big Savings

22 Feb 2010, Posted by Shawn in Contractors, Showcase, 0 Comments

Insulation: A Tight Fit Equals Big Savings


Noe Gaxiola of Vale Insulation Group arrives on the scene to help keep us warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Spray foam seals the seams, and fiberglass bats insulate the wall cavities.

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Picking the Right Roofer in Portland

17 Dec 2009, Posted by Shawn in Contractors, Showcase, 0 Comments

Picking the Right Roofer in Portland


Picking a roofer in Portland can mean the difference between a happy winter and a wet mess. Here’s a few tips on what to look for when picking a roofing contractor.

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Live/Work Framing Videos

11 Dec 2009, Posted by Shawn in Contractors, Live Work, Video, 2 Comments

Live/Work Framing Videos


These videos speak for themselves: watch as the walls go up on Portland’s Live/Work project!

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Live/Work Update: Concrete Slab

26 Nov 2009, Posted by Shawn in Contractors, Live Work, 4 Comments

Live/Work Update: Concrete Slab


The crew from All American Concrete showed up in force today – complete with two trucks full of concrete, a heavy-duty pump, and enough trowels to fill a wheelbarrow.

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Live/Work Update: Slab Back Fill

12 Nov 2009, Posted by Shawn in Contractors, Live Work, 2 Comments

Live/Work Update: Slab Back Fill


The crew arrives with a Bobcat and several thousand pounds of gravel to fill in under the future slab

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Live/Work Update: Stem Wall Pour

11 Nov 2009, Posted by Shawn in Contractors, Live Work, 2 Comments

Live/Work Update: Stem Wall Pour


Concrete arrived at the Live.Work site today. Everything went exactly as planned – even the weather cooperated and blessed us with a rare sunny November day.

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Portland Metal Roofs

07 Nov 2009, Posted by Shawn in Contractors, Green, Showcase, Suppliers, Sustainability, 5 Comments

Portland Metal Roofs


Metal roofs last for nearly forever, require little maintenance, and can be recycled at the end of their life. Plus, metal roofs aren’t made with petroleum products…an A+ for sustainability!

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Live/Work Update: Concrete Work Begins

30 Oct 2009, Posted by Shawn in Contractors, Live Work, 0 Comments

Live/Work Update: Concrete Work Begins


It’s hard to believe that only 5 days after breaking ground, the concrete crew is setting up shop. I’ve been told not to expect such efficiencies as the project moves forward, but it’s a nice start!

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Live/Work Excavation

28 Oct 2009, Posted by Shawn in Contractors, Live Work, 0 Comments

Live/Work Excavation


Quick update on the excavation – after just two days, the site is ready to go. The photo above shows where the building will be placed. The depressions are for the footers that support the major structural areas of the building.

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Live/Work Groundbreaking!

26 Oct 2009, Posted by Shawn in Contractors, Live Work, 0 Comments

Live/Work Groundbreaking!


As many long-time readers know, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time getting the Live/Work project off the ground. This small-scale infill development represents one of the many solutions for more affordable housing, smaller footprint, and economic sustainability (for more on the project, feel free to read the background over at my Live/Work blog). (more…)

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