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Portland Architecture’s Renovation Review

29 Dec 2009, Posted by Shawn in Highlights, Remodeling, 0 Comments

Portland Architecture’s Renovation Review


Looking for a great review on a decade’s worth of architectural renovations? This Portland blog is THE site for information and insight on some of the city’s most notable projects.

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Vent Pipes Never Looked So Sexy

17 Dec 2009, Posted by Shawn in Build it Small, Highlights, Sustainability, 6 Comments

Vent Pipes Never Looked So Sexy


Plumbing usually runs in the walls. Except when you want a high-performance home. At the Harpoon House they’ve taken the inside and put it on the outside. See why this makes perfect sense.

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Insulation: Calculating Your Cost and Savings

22 Nov 2009, Posted by Shawn in Highlights, Sustainability, 1 Comments

Insulation: Calculating Your Cost and Savings


Ever wonder when it makes sense to add more insulation? Learn how ongoing heating costs compare to the expense of installing more insulation.

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Tax Incentives, Rebates, and More!

03 Nov 2009, Posted by Shawn in Highlights, Sustainability, Video, 0 Comments

Tax Incentives, Rebates, and More!


Debbie Cleek from the city of Portland put together a great overview of resources for tax credits, rebates, and other green building incentives. It’s great to see the city of Portland (and the state of Oregon) taking a leadership role in the green building movement. Thanks Debbie! (more…)

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Dry Wells: Save Water, Make Money

28 Oct 2009, Posted by Shawn in Green, Highlights, Video, 2 Comments

Dry Wells: Save Water, Make Money


Not many homeowners give much thought to where the water from their roof goes. Most people figure if the water isn’t going in their house, then it’s not a problem. Except…

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Fuez: Portland’s Green Countertop Option

26 Oct 2009, Posted by Shawn in Featured, Green, Highlights, Modern, Products, Sustainability, 3 Comments

Fuez: Portland’s Green Countertop Option


I’ve followed the evolution of the Fuez line of countertops for some time. Last spring I visited the facility and showroom to see how this great product is made. Aside from the fact that it’s positively beautiful, Fuez offers some great advantages over other materials. (more…)

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Fireplace Makeover

25 Oct 2009, Posted by Shawn in Highlights, Remodeling, 4 Comments

Fireplace Makeover


Over the last few months I’ve been working hard to update my 50’s fireplace. Nothing says “mid century” quite like those flat, red bricks.  The final product is the result of a custom mold, dyed concrete, and a dead-fall fir mantle from Mt. St Helens. You can see the finished result above – next I’ll post on how I tackled the project. (more…)

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