This month has been about making a lot of little creative decisions, very quickly. Since I’m coming into a slower time with work, I’ve been able to be more involved, which has been exciting and has eased some of the pressure on Brent. Here is a list of the finishing decisions that we have made so far this month:
- Chose stain color for exposed beams
- Decided on decking and railings
- Painted the underside of the staircase black
- Interiors are painted—a pretty neutral white
- Cabinet hardware chosen
- Continuing to make finishing decisions as they come
We had to make some pivots on the original plan to have a floating sink in our half bath because we couldn’t place it in a way to cover all of the exposed plumbing. Our designer came up with an ingenious solution of a little shelf behind the sink that will hide everything.
Finally, we thought for sure the exterior of the house would be painted by now, but this is one of the larger delays, and we’re also still waiting on our Shou Sugi Ban for the front entrance and top deck. In the meantime though, we’ve been hard at work raving about our Shou Sugi Ban and have convinced two of our friends to use the material in their home, and ADU renovations! If you haven’t seen Shou Sugi Ban yet, here’s a few examples of this stunning material in action:
OLD HOUSE UPDATE: While managing the new build, we have also been updating our old house kitchen in order to get ready for new tenants. This month we were able to finish the cabinets and install the countertops and already it’s been such an improvement!
Every month Brent and I learn more about the home building experience. As always, “HAVE PATIENCE” is the best advice I could give. Especially in this year of Covid, there is so much out of our control. It’s best to not allow the frustrations of delays and challenges stop you from enjoying building your dream home.
So now what? We still have a few finishing touches to add like painting our exterior, landscaping, installing tile, appliances, and lighting. Our deck is still in need of a little love and we have a few touch-ups to make with our interior painters. We’ll need to get a final occupancy approval from the city and do a blue tape walk-through with our builders near the end. But most importantly, WE NEED TO START PACKING!!! I have to say, that intimidates me more than anything else!
I also want to give recognition to our wonderful home builders Evergreen Homes. They have always provided a patient and calm energy and never tried to rush us into any decisions. We interviewed three different builders at the beginning of this process and it was Evergreen’s thoughtfulness that shined the most. Ashley, the owner, has always been collected and kind throughout our experience and it’s been clear how much they care.
That’s it for October—hopefully, next month, I’ll be writing to you from our new living room! I cannot wait to see what this next month has in store for us. Check back in at the end of November to hear about the finalization of our new home!
This traditional one-story 997 square foot condo features two bedrooms and one bathroom, the perfect space for solo living, or a family starter home. The buyer was captivated by the high ceilings, large windows in the spacious living room, and the double closets in the main bedroom. Not to mention, the kitchen was recently updated with black granite countertops complete with appliances, and a stackable washer dryer. What more could you need? As far as the interior, the flooring, paint, and even furniture add a modern touch leaving the space move-in ready. To top it off, large storage space and a private garage provide an extra area for packing away belongings.
The Irvington Eighteen-Hundred Condos were built in 1956 with 10 units in total and are surrounded by beautiful greenery, complemented by a community with many quaint restaurants, coffee shops, parks, and schools nearby. While we were touring the complex, my client and I ran into the owners who were gathered in the courtyard enjoying the sunny afternoon. Their friendliness and accommodating personalities were the cherries on top.
Beautiful elevated courtyard. Single level unit on the main floor. LR w/hardwood floors + high ceilings open to the dining room. The kitchen has vinyl floors, granite counters SS appl, gas cooking, BI microwave. Stackable washer + dryer. Two bedrooms, one with double closets. Full bath with hexagon tile floor + soaking tub. Walk to shops, restaurants and all the NE Broadway has to offer. Sizable storage unit. Parking spot in a private garage
Are you looking to buy or sell in the Portland area? Get in touch! There are new homes hitting the market every day and I’d love to help you find, or sell, yours!
This wonderful property has closed! When my clients first contacted me years ago, they were looking for their first home, in an affordable and well-connected neighborhood of Portland. They were immediately attracted to this home, located in a community called Graham Street Commons, an intentional community in NE Portland (more on that below). My clients have loved living in the community and have become such good friends with their surrounding neighbors. This home was built in 2009 and was the start of a grand vision.
Now they’ve expanded their family and had the vision of more room and space to grow. We found them an awesome home in West Linn that I shared a few weeks back. It’s nothing short of impressive.
Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
Sq. Ft.: 2,429
Looking to Buy, or Sell? Get in touch!
What’s new? This months’ progress:
- Drywall is installed
- Painting has begun
- Lighting ordered
- Cabinets delivered
- Shou sugi ban ordered
Brent and I have learned so much about throughout this process—the biggest of which is to expect delays. It’s part of the process and is next to impossible to avoid. Plan accordingly and factor in buffer time for those projects that end up taking longer than anticipated.
When building your own home, there are a thousand different small choices to make and each one feels just as important as the last. We just finally completed our design decision-making process, but let me tell you, it was not easy. First, it’s incredibly overwhelming and I found myself getting too deep in all of the little details. In the end, it was the easiest to start with the large design decisions – cabinets, countertops, paint, etc. Once you have those key components in place, pick one small piece at a time. Will the process be perfect and work exactly as you wanted it to? Fortunately, we had the guidance of our designer every step in the way and she was skilled at keeping us focused in each decision.
On top of juggling the new house construction, we have also been doing some kitchen remodeling in our old house. I totally wish I would have done a kitchen update years ago. We tried to do some DIY updating a few years ago and ended up with a failed attempt at cabinet painting. Lesson learned—hire experts when needed!
Two more months to go! Make sure to come back around Halloween to see what October has in store!