4 Things to Do in February~!

 

4 Things to Do in February to Avoid a Yucky Spring

 

 

 

#1 Make an Anti-Mud Plan

Mud may be the least of your frozen worries now, but it’s a-coming.

 

Be prepared with a remediation plan. With your yard in its frozen-tundra state, you can easily see the troublesome spots.

 

Research potential ground cover, like gravel, a rain garden, decorative rocks, or the right grass that’ll soak it up. Then you’ll be ready to execute your anti-mud plan the moment it’s warm enough — and do it in time to keep the mud at bay.

 

#2 Organize Your Cleaning Closets and Laundry Room

Before the madness of spring cleaning begins, organize (or even renovate!) your laundry room and clean closets or cupboards.

 

This will not only breathe a new life into these oft-ignored areas, but perfectly pampered cleaning stations can seriously rev up your spring cleaning motivation.

 

#3 Deep-Clean Your Entryway

Snow. Salt. Boots. Shovels. Your entryway floors, baseboards, rugs, and more have had a rough few months. Give that smallest of rooms some deep cleaning love now, before the salt crust becomes a permanent part of your entryway decor in spring.

 

#4 Hail a Handyperson

Spring and summer are peak handyperson seasons. Skip the surge pricing and the agony of waiting for callbacks by hiring someone now. At least for the indoor chores.

 

Plus, you may be surprised at what outdoor chores can be done. You’ll be spring-ready before the first flower buds

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Design Trends to Watch for 2016

What are the hot trends to look out for in 2016 in home design?

Here are a few predictions from the remodeling and design site Houzz on some of the big trends to expect. 

Article courtsey of: Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

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Contemporary Kitchen by Brooklyn Architects & Building Designers Maletz Design 

1. Two shades of kitchen cabinets.

The upper cabinets may be a white or neutral but then more designers are trying out deeper colors or wood tones for the lower cabinets.

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Mediterranean Dining Room by Dallas Interior Designers & Decorators CDA Interior Design

2. Formal dining rooms are back.

More home owners are opting to keep the dining room and not turn it into an office. The formal dining room is expected to get more attention this year.

 

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Mediterranean Kitchen by Geneva Kitchen & Bath Designers Past Basket Design

3. Multi-purpose kitchen islands.

The “workhorse” kitchen island is about more than just adding workspace in the kitchen, but also for adding more storage, prep sinks, and a way to add extra seating.

 

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Beach Style Powder Room by Austin Photographers Kailey J. Flynn Photography

4. Mirrors that make a statement.

Medicine cabinets are heading out and now wood-framed, modern, or vintage mirrors are adding more style to bathrooms.

 

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Rustic Kitchen

5. “Barely there” kitchens.

Kitchens are fading into the backdrop as the open layouts infuse more seamlessly into the living room or other spaces in the home. Aiding that trend, more kitchens are featuring open shelves to add to that openness.

 

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Transitional Sunroom by Chicago Interior Designers & Decorators Tom Stringer Design Partners

6. Sunrooms are hot.

Houzz identified this as one of the top dream spaces for home owners. Some home owners are finding ways to even transform tucked away corners in their home into a sunroom with a few chairs to relax near windows.

 

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Traditional Kitchen by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Sutro Architects

7. White kitchens dominate.

White kitchen walls and cabinets and even countertops is a trend with staying power, Houzz predicts. To add some splash to the all-white kitchen, designers are adding touches of color through the tile floors or floor-to-ceiling bookcases.

 

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Transitional Powder Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Chango & Co.

8. Powder rooms get more bold.

Wall coverings are getting punched up in powder room, that include everything from custom graphics to textured walls. Also, designers are mixing in ornate chandeliers or furniture-like pieces to add some more pizzazz to these spaces.

 

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Farmhouse Entry by Roxbury Architects & Building Designers Haver & Skolnich LLC Architects

9. Farmhouse style guides the entryway.

Farmhouse style is catching on, particularly for the mudroom. Simplicity in the storage solutions and durable materials are taking charge.

 

Posted on February 29, 2016 at 11:08 pm
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How much is your new kitchen worth? Cost -vs- Value Report

 

It's finally here – the day I can share pictures of our new kitchen.  We've been working on it since October, and the lights finally went in yesterday, so I can post a pic! 

 

I'm happy to talk about kitchens with you all day long!  We're in love with it, and are so glad we finally pulled the trigger.  Problem is, kitchens are expensive, and it's hard to dump money into your house unless you know you're either going to live there a long time and enjoy it, OR you can count on recovering your expenses. 

 

In comes the Cost-vs-Value Report to help you decide how much to spend, and how much you'll recover.

Our kitchen remodel was mid-range, so it looks like we should recover 81.1% (if we were to sell now)  and I've already enjoyed 19% worth, so I could sell now without wringing my hands.

 

Please enjoy my photos and call me any time to talk about your future remodeling plans, and how they will impact the sale of your home.  (Sometimes it's just to talk color, finishes, or what's new in the marketplace)   I can't wait to talk kitchens with you!

 

 

 

 

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Do I need a permit when remodeling?

This gorgeous kitchen remodel was entirely permitted by Washington County!

When it’s time to remodel or make improvements to your home, you may wonder whether you need a permit.

For many projects, having a permit from the city government is crucial because the changes to your home will then go on record with the city, plus it ensures inspectors will check for any red flags. If you were to rewire your home incorrectly, there could be potential for short circuiting and even electrocution!  Also when you try to sell or refinance your home, buyers and lenders want to know that your remodels comply with building codes, so you need to have proof via the permits from the city.  I'm kind of a stickler for this, so please don't try to cheat the system!  It's for your protection!

How do you determine which remodels and renovations require permits? Most contractors will know ahead of time, but it’s good for a homeowner to be aware and avoid fraud or future repairs. The general rule of thumb is that structural, electrical, plumbing or mechanical work will require a permit, but here’s more information:

Remodeling with a Permit

When speaking with a general contractor about permits, here are some projects that will always require one or more:

Fencing Installation or Repair: When you install or repair a fence, it’s important to check with your city to see if there is a height restriction. Some cities and even suburbs have certain heights that fence height can't exceed. Be sure to have a fencing contractor check these restrictions to avoid having MAJOR headaches / corrections after the fact.

Window Installations: When you install new windows that are bigger than your old windows, a permit is required to cut holes for them. This will also include cutting holes for skylights and new doors with windows, so a window professional will need to acquire those permits.

Plumbing and Electrical Work: When installing or replacing plumbing, you will most likely need a permit. The same rule applies when installing or replacing electrical wiring

  • Electrical Changes:  Whether it’s an outlet, switch, ceiling fan or overhead lighting. The cases where you won’t need a permit include smaller projects like repairs and light fixture installations.
  • Structural Changes: When you make any kind of structural changes to your home, the contractor will need to get a permit. This may include changes to the load-bearing walls, balconies, decks, porches, roofs or foundation flooring.
  • Heating Maintenance: If you replace the water heater, you heating contractor will need to get a permit. Changes to the ventilation system, gas and wood fireplaces and ducts will also require a permit. This does not include filter changes, motor lubrication or equipment cleaning.
  • Additions and Remodels: Additions, new construction, remodels, repairs, replacements, upgrades and any other additions and remodeling projects totaling $5,000 or more will require a permit. This will include detached structures like garages, sheds and platforms. Exceptions to this rule include construction that’s less than 200 square feet, as well as painting, carpeting and wallpaper.

Renovating Without a Permit

There will be some projects that won’t require a permit ahead of time, like small plumbing and electrical projects. Other projects you can do without a permit include:

  • Painting and wallpapering
  • Installing flooring like hardwood, carpeting, linoleum or vinyl tile
  • Minor electrical repairs
  • Installing new countertops
  • Installing or replacing a faucet
  • Landscaping work   

Trust in the Pros

If you aren’t certain whether or not you need a permit, you should hire a professional. A pro will have the background and experience to determine if your project is extensive enough to require an inspector to check for any red flags afterward. Professionals will usually be the ones to acquire the permit, so they also know what kind of paperwork to fill out and the type of permit to obtain. Relying on a professional will allow your project to be completed in a timely manner. 

 

Please let me know if you'd like help finding a reliable contractor, who will save you from the pitfalls of remodeling without necessary permits! I have a roster of highly capable professionals, and am happy to refer you to them – just ask!

 
 
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Posted on October 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm
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My greatest home ideas are waiting for you….

 

 

 

Some of my greatest ideas come from Pinterest.  Painting kitchen cabinets, restoring dirty grout, adding a bathroom to the attic, and other do-it-yourself tricks and ideas are some of the many useful "pins" you'll find on my "boards".
 
Perusing Pinterest can be addictive, so in an effort to save you the time and trouble, I've accumulated a lot of fabulous how-to guides and home ideas. 
 
You don't need to set up a profile to use Pinterest – simply click on the link below to access my collection. 
 
http://www.pinterest.com/caryperk/ideas-for-my-clients/
 
 
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Portland’s Pittock Mansion Turns 100 Years Old

 

 

One of Portland's prettiest landmarks turns 100 this year.  They started off her celebration earlier this year with free admission – so those who hadn't already been there had a free pass to the party. 

 

The fun continues on July 13th, when the city will celebrate the centennial anniversary with a 100 Candles Birthday Party, featuring free cake on the lawn, music on the terrace, and even a vintage car show in the driveway.  Bring your camera – it sounds like a picture perfect Portland day!

 

Later this summer, on August 14th, there will be another event – a benefit – with music, food & drinks. 

 

Happy Birthday, Beautiful!

 

 

 

Please see the story on Portland Monthly Magazine.  Photos courtesy of Portland Monthly Magazine.

By Nicole Cordier
 
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Posted on June 24, 2014 at 10:06 pm
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Brass is Back!

I've read about it but I haven't seen much of it yet.  Until yesterday on Realtor tour when I spotted a fabulous example of the new brass that's back in style.  Don't get excited.  Your shiny brass doorknobs and faucets (and god forbid your shower door trim) has GOT to go. 
 
But if you love the idea of something new, and are tired of the rubbed bronze and polished nickel that's been all the rage for the last ten years, here's your new obsession.
 
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Posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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NW Portland Walking Tours

 
 
 
Once spring arrives, Portland starts looking its prettiest!
 
Our native rhododendron, azaleas, camillias, quince, magnolias, apple and cherry blossoms seem to brighten every path, street and yard.  It's a beautiful time for a walking tour.  Even if it drizzles a little bit, there are plenty of places to pop into for a local coffee or libation. 
 
 
 
 
Mike's History Tours are an option for those who aren't from Portland and aren't sure where to start.  For only $20 you can learn from a native, and visit sites that many Portlanders don't know the history of – and certainly you'll enjoy springing these facts on your friends!  If you're a local, what a fun diversion and a chance to learn about virtually every building in the neighborhood.
 
Portlanders, here's a challenge for you:
 
 
MIKE'S HISTORY FUN QUIZ #1

 

 The Ringside Steakhouse building on West Burnside
   was once the 
home of . . .
   A. A Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store
   B. An Auto Body Shop
   C. A Boxing Arena
   D. A Computer Repair Shop

 

   The Besaw's Restaurant building at NW 23rd and
   Savier was once the home of . . .
   A. A Barber Shop
   B. A Grocery Store
   C. A Drug Store
   D. A Laundromat

 

   The north side of the Uptown Shopping Center
   was once . . .
   A. A Horse Stable
   B. A Hospital
   C. A Circus Grounds
   D. A Brewery

 

   The Montgomery Park building at NW 27th and
   Vaughn Street was once . . .
   A. The Vaughn Street Ball Park
   B. A Sears, Roebuck & Company Catalog Sales
   Outlet & Retail Store.

   C. A Montgomery Ward & Company Catalog Sales
   Outlet & Retail Store.

   D. A Meier & Frank Company Warehouse & Toyland.

 

   The site of Meriwether's Restaurant on NW Vaughn
   was once . . .
   A. The entrance to the 1925 Meriwether Lewis
   Worlds Fair.

   B. The entrance to the 1939 Lewis & Clark Worlds
   Fair.
   C. The entrance to the 1936 Summer Olympics.
   D. The entrance to the 1905 Lewis & Clark
   Centennial Exposition.

 

 

(The correct answers are found on Mike's home page)

 

I'd love to take you on a real estate tour, visiting some of our neighborhood's prettiest homes for sale. Your first stop will be the former Mills residence at 733 NW 20th Avenue, our beautiful, historic office.  

If you're ready to move to NW Portland, just call!

 

 

 

 
 
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What’s new in kitchens in 2014?

I recently had the opportunity to view a presentation by Jonathan Hopp of Neil Kelly.  He spoke to the new and exciting changes in the world of kitchens – remodeling and new construction.  My favorite reference from the talk was about the fact that "backsplashes are the jewelry of the kitchen."  It's true!  You can have a totally neutral look and then jazz it up with a backsplash, which is often easily changable if you're ready for a new look.  Read on and hear what else Jonathan has to say……

 

 

What we are seeing increasingly in kitchens is a move toward quartz materials for countertops.  The advantage of quartz is that it comes in a variety of colors and patterns.  Technology has advanced to create finishes that more closely resemble limestone and marble – which are two materials I would hesitate to use in a heavily used kitchen.  Quartz has all the inherent advantages of granite, in that it doesn’t scratch easily, is heat resistant and comes in large slabs.  The pricing is similar to granite depending on the manufacturer, but you can expect that this popular product will be on the higher end of materials and well worth the price in durability and longevity.

 

 

The back splash is the jewelry of the kitchen. Most commonly the counter material is more neutral in tone, and frequently is chosen to compliment the flooring material or blend with the cabinetry finishes.  The back splash, however, is where designers are having fun.  With literally hundreds of new products on the market, the selection is greater than ever.    Manufacturing techniques have resulted in designs that weren’t available only a few short years ago.  I think the backsplash is one of the most important elements in determining a kitchens overall look and appearance.  In rooms where everything else is neutral, the backsplash is that final item that determines a kitchen’s look.  I say, have fun with the backsplash.  There generally isn’t a large quantity, so the cost is not extreme.  When you look at kitchens you will notice how much it draws the eye.  And, unlike cabinets, or counter tops, it is an easy way to add style without spending a fortune.

 

 

 

 

My favorite product recently is the advancement in porcelain tiles.  Resembling everything from limestone to hardwood flooring, this material expands the options for durability to an entirely new level.  As with other materials, the advancements in printing and fabrication have allowed porcelain tiles to achieve a new level of design.  Sculptured surfaces and graining are just a start.  The printing and transfer techniques now add a new realism to the material like never before.  Porcelain tiles are inherently durable and can stand up to wear and tear like nothing else.  The latest trend is newer sizes such as 12 x24, 24 x24 as well as smaller mosaic blends.  No longer are we stuck with the ubiquitous 12” square tile. 

 

If you'd like advice for your kitchen, please call Jonathan for a private consultation!

 

http://www.neilkelly.com/personal-pages/jonathan-hopp/

 
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Posted on March 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm
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Low Housing Inventory requires Creative Thinking

The Spring housing market is off to a bit of a slow start, thanks to an extremely low inventory of homes for sale.  Listings are starting to trickle onto the market, but some Realtors are struggling to find homes for their ready, willing, and able buyers. 

One way to make a match in this tough market is to have an open mind about what you hope to live in -vs- what is currently on the market.

If you need an amazing contractor to help transform an ordinary home in the extraordinary home of your dreams, I can help you with that.  My book of names includes talented architects, builders and designers. 

Open your mind to the possibilities……let's see what we can find.

 

 

 

 

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Posted on March 1, 2014 at 1:54 am
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