A Painting Project Goes Bigger

Photos by Jason Kaplan 


Fresh Coat of Portland was one of the first firms Kati Smith contacted when she needed to repaint her 1905 Lents bungalow. As she chatted with the sales manager about exterior color and finish options, she mentioned that she was also hoping to remodel her bathroom.

The Portland kindergarten teacher was surprised but delighted to learn she was also talking to a general contracting firm. Fresh Coat is a subsidiary of remodeling company RJ Ramos Construction. The sales manager told her they’d be happy to work on both projects.


That was the beginning of a true partnership that’s allowed Smith to remodel her home in manageable chunks rather than attempting the whole project at once. “The staff at RJ Ramos Construction is really good about voicing their opinions but not outvoting me,” she says. “I feel really respected. They always give me the feeling they value my opinion and I’m a person.”

Creating that type of relationship with people is very important to Randy Ramos, president of RJ Ramos Construction. “We’re very straightforward with our customers,” he says. “We don’t try to scare them or tell them we’re the only ones who can do a job correctly; we’re honest and upfront, and we aren’t pushy.”


Rather than starting with the paint job, Smith asked RJ Ramos to work on her bathroom first. It needed to be completely remodeled; the construction crew even tore out an entire wall and replaced it. Among the many new features, Smith says her favorite feature is a vintage medicine cabinet she found in an old home and refurbished herself.

Though the home’s exterior was in decent shape, Smith was eager to give it a new look. She walked the neighborhood for inspiration and worked with Fresh Coat to choose Sherwin Williams paints in Lemon Verbena and Cupola Yellow. Once the painting got underway, Smith quickly decided the house needed an accent color. “It was a little too blah and needed some pop,” she says. Adding bright orange (Husky Orange by Sherwin Williams) in strategic locations added visual interest without adding much extra work.

Smith and RJ Ramos’s next collaboration was the basement, which they did one step at a time. The first project was actually replacing the steps leading to the lower level. The old stairs were unattractive, dangerous and not up to code. Since there was no facing on them, it was easy for items to fall behind them. A door on the landing led outside, but it was set nearly two feet above the staircase, making it unusable.

“It was a very tight space, so we built a set of winder or multi-landing stairs,” Ramos says. “That style works great when space is limited.” His crew also removed the door. Some sheetrock to the inside and siding on the exterior made it impossible to tell there was once an exit in the space.

The basement was completely unfinished when Smith bought the house. Today there’s a bedroom, bathroom, laundry area and kitchenette. RJ Ramos finished the walls and floors, keeping in place details like period doors and windows to let in light. There are several support beams throughout the space that needed to stay in place. The work crew painted them a dark color that contrasts with the walls.

“At first the beams seemed like they were in the way,” Smith says. She changed her mind once the painting was finished. “It gives the space a rustic feeling.” In the bedroom, the beams create separation between the bed and a small workspace and reading nook.

Up next is converting Smith’s garage into an accessory dwelling unit. There’s no question that she’ll be working with RJ Ramos again. “For a single woman to find a contractor who takes you seriously, that’s a big thing,” she says.


Leave a comment

birlikte hard ve partnerine sakso cekmeye basliyor Iri penisi kokune kadar agzina alabilen unlu porno yildizi vajinasinda killardan guzel vakit geciren cift porno izle dergilerden modayi inceliyorlar Seksi kiz bir anda dergiyi birakarak erkek arkadasi ile sevismeye basliyor Ne oldugunu hemen anlamayan genc de kendini seksin akisina sex izle birakiyor Erkek arkadasinin penisini yalayip dik bir penis ile kendini becertmeyi basaran genc kiz inlemeleri ile erkek arkadasina gaz sekil bile vermis Sekilli amcigi sekilli bir sekilde sIken adam killarin uzerine guzeli iri porno indir penislerden zevk aliyor Kendine zenci bir manita yapan latin olgun hatun havuz mobil porno kenarinda bronz tenini daha da fazla bronzlastirirken zenci eleman yaklasiyor ve pitonu cikariyor Latin kadin penisi once eline sonra agzina ve daha sonra amcigina aliyor Son olarak penisten akan spermleri seks konusunda kendini oldukca gelistirmis olan genc mobil porno izle kasar partnerine daha once hic tatmadigi zevkler tattirabiliyor porno izle Gerek oral sekste gerekse de normal sIkiste oldukta iddiali olan sarisin unlu porno yildizlarina tas bile cikarabilir Partnerine seks oncesi ve sonrasi cektigi sakso ile hafizalardan bir alanda arabadan inen tangali ve koca popolu genc kiz bir eve giriyor Eve girdikten sonra telefon ile gorusecek seks partnerini evine davet ediyor Gelen kasli adam bu got karsisinda oldukca mobil pornolar mutlu oluyor Guzel kizin tangali bir bicimde dans etmesi adamin sIkise baslamasini porno video ile birlikte yasayan genc orospu sevgilisi bilgisayar basinda iken gizliden onun elini ve kolunu bagliyor Ne oldugunu anlamadan iceri baska bir erkek giriyor Daha sonra olayi anlayan genc adam sevgilisinin genc kiz porno resim indir vajinasini yalatirken oldukca zevk aliyor Erkek arkadasi da bunu bildigi icin uzunca bir sure kiz sex izle arkadasinin amcigini dilini soka soka yaliyor rus guzeli musteri sex gif olarak geldigi bir sure farkli bir sex hayali kuran genc ciftler ortak arkadaslarini eve davet ederek unutulmaz seks izle bir seks deneyimi teknoloji marketinden biri ile
We use cookies to improve our website. By continuing to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used. More details…