Home of the future

2014SS BetterLivingShow2At the 7th annual Better Living Show in Portland’s Expo Center March 29-30, see how businesses are combining technological innovation and sustainability practices to improve our homes and our lives.

How To: Tune-up your door

The sun is shining and it’s warm outside. Now is the time to straighten up entry doors and get them swinging right. Here are the steps for a basic door.

Outdoor style

2014SS CreativeGarden2A fabric structure allows ample light into the house while keeping guests out of the elements.

Rustic Cabin Renewed

2014SS GreenHomeConst3Until recently, Ninian Blackburn and Kat Grammer’s rustic home in the Hood River Valley was as challenging as it was charming. Despite its beautiful recycled Douglas fir interior and pristine views of Mt. Hood, the simple act of spending the weekend in the drafty 40-year-old house in Parkdale had become more and more a labor of love for the married couple.

Mount Tabor Home Addition

2014SS Willco2When Jim and Courtney Brooks moved into their 1940s bungalow in Portland’s Mount Tabor neighborhood in the summer of 2012, they knew that, in theory, they had views of Mt. Hood and the Cascades. They just didn’t have an actual second-floor, east-facing room to enjoy them in. 

Zen Retreat

2014SS NeilKelly2 3Randy and Ellen wanted a master bath that looked out over the Asian-themed oasis in their backyard. The Beaverton couple  also wanted their Zen- style  retreat to have simple, elegant and peaceful features. Whoever they hired to transform their bathroom needed to have an eye for detail. Said Randy, “We are perfectionists with high expectations.”