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New Videos!

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this is a new video tour of the downstairs:

this is a new video tour of the upstairs loft:


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April 26, 2010 at 10:26 pm

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Street of Eames modern home tour

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Today Eli and I went on the awesome modern home tour that featured 8 homes both recently built and smartly renovated which encompass the mid-century modern and (Charles and Ray) Eames’ design aesthetic.

It’s called The Street of Eames. many have sustainable building practices, so its really nice to see the integration of great design, Eco-friendly materials and technical innovation. Every year this tour sells out right away, (only 1200 tickets are sold), so I was quite pleased this year I finally managed to get in. 😉

Here’s an article about it.

they do not allow picture taking inside the homes, but I got a few shots of the exterior views…

At the Yeon House:

amazing old wisteria growing at this home built in the 60’s.. but newly upgraded to a sleek modern  aesthetic.

Eli sitting on this rad chair… spongy colorful foam material made by an italian company called Quinze and Milan. This was at the 14 house.

The woody, wonky floorplan of the Storrs house:

More “pouf” Chairs by Quinze and Milan at the “White” house… these guys had a great indoor pool and a laundry chute dumping clothing directly from the bedroom closet to the laundry room below.. an idea I am TOTALLY stealing!

These panels at the 14 are lit from behind. we likey.

Cool way of handling the driveway at the “Z” house… I’m pretty sure I’m going to cut up the driveway for a similar look as my side patio.

This “Z” house in NE had the most awesome Floorplan… a central core stairwell fed into rooms all around, with the option to close any room off with huge slider barn doors, or leave em all open for optimal life and light.

Another gorgeous design in NE called the Park Box house, a duplex.

I absolutely loved the Rummer house, which was the last one we looked at, in Beaverton.  Robert Rummer is the original designer who basically did Eichler lookalikes in the 60’s, here in Portland.  Sadly I didn’t get pics of the favorite… an absolutely gorgeous, cozy, open floorplan surrounding a central courtyard, impeccable selections of appliances, fixtures, colors, yard, fireplace… and on and on.. a comfortable, modern and gorgeous integration of the outside and in.

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April 17, 2010 at 11:08 pm

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Insulation, electrical, and plumbing

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So all the plumbing and electrical is pretty much done. We got a new service entrance and have rewired the whole place, thus soon we’ll be ready for insulation and then drywall.  I’ve been varnishing doors (found some great ones at the rebuilding center, and one I bought new…) all of our windows have arrived and are also ready for installation.  I hope to go over there tomorrow for a little clean-up action, as well as to take some new pics and video.  The huge balcony window in the loft bedroom is really something…. the skylights, roll up door and big windows in general were a great design decision.. all that natural light is going to really make the place more open and connected with the great outdoors.

As for the behind-the scenes stuff, we found a great real-estate lawyer named Rebecca Tom to help us with our legal division of the property into two condos.  There is a ton of paperwork, and it’s incredibly expensive, but I know in the long run it will be more beneficial to each side if they are individually owned.  The new plat proposal and related condo documents have all been submitted to both the county and city for approval, and we are shooting for a unit purchase date of June 1st. Eli is meeting with his loan guy tomorrow so he can get that ball rolling, and hopefully get a preapproval that matches the value we’ve all agreed on for Unit B (based on roughly half of the purchase price plus construction costs.)  T-minus 55 days and counting!!!!

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April 6, 2010 at 11:49 am

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