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Portland Remodel Ideas to Pay Tribute to the Rose City

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reflect portland culture in your home

Photo: Stuart Seeger

Roses that grow like weeds, fiercely loyal sports fans, microbreweries around every corner. Not to mention the gorgeous evergreens and the ever-present Mt. Hood marking our skyline on clear days. There’s no doubt about it, we Portlanders have it pretty good.

If you love the Rose City as much as I do, there’s no reason your home design can’t reflect it. This post will give you some tips for showing your Portlandia pride in your interior design and decor.

But first, let’s see why matching your home’s style to your location is such a good idea in the first place.

Homes Reflect Culture

There’s a reason people don’t usually build cozy log cabins in the middle of downtown Los Angeles or airy beach houses in Fairbanks, Alaska. The best homes embrace their location. Why?

Your location is part of your culture. If you’re like most people, your culture helps define who you are and what you care about. When you showcase the things you love in your home, you’re surrounding yourself with things that make you happy. It’s not just that, though. You’re also telling friends and other guests an important story about who you are and what you stand for.

There are many ways to pay homage to Portland culture in your home. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Sports

trail blazers cup bobbleheadPortland sure loves its sports. TV rooms, rec rooms, and remodeled basements are all ideal places for your Trail Blazers shrine.

If you’re a Rip City fan, the possibilities are endless. Get the team’s logo painted on your TV room or rec room wall. Or take this opportunity to remodel the basement and make it into a sports room. Frame your old jerseys from seasons past.

Do you have some of those bobbleheads or official Trail Blazer water glasses they sell at games? Put them to good use by showcasing them near the TV or as decorations on bookcase shelves. Want a little inspiration? Take a look at how incorporated a local family’s love of the Trail Blazers into their basement remodel. 

Prefer soccer to basketball? Tack your Timbers scarves up on the wall or drape them over the sofa in your TV room. Frame that autograph you got from your favorite player. Or make a table out of a log slice, like the ones they give to players who score goals or get clean sheets at the end of the game.

Rain Patterns

Don’t walk around downtown with an umbrella unless you want people to think you’re from out of town. Portlanders aren’t afraid of a little rain. In fact, we welcome it after long, hot summers like this one.

Why not incorporate rain into your home next time you do a kitchen or bathroom remodel?

Small mosaic tile patterns — sometimes called “rain patterns” — are popular in backsplash and shower designs. They look great, and they’re a subtle way to show your fondness for Portland’s weather.

rain patterned tile bathroom shower

Photo: Brandon Barré Architectural Interior Photographer

Another option is rain-themed wallpaper — great for kids’ rooms and reading nooks. It’ll make you want to grab some slippers and hot chocolate before you curl up with your favorite book and cup of tea.

rain patterned wallpaper

Photo: Abigail Edwards

Roses

Portland is the Rose City after all. Celebrate our most famous flower with a bouquet of roses on the dinner table whenever they’re in season.

Different roses bloom at different times throughout mid spring to fall. Many roses bloom only once in the spring, while others bloom twice a year: once in the spring, and then again in the fall.

roses living room

Photo: Tres McKinney Design

Sadly, roses only last so long once they’ve been cut. You can make long-stem roses last longer by hanging them upside down to dry them as soon as they start to whither. Here’s an easy-to-follow tutorial.

Rose-patterned throw pillows are another alternative to fresh bouquets. They’re guaranteed to stay in bloom all year round.

Recycled Elements

Recycling is a big deal in Portland because so many of the city’s residents care about the environment. If eco-friendliness is important to you, you can do your part by using recycled or reclaimed materials. Reclaimed wood offers a rustic look that’s perfect for the Pacific Northwest. It’s great for flooring, kitchen cabinets, and furniture.

For a fun and easy DIY project, grab some reclaimed wood boards of varying lengths and put together a unique headboard for your bed.

rustic reclaimed wood headboard

Photo: Buckets of Burlap

Creative Bike Racks

If you’re one of more than 17,000 people who bike to and from work every day, you need a place to keep your bike. Don’t feel like you have to stow it in the garage or shed where it’s hard to get to.

Your bike is an important part of your daily routine. You may have spent quite a bit of money on it. Maybe you even love you bike the way some people love their cars. Why not let it be part of your home’s decor? Try a creative and functional bike rack like this one:

indoor bike rack home

Photo: Matthew Williams

Homebrew in the Basement

This one is a bit of a larger project, but it’s more than worth it for true craft beer lovers. Wouldn’t it be great to take your guests down to your newly remodeled basement and serve them your own homebrewed beer?

If you have enough space, you could even include a bar, like this basement:

basement brewery bar

Photo: Kal Wallner

Live With What You Love

If you’re a true Portlander at heart, chances are there are other things you love about Stumptown too. Are you a coffee expert? Invest in a fancy coffee machine for your kitchen. Are you an expert on Bridge City? Get some Portland bridge art from Etsy to hang on the wall.

The goal is to bring more of what you love into your home and, of course, show off your Portland pride.

Did I miss anything? What other famous Portland things would you love to have in your house?

 

Other photo sources: William Beutler, eric molina

Latest Tile Trends

cevica-antic-specialHave you ever visited a place and then been inspired to bring some aspect of the place home with you?  Many people do, and this trend is reflected in the many new varieties of tile available today.  Due to the increased interest in tile, manufacturers are keeping pace with the latest consumer demands by making advances in tile styles, designs and composition.

Current trends include vintage/retro designs, wood grain tiles that emulate salvaged materials and geometric designs intended for making a statement.    Warm tones and neutral color schemes are huge right now as well as Art Nouveau design elements.

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Your tile choices can say a lot about who you are, including motifs that evoke classic or contemporary art design, pop culture, nature, or almost any other design element you can think of.  Also, there are many applications that are increasing in popularity such as tiling an entire wall in the kitchen in a geometric pattern.  This emulates wallpaper, also a popular trend.

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By taking into consideration you home’s current style, budget, trends and personal taste, a professional designer is your best bet to help you weed through the multitude of choices and select the perfect tile application.

 

Choosing a Design Build Project Partner

may is national home remodeling monthSpring has sprung and, along with it, a new season of home renovation inspiration!

This is the time of year when many people start thinking seriously about remodeling a bathroom or kitchen or even tackling a bigger project such as a new home addition.

Before you dive headlong into your project, take the time to do some planning and get the professional support you need to make sure the job is done right… the first time.

The first important consideration has to do with your plan.  What are your goals and priorities, budget and timelines?

The answers to these important questions are easily determined when you work with the right group of professionals… people who have been through the process enough times successfully avoid getting hung up in the inevitable snags along the way.

That’s why it makes sense to work with a Design/Build firm like Mosaik Design and Remodeling.   Working with one company who can handle the details from planning to completion means you’ll avoid the pitfalls of hiring individual contractors.  It also means you’ll receive ongoing communication about every aspect of your project… from the same person who is familiar with the entire job.  In short, working with a Design/Build firm takes out the guesswork for you, and assures a consistent level of quality you are unlikely to get when you hire individual, independent contractors.

In the end, it means you’ll be happier with the process as well as the result.  And that’s worth a lot.

When you’re ready to get started, we would love to talk with you.  As a  Design/Build firm, we’ll see your project through from start to finish, communicating with you every step of the way, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

2013 Tour of Remodeled Homes: Capturing Space without Adding on

basement before remodel   Basement Remodel by Mosaik Design and Fig Studio

How often these days we hear the buzz words, reduce your footprint.

It’s a term that refers to sustainable living; a hot topic here in Portland, where many people are committed to taking up less space, not more. An increasingly popular remodeling idea, many homeowners are excited to learn they can capture unused spaces – basements, attics, garages and ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) to increase sq footage and add character and functionality to a home.

We were honored to be invited to participate in Portland’s annual Tour of Remodeled Homes, which included a total of 14 homes around the city and a wonderful variety of remodeling projects.  For our showcase project, we transformed a dingy basement to increase living space… without actually adding on.  The basement – 1700 sq. feet of unused and virtually forgotten space – was a diamond in the rough just waiting to be re-purposed!

More than 200 people dropped by our Tour home to see how we transformed the narrow, maze-like basement (empty for 16 years) into a bright, fun and practical living space. This re-purposed space increased the value of the home and, even more importantly, provides a wonderful area for relaxing, entertaining, and enjoying family and friends.

Click to see a short recap of the show, including a video glimpse of our basement transformation (near the end of the short, 2 minute clip) – you won’t believe your eyes!  Check it out and be inspired!  2013 Tour of Remodeled Homes – Transforming Basement Space

 

 

 

Converting Unused Spaces: Under-Home Garage

Many Portland homes have under-home garages in them. If you are planning to purchase a home with a garage beneath it, or already own one, we have some ideas on how to better utilize the space! Converting unused spaces can add up to 400 square feet of livable space to your home.

You will want to first survey the space with your designer to determine what type of room your under-home garage could blossom into. A new living space for the family? A game room? Perhaps a new master suite? There will be many aspects of the current space to consider in order to determine the best use for this valuable real estate.

Your remodeler will help you figure out how to plan for plumbing and heating and air conditioning if they are not currently a part of your under-home garage. There will be permits to apply for, and plans to be drawn, but the fun part is right around the corner.

Think about how you want this new space to blend into the rest of your home. You will want it to flow seamlessly from your current space to your new space. Consider using the same flooring, wall treatments, or lighting to bring the spaces together.

Converting your Under-Home Garage may present you with a few hurdles, but once your new remodeled room is complete you will not regret the time you put into it. Hiring a design/build team like Mosaik Design & Remodeling will help you sail through the remodeling process.