What do you call it?

Here is a great video about ADU's, granny flats, accessory dwelling units, laneway housing or mother in law studio?

I call it SMART! Watch it here and than decide what you call small housing!

 


Posted on March 26, 2014 at 11:31 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in Aging in Place, architecture, downsizing, interior design, Portland Love, Real Estate, Remodel, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Take your work into the garden: Shed turned Office Space

Hello there! How have you been enjoying Spring? With the warmer months approaching and the sun showing its face more often, it can be a little dreary sitting in my office. In Oregon, when the sun shines, you need to get OUTSIDE! That’s why I just love this idea of turning an outdoor shed into a work space…

Hackney Shed modern home office
I first saw this on Houzz.com and immediately was drawn to it…
Hackney Shed modern home office
Constructed of simple, raw materials and designed for maximum efficiency, this sweet office space is 150 sq. feet. London Architect, Gurmeet Sian stuck to the budget of $16,000 and gave the owners the perfect work space, nestled into their back garden. The doors fully retract allowing fresh air and sunshine to fill the space and offers a flexible option for outdoor entertaining.
Hackney Shed modern home office
This large skylight reveals the blue sky and brings ample natural light into the office.
Hackney Shed modern home office
So what do you think? Wouldn’t it be nice to work from this vantage point?

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

All images via here.


Posted on May 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in architecture, downsizing, environmental design, Garden, Remodel, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

French Garage Makeover

Hi all! Happy New Year!

I’m getting back into the swing of things finally and today, I have a fabulous garage make-over to share with you – all the way from Bordeaux! (You all know how I have a thing for garage projects!)

This tiny 441 sq. ft. space was designed by the ingenious team at FABRE/deMARIEN.

Check this out before shot…dull, dingy and dark.

Passage Buhan modern
Not anymore, step into this light, airy, beautifully designed space...
Passage Buhan modern exterior
Passage Buhan modern exterior
Glass walls allow plenty of natural light in and minimal white furniture and cabinetry keep the look crisp and clean.
Passage Buhan modern dining room
That wooden cube houses the sleeping loft, bathroom with shower, washing machine and storage. The small staircases leads up to the bed.
Passage Buhan modern dining room
The built in desk and convertible sofa offer both function and flexibitly – which is SO key when dealing with limited square footage!
Passage Buhan modern living room
Passage Buhan modern living room
The sleeping loft has clothing storage and shelf space. The skylight makes the space fell less closed in.
Project Buhan contemporary bedroom
A simple, but functional bathroom is underneath the bed area. Love the generous counter space!
Project Buhan contemporary bathroom
The deck extends the living space and is a great place for dining al fresco on a lovely evening.
Passage Buhan modern patioPretty fantastic right? To check out the project in its entirety and read more about the process please go here.
Have a wonderful week!

All images via Houzz

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 11:02 am
Candace Kramer | Posted in architecture, downsizing, environmental design, interior design, Remodel, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

My New Old Shed

Hello friends! I’m back! Summer was busy, busy and my time spent with family and friends was top priority! Now that Fall has come and everyone is getting settled back into their schedules, I have found time to work on my blog once more. As I mentioned in a past post, my son and I worked on rejuvenating the garden of my rental home and we were also in the process of building a storage shed. Both projects turned out brilliantly and here are some of the pics to show our fabulous results!

First up, the garden. It was so long neglected, full of weeds and completely overgrown but we brought it back to life!

And yes, that is my “new old shed” back there! Cute right?

Even though our summer was extremely mild, Peter managed to pick a ripe tomato from the vine before heading back to school!

Okay, now for my shed! As you know, I researched sheds online, in stores and just about everywhere! I wanted just the right design. Simple, funky and constructed using some of the salvaged materials from the garage remodel (soon to be granny flat) I’m working on.

Finally, I found a shed builder – Justin Marical – that had great ideas and would build to my specs. Check out his great company here. He was very open to using my salvaged materials and helped me design a 12 ft long and 3 ft deep, lean-to style shed that fit perfectly with the scale of the backyard garden.

This old window was from the main house which I had replaced with a new vinyl double hung.

Peter washed down the old door from the garage, which is now the front door to my shed.

The shed threshold was created with bricks that we found on site. Peter did a fantastic job laying these in.

The beautiful red stained cedar siding was left over from an old condo project I worked on! This siding is usually very expensive but I got a great deal on it and Justin was drooling! ha ha! I added an old flower box that had previously been installed on the main house and the lovely trellis was installed by my very talented Russian carpenter – Eli! He has done some gorgeous work on my beach house too. Even the roof was done with left over composite material. Isn’t it cute!? I’m so happy with the result and it felt good to use materials that most likely would have ended up in a landfill.

What projects did you complete over the summer?


Posted on October 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in downsizing, environmental design, Garden, Remodel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Building room for your hobbies : Weaving Studio

Just recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Leah Hersey of Jersey Girl Weaving. She’s a client of mine and when she told me about her home studio, I wanted to know more! Over tea and snacks, she told me the story of how her newly built studio was born.

Leah has always had a passion for textiles and inevitably fell in love with the art of weaving. Not quite as portable as knitting or as compact as cross-stitch, Leah soon realized that she would need space – a lot of space – to fully devote her self to this craft. After all, a real loom takes up a whole lotta floor. Enter the idea of constructing an out building and making it her full time studio!

Aptly named Jersey Girl Weaving – a throwback to her time living on the east coast – this new building has provided the space, natural light and artistic solitude that Leah was seeking.

I couldn’t resist capturing all the beautiful details of Leah’s space…

I just love all the colors and textures! The groupings of sheep create a sense of whimsy and honor Leah’s love of wool.

I know that having this new space makes Leah’s art a central focus in her life and brings her much joy.

By thinking creatively, she maximized her property and utilized her space with care and purpose.

Do you ever dream of having your own home office or studio? Where could you create this space?

Thanks to Leah for inspiring us!


Posted on August 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in interior design, interviews, Lifestyle, Local News, Remodel, Small Space Design, stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sheds on the brain…

Hello! Hope your week has been going well! Right now, I’ve got sheds on the brain. You see, after much thought we have decided to renovate the detached garage of our rental home. Inspired by the many garage remodels that I have seen recently, I’ve taken the leap and started my own! Don’t worry, I will be documenting and sharing the process with you too! Turning this rather dilapidated garage into a fabulous living space will be quite the adventure but now that the picture is becoming clearer, I believe a shed will be in order.  A quaint little outbuilding with character, style and of course, functionality.

Thankfully, sheds have come a long way. They are not longer the forgotten shack in the corner of the property where you keep the lawn mower and rake. These days sheds have taken on a new importance and aesthetic, often mirroring the style and architecture  of the home. Some use them as a retreat, an office space or dining room. Check out these magical little sheds I’ve come across…via Houzz

I especially love this dining “shed”. It reminds of my beach house, where we converted the garage into our dining hall.
See below…
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This space gets so much use and we’ve made so many good memories around that old table.
Okay well, I better keep gathering my ideas and plans for the remodel. I will keep you posted!
Do you have a shed or garage that you use as a living space? I would love to hear about it!
Have a fantastic weekend!


Posted on July 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in architecture, downsizing, Garden, interior design, Lifestyle, pre-fabricated, Remodel, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Summer Guest House

When I saw this amazing summer guest house, I just had to share! I love it when garages or out buildings become these beautiful, well planned spaces – instead of being forgotten or filled with junk. Brilliant designer, Alexandra Angle combined a Scandinavian look with a laid back Californian flair. Look how gorgeous…I could definitely spend some time here!

I hope they like their guests…because they may not want to leave…


Don’t you love the fresh, crisp color palette and the unexpected furniture choices…so original!

Subtle pops of reds and blues really evokes that summertime feeling…while the wood floors add warmth to the white walls.

A perfectly compact kitchen with appropriately scaled appliances too. Open shelving all the way to the ceiling maximizes vertical storage. Love the red in here!

A beautiful garden wraps both the home and guest house creating a dreamy retreat with special places to savor the warm air and a good book!

Oh and don’t forget the outdoor bathtub – it doesn’t get more summer-y than that!

Such an inspiring design! Hope you enjoyed this little tour. Are you ready for summer? Do you have a special place for your guests?

 

All images via here.


Posted on May 24, 2011 at 8:17 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in architecture, interior design, Remodel, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Pdx Events: “Home for a Lifetime” Fair

As many of you know Aging in Place is a big focus of my work (see definition below) and having this knowledge truly helps my clients make their lifestyle one that will last!

Aging in place refers to living where you have lived for years, typically not in a health care environment, using products, services, and conveniences which allow you to remain home as circumstances change.

This Saturday, the local remodeling firm, Neil Kelly will be hosting a wonderful event:

The “Home for a Lifetime” Fair…

Click below to download the flyer for more info:

Home for a Lifetime Poster

Should be a fantastic, informative and inspiring day!

For more information about Aging in Place go here.

 

 

 


Posted on May 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in Aging in Place, Community, downsizing, Events, Lifestyle, Local News, Remodel, Resources, Universal design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Montreal Townhome

Happy Friday!

Found this fabulous townhouse transformation via homedsgn.com and wanted to share it with your for a little Friday inspiration! The owners of this modest Montreal home wanted to add a second story and expand their 800 sq ft. but when building codes and restrictions ruled out this option, the ingenious team at naturehumaine developed an amazing plan with multiple split levels. By pushing out into the backyard, the architects achieved maximum space and captured wonderful natural light.

Here’s the before and after shot of the exterior! Pretty cool right?

Now, let’s take a peek inside…

 

Don’t you just love creative design?

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

All images via homedsgn.com and naturehumaine


Posted on April 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in environmental design, interior design, Remodel, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Aging in Place – Advice from a Neil Kelly Designer

Last week I had coffee with Rhonda Knoche, a fabulous designer for Neil Kelly Remodelers.

The Neil Kelly Company just won 11 regional CotY (contractor of the Year) awards from the Nationals Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Rhonda won an award for Whole House Remodel under $250k! Kudos to Rhonda and Neil Kelly! As many of you know, I was a designer for NK  for 10 years and still think they have some of the best talent out there!

Some of their beautiful work…

Gorgeous right?

Anyway, I wanted to pick Rhonda’s brain about Universal Design , Aging in Place and local information about these issues.

Like Jane Austen says ” There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort!”

Rhonda is a CAPS designer, Certified Aging in Place Specialist or as Rhonda puts it,

“Universal Design is subtle design and appeals to those that value sustainability.”

Music to my ears!

In her last seminar, she shared with the audience her recent accident, breaking her leg and how she dealt with the physical limitations and mobility issues in her own home.

The big three items she covered in the seminar were;

1. Enter and Exiting home

2. Stairs and Ramps

3. Kitchen & Bath modifications.

Be sure to click here for all their up coming seminars.

Patrick Roden RN,PhD, has a website and blog, aginginplace.com – where he address all the issues of how to continue to live in your home throughout your maturing years, safely, independently and comfortably. He grew up living with his grandma in a multi-generational home and his impressions are truly inspiring.

Thank you Rhonda for some great ideas on living & aging gracefully in the comfort of our homes! Glad to see that your leg looks better too!


p.s. Right now in 2011 we have 70,000 centurions in 2040 there will 700,000 in the U.S.




Posted on February 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in bathroom design, downsizing, environmental design, interior design, interviews, Lifestyle, Remodel, Resources, Uncategorized, Universal design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,