Tiny hillside cottages

Hello everyone! How has your week been? I haven’t had much time to peruse the web but I did find this fabulous post over on Remodelista and I had to share it with you…

Here’s a little synopsis of the project:

On a steep, wooded lot in Mill Valley, California, the challenge was to add two studio spaces—one for an artist, one for yoga—without disturbing the soaring redwood trees that surrounded an existing main house.

“We definitely wanted to make this project as ‘green’ as possible, and to have it be visually integrated into the land,” said architect Jonathan Feldman. The solution was two separate buildings, nestled on flat sites against the hillside. The lower studio, visible from the windows above, got live plants on the roof, mimicking a common style in environmentally conscious European cities. (In Stuttgart, for example, green roofs cover 25 percent of the real estate, the result of public policy originating with Europe’s “green party” movements in the 1970s.) Here’s how Europe’s modern vernacular translates to Northern California:

 

I just love the rooftop gardens!

Ample light and simple finishes help the interior blend well with the natural setting…

Don’t you just love these!? Innovative, green and yes…downsized.

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!

 

All images via here.

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, downsizing, environmental design, Garden, Lifestyle, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Design Idea:Urban Infill Solution in Portugal

Hello there! Sorry I have been gone for a while but I’ve been busy working on re-creating my website and moving my blog to this new location. No easy feat, but luckily I’ve got some great tech support on my side.

Today, I bring you a rather innovative idea using pre-fabricated buildings in conjunction with open-air platform structures to create urban infill in the Portuguese city of Porto . The brains behind this ingenious design – Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares – who entitled the project, Polikatoikea. The talented team took 1st prize in the Architectural Origami Competition – which challenged architects to devise a way to fill abandoned and unused urban lots. See more about the design project here.

The pre-fabricated pods would be air conditioned so the inhabitants could escape the heat when needed but in the pleasant climate of Portugal, outdoor living is a way of life.  So, most of the square footage is expressed in the open-air platform.

The platforms could be erected over existing lots, fitting nicely into the urban landscape while providing affordable living quarters for many residents.I love seeing imaginative solutions for growing urban environments!

 

All images via here.

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 1:31 am
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, Community, environmental design, pre-fabricated, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I love this smart savvy Lady!

I am so excited to introduce you to Michele Reeves, I just met her myself this week at the Waluga Masonic Lodge in Lake Oswego. The meeting that Michele was presenting was “Fundamentals of Thriving Downtowns”. You all know how I thrive to promote urban downtown living and that I am very active in being a stakeholder for a vibrant downtown for Lake Oswego, marketing two condo projects, Stafford Commons and 555 2nd st Condos for the last five years.

Foothills Park

Foothills Park

Michele is an urban strategist with extensive background in commercial real estate, development consulting, project management, and retail leasing. She founded Civilis Consultants to help cities improve their downtowns by teaching the building blocks found in successful commercial districts. Working together with stakeholders, she takes those essential elements and uses them to help communities construct detailed and achievable plans for revival.

Who would not love this savvy consultant and her fast paced informative presentation- she is known nation wide!

 

Lakeview Village

Lakeview Village

The next series of workshops will included the following-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Analysis and Recommendations Presentation- short term goals and concrete steps

Field Trip of “Do’s and Don’ts” in the City

Marketing and PR workshop “every downtown should have a clear idea of the experience it wants to provide”

Be sure to connect with Michele at www.civilisconsultants.com and www.cityoflakeoswego.com for more information.

See you downtown at the Saturday market for all the Turkey fixins! Cheers ck

George Rogers Park

 

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: Aging in Place, architecture, Community, downsizing, education, Events, Lifestyle, Local News, Parks, Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pdx Love: Kask Bar

Hello friends! You know I’m a total sucker for re-used, re-cycled and re-purposed when it comes to building so when I found this fabulous bar in Portland it was love at first sip! Meet one of the newest, hippest and greenest bars in Pdx – KASK!


This intimate cocktail lounge serves up delicious concoctions on their rough-hewn walnut bar that is supported by a rock-filled gabion wall. I saw this kind of construction when I was in Austria –  it was everywhere! They would make benches and fences out of it!

Can’t go wrong with good ole’ rock!

The eco-friendly cork floors keep the green vibe and instead of wasting paper, ever-changing black boards inform patrons of what’s on the menu. Love that!

Kask is owned by the restaurateurs from neighboring, Gruner – another fine establishment with a focus on the warm, rich flavors of “Middle Europe”. Go check out both destinations for amazing food, drink and a peek at some creative green building materials!

Hope your week is going well!

 

 All images via here.

Posted on October 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, Community, downsizing, food, interior design, Local News, Portland Love | 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.
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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 | Category: architecture, downsizing, Garden, interior design, Lifestyle, pre-fabricated, Remodel, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Windermere Community Service Week

Just wanted to pop in and do a quick post about what’s been going on at Windermere this week – It’s Community Service week where the whole team over here does our bit to help out!

 

This year, I’m heading up the program and I’m so happy to be helping out a wonderful local organization – Community Warehouse. This volunteer based organization helps low-income family turn their houses into homes by providing home goods such as dishes, glasses, pots and pans, sheet, blankets, towels etc. Here’s a list of exactly what is needed and what they do not accept.

Locals have been going through their households, cleaning out what they don’t need and dropping off goods at the Lake Oswego Windermere office. It’s been fantastic seeing the residents really pitch in and donate some great items! We only have one more day – so go thru your stuff and see what you can part with. It’s a win win. You get a more organized house and the great feeling of helping those in need!

 

 

 

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: Community, Events, Local News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bikes and Sunshine – the perfect pair

The last couple of days here in Portland have been absolutely gorgeous! Sunny with a light breeze – it’s the prefect conditions for a spin on the bike! Cyclists are always seen in Portland but as the rain begins to stop, more and more people hit the streets on their bikes – including me! While it can be hard to pass up my charged up little Vespa, nothing beats a ride around the lake on my beloved bicycle.

Like most bike enthusiasts, I always have my eye on the latest and greatest bikes on the market…this one is drool worthy and so sleek…don’t you think?

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Meet the Vanmoof! Fun to say and even more fun to ride this sexy urban bike is aiming to be the “car” of the future and might end up on my Christmas list…

Oh, and did you know that tomorrow is the official Bike to Work Day? Yup…so now you really have a good excuse to dig that bike out of the garage!

Here is a little sunshine & bike inspiration round up…

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Hope the sun is shining in your city!

p.s. If you are a local and want more info on biking in Pdx check out this.

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: bikes, Community, downsizing, Portland Love, Transportation | 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 | Category: Aging in Place, Community, downsizing, Events, Lifestyle, Local News, Remodel, Resources, Universal design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Portland love: bright designlab

In Portland, the first Thursday of every month is celebrated in the stylish Pearl District. Galleries, pubs, restaurants and design studios leave their doors open late to welcome Portlanders seeking out inspiration, delicious snacks and a glass of free wine! What a fabulous combination! I was in the crowd last week, my design radar was on and I found myself enamored with a new interior design firm – bright designlab. bright has over 25 years of experience in the arts of interior design, graphic design and architectural photography, plus they are LEED accredited! Gotta love that plus, who couldn’t like a company with these values:

work hard and be nice to people . design through simplicity and elegance of form . focus intently . behave with integrity above all else . always seek out beauty . never stop growing and learning new things . treat creativity like breathing.

Check out their simply gorgeous retail space…flooded with natural light and a symphony of textures, you can really feel the creative vibe in here!

bright’s partnership with local cabinetry company, Hammer and Hand, is evident and their stunning installations are seen throughout the space.

I absolutely love these retro, bright fridges from Smeg appliances! Perfect scale for smaller kitchens too! They were stocked with beer for First Thursday!

What a wonderful space!

Hope your week is going well!

 

Posted on May 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, Community, downsizing, Events, interior design, kitchen design, Portland Love, Resources, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Home Tour : London Style

Hi all,

My name is Ivette and I’m guest posting on Candace’s blog today.

She sent me out on assignment yesterday! Where? On a huge, red, London-esque double-decker bus, of course! Yup, at 10 am me and a gaggle of Windemere real estate agents boarded the cherry red bus for a royal real estate tour. Like most places, Lake Oswego is aflutter with talk of the upcoming Royal Wedding, so why not view homes via a Brit approved bus! We sipped mimosas and watched the gorgeous scenery of West Linn, Oregon City and Lake Oswego whizz by.

Our first stop was Candace’s listing…a lovely home in West Linn…click here for the listing info and more pics.

From house to house we traveled, up winding hills and over bridges, laughing at the crazy hair pin turns and gasping as our big red bus careened down hills and narrow passes. The sun finally made an appearance and brightened the experience. Each home offered something different – a beautiful view, a glamorous bathroom, a slice of history. It was a lovely way to spend a few hours and I felt lucky to get the chance to go!

Here’s a little slide show of the tour…

 

Here is a list of the homes we toured with corresponding links…

1. 1494 Skye Parkway, West Linn MLS# 11184239

2. 4145 Horton Rd. West Linn MLS# 11333578

3. 2510 Oregon City Blvd. West Linn MLS# 10075196

4. 812 John Adams St., Oregon City MLS# 11591359

5. 3520 Riverknoll Way, West Linn MLS# 11482902

6. 1956 Cheryl Ct. Lake Oswego MLS# 11437047

7. 2070 Ridge Point Dr. Lake Oswego MLS# 11665122

8. 1196 Fairway Rd. Lake Oswego MLS# 11086534

Go take a peek at these gorgeous homes! Thank you Candace, for sending me on this adventure.

I had a blast!

xo,

p.s. Looks like the bus was spotted around town (it’s kinda hard to miss) and was featured on KATU…see here!

 

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: Community, Real Estate, stories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,