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 | Category: Aging in Place, architecture, downsizing, interior design, Portland Love, Real Estate, Remodel, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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 | Category: architecture, downsizing, environmental design, Garden, Remodel, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Weekend Getaway – The Shack

As the weather warms, many Oregonians begin to plan camping trips – and why wouldn’t they? We are surrounded by beautiful, wild forests, mountains, rivers and lakes. It’s a natural playground that we all cherish…but for some, pitching a tent might be…well…a stretch. So how about a “Shack”?

Constructed by the architectural team at Broadhurst Architects this creative project – aptly named, “The Shack” was the perfect solution  for one family’s desire to have a simple, yet comfortable weekend getaway minus all the tent set up. Located on the southern slope of South Fork Mountain, near Upper Tract, West Virginia the occupants enjoy the year round beauty of the rolling hills and pastures.

Here’s the description from the architects themselves –

“The shack was created as a logical step between tent camping, and the yet unrealized weekend cottage. This fundamental shelter has no electricity. Oil lamps provide light. Heat is provided by a small wood stove, which is also used to heat water that is delivered to the “kitchen” sink by a gravity system. The vertical drop is achieved by using a hand-powered bilge pump to fill an overhead storage tank. Rain water is collected from the roof as part of the outdoor shower system. Acknowledging the constant struggle between mouse (and occasionally rattlesnake and bear) and man, the shack sits upon four wood posts with rodent barriers, a detail borrowed from local corn cribs. The board and batten siding is locally milled pine. The roof is standing-seam terne.

The southeastern façade of the building is opened to a cantilevered wood deck with an overhead-acting aluminum and glass garage door. A removable canvas awning serves to shade the deck and extend the living space during wet weather. Small windows on the northwestern façade allow the mountain breezes to flow through the building, and allow occasional views of cows on the adjacent pasture.”

Clearly, a lot of thought went into meeting the owner’s needs while maintaining a simplistic and environmentally friendly take on the project. Love that!

So wouldn’t you take this place over a tent? I would!

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

 

All images via here.

 

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, environmental design, interior design, outdoor recreation, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Cabin in the Woods

Hi all! I don’t know about you but the days seems to be zipping by, it will be Spring in no time! This week in Portland we were lucky enough to get a nice dose of some SUNSHINE – much needed!

Today, I have for you a fabulous structure created by Olson Kundig Architects – a 1000 sq. ft. weekend retreat in Mazama, Washington. This minimalist, steel and glass building is surrounded by the beauty and organic forms of nature which creates a striking contrast…

I love the sleek furniture that is warmed by the raw wood walls.

When the owner decides to go back to urban grind, he uses this hand crank to completely close up the house with steel shutters.

A captivating location all year round!

What do you think? Would you spend a weekend tucked away in this modern tower?

Have a fantastic weekend,

 

All images via here.

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 9:30 am
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, downsizing, environmental design, Lifestyle, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Saving space: Wall hung toilets

Hello there! How has your week been? As usual, mine has been a whirlwind of activity – in a good way!

My downsizers are always looking to save space and make the most of their square footage and a tiny bathroom can prove challenging, that’s why I just love these wall hung toilets. Typically seen in commercial installations, these compact, sleek designs are showing up in downsized homes all over the world. They are easier to clean, save precious room and look great too! Gotta love that!

House Earls Court modern bathroom
Commercial Wharf Condo, Boston, MA modern bathroom
Zen Bath contemporary bathroom
Concord Green Home modern powder room
Willow Glen Bathrooms modern bathroom

 

Aren’t they too cool? Who knew a toilet could look so good?
Have a fantastic weekend!

All images via Houzz.com

Posted on March 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: bathroom design, downsizing, interior design, 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 , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Skinny Homes around the World

With the biggest food themed holidays just around the corner, not many of us are focusing on skinny (there’s plenty of time for that in Januray)!  But it looks like “skinny” is a growing trend around the world as land becomes more scarce and people continue to downsize! Check out these “skinny” homes from around the world.

Amsterdam is no stranger to skinny housing and these homes are common through out the city. At one time, there was a tax based on the width of a property – thus inspiring a lot of folks to go up instead of out! To read more about each home, click the city name.

{Amsterdam}

{Philadelphia}

{Boston}

{Scotland}

{Seattle}

So could you live in one of these Skinny Homes?

Images via here.

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, downsizing, Real Estate, Small Space Design | 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 , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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 | Category: downsizing, environmental design, Garden, Remodel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,