The time has COME!

After assisting so many people downsize the past 5 years- it is now MY TURN!

I have sold the 4,000 sq ft home in suburbia – and I am heading URBAN- to a small 900 sq ft rental cottage I own.

This is a side step since the dream is to build a new modern urban home- stay tune for some more downsize ideas!

I am be taking a break from the blog- getting settled-have a great summer and see you in September with lots of fresh ideas!

Let me know how your downsizing is going and where you are moving!

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: downsizing, Real Estate, stories | Tagged , , , , , ,

The Edible Balcony

Summer is just around the corner and we have been reveling in the ample sunshine that Portland has been getting lately! All this sun and warm weather makes me want to get out into the garden and get my hands dirty. I am loving this new book – “The Edible Balcony” by Alex Mitchell. It focuses on small space gardening, which is perfect for your downsized home. Check it out… here.

Here are some inspiring images of gorgeous small space gardening ideas…

I love all these wonderful ideas! Who knew a small space could provide such a rich bounty of produce! So don’t fret if you gave up your acre lot…you can still have the garden of your dreams, just get creative!

Have a fabulous weekend!

 

Images via here and here.

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: downsizing, Garden, Lifestyle, outdoor recreation, 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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Cool Hotels: Treehotel

Hi all! Hope your week has treated you well!

I’m excited to share this unique and innovative hotel with you today…check out the Treehotel in beautiful Harads, Sweden…

This is just one of the five “tree-houses” that you can book for your stay! So cool! Built on the pillars of green architecture and conservation these amazing, modern structures seem to float midair among the tree tops. Talk about getting away from it all…literally!

The Treehotel guests enjoy an amazing bird’s eye view of the world. Leave all your stress on the forest floor.

I could spend all day in bed with a good book, gazing out through the forest. So peaceful, right?

Guest enjoy showers, hot meals and other modern amenities at the main lodge (on the forest floor) complete with warm and friendly hospitality!

What an amazing experience! I just love seeing such creative use of materials and space! Go check out all the rooms and more information here.

Have a fabulous weekend.

 

Images via here.

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, downsizing, environmental design, Hotels, interior design, 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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Glorified Granny Flat in Seattle

Hello everyone! We had breaks of sunshine today in Portland and it just made my Friday! Finding this fabulous, glorified Granny Flat with wonderful design and green building elements has only added to my sunny mood! I had to share…

Isn’t it gorgeous? With stunning standing seam copper walls and cedar wood…it makes quite the impact on the landscape! The resident family lives full time in the main house but with growing needs and regular visitors, this granny flat with full kitchen, bathroom, guest room, office and play room was the perfect solution!

Love that rolling ladder that leads up to the loft area – it’s made of salvaged wood and parts too!

For the full story and building details check out the article here on Dwell and visit with the brilliant architects – Ninebark – who created this beautiful structure.

Have an inspired weekend!

 

All images via here.

Posted on February 25, 2012 at 7:09 am
Candace Kramer | Category: architecture, downsizing, environmental design, interior design, 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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,