Monthly Archives: May 2014

Let There Be Light!

We thought we’d do a roundup of our favorite windows! Here are 3 types that will help keep your home warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and well-lit all year round.


Casement windows


These hinged windows are hinged on the left or the right to open outward. Slightly more traditional than our other choices, hinged windows make for a romantic, practical addition to your home. These windows can be hung from any side. They’re often opened with a crank, and can be left-handed, right-handed, or double. Crank-free casement windows are very popular in Europe, where they decorate buildings that are hundreds of years old.



Floor to Ceiling Sliding Windows

Normally paired with more modern homes, floor-to-ceiling sliding windows can help you to bring the outside-in. Sliding windows often substitute for doors and are perfect for warmer climates. As far as mechanics go, sliding doors are pretty low-maintenance (no parts to break, really) but they can be hard to clean. Also, keep in mind: sliding windows make your interior very visible and unless you’re ready to install floor to ceiling curtains, they are not generally recommended for less-secluded homes.





Stationary Windows

We love stationary windows because they are great for smaller homes that don’t have the square footage for windows that swing open. They’re also nice alternative to sliding windows if you’re concerned about dragging in dust and dirt. Stationary windows are another more modern home addition but the photo to the left features a stationary bay window, which is a great mashup of traditional and modern elements. Stationary bay windows are great if you want to open up and extend a home.  It goes without saying, stationary windows don’t open so if you’re looking for a cooling alternative, we don’t recommend them. However, with the proper building materials and insulation they can be very energy efficient and a great for cooler climates.

A Pet Friendly Home

Inspired by this Remodelista post, we have some remodeling suggestions for a more pet friendly home.


A pet door

This creative pet door is not only adorable, but also acts as a place for your pooch to call home when you can’t have him in your home. Perfect for colder climates, your dog can camp out in his little space and go outside when he needs to.


An outdoor shower

Particularly useful in coastal or muddy climates (like Oregon), an outdoor shower is a simple installation that you can make to ensure your pet doesn’t muck up your home’s interior. For pools days, or days at the beach, make the shower human friendly too.

Architect-Kimberly-Peck-converted-barn-living-room-RemodelistaA concrete floor

Concrete is not only an environmentally friendly flooring solution, it is also great for pet-owner’s homes. Incredibly durable and easy to clean, concrete never has to be replaced. Concrete floors also stay cool, much to the pleasure of your pet.

Family-Friendly Updates

045The decision to start or grow your family doesn’t have to hinge on your ability to move. Many homeowners are renovating their current home to suit their needs and the needs of their new family. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Utilize Square-Footage

Knock out walls or construct additions to open up your space. Build lofts or bunk beds to accommodate extra sleeping space. Equip living rooms and children’s rooms with savvy storage for play-things.



For entries, hallways and family rooms, look for flooring that cleans up with a damp mop. Recycled, pre-distressed hardwood floors with a matte, nonskid finish are great for young families. If you do want wall-to-wall carpet, purchase it in a medium-to-dark tone and request a stain-protective finish. Nylon and wool-nylon blends feel soft, resist stains and wear well.


Kid-friendly Additions

Surprise your kids with a clubhouse!  Build a beautiful clubhouse in the trees or in your backyard and keep your kids close to home while they play.  You an even use eco-friendly building materials and paint.