Monthly Archives: June 2014

Traditional vs Modern, the Addition Edition



1b7aa94482ec7c3bf838e98e32778b53A fireplace is a major focal point in any room and can be elegant, simple, opulent, or purely functional. A good place to start is with the sort of material(s) you want your new fireplace to be constructed of. Traditional fireplaces are more often made from stone or brick, and more contemporary fireplaces sometimes incorporate glass and even concrete.  Fuel is also an important factor to consider: decide between woodnatural gasbiomass and propane fuel sources. When thinking about your fireplace, always consider energy efficiency and upkeep. Regardless of what you choose, a fireplace will (literally and figuratively) add warmth to your home.

Wine Cellars


61e46a91047314837839290abf79511dTraditional wine cellars are romantic and opulent. More modern wine cellars are stylish and incorporate glass or steel. Traditionally built under ground, a modern wine cellar might be a better solution if you don’t want to dig into your foundation. No matter what your stylistic decision is, you can now include some incredible technology in your wine cellar, including inventory software and cooling systems.










brammy-kyprianou-residence-glass-top-wine-cellarCan’t decide between a traditional or a modern? Do a mix of both! A combination of traditional and modern elements makes for a unique addition to your home.

Summer Time

Summer is almost here! I know you’re ready (I am) but is your house? Make your patio or yard as comfortable as your living room, and there’s no reason to miss out on any sunshiny minute. I look for any reason to be outside in the summer time, particularly in Portland where cloudless days are so few and far between. Take the inside, outside and get the most out of your summer.


Add a Braai area (or a barbecue pit)

A Braai is a South African barbecue pit (pictured left) constructed of brick.  Roast a delicious meal for few or for many and load up on your vitamin D while you feast and entertain.  As the day cools down, stock the Braai with firewood and light an open fire to keep you and your guests warm. Add walking stones or construct a lounging area for a truly luxurious experience. A brick barbecue pit makes for a beautiful, permanent fixture to any yard.


 Install a pool

Okay, we know, a pool installation is not something to dive into (!) willy-nilly but it’s an incredible investment in your home. Get creative, even at their least expensive, pools are beautiful oasis-like additions. Build a waterfall, add an indoor entrance, or simultaneously invest in your health and your home and opt for a lap pool.

Build a deck


Like a pool, a deck is an investment that raises your home value. Decks expand a living space and can alter your home’s overall architecture in a dynamic way. Plus, you have a lot of options with today’s variety of decking materials.  A deck is a comfortable way for you to engage with your environment: build a place in the treetops, watch the sunset and enjoy the evening cool-down.