Nest Contest Winner



Congratulations to Jennifer Amiott who won our Nest Thermostat contest last week. She and her family are looking forward to a full remodel of her kitchen this summer!

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Posted by on March 10, 2015 in Uncategorized


Win a Nest Thermostat!


This year we are adding a new feature to our Bricks and Mortar blog called Right Angles. Throughout the next twelve months we will be publishing four extended reports on clients that have completed different remodels of their homes. We will explore:

• A compete 3000 sqft basement overhaul.

• One families need for more space and the extension that gave them two extra bedrooms and a bathroom.

• A couple planning for the future as they convert their garage to an ADU for their parents.

• And how one young family turned a less-than-loved home into an eye-catcher!

We’ll be speaking with the homeowners, architects and builders that made these projects come together and get insight into what worked and what didn’t.

To kick off this new feature we’re giving away a Nest Thermostat. We would like to hear what you have planned for your home in 2015. Perhaps it’s a new kitchen or the windows need replacing. Floors that need refinishing or some much needed landscaping. Even if you are just hoping to paint the guest room we want to hear about your next home project whether it’s big or small.

Fill in the contact form below by February 28th, 2015 and we’ll put your name in the hat for a drawing in the first week of March. Good luck!


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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Uncategorized


House Numbers – January Home Sales in Portland


January saw a significant 37.6% rise in pending sales over last month. This is the highest number of pending sales for the first month of the year since 2007. Not unsurprisingly, with the holidays behind us, new listings also jumped a whopping 79.4% on December’s total, which was a three-year high. Closed sales were down, at 1,477 compared with 2,239.

Inventory has crept up from 2.3 months to 3.9 months, the highest since last February. The average price of homes in the last twelve months has increased 7.0% when compared with the twelve months prior to the year ending in January 2014, $333,600 vs $311,900.

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Posted by on February 13, 2015 in House Numbers


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Home Truths

John Ellingson, and his partner Paul Beard, recently bought their first home, a beautifully remodeled home in Laurelhurst. Here are his thoughts on Christmas, fires and the passion he has for his work.

What did you look forward to most for your first Christmas as a homeowner?
Our first Christmas was amazing. I was performing in Mary Poppins and every moment I was not tap-dancing away in our 49-show run, Paul and I were making fires, baking cookies, making fires, cooking dinners, making fires, and enjoying mugs of coffee …… the fire! We really like having a fire place. It’s was a dream come true. Hanging our stockings on the mantle was also a highlight.


What is your favorite holiday decoration that you look forward to seeing each year?
I know it’s not original, but the ornaments that go on the tree. We started collecting them before we met and now we give a new one to each other, the night before Christmas each year. I look forward to our collection growing and growing over the years. Also decorating the mantle was a treat…….with the FIRE!

Tell us how you fill your days at work?
I am a theater artist. I’m very lucky to love my job and to have a full-time job in the theater arts. Currently I am the Associate Artistic Director for the Northwest Children’s Theater. I am an actor by trade and have been performing there for the last 11 years. I also design sets and I’m the resident scenic painter, puppet maker and I teach. I will be making my directing debut with a new production of the Little Mermaid which will take place in a circus setting. I work a lot, but I love it.

I know you love to cook. Do you make the same things each holiday season or do you mix things up?
I am a lover of everything Italian. I make homemade pasta every chance I get. I don’t have a Holiday dish yet, but our new kitchen is what sold me on our home. Cooking is a calming thing for me. Paul and I love to entertain together. Good food, good people, good wine all in a good kitchen. That’s heaven.

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What are you buying this year for your house as a gift?
My goal this year is to garden. I hope to upgrade our back yard with fresh veggies and our summer is going to be friends, fire pits and outdoor parties.

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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in NE Portland Homes


New Listing: Evergreen Terrace Townhome in the heart of Lake Oswego

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324 4th Street, Lake Oswego OR 97034

ML# 15601311

Priced at $450,000

2 Bedrooms

2.1 Bathroom

Sqft: 1731

Taxes: $4,520

Schools: Forest Hills, Lake Oswego

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Exquisite townhome in the heart of Lake Oswego’s Evergreen neighborhood. This home has a completely new exterior envelope including roof, siding, skylights, windows, decks and more. Inside the home boasts two large bedrooms each with their own en-suite bathroom. The main floor is open the entire length of the home allowing for an optimal entertaining space. There is a front patio for you to enjoy your morning coffee as well a private deck out back.

With a walkscore of 93, you will find an abundance of coffee shops, restaurants, stores and the farmers market, right on your door step. Full of light, a comfortable gracious floor plan and impeccably maintained, this townhome will appeal to a wide array of buyers.

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Posted by on January 16, 2015 in Uncategorized


Home Truths

After a late summer slumber, Home Truths is back with a bang and a few words from Matthew Moss, Head of Accounts at the RoundHouse Agency.

At home: Jennifer, Charlie and Matthew

At home: Jennifer, Charlie and Matthew


What do you do to bring home the bacon?
I am the Head of Accounts for a creative agency based in SE Portland. Basically I oversee all business relationships, strategy and teams and do the fun stuff like keeping clients from jumping off bridges and instead wrapping them in the warm glow of design amazingness. I also oversee the experiential department that turns people’s dreams into reality, sort of like a genie but without the silk pants and questionable mustache. It’s a great job and I work with amazingly talented and funny people. My background has encompassed so many aspects of the brand and agency world over the years that I can now use my experience for good and not evil like my dad suggested.



You have been involved in events all around the country for various companies. What’s been your favorite?
All around the the World! It’s a close race between a few (can I have a few?). I once sent 2 “Junior Lucky Bastards” to 17 countries around the world in 5 weeks for Diesel Jeans (55DSL), carrying a bag full of camera equipment and asked them to document living at least 55 seconds a day. This pretty much consisted of free travel, booze, hotels, concerts, sharks, sumo wrestlers, cars and much much more craziness. Then there was the time we built a completely seamless mirrored infinity room in San Fransisco for Microsoft and projected LED video animations into the infinite space for people to explore – with some side effects, namely lying face down on the floor babbling uncontrollably. We also created a personalized photo experience for fans and bands at Sasquatch in the Gorge for Red Bull, 3 days of no showers, lots of neon and some of the most questionable imagery I’ve ever had the pleasure of being burned into my eyes. But the top top one has to be when I marched Snoop Dogg, Darth Vader, 30 armed Storm Troopers and a fully functioning R2D2 Unit from Times Square to Soho in the middle of winter for an adidas / Star Wars shoe launch. There’s something mind blowing about being on the phone with Lucasfilms and Darth Vader from the 501 Chapter of New York state while discussing a strategic Galactic Empire deployment in Manhattan. Bizarre.



You’ve been remodeling your home since you bought it a couple of years ago? What’s given you the most satisfaction?
I think the overhaul of the second floor. When we moved in it was being used as a kids playroom and side office with that awful fake wood sheet panelling you find in the basements of 70’s era remodels. There is a lot of wood throughout the house including knotty pine upstairs so you can imaging what that looked like. Luckily through a city run energy efficiency program we were able to insulate the house and remodel the upstairs at the same time to give us a master bedroom and a bedroom for my son, adding two rooms that are livable. It’s still a work in progress but is a lot more palatable now, sort of like a swedish sauna but with beds.



What have you bought for your house this year that you wish you had bought sooner?
The Roomba! I bleedin’ love that little guy, I’m the laziest person when it comes to housework so you pop the little fella on and he does his thing while you put your feet up and have a lovely cuppa. Sorted.


What’s your most recent ‘best kept secret’ in Portland?
For a shop it’s Wild Fang –
Great people and extremely good at what they do, it’s all women’s wear unfortunately but I love their business model and passion.

For a person it’s –
Amazingly talented, ultra cool and is going places, keep an eye out for her.

And a plug for the best kidswear company in town –
My mate owns the company and they do a brilliant job in making/designing cool gear for the kiddies.

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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in NE Portland Homes


Happy Halloween!


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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Uncategorized


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