Category Archives: Lawrence Street

351 West 15th Ave – For Rent

15th AVENUE COTTAGE 351 West 15th Avenue Available July 1, 2015 (UPDATE: The cottage has been rented) Award-Winning Architect-Designed, Brand New Construction Bright and Beautiful Craftsman Style home Live near the center of downtown Eugene, just a short walk or bike ride to the Farmer’s Market, Saturday Market, 5th Street Public Market, Restaurants, the Library, Banks, Churches, the University of […]

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Wood Floors are Done

We finally have something I can post a picture of. And I believe it was worth the wait. Our wood floors are now down and two of the three coats of finish are on them. And we have to say they are gorgeous! We purchased the wood for our floors in June 2010 when we thought we would not have […]

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Insulation, Sheetrock and Plaster

It’s been an interesting few weeks. We’ve spent a significant amount of time (and money) drying out the houses in order to insulate. So everything during this time pretty much ground to a halt other than running two large fans, three dehumidifiers and three heaters getting the moisture content of our interior wood down to 10% to 14% and sending […]

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Energy Efficient Appliances

In addition to the LED lights, which use about 1/4 to 1/3 the electricity of an incandescent, we will be using energy-efficient appliances in our homes. When people think about energy efficient appliances, they usually think about Energy Star. And while Energy Star is a factor in our decisions, it is a voluntary program. So as we’ve made our selections […]

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LED Lights

Not much visible from the exterior has been happening on our house lately. So I haven’t been blogging. But Brenda suggested I talk about some of the aspects of our new home like LED lights, energy-efficient appliances, sustainable materials. I married a smart woman. To start, we are going to use LED lights in our house. Everywhere. No incandescent “heaters”. […]

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The Front Porch and the Garden

Before and after. Read more at: The Front Porch and the Garden.

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Why Are We Building Downtown?

Occasionally, we have friends and acquaintances ask us where we are building and we reply “downtown Eugene.” To which we usually get one of three responses: 1. “There is a vacant lot downtown?”, 2. “Why?”, 3. “Awesome”. In response to number 1, yes, there are a few vacant lots downtown (we purchased ours in 2009) and to number 3, thanks, […]

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Siding is Going On

Hard to believe it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted on our progress. Part of that has been the busy-ness of work (architecture, my day job) and of general contracting. But we have been making progress; some visual, some not. Probably the most visual so far has been the windows, siding and the arbors. There’s a lot of detail […]

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Recent Progress

There hasn’t been much visible to post, so I thought I’d show some recent progress (and Hannah is helping with this post; she’s used to this, I think, because her other set of gaga’s are building right now, too). We have the garage slabs poured and covered, the rough plumbing mostly in and are just finishing the underground utilities (electrical, […]

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Rains and Roofs and Pumps

We have had rain and more rain. The fans in the crawl spaces ended up¬†sitting in about 6″ to 8″ of water. Argh… So we have a pump in the crawl space now and are pumping out the water. Now that the roofs are on (or at least dried in) we should be in better shape on this front. I’m […]

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