Category: design

farmhouse project update

The old farmhouse is getting fixed up! The project is about 2/3rd done. Take a look at the progress!

The featured image above shows the new polycarbonate on the porch and roof on the house.

The inside is still quite under construction, but still exciting to see all the new light coming in bigger windows, new skylights, and french doors!

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And we can now see the trees through the carport roof!

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no more cedar shakes!

Out at Blossomwood Farmstead we are having a big renovation project done. First step — goodbye to the cedar shake roof. We would have been happy to keep it… but check out the photos of its condition. It was practically a living roof, and not the intentional kind!

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Another issue with the house was how dark the front porch and carport were. Shade is lovely in the summer for the rare days when it is really hot, but near the coast over 90% of the time sunlight is much more welcome. In addition, our inspection report had mentioned that the roof on the carport should be replaced because the angle was too shallow for cedar shake. We will have it replaced with polycarbonate. Here’s the before.

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These support beams under the porch roof (painted white here) were originally forest green, so it was even darker than the photo below shows.

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Here’s the progress… roof removed and tar paper up in preparation for a new metal roof. I can’t even tell you how lovely it is to have so much light on the porch!

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And here is the car port with most of the roof removed. So nice to see the trees from under there!

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Keep an eye out for more updates as the project progresses! Next phases: polycarbonate, skylights, new windows, and metal roof!

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Blossomwood Farmstead

I’ve been quite busy with property management lately, the reason being…? My family bought a farm!

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It’s a beautiful 42 acre property in Yachats, Or. (That is between Florence and Newport on the coast.) It includes a small 1916 farmhouse, which was one of the original homesteads in the area. In addition, it has a 2004 guest house, barn, cabin, and wood shed. There are 1,400 feet of river frontage, a pond, a bog, 12 acres of pasture, and 30 acres of forest. The land backs onto the Siuslaw National Forest.

It’s about 7 miles in from the ocean and south-facing, so is perfect for gardening. It’s been keeping me busy with quite a number of projects! (More details to come.)

  1. Refinishing the upstairs floors.
  2. Fixing quite a bit of deferred maintenance.
  3. Figuring out all the systems.
  4. Getting to know the land.
  5. Furnishing both houses.
  6. Planting things!

My short-term goal is to set up both houses as Airbnb rentals. (Keep an eye out for when it is ready if you would like to visit!) Long term goals include creating a bee sanctuary and a permaculture garden.

I’ve learned so much already just in the first three months of being a steward to this land. I absolutely love it and feel very grateful! I can’t wait to get to know it better as the seasons progress.

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Irwin Hodson

I recently had the good fortune to discover a printer called the Irwin Hodson Company. They were originally founded in 1894 (!) as the Ben C. Irwin Company. They’ve moved buildings during that time, but have been at their present location at SE 9th near Powell for over 70 years!

If you ever wondered where to get vintage metal signs produced — look no farther!

Touring the facility made my mind race with all the possibilities. Keep an eye out for an upcoming line of greeting cards and some large format macro photography.

Irwin Hodson also printed all of our posters, postcards, yard signs, and booklets for Tour de Hives.

The most fascinating thing about this place is the old machines they still have in working order, blended with gorgeous modern digital printers on a massive scale. They were kind and allowed me to snap photos! (Click on the below images to see them larger.)

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Free bee flower seeds!

As a beekeeper and environmental advocate, I created a project for myself — giving out free bee flower seeds! One of the most important things you can do to help bees is to plant safe flowers they can visit for pollen and nectar.

Please let me know what varieties you would like and how to get them to you. Keep in mind that they are all very different. For example, borage is a super easy self-seeding annual that will spread. (Which is a good thing for my garden, but might not be for yours?) Whereas with Purple cone flowers (echinacea) the same plant will come back every year in the same place. Here’s some information about each of them.

Borage – wikipedia, growing and using, ideas on Pinterest

Lady bird poppy – wikipediacare, Pinterest

Purple cone flower (echinacea) – wikipedia, care, uses, Pinterest

Milkweed – wikipediaseed campaign with lots of info,  care, Pinterest

If you plant some of these seeds, I would love to see photos of your flowers! Please keep in touch so I can share them.

Goodbye to granite?

Just the other day on our broker tour, I was talking to other agents from my office about how granite is starting to look dated. Once the ubiquitous choice for upscale kitchens, it now seems to define a particular era.

Funny, then, to see this article on Reviewed.com. And this one from Fine Home Building.

Please keep in mind that the greenest solution is whatever you already have. However, if a remodel is necessary or if you are building new, then I applaud the move away from granite in favor of more sustainable options.