Reinvest in what you already have.

 

Some of the most exciting work is with existing homes. Each has its own mysteries and challenges. My approach to this type of work is similar to that of a surgeon: carefully, and with great precision. 

 

 

Portland, OR 2015

Jackson, MS  2001

Jackson, MS  2001

1910 Cottage. Asheville, NC  2005

1910 Cottage. Asheville, NC  2005

 
Salvaged door & hardware. Asheville, NC  2005

Salvaged door & hardware. Asheville, NC  2005

[Above image by OpenScope Studio    www.openscopestudio.com]

Reinvest in your home by creating an entirely new home on your property.

 

The city of Portland provides four options for creating an ADU, with some development fees waived until July 2016, saving homeowners thousands of dollars. Rent it out or offer the space to your mother-in-law, it’s up to you!

  1. Convert your existing living area
  2. Finish an existing basement or attic
  3. Build a new structure
  4. Make an addition to an existing structure

 

 
Image by RaleighAccessoryDwellings.com

Image by RaleighAccessoryDwellings.com

Image by PaperKrane    www.paperkrane.com

Image by PaperKrane    www.paperkrane.com

Legalizing completed work.

 

A common situation that I encounter is a homeowner who has unintentionally (or intentionally) completed home renovations without a required building permit. In other situations, a homeowner has purchased a home they think to be in compliance with building codes, and has even passed inspection, only to discover later that the home has unpermitted work from prior owners. Sometimes they don’t know the severity of the issue until they receive a letter from the city listing the violations and informing them of the violation fees, which can be as high as $800 per month.

I can help you to analyze the situation and determine an appropriate course of action to bring the home into full compliance. Each case is unique, but often includes some additional work to correct what was done incorrectly.

 

 

Quality, not quantity.

 

Space-efficient housing is practical for many reasons. It often makes sense to build small - households are redefined, carbon footprint becomes more important, and the value of quality urban place is increasing. Innovative storage solutions and superior craftsmanship can even make small homes fun to live in, and with a more profound sense of beauty. Whether you want to build on a small city lot or deep in a secluded forest, tiny homes are a great idea.

 

 
CWDa design for  Micro Community Concepts . Renderings on this page by Patrick Hilton

CWDa design for Micro Community Concepts. Renderings on this page by Patrick Hilton

 
Example of a compact living unit, maximizing space with vertical storage.

Example of a compact living unit, maximizing space with vertical storage.

Just about everyone has thought of building their dream home. I can work with you to turn that dream into reality.

 

Whether you're looking to invest in a vacant urban lot or retreat to a vacation home, the creation of a new home is a large undertaking. I’ve worked with families, builders, developers, and dreamers to get ideas onto paper and eventually built.

 

 

Larger scale thinking such as that of the neighborhood, district, city, and region is critical for the success of each project.

 

The Portland Title 33 Zoning Code affects every parcel of land in the city. Consultation can help you navigate the Zoning Code to maximize the potential of your project.

 

 
   Masterplan design by CWDa for  Micro Community Concepts

 

Masterplan design by CWDa for Micro Community Concepts

 
   Rendering by Patrick Hilton

 

Rendering by Patrick Hilton