Northwest Homeowners

Pacific Northwest Homeowners, Designers, Architects, Builders and Remodelers are different because they are focused on:

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CHECKLIST: How To Increase Your Home’s Value for Everyday Living and Future Resale

  • Upgrade or remodel kitchen (105% return)
  • Renovate bathrooms (another money maker)
  • Maintain your home
  • Weatherproof
  • Use a landscaper—professional appearance and street appeal
  • Maintain exterior on all sides—front yards/back gardens
  • Hire an architect and a designer
  • Be bold with color for overall appeal
  • Understand real value—make improvements that you will enjoy
  • Set the stage—planned purchases through a designer

USING EVERY BIT OF THE HOME FOR LIVING AND ENTERTAINING

  • Views
  • Surrounding landscape—embracing landscape
  • Exterior living spaces designed for personal enjoyment and easy entertaining
  • Interior living spaces:
    • smaller rooms
    • multipurpose use—computers/entertainment/great rooms


WE ARE INVOLVED IN A PARADIGM SHIFT—SCARCITY OF MATERIALS AND SPACE

  • Vertical living spaces—multipurpose and high rise dwellings
  • Change in families—smaller families
  • Return to the urban villages within the vertical living spaces
    • everything within walking distance
    • dwindling global oil supplies
  • Increase in the need for elder care as the population ages
  • Need for alternatives
    • In heating and cooling methods—heating bills as high as mortgages are anticipated in the sunbelt states
    • Emphasis on replacing existing conventional building materials with recycled and reused materials
  • Revival of a northwest architectural style—a shift from the McMansions of the past fifteen years

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT THAN THE REST OF THE U. S.

  • Need for artificial lighting and windows in a dark climate
  • Need for a rich palette of color inside and outside
  • Need for longevity of materials—we are willing to pay for it if the quality is good
  • We see the value of recapturing convenient neighborhoods through gentrification—a return to the heart of the city—upswing in the use of small or formerly unbuildable lots
  • We value eclecticism, a mix of styles and furnishings
  • We are not pretentious and place value on a casual lifestyle, with family and friends being of utmost importance
  • We value sustainable materials
    1. Thin membrane
    2. Solar applications
    3. Green design
  • We are developing ways of using recycled, salvaged and reclaimed materials in dwellings—up to 90%
  • We treasure timeless materials and attention to details
    1. Glass
    2. Tile
    3. Ironwork
    4. Wood floors
    5. Stone
    6. Handmade natural fabrics and carpeting and furniture: Mohair, silks, woolens, cottons, leather
    7. Innovative use of lighting
  • Portland appears to be the most European city in the U.S.—with more trees
  • The Pacific Northwest is heavily influenced by its Pacific Rim neighbors through trade, cultural exchanges and presence of increased numbers of Asian citizens
  • Cost is second; energy efficiency, usability, longevity and esthetics are of primary importance
  • Our wealthiest people may be tied to the tech industry in building and remodeling, and want the convenience of cutting edge technology in their homes.  They are often young and want gadgets that speak of their fascination with electronics
  • Our land is some of the most valuable in the United States; we must use it efficiently and wisely

HOTEL/CONTRACT INFLUENCE

  • Well traveled and savvy clients who have been to 5-star hotels return to Portland and want the best for their homes and gardens—comfort and luxury
  • Simplicity and refinement and comfort in the hotel setting
    1. European “Lite”—straightforward, elegant, simplistic sophistication
    2. Lodge look — Salishan, Mission style –warm and inviting
  • Attention to details in
    1. Lobbies
    2. Restaurants/bars
    3. Bathrooms: Oversize bathtubs and showers
    4. Bedrooms/suites
  • Beautiful, luxurious bedding
  • Fabulous mattresses
  • Wet bars


EXTERIOR DESIGN CONCEPTS

  • Typical freestanding
    1. New Northwest—sleek, open—contemporary version of International Style
    2. Western Lodge—rich, natural materials, cozy and inviting—with close ties to Colonial America and the Great Southwest
    3. European—a return to another era—often grand and elegant, and tied to the Deep South, and Federalist America–slate, high roofs, stucco
    4. Arts and Crafts, Mission Style, Prairie Style—a return to housing in Portland as it emerged from the 19th into the 20th Century—with a twist—bungalows, deep porches
  • Condominiums
    1. New Northwest—open floor plans, minimalist furnishings, Zen
  • Mixed use—Commercial on the main floors, with top floors devoted to condominiums, apartments, or hotels


ATTRACTIVE PROPERTY ENTRANCES

  • Increased awareness of the importance of attractive entrances.
  • Sets the mood for everyone who comes into the dwelling.

GARDENS and OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE—FOCAL POINTS

  • Outbuildings
  • Water features
  • Outdoor living spaces
  • Outdoor kitchens

WELCOMING INTERIOR ENTRANCES

  • The room that says, “Welcome”

LIVING ROOMS

  • Rooms anchored by fireplaces—even in high rise condominiums
  • More open spaces—rooms flow from one to another
  • Entertaining


DINING ROOMS

  • Gathering spaces for sharing meals with family, friends, business associates
  • Eclectic pieces can and do appear often in the dining room—there is increased interest in the space

LIBRARIES and WINE CELLARS

  • Pacific Northwest wines are of great value to many homeowners—and the focus on wine storage and tasting has increased

KITCHEN

  • The room where up to 105% of an investment is returned when the property is sold
  • Participatory—friends and families cooking and sharing fun
  • Open plans include family dining spaces, eating bars, ready access to great rooms or family rooms
  • New uses for existing products, including concrete in counter tops and floors
  • Predominance of natural materials; granite and stone, ceramic tile, wood floors
  • Increased interest in work saving appliances and products

BATHROOMS

  • Sophisticated and edgy—something different
  • Use of glass, tile
  • New basins, drum toilets, free-standing bath tubs—a sanctuary from the busy lives we must lead

BEDROOMS and CLOSETS

  • Luxurious bedding
  • Suites
  • Closets

NEW/EXCITING PRODUCTS/TRENDS

  • Heated flooring in bathrooms
  • New window shading materials
  • The color pink
  • Open/diagonal floor plans
  • Concrete floors and counters
  • Increased improvements in kitchen and bath products
  • Return of wallpaper
  • Improved outdoor living spaces
  • “Lite” interiors, where every object in a room has value and significance; loss of clutter and over planned interiors
  • Lodge look, the ultimate in an embrace of Western interiors in the most relaxed setting
  • Continued technology improvements with focuses on natural resource conservation
  • Integrated computer systems for security, safety and convenience
  • Prefabricated closet systems for ultimate efficiency of  available space
  • Downsizing in square footage for aging population
  • Second homes
  • Libraries
  • Wine cellars
  • Continued technology improvements with focuses on natural resource conservation—green design, recycled and reclaimed products, and prefabrication
    1. “Glide House” and pre-fabrication technology
    2. Green building

CONCLUSION

  • We are culturally diverse.
  • We have willingness to think out of the box.
  • Our dwellings—whatever they are, must be holistic and satisfying in every way.
  • We live in a naturally lush climate which is dictated by a long periods of rainy weather, and we wish to embrace and use the gifts we have been given
  • The American Indian saying, “We belong to the earth, the earth does not belong to us.”  Our children and grandchildren must inherit more than our mistakes.

 
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