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9278 SW 171ST AVE • Beaverton, OR 97007

MLS# 18341438
Beds: 4  Baths: 4.1  Year: 1990  SqFt: 3640   Price: $799,000Pending

9278 SW 171ST AVE • Beaverton, OR 97007

MLS# 18341438
Beds: 4  Baths: 4.1  Year: 1990  SqFt: 3640   Price: $799,000Pending
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September 2017 Sneak Peeks

Check out this month’s sneak peek! I have a gorgeous foursquare home in lush Southeast Portland. The foursquare style was made popular in the early 20th century for being a simple and practical response to detailed and ornate Victorian-style homes.
 

Foursquare home in Southeast Portland – $425,000 to $450,000

A classic Portland foursquare home with an updated interior, including hardwood floors, master suite, spacious kitchen, and attached garage. Located in the desirable Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, this home has plenty of room – from the attic bonus room to the large lot with RV access or room for an urban farm! 
 
 
 
Quick info:

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Feet: 2,112

Celebrate NW Architect William Fletcher

Two women stand in front of a gleaming example of what Mid-Century Modern homes entail.


Post and beam construction, floor to ceiling fireplaces and windows, pitched roofs; these are just a few notes you might have found in a mid-century architect’s house plans in 1960. They’re also the distinct features of modern homes built during the era and are part of what shaped the style known as Mid-century Modernism. Its innovators broke from architectural styles of the earlier century in that mid-century architects looked to bridge indoor and outdoor landscapes in ways not seen to that point.
In the Pacific Northwest, architects like William Fletcher lead the charge in designing these homes and were met with unique regional challenges in light and rugged landscapes. Fletcher and other Oregon contemporaries John Yeon, Pietro Belluschi, John Storrs and Van Evera Bailey helped shape the NW Regional Style of architecture, sometimes referred to as Northwest Modernism.
Next month Restore Oregon hosts their annual Mid-century Modern Home Tour which celebrates mid-century modern homes and this year’s tour shouldn’t disappoint as it marks the first time William Fletcher’s residential works have ever been open to the public. The tour will feature several homes where tour goers can see period details, construction and Fletcher’s style.
Of the tour and why Restore Oregon chose to spotlight William Fletcher this year, Director Peggy Moretti explains, “We wanted to recognize the many ways Fletcher shaped the Pacific Northwest Modernist movement, and to celebrate his work in a meaningful way.”

William Fletcher.


Fletcher began his career in 1955. His influences stemmed from the works of Mies van der Rohe and the International Style movement. He went on to open a practice in downtown Portland on 14th street, Fletcher, Farr, Ayotte, now known as FFA Architecture and Interiors. There Fletcher worked alongside other noted architects, Saul Zaik, Donald Blair, John Reese, Frank Blachly, Alex Pierce and designer George Schwarz. They loosely became known as “the 14th Street Gang” and together worked on residential and commercial projects spanning the decade.
Fletcher’s style reflects modernist principles of the time. His homes were constructed of native wood found in the Pacific NW and incorporated geometry and proportion into the environment of each site. His designs worked with the landscape and made use of placement to create light-filled buildings, Fletcher later designed The Rex Hill Winery and Black Butte Ranch where he incorporated many of the same features.
Restore Oregon’s Mid-century Modern Home tour is in its seventh year and has grown. “In our first year, we had several hundred attendees and attendance has more than doubled since then. We feel this presents Oregon’s interest and appreciation of these vintage places. Our mission is to preserve, reuse, and pass forward the historic places that make our communities livable and sustainable.”
“We are proud to add pacific northwest modernism to our list of places that are meaningful for Oregonians,” says Moretti.
This year’s self-guided tour takes place on Saturday, September 23rd. Ticket holders will have complimentary access to two companion events: a lecture on “The Life, Works, and Legacy of William Fletcher, Master Architect Who Shaped Pacific Northwest Modernism” and an exclusive after-tour party hosted by Rejuvenation. The lecture is open to the public without a tour ticket for a suggested donation of $10.


 
Event Details:
Mid-Century Modern Tour of Works by William Fletcher
Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10am to 4pm
$45 General Admission / $35 Restore Oregon Members
Ticket purchase required; includes complimentary lecture and after-tour party
 
Lecture: “The Life, Works, and Legacy of William Fletcher, Master Architect Who Shaped Pacific Northwest Modernism”
By Troy Ainsworth, Principal of FFA Architecture and Interiors, Inc.
Friday, September 22, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm
Held at Design Within Reach
825 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Open to public; $10 Donation (Complimentary with purchase of Mid-Century Modern Tour ticket)
 
After-tour Party: Celebrate Fletcher at Rejuvenation
Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 6pm to 7pm
Exclusive after-tour party open only to Mid-Century Modern ticket holders
Held at Rejuvenation’s Flagship Store in SE Portland
1100 SE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

2017 Green Builder of the Year Awards

Attendees gather for the 2016 Earth Advantage Green Builder of the Year Awards luncheon and ceremony at Blackberry Hall, McMenamin’s Edgefield.


What are the awards?
Earth Advantage will soon host a panel of three outside judges–drawn from the Oregon building and real estate community–to deliberate and award the 2017 Green Builder of the Year honors.
Begun in 2012, this will be the 6th year that Earth Advantage has recognized outstanding achievements in energy efficient and sustainable building practices by those developers and builders certifying their homes to the Earth Advantage Homes, Earth Advantage Multi-family, or LEED for Homes green building standards.
The judges oversee a process that grants twelve different awards across a broad spectrum of categories. Award categories include Zero Energy Builder of the Year, Custom Builder of the Year, Volume Builder of the Year, Hall of Fame Builder of the Year, Multi-family Project Team of the Year, and Lowest EPS Score of the Year. The Energy Performance Score (EPS), by Energy Trust of Oregon, is the energy consumption metric used by the Earth Advantage Home Certification program to award performance based energy points in their green building program. There is also a thirteenth award, but this one is determined by Earth Advantage residential team members.
Since 2015 the Earth Advantage technical field staff have independently voted for the Construction Manager of the Year. After all, they know who runs the most efficient job sites and produces sustainable buildings with the minimum amount of delay in the construction schedule. While the first twelve awards are presented to a building company, the Construction Manager of the Year award has the individual’s name engraved on the plaque.
 
Who is Earth Advantage?
Earth Advantage is a nonprofit, green home certification program that guides builders in constructing energy efficient, healthy, durable homes with minimal waste of resources. With over 15,000 single family homes and 7,000 multifamily units certified in the Pacific Northwest, Earth Advantage is a leader in advancing the goal of creating better buildings in our region. One of the oldest green building programs in the country, with roots dating back to 1992, Earth Advantage is the largest green building program in the nation that inspects the homes they certify with their own in-house staff of technical field inspectors. This wealth of experience has led them to become one of the most active providers of the LEED for Homes green building certification in the country.
Builders from all across Oregon have been recognized for outstanding leadership in green building practices.  

A group of Earth Advantage builders enjoy a round of golf after the awards in 2015, an annual part of the event.


Central Oregon leader SolAire Homebuilders has been recognized as an Earth Advantage Hall of Fame Builder and Woodcraft Building, Inc. has won the Custom Builder of the Year category. What really sets the Central Oregon builders apart from the rest of Oregon is the category Lowest EPS Score of the Year. Three times Central Oregon builders have won this category, which almost always means the homes have EPS scores approaching zero (0). To put it another way, these homes are Zero Energy homes, meaning they consume so little energy that on-site renewable energy production through the use of solar photovoltaic panels provides 90% or more of their annual energy load. Timberline Construction, WH Hull Company, and Woodcraft Building, Inc. have all won Earth Advantage’s Lowest EPS Score of the Year award.
Portland area builders have demonstrated the region’s deep commitment to green building. Noyes Development exemplifies this leadership role, having won Volume Builder of the Year in 2013 and 2014, Hall of Fame Builder in 2015, as well as Most Platinum Certified Homes in 2015. Everett Custom Homes has been recognized as Volume Builder of the Year in 2015 and 2016, and they also were awarded for the Most Platinum Certified Homes in 2016. In addition to Noyes Development, Hall of Fame builders from the Portland area include Stone Bridge Homes NW, Ethan Beck Homes and Marnella Homes.
The Salem builder most recognized has been Bilyeu Homes, who was the Zero Energy Builder of the Year in 2016, in addition to winning the award for Custom Builder of the Year in 2015.
 
Who are the judges?
The judges for the 2017 Green Builder of the Year awards are Hilary Bourassa, Thomas Anreise and Kaitlin Torney.
Hilary is the principal broker at PDX Green Team. Passionate and well versed in sustainable building features and technology, she’s an accredited Earth Advantage Broker and an ADU specialist.
Thomas is a Technical Manager at CLEAResult. A well-known building scientist throughout the Pacific Northwest, Thomas launched Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Next Step Homes program several years ago and is currently managing their Efficient Home Initiative.
Kaitlin is the Sustainability & Education manager at the Portland Metro Home Builders Association. In addition to running the HBA’s Home Performance Council, Kaitlin is in charge of the annual BuildRight conference in Portland and other events throughout the year that train appraisers to correctly assign the proper value to high performance homes.
 

Left to right: David Heslam, Executive Director – Earth Advantage John Mead, Founder – Cellar Ridge Construction Carson Benner, Director of Construction – Cellar Ridge Construction


I know the award winners are working hard to use less energy and take care of our environment – because it’s the right thing to do! What recognition do they receive? 
Award winners are presented with beautiful and sustainable bamboo plaques, as well as a full suite of 2017 Green Builder of the Year digital logos (for print and internet use) specific to the awards they won. Additionally, past award winners are listed on the Earth Advantage web site. Judging takes place on August 10, 2017 and the winners are announced on September 7 at the annual Earth Advantage Golf Invitational and Luncheon.
For more information on Earth Advantage’s Green builder of the Year awards, click here.
Written by: Peter Brown; Earth Advantage- Director of Building Certifications

Collaboration in Color

Puji Sherer, President/Chief Color Nerd of Colorhouse. Her dog, Goose, is VP of Morale.


 
Collaboration, creativity, sustainability, and integrity. These are the four principles guiding Colorhouse paint, a local, independent paint company with a unique mission: to make the world more colorful and less volatile.
Colorhouse was founded in 2005 by Virginia Young and Janie Lowe, two artists who had originally started a business called YOLO Paints. They spent all day in rooms thick with fumes from the paints they were using, and were coming home at the end of the day exhausted, with headaches and sore throats. Their concern over the toxicity of their materials fueled their research into healthier options, which lead to their immersion in Portland’s budding green building community.
At first, they experimented with making their own paints out of rice and other organic materials. The process was interesting from an artistic standpoint, but the product ended up being costly and inconsistent. They started talking to both paint chemists and green chemists about creating a paint that was safe to use, environmentally responsible, and of the highest quality, and so Colorhouse began!
“We really are the first paint company to combine greener paint with beautiful color,” says Puji Sherer, president of Colorhouse and Chief Color Nerd (favorite colorhouse shade: Thrive 0.5, a soft green inspired by the St. Johns bridge.) “It’s not just what’s in the can. Everything we do is from a green perspective.” The can itself is made from recycled materials, with 100% post consumer, chlorine-free labeling. Their headquarters uses renewable energy, and boasts the gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating, as well as numerous other certifications for sustainable formulas and practices.
When the company first launched, there wasn’t much public knowledge of Volatile Organic Compounds (the toxic chemicals that evaporate out of paint at room temperature, also known as VOCs) and other toxic chemicals found in conventional paint products. Educating consumers on this topic has helped to propel the entire paint industry in a healthier, more sustainable direction.
Now, regulations have been created requiring all manufacturers to reduce their VOCs, and safer, greener paint is no longer such a niche product. “It’s awesome that we’ve really helped to change the paint industry. And so now, we’re looking at how we can take this a step farther,” says Puji. “Larger paint companies have either focused only on color or only on the green. For us to combine green and color with the high quality paint has been our biggest success.”
Puji moved to Portland in her early twenties, after graduating college with a B.F.A. in painting and ceramics. She jokes that it was after moving that she realized she might not have gotten the most practical degree, and started wondering what she was actually going to do with it. “I distilled down the thing that I’m most passionate about, and it’s color. And the most practical application of color in our lives is paint!”
She started apprenticing with a local paint contractor to learn more about coatings, technique, and interior design. Inside people’s homes, she’d analyze the colors they picked, and why it was or wasn’t working with the space. From there, she moved on to doing color consulting on her own. That’s when she met the founders of Colorhouse and became their first employee. “They brought me in, and I’ve been here ever since!”
Throughout her time with the company, Puji has been involved in sales, customer service, marketing, sample production, color trend forecasting, and more. As Chief Color Nerd, her current focus is on developing new colors and palettes, often in collaboration with other local businesses.

For this process, the business they’re partnering with will put together a general mood board, featuring a selection of photos, items, pantone chips, and paint colors from other companies. From there, Puji uses her artist’s eye to relate those colors to existing Colorhouse shades that are working well, and create some new samples.
Paint samples are created in a machine that adds up to twelve different pigments one drop at a time to a quart of base, then mixes everything up. The software Puji uses breaks everything down into a color formulation, that can be fine tuned to perfect every hue. “There are a lot of colors that don’t make it,” Puji says, flipping through a stack of rejected swatches. “They can be too boring, too muddy, too peachy, too golden. I come more from an artist’s background so I really had to train myself to do all the careful records in the accounts.”
Eventually, the colors are narrowed down into a palette for their collaborators, who make the final selections. This overall creative process can take about ninety days before production even starts on a new color.
Colorhouse paint can be found all over town. Nedd Ludd, a craft kitchen in Northeast Portland, was painted in the morning, and was open again, serving dinner to the public that very evening. Bee Local, an artisan honey company, needed a paint for their beehives with a clean formula that wouldn’t be harmful to the occupants. This inspired Colorhouse’s beeswax palette: a collection of warm, earthy yellows and tans.
They have teamed up with Pendleton, Revolution Designhouse, the Joinery, the Land of Nod, and many others. They’re always working on diversifying their color collaborations, and will soon be releasing some exclusive palettes for One King’s Lane, an online home decor company.
When creating a new color for their own line, a lot of what Puji looks at is fashion, which can help forecast color trends. She also draws inspiration from travel, and from visiting new restaurants that pop up around town. The colors are intentionally designed to be timeless backdrops for living.
“We try to simplify the color choosing process, because a lot of those colors in typical paint stores don’t really look that good when they’re up on your wall.” Unlike other paint centers, the colors are curated, making the selection process less overwhelming. Puji and the Colorhouse team believe that painting a home should be fun, and have striven to remove all obstacles to that. “There’s the painting part, where if you have a low quality product, it makes that process even more painful because you’re doing so many coats. When you open up a can of Colorhouse you can really tell the difference in the quality of the product. It’s how it levels, the coverage that you get, how it flows.”
Painting a home is one of the biggest ways to transform it, and it’s also the most affordable. “We design our colors in a way that makes it so you don’t have to be afraid of adding colors. Don’t just go with the standard white everywhere. Color offers the opportunity to express yourself and your individual style. It’s a really cool creative outlet!”

In addition to its four main principles, the brand offers an accessibility that you can’t find elsewhere. Their headquarters, warehouse, and showroom share a building in Northeast Portland. Sun streams through their front window, illuminating the neatly organized paint samples in their cozy storefront. From behind a desk, Puji’s dog Goose, the vice president of morale, (favorite colorhouse shade: Thrive .03, an exact match to his tennis ball) taps his tail in lazy greeting. They do all the DIY projects and photoshoots for their website right there, in the warehouse, without hiring bloggers or influencers to do it for them. Colorhouse is a company made for (and by) passionate people, who together are making the world more colorful, and less volatile.
“We are inspired by color and creativity and we want to share that,” Puji says. “And I think that that translates to people.”
 


Written by Jane Hartle
Photos by Mark Coffin