Posts Tagged ‘Home Improvement’

Portland Real Estate Guide: Portland Fall Home and Garden Show at the Expo Center

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Portland Fall Home and Garden ShowFall is the best time to make a few home improvements and renovations to get ready for winter, and it’s also the best time to plant for Spring gardens! If you’ve ever lived in Portland, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the onslaught of bulb flowers – gorgeous irises and daffodils – that take over residential real estate and abandoned street corners all around town, filling Portland with color and Spring fever. You can contribute your own splash of floral beauty to the Spring explosion in Portland by planning some bulbs and Spring-blooming plants in your yard and garden, and if you need a bit of extra help or new idea be sure to check out the 2010 Portland Fall Home and Garden Show at the Portland Expo Center, beginning on September 30 and bringing tips, tricks, and discount supplies to the Portland metro area until October 3rd.

For just $10, Portland Fall Home and Garden Show attendees will be treated to DIY classes, exhibits featuring everything from including valuable information about the best products and services for renovation and new construction in the Pacific Northwest seasonal conditions. Both amateur gardeners and professional landscapers will find great information about new products, design ideas, and tips and tricks for making it through a wet and wild Portland winter. Remodeling tips and tricks will be available from renovation experts, including sustainability pros, historic specialists, and professional contractors. Whether you’re tackling the kitchen, bathroom, roof, basement, or backyard, or have a specific question about plumbing, air conditioning, or green remodeling, the Home and Garden Show at the Expo center is your one-stop shop. Design advice and ideas will be provided by some of the region’s best organizations and companies – including paint demonstrations from Behr paint and flooring demos from Home Depot experts. Seminars, classes, and one-on-one consultations will have you stocked up and ready to rush home and get started on projects that will improve the longevity, quality, and value of your home and garden.

Bargain Hunters will find paradise at the Builder’s Surplus Sale, where local contractors and builders bring their excess materials – including doors, plumbing, lighting, windows, closet organization, flooring materials, and tons of fun accessories – at ridiculously marked-down prices. Don’t miss your chance to snag the deal of the century on a new toilet or that perfect light fixture for your dining room. If you’re remodeling a home for sale in Portland, these prices could mean valuable savings on those improvements you need to make in order to compete in the Portland Real Estate market.

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Portland Realtor Sustainability Insider: Largest Solar Power Project in the Northwest Planned for PGE

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Some exciting news out of Portland’s renewable energy beat today: Portland General Electricis working on two deals to purchase a very large tract of land near Salem to install enough solar panels to power over 2,300 homes in the Portland metro area. So large, in fact, that the project in the works is set to become the largest solar power source in the Northwest. This is one step towards the state of Oregon’s goal of 25% renewable power by the year 2025.

PGE is in talks with Energy Trust of Oregon and enXco, the region’s leading renewable energy management and coordination company have entered into talks to address the increasing demand on Oregon’s energy system. Portlanders and other Oregonians are demanding more renewable energy sources, and this deal could make Oregon a leader in sustainable solar power. The new solar project would use advanced solar technology, known as “ground-mounted solar photovoltaic” systems, and would require a 25-year agreement between PGE and enXco. The project is expected to be operational by July 2011, and could lend a helping hand to the state’s ranchers and farmers, providing power and, potentially, additional income.

The tracks are located on real estate in Yamhill County, split into two tracts, the Bellevue Solar Project and the Yamhill Solar Project, connecting to the PGE power system throughout the state. Portland General Electric is devoted to providing Oregon homes with a diverse range of renewable energy sources, including wind, water, and solar power, in order to make the system as sustainable as possible. It’s just one more way Portland and Oregon are setting out to make the state the greenest in the country. In a few years, new and old homes for sale in Portland will be seeing a substantial percentage of their utilities coming from renewable sources, which is definitely something to be excited about.

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Portland Realtor Insider: Rooftop Gardening Trend “Grows” in Portland

Monday, September 20th, 2010

As the temperature drops, we’re all thinking about fall. At the McDonald Group, we love this time of year with all of the gorgeous colors in the trees, golden sunlight breaking through the dark clouds, and the swirling leaves that dance through the trees. For some people around the country, fall means getting ready to clear out the garden for the winter ahead, but a lot of people in Portland have found creative ways to keep their gardens growing all year long. One way Portland-area homeowners keep the green alive is by planting an ecoroof that thrives in the rainy season. What’s even better, Portland citizens are eligible for benefits from the Grey to Green initiative, the city’s effort to increase the number of ecoroofs in town by offering cash payments for home and business owners willing to make the swap.

Ecoroof gardeners can receive up to $5 per square foot, which makes the ecoroof both eco-friendly and cost-friendly.

If you haven’t heard of ecoroofs, they are truly a twenty-first century marvel. These resource-saving roofs made of a soil-filled structure where several strong root system-growing plants are cultivated to absorb water and lesson the burden on the city’s gutters and sewers. Other benefits include longevity – ecoroofs last about twice as long as traditional shingled roofs – less maintenance, and a reduced energy bill, as ecoroofs help to insulate a house, keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the cooler months .

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Portland Realtor Green Guide: Eco-Home Tour On September 25 brings Sustainable Tips to Life

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Here on the McDonald Group Real Estate Blog, we’re often talking about Green home improvements, sustainable homes for sale in Portland, and the rise of eco-building in the Portland Real Estate market in general, but we talk to a lot of people who are still a bit confused about a lot of the technology and terminology behind the Green building revolution. If you’re one of those people who might not know as much as you’d like about Green homes, sustainable appliances, low-waste utilities, and other eco-friendly home improvements, there is an event coming up that might answer a lot of your questions. On Saturday, September 25th, the Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair will return to Portland for its ninth year, bringing information about sustainable remodels, green certification for new homes, and plenty of great tips for making the most of the green tools and incentives (including valuable tax rebates for green improvements) available to Portlanders.

The tour includes a visit to Portland’s first certified straw bale house You can tour Portland’s first-ever permitted straw bale house – noted for its incredible thermal efficiency, sound cancelling, and clean air free of insulation-related pollutants – and 21 other remodels and new homes, including a historic home that has been fully upgraded and certified by Clean Energy Works Portland.

Tour visitors will have the opportunity to learn about ecoroofs, water collection and conservation, solar paneling, water-saving landscaping, recycled building materials, alternative construction techniques, and more. Homeowners, energy experts, and eco-builders will be available to answer all of your questions about their homes and the technology behind green building and renovation. After the tour, gather more information at the free family-fun Green Info fair, featuring green vendors, sustainable renovation demonstrations, food and music. (more…)