NE Portland Curb Appeal

2015, October 14th


When the homeowner's wanted a place for their furry feline friends to safely play outdoors they called Mac-Bo and asked us to build them a Catio! So we brought in our designer and through a month of planning and a little time for the weather to cooperate we set about building to the plans.

The end result was a truly luxurious outdoor cat patio, or Catio. Another benefit: A new mud-room built to match the existing home with windows and a secure entry way. But there's more! We installed a custom steel rail system on the new front steps. 

Check out the before and after photos and of course, check out that happy cat!

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Portland By Streetcar

2013, February 8th

This month, the Portland Architectural Heritage Center is focussing on our city's past and present relationship with the streeetcar. You wouldn't necessarily know it, but Portland was once crisscrossed by dozens of streetcar lines. In the early part of the 20th century, the city grew when new lines were built. Former pasture land was suddenly accessible and ready for the constructino of whole neighborhoods like Rose CIty Park and Ladd's Addition. By the 1930's, electrified buses took over as the preferred method of mass transit. Simultaneously, the ascendant automobile sealed the streetcars' fate as people moved further out and chose to drive. Recent times have seen the reemrgence of streetcars in Portland on the West side and, last September, on the East side.

Upcoming lectures at the AHC include "By Streetcar to St. Johns," on Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am, and "Southeast Portland’s Mt. Tabor Streetcar Line," on Saturday, February 23 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Also, be sure to check out the temporary exhibit, "Streetcars Build A City," in the Meyer Memorial Trust Gallery of the AHC. 


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SW Split Level Quad

2013, January 18th

Mac-Bo had the pleasure to plan and remodel a kitchen where the homeowners had a desire to reuse original cabinets as much as possible, increase the traffic flow,  and the need for more light.  In the 'before' picture you can see a typical kitchen of the 60's that cut off visual connection to the dining room.  Once in the kitchen area you also felt trapped...only one way in and one way out.  The lighting was poor for the kitchen on the north side of the house.

Mac-Bo carefully dismantled and rotated the upper and lower peninsula cabinets 90 degrees to extend the cabinets along the exterior wall.  This also provided additional counter preparation space.  A new island was designed and built that holds the gas cooktop with a raised butcher block breakfast bar.  Creating the island allowed there to be two ways in and out of the kitchen.  Along with a new lighting plan, the original wall paper was removed and a fresh coat paint lightened the area.  Other improvements to this beautiful kitchen include quartz countertops, glass tile backsplash, tile floor, and new appliances.



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Hawthorne House is Given a New Home

2012, December 6th


It has been said that the greenest building is the one that is already there. That is sort of the case with the 107-year-old Montgomery House. The Hawthorne Boulevard house was given a new “there” on Madison Street this week. First slated for demolition by developers preparing to build a 77 unit apartment complex, it was sold to a Buckman Neighborhood couple who bought it for $1 and moved it to a lot one block away.  Those of us who love old houses can breathe a sigh of relief that it did not meet the same fate as it’s former next-door neighbor that was torn down several weeks ago. What a sad waste of human, natural, and cultural resources. Any time an old building can be reused it saves us and our earth the expense of harvesting new materials as well as keeping us in touch with our history. Photos courtesy of KATU.


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