October 2015

Mac-Bo Featured in Oregon Home Magazine

Posted on: October 14th, 2015.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

A Mac-Bo Project was recently featured in Oregon Home ...

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NE Portland Curb Appeal

Posted on: October 14th, 2015.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

  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 ...

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February 2013

Portland By Streetcar

Posted on: February 8th, 2013.
Categories: Historic

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 ...

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January 2013

SW Split Level Quad

Posted on: January 18th, 2013.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

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 ...

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December 2012

Hawthorne House is Given a New Home

Posted on: December 6th, 2012.
Categories: Green BuildingHistoric

  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 ...

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November 2012

Russell Kitchen

Posted on: November 19th, 2012.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

As part of an award winning whole house remodel; designed, planned and built by Mac-Bo, this kitchen is very handsome.  The combination of stain colors on the custom cabinets, two different colors for the quartz countertops, full height tile ...

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1960 Revised Ranch

Posted on: November 7th, 2012.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

This 1960 Daylight Ranch was ready for a major revision.  The owners wanted an updated kitchen and were tired of the small compartments created by unnecessary walls on the upper, main living level. Mac-Bo Designed, Planned and Executed a ...

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October 2012

The Home of Tomorrow

Posted on: October 15th, 2012.
Categories: Historic

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of participating in the 2012 “DESIGN MATTERS: A Tour of Exceptional Portland Homes.” Per the AIA Portland website: “The homes tour provides a rare opportunity to glimpse inside seven extraordinary Portland ...

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September 2012

Womb Armchair

Posted on: September 29th, 2012.
Categories: Furniture

Eero Saarinen Womb Armchair Designed 1947-1948 Chrome Steel, Molded Fiberglass, Wool ...

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A Reinvigorated Irvington Kitchen Makes It’s Debut

Posted on: September 4th, 2012.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

Mac-Bo recently completed the charming design and renovation of a kitchen in Portland's Irvington neighborhood. It's casually buttoned up appearance belies the extensive structural, mechanical, and cosmetic changes that brought it into the ...

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August 2012

A Yellow Beacon Shines in Portland

Posted on: August 6th, 2012.
Categories: Historic

I recently attended the Architectural Heritage Center's third annual Heritage Home Tour. A particularly noteworthy stop was a familiar Portland landmark: the Poulsen House. How many times have you driven over the Ross Island Bridge and ...

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July 2012

Shower Room

Posted on: July 28th, 2012.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

Mac-Bo turned what was a small unused office/bedroom space into a shower room to accompany the existing adjacent half bath. Features include: Large shower with bench, product niche and glass door. Meticulously set subway tile with ...

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North Portland Garage and Studio

Posted on: July 11th, 2012.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

This small out-building was both designed and constructed by Mac-Bo. It’s functions are two-fold: one, to act as a garage for a small car, and two, to more frequently be used as a studio space. It shares a compact 50 foot wide lot with a ...

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June 2012

Frank Lloyd Wright Side Chair

Posted on: June 24th, 2012.
Categories: Furniture

This Side Chair was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1921, and manufactured in the early ...

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A Piece of Plumbing History in Portland

Posted on: June 14th, 2012.
Categories: Mac-Bo NewsHistoric

One of the projects Mac-Bo has been working on recently is the renovation of a 1907 built home in Portland. Part of our work is to restore one of the bathrooms to period condition and towards that end we will be reinstalling what is known as ...

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May 2012

Mac-Bo in Oregon Home

Posted on: May 14th, 2012.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

A Mac-Bo project was recently featured in the Oregon Home - Home Style ...

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Frank Lloyd Wright in Rochester NY

Posted on: May 11th, 2012.
Categories: Historic

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/videonetwork/1628563349001/Wright-revival ...

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January 2012

Mac-Bo in Oregon Home

Posted on: January 13th, 2012.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

  Oregon Home Magazine managing editor Vivian McInerny mentioned Mac-Bo in her blog, Home Style, on Wednesday. In the entry, McInerny says, “I find other people's remodeling projects a delight. I love hearing stories about how they did and ...

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The Architectural Heritage Center: One of Portland’s Treasures

Posted on: January 11th, 2012.
Categories: Historic

  A link that we put on our web page some time ago is for the Architectural Heritage Center. For those of you who are unfamiliar the work of the AHC, allow me to say that it is one of Portland's treasures. In their own words, the ...

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Rock Candy Continued

Posted on: January 4th, 2012.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

A while back I blogged about an exciting tile called Mosuprema. Looking like rock candy trapped under glaze, the tile intrigued me from the moment I first saw it in the showroom. We finally got to use it in a new fireplace surround and the ...

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November 2011

Don’t Move. Improve!

Posted on: November 30th, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

I was recently in a local bank, waiting in line when I saw the bank’s newsletter in a rack beside me. I picked one up and was immediately drawn to a headline that said, “If you can’t move, it may make sense to improve.” Now that’s what a ...

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Sweet as Rock Candy

Posted on: November 29th, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

Every once in a while I get to go shopping for a client and come back with something I find really exciting. Take tile for instance. In this example I was charged with finding an alternative to a very homely fireplace surround. I discovered a ...

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Exhaust Fans Need to be Checked!

Posted on: November 28th, 2011.
Categories: Seasonal Tips

I recently was called in to check on two exhaust fans that another contractor installed in a client's home. The complaint was simply that they weren't working. Both were Panasonic units, some of the best around. The fans were running but the ...

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Time Travel: A Journey from 1971 to 2011

Posted on: November 23rd, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

This 1970's house had some of the more unsavory feratures that characterize that era: interior rough sawn diagonal "siding," and the "cottage cheese" ceiling treatment, both of which the owners disliked. Furthermore, from a circulation, light, ...

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A Garden Studio’s New Life

Posted on: November 1st, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

A recent Mac-Bo project was the resuscitation and new life we gave to a former garage and potting shed. The building had been giving way to the moss and spiders for some time when we got our hands on it. This is better illustrated than ...

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October 2011

The Mac-Bo Mascots: Nemo and Cappy

Posted on: October 25th, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

One of the pleasures of working at Mac-Bo is the presence of two hairy coworkers in our office space: Nemo (all grown up) and Cappy (still a teenager). Each day Ed brings them to work. Work?!?! They have nothing to do with it. It's all about ...

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September 2011

A Visit to the Historic John Mock House

Posted on: September 14th, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo NewsHistoric

Yesterday evening, Kirk and I (Andrew) joined two friends for a pre-restoration tour of the John Mock House. Located prominently on Willamette Boulevard, this house is hard to miss for the thousands of travelers making their way in and out ...

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August 2011

A Rare Visit to Pietro Bellushci’s Burkes House

Posted on: August 3rd, 2011.
Categories: Historic

Located at the end of a dead end lane in Portland's West Hills sits an extraordinary example of Mid-Century Modernist archtecture. Designed by Italian emigre and MIT School of Architecture Dean Pietro Belluschi, the Burkes House was built for a ...

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July 2011

Bathroom Renovation

Posted on: July 19th, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

The 127th Street House was a studs-out, whole house renovation project. Take a look at the before and after shots of its neglected bathroom. Mac-Bo gave it the makeover it deserved. Before: a crowded and outdated bathroom. After: a ...

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June 2011

The 19 Steps

Posted on: June 29th, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

Mac-Bo recently completed a new deck and staircase for this second floor residence. The original stairs, over 40 years old, had become dangerous and no longer met code requirements. The new stairs are both beautiful and easier to climb with a ...

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Space, Storage, and Luxury

Posted on: June 9th, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

This outdated kitchen was one of a series of small rooms and corridors that made up the East end of our clients' home. They said they longed for space, storage, luxury and a connection to the finished basement. Mac-Bo listenend. See the ...

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May 2011

Russell Ranch Kitchen

Posted on: May 25th, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

The Russell Ranch was a studs-out, whole house renovation project. While no corner was left untouched, perhaps the most dazzling transformation took place in the kitchen. Mac-Bo took what had been a dark and claustrophobic room and opened it up ...

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Frank Lloyd Wright in Oregon

Posted on: May 19th, 2011.
Categories: Historic

A while ago I went to the Oregon Gardens to visit the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in the state of Oregon: the Gordon House. Located in Silverton, inside the Oregon Gardens, the Gordon House found refuge here in 2002 after being moved ...

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Marshmallow

Posted on: May 13th, 2011.
Categories: Furniture

Marshmallow Settee, 1956 Designed by George Nelson (American 1908 - 1986) Manufactured by Herman Miller, ...

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April 2011

Kirk and Andrew on the Kitchen Revival Tour

Posted on: April 27th, 2011.
Categories: Historic

Two weeks ago, Kirk and I (Andrew) went on the Architectural Heritage Center’s Kitchen Revival Tour, a tour of kitchens in historic homes around Portland. Far and above, our favorite kitchen was in the home of Marti and Robert Brom. This 1949 ...

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K.E.M. Weber

Posted on: April 19th, 2011.
Categories: Furniture

K.E.M. Weber, Designer Armchair, 1934 Chrome plated steel and naugahyde upholstery Lloyd Manufacturing Co., Menominee, ...

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Rose City Kitchen

Posted on: April 11th, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

The kitchen in this NE Portland Cottage was cramped and congested. The family needed the space to function much more smoothly. To help improve the function of the space, Mac-Bo replaced a swinging door between the kitchen and ...

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March 2011

Bertoia

Posted on: March 31st, 2011.
Categories: Furniture

If you are looking for furniture for your Mid-Mod, check out Harry Bertoia's Diamond Armchair. The one pictured is on display at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Originally designed and produced in the early 1950's, these chairs are still ...

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Andrew in the “thorn forest”

Posted on: March 30th, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

Andrew here with an update from my trip to Arizona. Sun drenched and extremely dry, I enjoyed every minute of my week in Tucson. Tucson is in a region considered to be a “thorn forest,” not a desert as I had been mistakenly calling it. This ...

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Green Countertop Materials

Posted on: March 14th, 2011.
Categories: Green Building

While countertops make up only a small portion of a home’s surfaces, the options and issues to consider are great. Add to this a desire to be green and the selection process can seem overly complicated. That is why I have chosen to write about ...

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What is a CSBA?

Posted on: March 7th, 2011.
Categories: Green Building

Mac-Bo's newest team member, Andrew Adams, carries the designation CSBA. CSBA stands for Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. This certification is the culmination of an intensive 9 month program taught nationwide and hosted locally by Mt. ...

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Morris Kitchen

Posted on: March 4th, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

The homeowners of this midcentury needed a less cramped kitchen with improved layout, storage and lighting. There was a bottleneck between the peninsula and refrigerator and a door at the end of the kitchen led to the garage.    Mac-Bo ...

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February 2011

Smith Kitchen

Posted on: February 28th, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

This family came to Mac-Bo with their need to open up their cramped, and well used kitchen.  The home, built in 1947, had seen at least one remodel before the Mac-Bo team got their hands on it.  The wall separating the kitchen from the dining ...

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The Greenest Building

Posted on: February 24th, 2011.
Categories: Green Building

On Tuesday evening, Kirk and Andrew went to see a screening of “The Greenest Building” at the Architectural Heritage Center (AHC) here in Portland. The film “provides a compelling argument for conservation, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of ...

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PCC Intern Joins the Mac-Bo Team

Posted on: February 23rd, 2011.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

Hello! My name is Andrew Adams and I am Mac-Bo's new student intern. I am currently enrolled at Portland Community College, earning my Associate’s degree in Building Construction Management. PCC strongly believes in the value of integrating ...

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November 2009

Mac-Bo Wins NARI Award

Posted on: November 3rd, 2009.
Categories: Mac-Bo News

Mac-Bo is pleased to present the 2009 Regional Winner in the National  Association of the Remodeling Industry Best Entire House Under $250,000, 2009. Learn more about the Russell Ranch ...

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Mac-Bo, LLC Seasonal Tips: Oct-Nov 2009

Posted on: November 2nd, 2009.
Categories: Mac-Bo NewsSeasonal Tips

Most of the useful tools we use in our every day lives require some sort of maintenance. Our cars need oil changes and wiper blades and our computers need software updates. In my seasonal tips section of the blog, I will highlight some of the ...

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