Category Archive: Mac-Bo News

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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