Thursday, December 18, 2008


Snow here in maritime Portland is not very common. We might have 1 or 2 days of snow per year, or go an entire winter without any at all. This week, however, we’ve had quite a bit. We got about 5” on Sunday and have had snow off and on every day since. There is more snow in the forecast through next week. It's a lot of fun at first, but now that the novelty has worn off, I'm ready for it to move on. Still, I never pass up a chance to get yet another shot of the house with snow.

William’s bedroom is almost done. The carpentry and staining are done. All that is left is painting the walls and brushing the finish on the closet built ins. This is the last room upstairs that needs work. After this, we will be officially done with the 2nd story addition. Whew.

I didn't stain the woodwork in the closet, which is consistent with the rest of the house. As soon as I'm done brushing on the finish, I'll mount the drawer pulls.

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Blogger Sandy said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the built-ins. You do GREAT work!!

5:30 PM, December 21, 2008  
Blogger Howie said...

The remodel on your Hillsdale house is truly amazing. Reading your blog and seeing your progress has inspired me. I just came across it this weekend. I live in Corvallis, and my girlfriend and I (limited carpentry skills) are thinking about remodeling/adding on to our house of about 900sf. I have a few questions. I was wondering how long it took you guys to remodel the house. How much time would you say you dedicated to working on the house each week? What kind of contract/specialty labor did you have to employ? How much did all the materials and contract labor etc. cost? I want to have an idea of what I'm going to be getting into time and cost wise.



4:30 PM, December 28, 2008  
Blogger Greg said...

@Sandy, thanks!

@Howie, I get asked this question so often that I should have a template answer. However, I don't. I've never kept decent records of how much money I've spent or how many hours I've actually spent working on the house. I'm guessing we've spent maybe a bit over $100 per sf. That's a guess and it might be more. How many hours? I couldn't even give you a decent guess. I used to spent most weekends and several evenings per week. Now, it's just whenever I feel like it.

I hired people to do the demo, framing (the giant glue-lams required a crane), the rough electrical, rough plumbing, windows, roofing, siding, and gutters. We've done nearly everything else.

I hope this helps.

9:41 PM, December 28, 2008  
Blogger Howie said...


Thanks for getting back to me. How much sf did you gain with the remodel/addition?



11:05 PM, December 28, 2008  
Blogger Greg said...

Just a little under 1100sf.

10:26 AM, December 29, 2008  
Blogger Howie said...


10:56 AM, December 29, 2008  
Blogger Sandy said...

Happy New Year!! I hope it is filled with wonderful things.

3:49 PM, January 03, 2009  

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