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Portland Condo Remodel by Builder Hammer & Hand Transforms Nondescript Bathrooms Into Expression of Art Collector’s Aesthetic


Portland, OR (PRWEB) April 27, 2012

Since purchasing her condominium unit at The Gregory when the Portland building first opened a decade ago, professional tattoo artist and art collector Mary Jane wanted to remodel the unit’s two nondescript bathrooms. One day in late 2011 she visited the Retail Studio, a collaborative space between Portland builder and remodeler Hammer & Hand and interior designer Bright DesignLab located around the corner from The Gregory in Portland’s Pearl District. She dropped off a folder full of design ideas and let the team get to work on her condo bathroom remodel project.

“The client’s aesthetic is full of warmth and playfulness,” said Christopher “Coop” Cooper, project supervisor with Hammer & Hand. “So our job was to infuse the project with those qualities, within a context of modernity and elegance.”

A mini-boom in condo remodeling is underway in Portland’s Pearl District, thanks in part to the maturation of the building stock there, as well as a trend among residents to stay put and avoid the vagaries of the current real estate market.

Some residents who might have chosen five years ago to sell their existing condominium unit and upgrade to a nicer one are now reinvesting in their current homes. This trend can be good for existing units and existing buildings.

“Mary Jane has completely transformed the quality of her condo’s bathrooms,” said Coop. “What once were generic, even mundane, spaces have become rooms full of texture, contrast, and personality.”

The remodeled bathrooms in Mary Jane’s condominium unit feature:

?Custom zebra wood and maple cabinetry,

?Petrfied wood sink basins,

?A copper vessel sink,

?Assorted Ann Sacks tile,

?Soaking tub and steam bath with built-in aromatherapy and chromatherapy features,

?Selected pieces from the client’s art collection.

All of these elements were carefully tied together and integrated into the high rise unit by the designers at Bright DesignLab.

“One of the interesting challenges of remodeling in high rise condos is the need to respond to the inherent structural elements that exist as givens’ in these spaces,” said Coop. “The designers did a great mixed media job that really comes together here.”

More about Portland condo remodeling can be found by visiting Hammer & Hand’s website at hammerandhand.com/condos.

About Hammer & Hand

Hammer & Hand is dedicated to stewardship of the built environment through craft and science, everything from traditional kitchen remodels to deep energy retrofits to modernist Passive House structures. Based in Portland, Oregon, the remodeler and builder can be reached at http://hammerandhand.com or by phone at 503-232-2447.







How to Turn Your Dumb Summer Job Into $162000

In which John celebrates financial independence by explaining how minimum-wage summer jobs can become incredibly lucrative if only you save some of your money in a retirement account. In the US, the most common retirement accounts are called IRAs (IRAs have tax advantages), but any investment account will do. Just sock the money away in a low-fee diverse mutual fund, wait 50 years, and enjoy the magic of compound interest. Caveat: Obviously, I am not a financial advisor or investment professional. I am a novelist. Also, while it’s a good idea to start an IRA in high school for most people, it may be a BAD idea if you’re planning to seek financial aid from a private college in the US, because they might count your retirement savings against your financial aid application. (If you attend or will attend a public university, this is unlikely to happen according to my research, although again, I am a novelist, not a banker.) There are a LOT of nerdfighters in the voting round for YouTube NextUp Europe. You can vote here: www.youtube.com Nerdfighters to vote for include: missxrojas (who gave The Fault in Our Stars its title) DeEelcoShow BarryAldridge dutchforn00bs Beckie0 booksandquills OMFGItsJackAndDean tristopiatv willsodyssey thegearskeepturning musicfromblueskies tyrannosauruslexxx EDIT: Islamic banking does not use interest, so this particular piece of financial planning advice does not hold water in the Islamic world. (But I still advocate for beginning to save early!)

Jobs are few and far between with the high unemployment rate. And the summer jobs frequently filled by teens are going to adults who are in need of a paycheck.

Working mum supports other women who want to achieve a work life balance working from home, gains finalist place in the Encouraging Women into Franchising award


(PRWEB UK) 16 March 2012

For many mums who are looking to return to work and who want a flexible career around the family, the choices can be very limited. There is the option of starting a business from scratch, but the risk involved is relatively high; with many small business start-up enterprises never getting off the ground. Mum to three, Sarah Cressall successfully created her own educationally based childrens arts and crafts business that did provide the work from home option and the flexibility to be family focussed with her business. Now, 10 years on. The empathy and understanding that Sarah Cressall has for mums struggling with this challenge has earned her a place in the final of the Encouraging Women into Franchising Award.

I know for most mums having time with your own children is one of the most important things in the world. I know it is for me and with the support of my husband, I was committed to ensuring that I was there for them, states Cressall Now, I am passionate about supporting other mums who want to have the opportunity to have as much fun and time with their own kids as I have with mine. Running a franchise isnt for everyone, but when it matches the needs and values of the individual, with the right support in place, then it really is an exciting opportunity that is worth finding out more. So, for me, its wonderful to gain a place in the final for EWIF award.

Cathy Houston, who inspires imaginations in Preston smiled and said, I still cant quite believe this is now my actual Job. Having had an office job before, this is just brilliant, my classes are filling and I absolutely love it.

I believe one of the reasons for our continuing success is that The Creation Station was designed specially by a mum for a mum. The Creation Station inspires children’s imaginations, and our values and activities are delivered predominantly by local female franchise owners, who share our passion and drive to inspire childrens imaginations, too. Sarah Cressall added, What works really well, is that our franchisees can take their own children to the classes and achieve a great work life balance. Plus the business hours can fit in with school runs, holidays and the all-important sports days, whilst still being able to invite friends to come and play after school.

“Many of the women who run their own Creation Station franchise had never run their own business and often have not heard of a flexible franchise before. The Creation Station Head Office team provides comprehensive training, support and confidence to help women run their own successful Creation Station business, including hand holding and all the session plans and materials.”

As part of Sarah Cressalls commitment to supporting women, The Creation Station provides The Childrens Activity Centre at the National Franchise Exhibitions, and is at Olympia Fri 16th and Saturday 17th March 2012 to encourage families to come along and find out more about franchising. The Creation Station is also sponsoring the Working Mums live Exhibition at The Business Design Centre in Islington on Tuesday 27th March.

To support the core passion of inspiring children’s imaginations, a new store of ideas activities and products was recently launched to share knowledge and tips http://www.thecreationstationstore.co.uk

For details of tickets and to discover more contact Nicki Lee on nicki(at)thecreationstation(dot)co(dot)uk or call 0844 854 9100 or visit http://www.thecreationstation.co.uk


Sarah Cressall is listed in the top 100 Mumpreneurs, won the Best Interactive Business Award 2011, the Cr?me de la Cr?me business award 2012, Finalist in The Extraordinary Woman of the Year 2011 award and Business woman of the year 200 in the Leicestershire awards.

The Creation Station inspires childrens imaginations and supports families with engaging art and crafts classes and parties for children aged 3 months to 11 years. A network of over 50 female franchise owners operate across the UK.