Northwest Renovation Magazine

A Home Improvement Magazine


Gone are the large, boxy TVs, replaced by wall-mounted flat panel screens and mobile devices. Young people have no memory of the large furniture-like TV sporting a black and white screen, with only ABC, CBS, and NBC as the program options, or the heavy “clunk, clunk, clunk” as the dial was turned between them. Nor do they have memories of the “TV Lamp” that could often be found glowing above the TV, as the screen below flickered in shades of gray. So what were TV lamps... more

Known as the “Tiffany of the Northwest,” the Povey Brothers Studio has produced some of the most beautiful and lasting stained glass pieces in all of Oregon. For instance, David and John Povey’s artwork can be found in the First Presbyterian Church, the Atkinson Memorial Unitarian Church, and the Pittock Mansion, just to name a few. Their windows were known for having unequaled quality and beauty, which has allowed the windows to last for over 100 years. The art of stained glass was a family... more

Oregon’s brief but brilliant summer months demand to be celebrated with frequent backyard dining adventures. The trouble is, there’s never a great place to prep the meat for the grill. And where do you put the grilled corn while you are waiting for the sausages to finish? A chef with a sunburn is never attractive. And wouldn’t it be nice to have a sink to wash up as you go? Sounds like it’s time to upgrade to a full outdoor kitchen. A built-in bar and metal stools add seating options... more

After traveling to Italy and enjoying a dinner cooked in a wood fired Pompeii oven, I had a dream to build my own oven. The dream went on the back burner until I visited Portland and enjoyed pizza at Ken’s Artisan Pizza; again I desired my own oven. Fast forward five years and a relocation to Portland. I finally decided I was in the right place to build my oven. Doing the research and consulting with my son’s employer, located in Seattle, who built his own oven, I figured it out and started the... more

Do you shudder when you take a sip of the water out of your kitchen faucet? There’s a good reason. Contaminants in our drinking water are at an all-time high and funding for our drinking water infrastructure is at an all-time low. Homes built prior to 1986 may have lead in the pipes or in the fixtures. Even newer homes are serviced by older distribution systems, which means the water must pass through pipes filled with rust, lead, and other contaminants before reaching your faucet. The chlorine... more

My home’s inclusion in last year’s (2012) annual City of Portland, OR “Build It Green! Home Tour” occurred for many reasons. My design focus resulted from very practical considerations: I require accessibility because of my walking disability. The six-year journey from buying a very tatty fixer in September 2006 to its present state as my own Shangri-La also resulted in some very personal life perceptions for myself. I viewed many homes and none had any inkling of accessibility.... more

So your recent trip to Hawaii or to the infamous Tiki Tiki Room at Disneyland, or whichever tropical destination that you have just returned from, has you all fired up to have a little ‘Flavor of the Islands’ at home. You don’t have to live near the Pacific islands to sip drinks from a coconut cup and relax to tropical music, but having your very own tiki bar will certainly help take you to paradise while entertaining at home. Basements, garages, and back yard patios are all excellent choices... more

We spend at least a third of our lives in a single room. We turn there for comfort, refuge, and daydreaming. So why don’t we give more thought to our bedrooms? Not to get too personal about it, but it may have something to do with our private and public selves. We give our all to impress and entertain others, so the kitchen and other main floor rooms get our primary focus. But the bedroom is private, and if no one else is going to see it, we may think it unworthy of our attention — to our own... more

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