11/17 Seminar on Portland House Styles

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Short notice for a Tuesday evening event, but we only just spotted the listing:

Naming the Portland Vernacular: Identifying Portland’s Most Common House Styles

Anyone that has spent time trying to classify Portland area houses within a specific architectural style has certainly encountered confusion and frustration. The fact is that thousands of the houses in our area are not readily identifiable using typical style conventions or are a composite of a variety of architectural elements.

Please join us as AHC Education Committee member and architectural historian Thomas Hubka describes the ways we can identify and name Portland’s most common houses according to not only their architectural details, but other physical characteristics, like floor plans. You’ll even earn about what is perhaps the most common house “style” in the city: the “Portland Bungalow,” With this new-found knowledge you’ll become a neighborhood expert, able to amaze your friends and family!

The seminar costs $20 for non-members and will be held at the Architectural Heritage Center (701 SE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97214). Visit the event page to register.

Learning About EMSWCD


Did you know that the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District offers free workshops? Billed as for all skill levels, these workshops focus on topics like landscaping with native plants, water conservation, creative stormwater solutions, and chemical-free gardening techniques. Neighborhood Notes posted about an upcoming workshop on native plants, which has since filled, but it drew our attention to the full schedule, which currently runs through early December.

EMSWCD covers all of Multnomah County east of the Willamette, and their website is chock full of information, including a directory of local businesses that can help with conservation projects and a Manure Connection (!). You can also learn more about naturescaping, rain gardens, and native plants by listening to the Urban Lands Program Supervisor’s interview with Grow PDX.

Pacific Power’s Energy Workshops


Pacific Power is teaming up with Energy Trust of Oregon to present a series of Be wattsmart Workshops around the state. They’ll be here in Portland on September 9th at the Kennedy School, 6 – 7:30pm, with refreshments provided.

The workshops cover topics including insulation and weatherization; heating, cooling, and ventilation; water heating; appliances; and lighting. You can also find out about incentives that are currently available. If you are interested, reserve a spot at your preferred location today by registering online or calling (541) 200-2000.


Image: “Columbus Seminar 2-3″ by Joshua Rothhaas. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 (CC BY 2.0).

New Tree Rules for Portland

RebeccaWilson-6355157231_5a1186282e_z As part of Portland’s Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project, a new tree code will take effect on January 1, 2015 — that means new rules for tree preservation, tree planting, development in relation to existing trees, and the use and expiration of planting plans. For people planning large remodeling projects or new construction, one key change is the requirement of a permit to remove any tree with a diameter of 12 inches or larger. To help explain these changes, the Bureau of Development Services will be offering several classes targeting different audiences. There are two classes most appropriate for homeowners:

Tree permit requirements for non-development projects; of interest to homeowners, tree care professionals, and landscapers

Portland Building 1120 SW 5th Ave, Room C

Thursday, November 13th, 6 – 7 pm (that’s tomorrow evening!)

Thursday, November 20th , 12 – 1 pm

According to BDS, if you cannot make a training class, additional information is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/trees or by calling (503) 823-TREE.


Image: “Japanese maple″ by Rebecca Wilson. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 (CC BY 2.0).

Great Resources for Remodeling

Thumbnail image of the resource listWe sent a resource list to our clients and friends last month. The first half of the list was a bibliography with the subject areas General Information & Inspiration, Accessibility & Aging in Place, and Sustainable Living. We also included a selection of websites on all these topics. If you missed it, feel free to view and download a PDF of the list!

Books in the bibliography are all available at Multnomah County Library and Ft. Vancouver Regional Library. (If you want to check with other library systems, you can find a complete listing by state at publiclibraries.com.)

HOMEmakers presents… March 8, 2012

Our featured speaker, C. Morgan Davis, is an owner of Keller Williams Real Estate. His team is ranked in the top 1% of agents in the US. On Thursday, March 8th, he will make sense of the latest news about the Portland real estate market and explain how it might affect our future.

Doors to the “party room” open at 5pm and the presentation will kick off at 5:45pm. After Morgan finishes his talk around 6:30pm, we’ll have open time for anyone who would like to ask questions or bring up topics for conversation. Light refreshments will be served, and guests are welcome.

You can RSVP by phone, e-mail hmo.rsvp@gmail.com, or use our contact page.

Lucky Lab Brew Pub
915 SE Hawthorne Boulevard

Hope to see you there!