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It’s back to school time, and we’re not sure who is more excited – the parents or the kids? While memories of summer vacations, family BBQs and sunshine may become a distant memory, there is something exciting about getting back into your normal routine. Now is the perfect time to evaluate how your home functions for […]


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Hillsboro Kitchen Gets a Swift Makeover

It’s amazing to see a space transform throughout the remodeling process. This Hillsboro kitchen was a quick turnaround. The team was in her kitchen working for just a week, so the changes came fast and furious. Our client, Cheryl, wanted an updated kitchen, but also wanted to adhere to her budget. You’d never guess based […]


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Clackamas Kitchen – Before and After

We just got back from visiting our latest, completed Clackamas kitchen remodel. What a difference! Before, the white kitchen featured tile countertops, the stove was on the island, and a door into the swung into the kitchen. With custom, Alder stained cabinets extended to the ceiling, show-stopping granite countertops, and a sophisticated modern backsplash, this kitchen […]


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Nextdoor

Have you heard of Nextdoor –the social network designed specifically for neighborhoods? The private social network allows you to keep up with everything going on in your neighborhood. Stay up-to-date with activities, crime alerts, and it sure makes coordinating a community garage sale a lot easier.

Whether you post recommendations for a great babysitter, local veterinary, or your favorite coffee shop, Nextdoor also allows you to spread the word and recommend businesses and services that you have had a great experience with. Isn’t that what being a good neighbor is all about?

We’ve heard from a few past clients saying that they have posted about their remodel when neighbors have asked for recommendations for a contractor. If you use Nextdoor, Mountainwood Homes would love for you to post about your experience. We are always in the market for more great clients; and referrals from past clients are our best testimonials.

As the kids head back to school, now is a great time to get organized and initiate a neighborhood movement to get signed up on Nextdoor.

Would you use it to stay connected to your neighbors? Leave us a comment, and let us know what you think.

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…and behind door #1

As we mentally prepare to transition into the fall season, we are big fans of updating your front door curb appeal. Think of the all of the guests that will ring your doorbell in the next few months; whether you have friends coming over for the game, trick-or-treaters looking for a king-size candy bar, or hungry Thanksgiving dinner guests, traffic through your front door will most likely increase.

Maximizing curb appeal not only is a great tactic for selling your home, but for enjoying it year-round. While you can structurally change the outside of your home by adding a porch, columns, rock walls, pathways, and majorly changing the facade of the house, there are many simple fixes that can add a punch.

By adding a welcoming, fresh coat of paint to the front door or shiny, new house numbers, you can easily update the look and feel of your home. Another idea? Update builder-grade front door and garage light fixtures to add personality to your home. Change out the hardware on your door, add some potted plants and keep the lawn under control before the winter season kicks in.

Nothing says “welcome to the neighborhood” like taking pride in the outward appearance of your home both for you, your guests and neighbors.

 

Here’s some inspiration for creating some major curb appeal:

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bon appétit

Happy 101st birthday to Julia Child, the chef, author, and television personality who brought the art of French cooking to America.

Julia’s Cambridge, Massachusetts kitchen was designed by her husband in 1961 and was the setting for three of her television shows. Her kitchen measured just 14’ x 20′ and featured some familiar elements. A colorful KitchenAid mixer, painted cabinets, and stainless sink have become features that we now consider essential to home cooking. Her kitchen was also very personalized and organized to her standards. The maple countertops were built two inches higher to suit her 6-foot, two-inch height.

Her actual kitchen is now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The exhibit features 1,200 artifacts, including everything in the drawers and cabinets, as well as the drawers, cabinets and appliances themselves.

We’ve learned a thing or two from Julia and her kitchen. While it screams function, it was designed as a working kitchen first and foremost. Everything has a place! Her husband Paul designed the now-famous pegboard storage for her numerous cooper pots so they were within reach. She even outlined the shape of the pot so she knew where they belonged.

Julia Child changed the way many Americans think about and prepare food and enjoy cooking. She said, “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”

And if you feel like reliving the best of her television series, you can stream the episodes here. Or pop in Julie & Julia and cozy up on the couch as your peruse cookbooks for your favorite recipe. 

“Bon appétit”