Tiny House Living Festival

Tiny House Living Festival opened at the Clark County Event Center yesterday. The show runs all weekend and is really a site to see. We like to attend architectural and builder shows to see the new trends and connect with colleagues and see customer reactions first hand. We blogged before about the Annual remodelers showcase, Portland Design week and the Street of dreams.

The Tiny House festival is one of the most curious ones. With many people downsizing and rethinking their space needs, smaller houses (and tiny house in particular) are gaining popularity. Builders brought their smallest creations to the Festival. While there, you can check the specs for other types of dwellings they build – large houses on wheels, house boats, and tree houses – just to name a few.

It is interesting to see the different approaches to floor plans. Some houses have large kitchens with full-sized appliances, some have “huge” storage (same size as the Master bedroom and located either directly above or directly below it – does Feng Shui apply when it comes to tiny houses 😊?). Other houses have great living rooms that can fit an IKEA sectional and a big TV, some open to the outside. Yet other ones focus on bathrooms and even have a full-size tub.

Buses of all shapes and sizes are another class of Tiny Homes. Here you can find biodegradable toilets that are pulled out of entry-way closets, shower-kitchen sink combos and showers positioned on the entry steps of the bus. Very cute and creative and really shows that it is possible to live and be happy in a small space.

It was also interesting to see the different choice of materials. We liked cedar-lined homes; on a hot day, like yesterday, it’s a treat to be inside one of them, quite unlike the plastic and vinyl-lined ones. And of course, out favorite – plywood-lined with plastered walls. Regular dry wall cannot be used in Tiny houses, it will crack when the house starts moving. Plaster creates the familiar look or a regular home and flexibility on the move.

Other interesting finds – the variety of heating and cooling sources for small living (including a 10”x5” woodstove purchased on Etsy for $100).

Floor plans, bathroom and kitchen solutions, storage choices, choice of appliances and building materials – lots to see. Visit the Festival for yourself and what you like.

 

    

Plaster Instead of Tile in Bathrooms

Many people do not believe that it is possible to use plaster instead of tile in bathrooms. However this technique is not new. In fact, Moroccan plaster, also known as Tadelakt has been used as a water-proof materials for ages. Places and royal bath houses are lined up with it.

New construction came up with new materials. However the installation is still very tricky and laborious.

The technique is not lost. In fact, it a new trend in bathrooms. We decided to shoot a YouTube video to explain it. The video is in production. I’ll post it as soon as it is ready. In fact, we are planning to shoot a few to explain the what we  do.

All new in 2017

People are asking us what is happening with our company. So here a quick note why we are growing in several directions at once and what to expect from us in the next year.

We have been in business since 2015 primarily focusing on Plaster and Stucco. In the past two years we took a number of projects from helping a flipper completely gut and redo the house they bought to outdoor structures, store fronts, waterproof bathrooms, to building fancy houses in Montana.I will show some of the most peculiar ones at the end.
Steve has worked on plaster and stucco since 1988 – almost 30 years and definitely became one of the most experienced plastered in the area. His goal in starting his own company was to continue creating high-quality art-like plaster and stucco. It took at least a year to get our name out, but we do get these projects on a regular basis now.
In addition to many requests for non-so artistic projects – patching holes (in lath and plaster, Venetian plaster, stucco – you name it), fixing water damage, party damage (15 holes in a house in LO), whole-house dry wall installation and so on. So we started growing our company, adding more people to be able to help everybody even with not-so-artistic jobs. We also started installing windows and doors on a regular basis.
Lately, we added another branch, we now do siding and roofs.
What is in store for 2017? Well, we hope it’s going to be a good year for us! We now have three branches in the company and are going to push on in all three directions:
* Fancy plaster (Venetian, Water-proof, Fresco and out own proprietary custom finishes). i guess I’ll include
* Every-day plaster and dry wall projects including rehab
* All outdoor projects – plaster, siding and roofs.
Check out our web site. Look at our projects and services (here are some of the most peculiar ones from the last couple of years).
Give us a call – we are glad to help!

The Basement Remodel

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The outcome of the basement remodel turned out exceptionally well. The homeowner converted the unused 4’-high crawlspace into a daylight basement with skip trowel ceiling, Tuscan walls, concrete counter-tops and  new bathroom with Jacuzzi tub.

We took the uneven foundation and turned it into a shelf that goes around the perimeter.

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I was able to do the concrete counter-tops and they turned out really well. The shelf stands out in the room. We chose a light yellow hue for the cement to brighten up the area.

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The ceiling turned out to be a bit of a challenge, as we had to go around the newly installed furnace system, account to for all the angles and still allow adequate head room, especially in the bathroom. We utilized the low ceiling to put in mood lighting. The kitchen got several bright can lights in addition to mood lights.

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I normally prefer to use colored plaster, but on the request of the home owner, used the special Miller paint that reflects sunlight to make the daylight basement look brighter. Used the same paint on the ceiling, just ½ diluted with white.

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What we have done, is taken a crawl space and converted it into a lovely beautiful daylight basement with tones of room and a lot of personality.

Self-insulating blocks work-around

We smoothed out some walls today. The whole exterior wall on the second floor was made out of special blocks that carry their own insulation.

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It’s a pretty cool idea. The locks are made out of wood chips. They serve as support and insulation – all in one.

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We smoothed them out with plaster and this way saved the homeowner quite a bit of money and time. With the traditional dry wall, they would have to frame the wall, install dry wall, texture and paint. Plaster creates its own finish and can be tinted, so no paint is ever needed.

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What We Do

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We offer High quality artisan construction, stucco and plaster repair and installation.

  • Finished Basements
  • Lath & Plaster Repairs
  • Light Commercial
  • Ornamental Plaster Repair
  • Exterior Stucco Additions & Repair
  • Foundation Repair

 

Stucco Exterior Remodel

We helped repair the stucco exterior on a remodel project. There had been a lot of existing damage that we had to fix. So many small and large patches to do.

Since we were already there, the homeowner decided to move some windows around. Things like that happen a lot. As the project develops, new ideas come along.

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Plaster and Stucco

We specialize in plaster and stucco. including; lath and plaster repair, colored artisan plaster, Venetian plaster, custom texturing and texture matching. No job is too large or too small. We welcome creative and custom finishing ideas and are up to the challenge of turning your dreams into reality.

Working in Oregon and Washington since 1988. We know our trade.