And, so the work begins on the new duplex/investment property near the North Mississippi neighborhood in Portland Oregon.Â It's a great 1926 vintage side-by-side duplex and it needsÂ some cosmetic updating!!Â Â The new neighborhood is well-established (with one family owning 4 homes on the block) and that neighbor knows all the stories of the 'hood (as she grew up on the block).Â She calls the atrocious "mauve" paint job, whichÂ adorned the otherwise beautiful, original built-ins: "oops paint".Â Â This "oops paint" is whatÂ you getÂ when there's aÂ particularly good deal on someone else'sÂ paint and find out why it was considered a mistake!Â :-)
The same solution, Klean-Strip,Â wasÂ appliedÂ to remove the paint as was used on the duplex remodelÂ at theÂ North Williams Corridor last year to remove the awful adhesive that held the vinyl tiles and it appears to be working!!
There have been bids, bids, bids and decisions, decisions, decisions!Â So far,Â there haveÂ been bids for insulation (as the house has very little), a plumbing company bid for separate water meters, a flooring company bid to refinish the hardwood floors.Â I've spent two days at Habitat for Humanity, Lowe's and IKEA choosing kitchen cabinets and flooring plus paint.Â But, I'm starting to get a vision of "all that it can be".
The vinyl flooring was a messÂ and already peeling, so it was fairly easy to remove.Â I'm envisioning a "black and white" kitchen that will be simple with clean lines and not fight with the "vintage".Â IKEA has a great deal on kitchen cabinets and new appliances (that were priced close to the "used" prices I paid on the North Williams corridor duplex appliances!!).Â And, you can design your own rooms online!
The new fence construction will begin tomorrow and Pedro Naranjo will again perform the honors.Â If you need a good handyman or help with small construction, cleaning or landscapeÂ projects, give Pedro a call at 503-443-8232 (although, he'll be busy for about a week)Â :-). Happy 4rth of July!!!