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By Janeese Jackson | Broker in Portland, OR

Let the Work Begin...Again! Renovations Begin on the New Duplex!


early David Bowie with "Changes".  ch, ch...changes!

 OOPS Paint Gets Removed at the duplex renovation

"OOPS" Paint Gets Removed at the duplex renovation!

And, so the work begins on the new duplex/investment property near the North Mississippi neighborhood in Portland Oregon.  It's a great 1926 vintage side-by-side duplex and it needs some cosmetic updating!!  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).  She calls the atrocious "mauve" paint job, which adorned the otherwise beautiful, original built-ins: "oops paint".  This "oops paint" is what you get when there's a particularly good deal on someone else's paint and find out why it was considered a mistake!  :-)

The same solution, Klean-Strip, was applied to remove the paint as was used on the duplex remodel at the 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!  So far, there have 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.  I've spent two days at Habitat for Humanity, Lowe's and IKEA choosing kitchen cabinets and flooring plus paint.  But, I'm starting to get a vision of "all that it can be".

Tearing up the damage vinyl flooring Tearing up the damaged vinyl flooring

The vinyl flooring was a mess and already peeling, so it was fairly easy to remove.  I'm envisioning a "black and white" kitchen that will be simple with clean lines and not fight with the "vintage".  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!!).  And, you can design your own rooms online!

The new fence construction will begin tomorrow and Pedro Naranjo will again perform the honors.  If you need a good handyman or help with small construction, cleaning or landscape projects, give Pedro a call at 503-443-8232 (although, he'll be busy for about a week)  :-). Happy 4rth of July!!!

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