Neil Kelly
Nov 11, 2014

You wouldn't think that people who only use their decks five months out of the year would place so much importance on outdoor living.  Maybe it’s because we’re deprived of it for so long by long, rainy Northwest winters—that when…

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Neil Kelly
Nov 06, 2014

A good, professional handyman is not an easy thing to find.  First of all, you need to find a jack-of-all trades who isn't afraid of any job, doesn't cost an arm-and-a-leg, and owns a watch (oh, and know how to…

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Neil Kelly
Sep 19, 2014

[caption id="attachment_6900" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Neil Kelly Designer, Jonathan Hopp, shares design advice at the Neil Kelly Street Fair[/caption] One stop home remodeling:  Sure, the big box stores may  have the goods...but they seriously lack the know how.  Unless you like…

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Neil Kelly
Jul 15, 2014

Downsizing your space doesn't mean you have to downsize your lifestyle, and Neil Kelly recently had a Lake Oswego project that proved you can have it all...in a smaller space. Lynn and Roger had lived in the same 4000+ square…

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Jun 17, 2014

"Let There Be Light" It’s a biblical phrase with literal reference for sun-starved Northwesterners. Living in a tree shrouded acre in Portland’s Benton Hill neighborhood, it was a phrase that Connie and Jerry knew well.  They love nearly everything about…

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Neil Kelly
Apr 14, 2014

Shelly was trapped. [caption id="attachment_1378" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Shelly's Kitchen BEFORE the Wall Came Down[/caption] She is a gourmet cook who was trapped inside her own, non-gourmet kitchen design. There seemed to be no room to move.  Another contractor had already…

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Neil Kelly
Apr 08, 2014

Kitchen cabinets are usually the first target of a kitchen remodeling project, and for good reason:  In many cases the cabinet styles were so faddish (remember—a fad is not a trend) that they are stylistically out of date.  And in…

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Neil Kelly
Apr 03, 2014

If you "fix it to list it", what do you fix first in your home before putting it on the market? Some "fix it" projects may seem like added value to you, but does that value translate to buyers? According…

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Neil Kelly
Mar 12, 2014

Kim Herman lives in a house of windows: 36 drafty, unframed single panes in just 1,150-square feet. It’s a home inspired by mid-century California architectural icon and developer Joseph Eichler, whose style was typified by floor-to-ceiling windows to “bring the outside…

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Neil Kelly
Mar 07, 2014

Every once in a while our Home Performance folks get asked the question:  "Just how durable are the solar panels you install?" Well, that's an excellent question...and one that our partner--SolarWorld--found a rather creative way to answer. We do not…

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