November 1st, 2012

Energy From the Sun Part 2

We are once again looking into how we might be able to install a solar array on our roof. The finances are tough for us right now, but there is some incentive to get some installed because the Buckman Historic Association has decided to go through with submitting a nomination for our neighborhood as a historic district… Were this to go through, the installation of solar panels in our part of Buckman would become nearly impossible.

So anyways, with this in mind, we have run through what our expenses would look like under three different scenarios:

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April 3rd, 2012

Spring Planting

We have recently started up with the Portland Audobon’s Backyard Habitat Certification Program and picked up plants from one of their seasonal sales this last weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

February 12th, 2012

Signs of Spring

Just as before, it seems that our ecoroofs seem to know when the season is about to change before anything else does. Over the last week or so, camas has been popping up all over the place on both of our roofs that have some. Read the rest of this entry »

January 9th, 2012


One of my favorite parts of Harpoon House is the siding. Early in the process when developing the initial concept for our house we were really interested in the idea of aging gracefully… And that certain materials, when allowed to show their age, can be extremely long lived with very little maintenance. I’ve been noticing lately that this aging has begun to happen in a very visible way. Read the rest of this entry »

September 23rd, 2011

First signs of Fall

Aside from the lower sun and rain in the forecast, there hasn’t been a whole lot of change to indicate that fall is setting in… But there is something in the air, and our ecoroofs seem to know it before everything else. Read the rest of this entry »

September 21st, 2011

Library Ladder

At long last we finally have our library ladder for loft access. Read the rest of this entry »

September 7th, 2011

Green Appraisal Addendum

Like many people out there, with mortgage rates as low as they are right now, we are looking into refinancing. So I wanted to bring up something that Earth Advantage is doing: In the process of refinancing, buying, or getting a construction loan, banks need to know that what they are lending for is a sound investment so they send out an appraiser to determine what this property or proposed property might be worth. Unfortunately appraisers tend to only look at a handful of standardized metrics for determining the value of a home (size, number of bathrooms, garage, etc… ), and green measures are rarely if ever looked at or given value. Some of this is because of basic lack of education on the appraiser’s side, and some of it is lack of ability to give evidence of value for green measures (for reasons like a lack of comperables). Read the rest of this entry »

July 31st, 2011

Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers

This weekend we harvested our first batch of garlic, and we’re pretty sold on having it as a regular in our garden. Read the rest of this entry »

July 18th, 2011


Despite the cool rainy weather, our ecoroofs are telling us that summer may in fact be here. Read the rest of this entry »

June 10th, 2011


This time last year, there were portions of our yard that were either completely barren or choked with weeds, and as we get everything into shape we are developing strategies for keeping everything from getting out of control. Read the rest of this entry »

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