September 20th, 2010

Portland Tribune

The Portland Tribune that came out this last Thursday has an article about residential ecoroofs and pretty prominently features our house. The article is about the benefits of ecoroofs and why it makes sense to put soil and plants on your roof, and why it is a financially good idea for the city to give out grants to get people to build ecoroofs. Read the rest of this entry »

June 29th, 2010

Ecoroof Update: Entry

Just a quick update, nodding onions, self heal and yarrow are in full bloom on our entry ecoroof. Read the rest of this entry »

May 24th, 2010

Sedums and Trim

We went up to our upper ecoroof for the first time in two months over the weekend. This roof is entirely sedums in an attempt to make it as low maintenance as possible and they were planted by throwing piles of cuttings around and then waiting to let them root. So now coming back up two months later, we’ve found everything thriving and surprisingly red. Read the rest of this entry »

March 7th, 2010

Ecoroof Planting Party

Thanks to the help of a crew of a bunch of really hard working friends and family members, this weekend was wildly productive. Read the rest of this entry »

March 5th, 2010

Plants and Railings

Today we got a delivery of all our ecoroof plants that we’re going to plant this weekend. Most of what we unloaded from the delivery van were flats of plants in pots… Our licorice ferns, coastal strawberries, camas, Oregon iris… But in terms of area covered, we got 35 pounds of assorted sedum cuttings (image above) that came in a couple of wet boxes.  Read the rest of this entry »

February 4th, 2010

Floors and an Open Studio

Flooring finally started getting installed today after a bunch of delays from the drywall issues and then recently, too much moisture in the subfloor. Read the rest of this entry »

January 26th, 2010

Steel and Soil

The crane was out today, probably for the last time. It was out today to put up the steel frame for our screen around the lower roof garden, and to lift soil onto the roof. Read the rest of this entry »

January 20th, 2010

Drywall and Texture

The siding on our first wall was completed today, but the big news is the drywall being completed. Everything was textured this morning and looks great not offensive. We had hoped to go with smooth walls, but ended up with textured after getting a few bids on the job and realizing that that smooth was several thousand dollars more than we can afford. Read the rest of this entry »

December 4th, 2009


Its been a little while since the last real update and there have been a bunch of little things that have gone on. The most significant right now is that we are dry inside… Not just because of the weather, but the last leak seems to have been taken care of just before Thanksgiving. Read the rest of this entry »

November 18th, 2009

Deck and Cabinets

Over the last couple of days, the main visible change on the house is that our deck is now framed out. That leaves just siding, our entry patio and the ecoroofs as the remaining exterior things to do. Read the rest of this entry »

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