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a ware-home, an apartment-home, a bike-home!

by Grace Bonney

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yesterday i shared with you a new house construction on an infill lot here in portland, today we’ll explore an old warehouse building recent converted into a charming urban live/work space for a young family and their business.

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pinball publishing began with the purchase and refurbishment of an old warehouse building in the industrial southeast district five years ago. with that bright yellow, it’s always been easy to find! [image above: an old chalkboard with metal backing that was found abandoned in an alley has been given new life. magnets hold a rotating assemblage of client projects in place and make the pinball lobby a great place to wait!]

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two years ago, austin and laura purchased the adjacent building to add more space for their growing business, and converted a section of the new building into their own ‘warehome’.

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the single outside-facing window in the warehome section of the building is above the kitchen sink. austin made all the cabinets himself with some details from ikea, while the sink, fridge, and stove were salvaged.

CLICK HERE for the rest of Jill’s post after the jump!

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curtains add to the homey feel of the living room, and disguise views into the press room next door. the dining table was made by austin’s dad.

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another exciting living situation here in portland is the newly completed cyan apartment building downtown, which i knew nothing about until i attended an event under a giant tent on their faux-grass outdoor communal area a few weeks ago. i took a tour of the building afterwards, and there’s so many perks to living there it was mind blowing!

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there are many newer eco/green apartment buildings here in portland, but i haven’t run across any others that have all these features: pet friendly, an on-site concierge, gym facilities, movie nights and lecture series in the community areas, a community garden area, walking distance to the farmer’s market, restaurants, and shops.

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modeled on the best of efficient european and asian urban living,the apartments themselves are stunning and the entire building expects to be leed gold certified soon. wow. how’s that for apartment living?!

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water-tight, these homes are ingeniously made from found materials and lots of welded and taped metal pieces. more information about brian and his bikes can be found on Bike Portland [thanks m-horton for the link!]

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