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I live in the beautiful city of Portland, Ore., where we have the coast and the mountains just an hour's drive away. I enjoy working on historic homes that have charm and character. When I remodel a vintage home, my goals are to retain its character while also bringing it to the standards of our era. This means making the home perform better with less energy usage and using more sustainable materials that have less upstream pollution and don't off-gas in the home. Adding on to a home with historic charm and character can certainly be a challenge, but with the careful and thoughtful design it can be done and can actually make an historic home look even better and more of its period. When I'm not remodeling, I enjoy hiking the many miles of trails around Portland, listening to music and traveling. A lot of my best work comes from getting myself outside and finding inspiration in all the beauty that's out there."