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Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Chosen to List Portland’s Iconic Floating Home on the Willamette River, The Aqua Star

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has been chosen to list one of Portland’s most iconic floating homes, ‘The Aqua Star.’ Long hailed as an artistic masterpiece in and of itself, the 2,800 square foot home on the Willamette River was listed this week by Jason Mendell, broker, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.

Fondly named The Aqua Star by owners Buzz and Pam Gorder, the home has been described as a ‘floating fantasy’—like living in a sculpture reminiscent of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. The Aqua Star was the first home featured on Home and Garden’s Extreme Homes series and has since become a Portlandia icon and has been featured in movies.

The 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home was built by current owner, Buzz Gorder, who combined incredible passion, design and innovation to create a retreat style of living incorporating many Well Building features. The one-of-a-kind home boasts bright light and sweeping panoramic views from every room bearing witness to nature interacting with urban living.

This idyllic dream home is perfect for an active lifestyle or enjoying the tranquility of the natural environment from your home. The interior is inspiring with artistic features around every corner with sustainable design components throughout, including silos as domes. For video lifestyle images of this spectacular home click here.

The Aqua Star has 15-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows and offers both secure privacy and scenic flair for a unique living experience. Imagine watching Portland’s famed Christmas ships, spring and fall runs of chinook salmon and enjoying year-round boating, kayaking, sailing, stand-up paddling and swimming out your doorstep. The Aqua Star also offers access to the East Bank Spring trail for cycling, running past Oaks Bottom Natural Preserve to downtown Portland, swimming in the no-wake Holgate Channel, 10-acres of shoreline walking trails, and Sellwood-area restaurants and shops.

“We chose Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty to list our beloved home because of the team’s proven and creative marketing methods—and Jason demonstrates an outside-the-box style that matched our home perfectly,” says Pam Gorder, owner. “The national and international partnerships of Cascade Sotheby’s offer access to global exposure and marketing that the home so richly deserves. We wanted a one-of-a-kind iconic realtor for our one-of-a-kind home. We look forward to finding the next steward who may want to create their own Portlandia experience on the river!”

Other features of this extraordinary property include: 

  • Spacious outdoor decks and dock for boat moorage
  • Light, bright living rooms that bring the outside in
  • Energy Star heating and air conditioning
  • Open concept floor plan
  • Eclectic 3D art sculptures throughout, specially created for the home
  • Expansive windows that soak in all levels of day & night
  • Whimsical touches delight, from leopard print countertops to brightly colored walls
  • Ample space for an additional ‘Tinder’ or ADU to be built on the opposite dock
  • Relax in nature on this calming ‘liquid lot’
  • Ample space for gatherings, the current owner once hosted an event that had over 200 attendees

 

About Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty

For over a decade, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has been an innovative leader in the regional residential real estate market. Our brokers are passionate masters of their craft, combining local expertise and global connections to set the standard for real estate guidance in Oregon and SW Washington. We have grown and evolved in rhythm with market and technology advancements and seen significant progress and change in our communities. Along the way, we have never lost sight of what inspires us—the endless beauty and distinct landscape of our remarkable place here in the Pacific Northwest. It is this deep—almost sacred—sense of place that we share with our clients and compels us to accompany them on the journey to buying or selling a home. Cascade Sotheby’s is powered by the global prestige, heritage and fortitude of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. In an ever-changing real estate market, that gives us staying power. Today, we have 12 offices and nearly 300 brokers that form the most expansive luxury and lifestyle real estate network in the Pacific Northwest. This exceptional team of brokers all share one belief—your best life begins with a home that inspires you.

For more on this stunning and unique property, contact Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty broker, Jason Mendell, at 503-349-4711.

Media Contact: Claudia Johnson, 503-799-2220

Posted in: Home & Garden,Real Estate,U.S

Virginia Tech Wins Grand Prize in Energy Efficient Home Design With Help From Southland Log Homes

A team from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) has won the Grand Prize in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition that challenges student/faculty teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. Southland Log Homes provided the Virginia Tech team with guidance on timber fabrication and construction techniques to help the group of designers, engineers, and architects arrive at the winning design.

The Virginia Tech team prevailed in the competition against teams from almost 40 other universities, including Georgia Tech, Penn State, Carnegie Mellon, and Yale. The winning design, named “TreeHAUS”, focused on the goals of energy efficiency, sustainability, and financial feasibility.

The Virginia Tech team reached out to Southland for help and guidance with the design, recognizing the company’s industry leadership and over 40 years of designing and manufacturing log homes and log cabin kits.

“Southland Log Homes was an incredible help and inspiration to the team," said Zachary Gould, PhD Candidate in Environmental Design at Virginia Tech.

Southland Log Homes, America’s largest designer and manufacturer of log homes, and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, has been previously honored with multiple national awards for excellence in design of log home plans. “We congratulate the Virginia Tech team on their achievement," said Ken Sekley, President and CEO of Southland. “Their effort is a further demonstration of the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability that can be achieved with homes designed using beautifully natural, solid wood timbers.”

About Southland Log Homes: Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, Southland Log Homes was founded in 1978 and is the largest log home company in the United States. Southland operates model home sales offices and has authorized Southland dealers located throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Model homes are located in Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge, LA; Biloxi, MS; Birmingham, AL; Charlotte, NC; Christiansburg, VA; Columbia, SC; Dallas, TX; Danville, PA; Fredericksburg, VA; Gatlinburg,TN; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Houston, TX; Northwest Indiana; Kansas City, MO; Lake City, FL; Louisville, KY; Macon, GA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Springfield, MA; and San Antonio, TX. For more information about Southland Log Homes, call 800-641-4754 or visit SouthlandLogHomes.com.

Posted in: Home & Garden,U.S

Today’s Homeowner and Pavestone Launch National Contest for a ,000 Backyard Paradise Makeover

The backyard paradise of your dreams could be just a click away thanks to Today’s Homeowner and Pavestone! The two home improvement brands are partnering once again for a national “Backyard Paradise” contest, which begins today.    

This annual contest is very popular with Today’s Homeowner fans, and draws thousands of entrants from across the U.S. A 2018 survey from LightStream indicates rising popularity for outdoor living projects. In fact, the survey reports that 43 percent of homeowners are planning to improve their outdoor spaces, with deck, patio and landscaping projects rising to the top of the list.

Continued interest in outdoor living doesn’t surprise Home Improvement Expert and host of “Today’s Homeowner” TV, Danny Lipford.

“I’ve watched the trend of outdoor living grow steadily among my audience and clients for the past 15 years,” says Lipford. “People are looking at their backyards as an extension of their homes, and the industry has responded by creating stylish, comfortable and affordable products that help homeowners easily bring the indoors out. I'm looking forward to helping the lucky winner of our ‘Backyard Paradise’ contest create a space they can enjoy, and at the same time, give our audience great advice and inspiration to transform their own spaces.”

The “Backyard Paradise” contest kicks off today and runs through April 14, 2019. The contest is open to legal residents of the U.S. who are at least 21 years of age and current homeowners. Contestants may enter the contest online at https://www.todayshomeowner.com/contest. Entries should be submitted with a 100-word or less summary of why the backyard needs a makeover, desired improvements, and a description of how an upgraded space would be used. Submission of videos and photos are highly encouraged.

The winner of the contest will receive: 

  • Up to ,000 in Pavestone materials – including pavers, retaining blocks, fire pits, and more
  • Labor/installation to create the outdoor living area of their dreams
  • Expert advice from Today’s Homeowner and Pavestone design teams
  • A featured role in an episode of “Today’s Homeowner” TV

Lexington couple, Walt and Beth Arnett, won the 2018 Backyard Paradise contest. They submitted a funny video appealing to show hosts, Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf, to rescue them from their boring, broken-down backyard. The “Today’s Homeowner” TV episode featuring the Arnettsand their backyard makeover is available on TodaysHomeowner.com.

About Today’s Homeowner Media 
Today's Homeowner is a trusted home improvement authority delivering fresh, original, practical advice to consumers across diverse media platforms including the top-rated, nationally syndicated “Today’s Homeowner” television show, now in its 21st season, and its radio counterpart, the nationally syndicated “Today’s Homeowner” radio show.

Additionally, the media brand hosts the top home enthusiast destination website, TodaysHomeowner.com, drawing more than 2 million monthly visitors, the weekly “Today’s Homeowner” Podcast, robust social media channels and the award-winning lifestyle blog and web series, “Checking In With Chelsea.” 3 Echoes Productions, the professional production arm of the brand, serves an impressive national clientele with expert video services.

Host and founder of the brand, Danny Lipford, is among the most sought-after home improvement experts in the country. The seasoned remodeling contractor and media personality served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s “The Early Show” and The Weather Channel for over a decade and has made more than 190 national television appearances on “FOX & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” FOX Business Channel, “Rachael Ray” and more. He travels the country making appearances as a brand ambassador and spokesperson, and contributes expertise to hundreds of popular magazines and online media outlets each year.

About Pavestone® 
Founded in 1980, Pavestone® is a leading manufacturer and supplier of concrete pavers, retaining walls, fire pits and other hardscapes for outdoor living. With manufacturing facilities across the country, Pavestone® is a design resource for landscape architects and contractors as well as homeowners. Part of The QUIKRETE® Companies’ hardscapes division, Pavestone® fulfills its brand promise for “Creating Beautiful Landscapes® every day. For more information about Pavestone® visit pavestone.com.

Posted in: Business,Home & Garden

The Lawn Care Experts at Giroud and Lawn Recommend a Later Start to the Lawn Care Season After the Wettest Winter on Record

The Lawn Care Experts at Giroud Tree and Lawn have been carefully planning the official start of the lawn treatment season because the 2018-2019 winter was the wettest on record. A later start will yield better results for homeowners’ lawns and Giroud Tree and Lawn shares the reasons why it’s better to delay a lawn care treatment program.

The birds are chirping and the days are longer, which can only mean one thing- Spring is in the air! Homeowners are looking forward to enjoying time outside in the sunshine, and many may be eager to start a Lawn Care Program. However, the Lawn Care Experts at Giroud Tree and Lawn have been carefully planning the official start of the season, because this year a later start will yield better results after the wet winter.

Winter weather can affect how a lawn fares in spring and summer, but carefully timing lawn care treatments can be the deciding factor between a lush, green carpet of grass and one riddled with problems all season long. Fertilizer and weed control are only effective if applied at the optimal time.

“We have to time it just right,” explains Tom McMonagle, Giroud Lawn Care Technician. “It’s a domino effect, and if we start too early, all the other treatments will be too early as well. That’s why we start on the weather, not based on the time of year.”

There’s a Chill in the Ground

The Philadelphia area has been enjoying the spring-like temperatures this week, but it’s important to know that air temperature is different than soil temperature. It takes a lot more energy for the soil to warm up, and the soil needs to be at optimal temperature to get the best results from the fertilizer treatments. Crabgrass Pre-emergent Control needs to be applied just as the Crabgrass is beginning to germinate, which won’t happen until the soil temperature is 55 degrees or above for at least 3 days in a row.

Soaked Soil

It was a very wet winter! Homeowners may notice that the ground is almost spongy when and there are pools of water on many properties. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “From December 2018 through February 2019, the total U.S. winter precipitation was 9.01 inches that was 2.22 inches above average. That made it the wettest winter on record beating the winter of 1997-1998.”

Giroud Lawn Care Technicians have been carefully monitoring soil conditions for 3 important reasons:

1.    An Even, Uniform Application- excess water will dilute the product, causing some sections get too much and others not enough.

2.    Maintaining the Product’s Strength and Effectiveness- wet conditions like these can dilute crabgrass controls and weaken the protective barrier.

3.    Preventing Lawn Damage: If the ground is soft and still absorbing all that water, driving heavy equipment onto the grass will only damage the lawn! In some cases, the ground is still so soaked that even walking on it could leave divots and dents.

Here are a few things homeowners can do now to get the lawn ready for a great season:

1.    Give the property a Spring Cleanup! Clear brush, rake up leaves, and pick up anything that may block the early spring sun from shining down on those little grass sprouts.

2.    Have the soil’s pH level checked. A balanced soil acidity will only strengthen the effectiveness of a lawn care program!

3.    Schedule a Lawn Evaluation with a PA Certified Lawn Care Technician! A lawn expert will analyze the growing environment, the current condition of the lawn, and check for any emerging issues.

About Giroud Tree and Lawn 
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, lawn care and mosquito and tick control programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal, traditional and 100% organic lawn programs and mosquito and tick control. Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to properly diagnose, treat and maintain trees and lawn health. The company is Accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association and Better Business Bureau. Giroud has also been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the company website at http://www.giroudtree.com or call 215-682-7704.

Posted in: Business,Education,Home & Garden

San Francisco Restaurant Avoids Rising Rent by Purchasing Building with SBA 504 Loan from TMC Financing

TMC Financing, a commercial real estate lender specializing in SBA 504 loans for growing businesses, helped owners of Plow to secure .5 million in total project cost through the SBA 504 loan program. The funds were used to purchase a 4,000 square foot mixed-use property in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.

Plow is owned by the husband and wife team of Joel Bleskacek and Maxine Siu, who fittingly met at a restaurant close to 20 years ago. In 2010, while on a break from the restaurant scene, Joel and Maxine discovered a vacant architect studio within their own neighborhood of Potrero Hill and took a leap of faith. Armed with a shared love for food and wine, the pair signed a lease to open their own restaurant, Plow.

According to Joel and Maxine, Plow is a tribute to timeliness recipes accompanied with California cooking and warm hospitality. The restaurant is an extension of their home where they often entertain friends and family. Gayot recognized Plow’s welcoming feel and said walking into the restaurant felt like coming home.

After learning about the low down payment and low interest rate of the 504 loan, Joel and Maxine knew that owning was within reach and knew it was something they needed to do. However, in the Bay Area, it’s not always that easy. The owners didn’t want to let go of their property but Joel and Maxine remained persistent. After four years, they agreed to sell. Joel and Maxine purchased the building they were previously leasing with only a 10 percent down payment by utilizing the SBA 504 Program.

“Owning the property gives us long term security for Plow,” explains Joel. “We have peace of mind knowing that the building is ours. We don’t have to worry about increased rent or losing our lease.

“Owning also encourages us to make improvements to the building, as those improvements become equity in the long run,” continues Joel.

The acquired property, located at 1297-1299 18th St in San Francisco, is comprised of the restaurant space, five apartment units and two garages. The restaurant occupies 75 percent of the property, Joel and Maxine collect rent on four of the residential units and Plow uses the remaining square footage for storage and office space.

“Working with TMC was fantastic. Even though we had a fair amount of experience in the real estate world, they were very patient and willing to take the extra time to make sure we understood each step of the process,” states Joel.

Joel and Maxine have a lot of feats to be proud of, including opening a neighborhood gem that regularly has over an hour wait, being coined one of the best brunches in SF, getting added to the list of 100 things you must eat in SF before you die, and being a part of SF’s greatest hits list. TMC is proud to have played a part in their most recent feat of purchasing an official home for Plow.

About TMC Financing

TMC is an SBA Premier Certified Lender and has funded projects worth more than billion across California and Nevada, resulting in the creation of an estimated 60,000 jobs. TMC has worked with restaurant owners and business leaders for over 35 years. TMC can help you find the financing that is best to purchase a building or equipment for your restaurant or business. For more information about SBA 504 loans, contact a TMC Financing Loan Expert.

Posted in: Building & Construction,Home & Garden

Solarmeter 6.5 UV Index Meter Named #1 UV Tester by Ezvid Wiki

"We are thrilled that Ezvid Wiki has selected not one, but two of our Solarmeter Handheld UV meters for its Top 10 Best UV Testers Wiki," commented Jeffrey W. Hall, EVP Commercial Operations at Solar Light Company, Inc. Ranked in the #1 position, Solarmeter's Model 6.5 UV Index Meter provides instantaneous UV index measurements for outdoor activities or monitoring UV lamp intensity and aging. "With a NIST-traceable calibration certificate, you can rest assured its accuracy is unquestionable," says Ezvid Wiki. Coming in at #7, the Solarmeter Model 8.0 UVC Meter is a “must have” according to Ezvid Wiki for monitoring germicidal lamps or testing eyewear. Learn more about the Solarmeter® family of compact, handheld light meters and how their simple pushbutton operation can help you measure human and animal health-related light levels at http://www.solarmeter.com

Compiled with twenty-three hours of research, this newly published 10 Best UV Testers Wiki in Ezvid Wiki’s electronics category is a broad-ranging, impartial assessment of UV tester options available to consumers in the United States. 

About Solar Light Company, Inc. 
Solar Light Company, Inc., has been providing specialized light-measurement solutions to advance global health protection and environmental monitoring sciences for over 50 years. From our research-grade, laboratory and field-based systems to our handheld sensors we strive to contribute to the improvement of global health and the environment by providing high-quality solutions, supported through a premier global infrastructure.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Home & Garden,Lifestyle,Living,Manufacturing & Industry

Sierra Designs Successfully Settles Intellectual Property Dispute

Sierra Designs is proud to announce the successful resolution of a challenge in German court to their intellectual property, regarding their innovative zipperless sleeping bag. The Backcountry Bed is confirmed as the true pioneer in zipperless sleeping bags in the European Market.

“We’re pleased with the confirmation that this award-winning product is truly the original, and excited to announce that the most comfortable sleeping bag on the market is one uniquely available from Sierra Designs,” says VP/GM George Bryant.

Designed to work more like a bed and less like a sleeping bag, the Backcountry Bed features a unique zipperless construction with access provided through a large opening in the top. An oversized, integrated comforter seals this opening, allowing you to sleep comfortably and intuitively on your back, side or stomach, a feat that is impossible to accomplish with a traditional mummy bag. The comforter can either be tucked in on cold nights or untucked when the weather is warmer. All of this means the Backcountry Bed is the most versatile and comfortable sleeping bag on the market today. The Backcountry Bed features PFC-free hydrophobic 700 fill DriDown™ insulation and materials and is offered in 20? Reg/Long and Women’s-specific constructed options, and 35? Reg/Long.

For more information, please contact suzanne@darbycommunications.com.

About Sierra Designs

Born in California and bred on the trail, Sierra Designs has been on a mission to redefine how people interact with the outdoors since 1965. Today, that means creating equipment and apparel that is functional, beautiful, and most importantly, attainable. Our team believes that adventures should be within everyone’s reach, because it’s not only about the destination, it’s about the journey you take along the way. Find more information at www.sierradesigns.com.

Posted in: Home & Garden,Living

Sagora Senior Living Acquires Brookdale South San Angelo

Sagora Senior Living, a Fort Worth-based private corporation, announces the acquisition of Brookdale South San Angelo (2695 Valleyview Boulevard, 76904). The community becomes Sagora’s 39th senior living community.

"Sagora is proud to expand further into the West Texas area, enhancing the family-owned atmosphere we provide to enrich the lives of seniors and their families," said Sagora Senior Living, President Bryan McCaleb. “Our decision to expand assisted living and memory care in San Angelo allows our associates to provide a caring environment that fosters health, safety and high quality of life for each of our residents."

“Our team will focus on keeping our residents as independent and active as possible and on providing activities, entertainment and therapies to enhance and stimulate residents’ social needs.”

Residents of the community will receive the highest level of attention from professionally trained associates. Each resident is evaluated, and a custom care plan is designed and followed to provide the best care and service for them.

The community features 77 apartments—60 Assisted Living and 17 Memory Care apartments—and offers medication management, assistance with activities of daily living, transportation and common areas for social and recreational activities. Sagora employs their Pathways Memory Care Program, which is a focused approach to programming that provides the best possible lifestyle, care and environment for Memory Care residents.

“This community is all about changing the lives of our residents by putting them first in all we do,” said Sagora Senior Vice President Dara Brown. “Our qualified associates will provide personalized care, respect and comfort to our residents, spending quality time to get to know them and to understand their specific needs and interests.”

About Sagora Senior Living

Sagora Senior Living is one of the nation’s top 50 senior housing operators. The privately- owned company operates senior living communities throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida and soon in California. Living options include cottage homes, independent living, assisted living, respite and memory care. The company’s mission is to serve and celebrate the wisdom of residents and family members by enriching their lives with a “Resident First” philosophy developed locally within each community. Sagora hires qualified industry professionals, implements beneficial services and activities, and makes it a priority to listen to their residents. For more information about Sagora Senior Living, visit http://www.sagora.com.

Posted in: Home & Garden,Living

QS Fencing Provides A-Z Service for Residential Fencing in Vancouver

As a Vancouver-based fencing company, the team at QS Fencing have specialized in residential fencing solutions since the company launched in 2010. To help homeowners who require fence installation for privacy and protection, QS Fences provides all-metal fencing and gates. For more, go to: http://www.qsfencing.ca/

Three of the most popular residential fencing services provided to homeowners are the repair and installation of metal pickets, privacy fences, and gates.

Picket fences function as a decorative or ornamental fence while providing a physical barrier around a property or garden. Commonly seen around the perimeter of a yard, the distinct style of a picket fence is well known to homeowners and easily adapted into metal for greater durability and style.

While privacy fences are more commonly associated with commercial rather than residential applications, options like the chain link fence, ornamental aluminum or steel fence panels are a viable option for homeowners concerned about safety and privacy. Products can be powder-coated in an unlimited selection of colors, and for commercial applications where security is paramount, options like barb and razor wire can be added.

Finally, as part of the services QS Fencing provides, gates (automatic or otherwise) can also be added to a fence. The team can work one on one with homeowners to help select and implement a solution that suits the property, architecture, and budget.

As a Vancouver fencing company, QS Fencing is fully licensed and insured. All workers are also WCB insured. With 15 years of experience in the industry, these professionals are committed to meeting any and all needs related to commercial and residential fencing. To learn more or request a free quote, call (604) 777-3057.

About QS Fencing
Established in 2010, QS Fencing is a family-owned business that aims to provide quality products and superior service. It is a Vancouver-based fencing company that is licensed and insured. All employees are WCB insured as well. QS Fencing serves the geographical areas of Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Richmond, Surrey, and Delta, BC. To learn more, visit http://www.qsfencing.ca or call (604) 777-3057.

Posted in: Home & Garden,Living,Professional Services