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Home & Garden Willamette Valley

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An update for a Corvallis Mid-Century Stunner Create a Backyard Oasis Modern Flooring Trends Kitchen & Bath Updates

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The All-New 2019 E-Class Cabriolet

Following the introduction of the world’s most intelligent sedan, wagon and coupe, the E-Class Cabriolet—available for the first time with 4MATIC all-wheel drive-now completes the E-Class family. With expressive proportions, clear and sensual design and generous rear seat accommodations, the new E-Class Cabriolet ensures all-season open-top driving and comfort for four. The Mercedes-

AMG E-Class Cabrio is also among the first vehicles in the MercedesBenz and Mercedes-AMG lineup with 48-volt technology that offers increased efficiency and comfort. The AMG-enhanced 3.0-Liter inline 6 cylinder engine found in the AMG E 53 Cabriolet is supplemented with a powerful and efficient integrated starter generator and a powerful auxiliary compressor. This integrated electric motor system, known as

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Home & Garden 2019


Kitchen & Bath


Garden Oasis On the Cover:

A Mid-Century Stunner in the Hills above Corvallis





Stylin' Throw Pillows

Tile Done Right

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From the Home Office in Corvallis...

Publisher's Welcome Home is Where the Heart is... Welcome to Willamette Living, "On the House" our first home & garden stand-alone publication. For years we've featured our great, local home pros in regular issues of Willamette Living Magazine, but we needed more room to do them justice. So, we launched this publication with nice big photos, and articles all about domestic bliss.

I want to thank all of the supporters of our first issue, some of the best of the best in our area. As you peruse the pages of our new magazine, you'll enjoy kitchen and bath tips from one of our local standouts, Corvallis Custom Kitchen and Baths, specifically from their lead designer Holly Needham. Enjoy catching up on the latest flooring trends brought to you by Teri and Co. at Benson's Interiors in Corvallis. Scott Alexander, Publisher Willamette Living Magazines

"A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home." Chinese Proverb

There's a little garden design from the pros at Garland Nursery -- in business since 1937, they know gardening inside and out (mostly out). Take in the fabulous mid-century find that has been transformed by a lot of local builders, but in this feature we focus on the stunning tile job done by Bert and Co. at Mid-Valley Tile. There's a little explanation about VOC's (Volitile Organic Compounds) sponsored by our friends at Equilibrium Painting, winners of the "Celebrate Corvallis Sustainable Business of the Year 2018." Roofing tips sponsored by the area's premier roofing pros at Orezona Building & Roofing Company.

A bath fixture roundup sponsored by Stephanie at Midway Plumbing who's family business has served our area for over forty years! A little decor suggestion from our friends at The Inkwell Home Store. Outdoor lighting tips from J&J Lighting, in Albany for over fifty years! A little real estate advice from the number one Coldwell Banker Principal Broker in Oregon, Annette Sievert of Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers. Some financial advice to consider before breaking ground on your dream home from a Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisor for 2019, Sten Carlson at PacWest Wealth Partners -- if you've got financial questions, Sten and his fellow advisors have the answers! If you're looking to insure your investment, get on the horn to Barker Uerlings in Corvallis. And finally, if you're ready to just move right into a great new home, consider one built by Legend Homes, Legend has built a number of communities in the Mid-Valley, and is one of the biggest supporters of all of our publications!


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Kitchen W

hen considering home renovations, some offer a greater return on your investment than others. Consistently at the top of that list are kitchen and bath remodels.

The kitchen is considered the “heart of the home” by many, and a nice kitchen can go a long way in selling your home, for an attractive price. Buyers definitely prefer a nice, fresh bathroom. Kitchen remodels can, according to HGTV, return from 60-120 percent on your investment. But, they warn, don’t go overboard! A kitchen that outshines the rest of the house, or every house in the neighborhood is tempting, but there can be dimin-


ishing returns. Unless you have a palatial house, perhaps an energy efficient, midpriced range will be a better choice than that $14,000 restaurant-style six burner professional model. Not to mention new efficient appliances will save you money right off the bat on your energy bills. Another thing to consider when sizing up a kitchen remodel is new paint. Paint is relatively inexpensive and provides an immediate impact. Everyone loves fresh paint, just watch those VOC’s! And if your kitchen is a 1970’s taupe, then definitely look into painting.

Bathroom upgrades are also a safe bet when spending your hard-earned money. Nobody wants a house with old, funky

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toilets, leaky faucets with 1980’s style brass finishes, cracked or even worse, missing tiles. Nice new low-flow toilets, attractive fixtures and flooring are must. In addition to sprucing up an outdated bathroom, another cost effective move is adding another bathroom. HGTV estimates that you can expect a return of 80-130 percent on an added bathroom. Before you go tearing out your toilet though, be sure to consult a local contractor to make sure you’ve got a handle on the behind-the-wall plumbing situation, local codes, and space requirements. Soon enough, you’ll be relaxing, happy with your wise investment, cooking up a storm and soaking in your new tub!

Colors to Consider

Kitchen Looks Marble look quartz (Silestone Pearl Jasmine or Ceasarstone Calcatta Nuvo) • Furniture style white oak cabinetry w/o stain or lacquer finish, paired with painted cabinetry, usually white • Mid Century inspired Walnut cabinetry with flat front doors and drawers see: www.houzz.com/hznb/photos/firwood-kitchen-and-bath-midcentury-kitchenphvw-vp~141978659 • Mixed metal finishes on fixtures • Backsplashes with textures and/or patterns in soft muted colors

Magnolia Home Storm Chaser

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Bath Trends • Freestanding bathtubs see: www.houzz.com/hznb/photos/glenwoodbathroom-renovation-bathroom-phvw-vp~142026031 • Multiple shower heads • Large curbless tile showers • Bluetooth speakers with LED recessed light combo units • Heated tile floors

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Color Trends: Cabinetry • • • • •

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Flooring Trends




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ome fashion trends are ever evolving. One thing remains the same, it has never been that one single trend appeals to everyone. Exploring all of the options before deciding on new flooring, will ensure that you select the perfect surface to express what makes you, you! Waterproof flooring hit the floor covering scene a few years ago. Since the technology has been a huge success, there are now more style options than ever before. Waterproof flooring comes in a wide selection of popular wood plank designs, including authentic replicas of wood species, in an array of stain tones and sizes, or beautiful natural stone & tile looks. These flooring option are not only waterproof; they are also built to stand up to real life, with children and pets. Most waterproof floors are easy to install, making it the perfect choice for do-it-yourself homeowners.


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2. Karastan - style Ashland 3. Karastan - All Pet Carpet 4. Coretec - style Fascination Oak

Bold Patterns are found in many of the 2019 introductions of hard surface flooring and carpet styles. Created by designers that take inspiration from art, nature, travels and everyday modern life. Added to the patterns are color, or in some cases texture, to spark personality within the design. Hard surface products with bold designs come in click together floors, individual glue down luxury tile, porcelain tile or sheet vinyl. Pattern carpet can be found in durable loop or soft cut pile styles. Bold patterns will add interest to any room. Pet Friendly carpets have made home life with four legged family members more peaceful. These carpets are not only stain and moisture resistant; the fibers have been masterfully constructed to make pet hair easier to clean. Many carpet mills have lifetime warranties that cover pet stains. Now the whole family can enjoy the warmth and softness of carpet.

Home Style Need to spice up your space in a hurry? Take the quickest route, throw pillows!

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1. Villa Heirloom Velvet, Marine. 18x18 2. Villa, Sundew, Ochre, 18x18 3. Villa, Mullholland Blue&Melon 22x22 4. Villa, Maddy, 14x26 5. Cotton Belle, Houndstooth, 22x22 6. Villa, Lenny, 18x18 7. Eight Mood, FUYU Cushion, 16x16


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Garden Design


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Creating Your Own Backyard Oasis Things to Consider, From the Pros at Garland Nursery Imagine a peaceful, private retreat in your own back yard. A place to unwind and get in tune with nature or perhaps an outdoor dining and entertaining area. You can even develop a wildlife friendly, food productive landscape. With the right planning you can make any of these dreams a reality.

slope, or are there low spots in the yard that are always wet? How much wind does the area receive? Are you able and willing to irrigate in the summer? If you want to select drought tolerant plants, be aware that they, too, need some consistent watering for the first 2 years until their root systems are established.

When you begin the process, start with what you want to accomplish. Do you want a space for privacy, outdoor entertaining, function or simply beauty? Consider the style that you like. Is it formal, cottage garden, flowing in curves, simple, Mediterranean, country or southwest desert? Also, does your desired garden style match the style of your house? Although the landscape doesn't have to match the interior perfectly, it should blend harmoniously. Think about planning your dream yard like you would decorate your home. Even in nature there is a roof, walls and a floor. In a landscape, just like a house, there are focal points. Color, height, texture, proportion are all art principles you can apply to create an outstanding visual effect.

If you have particular plants that you like or wish to include in your landscape, make a list of them. Group listed plants with similar needs together. Determine which plants are focal point, framework, accent, or infill plants. You can then put together plant combinations, choosing plants from each group and then evaluate the visual effect based on the previously mentioned art principles of color, texture, form and proportion. You can research the size of each plant and then space them accordingly to fill in the area you are designing. Then you can draw up a plan, or place plants or flags in the area to be planted and make sure that it fills the space to your desires.

The next thing to contemplate is how much maintenance you are willing to do and what types of hardscapes are necessary to accomplish your goals, especially for an outdoor entertaining space. If you want a lower maintenance landscape, installing more hardscaping such as decks, patios, and paved walkways may cut down on maintenance. Generally, a deck or concrete patio involves less maintenance than a lawn or a paver and groundcover pathway, although nothing is absolutely maintenance-free. Be honest about how much work you are willing to contribute. Also, consider your budget. Is this something you want to complete immediately or are you able to take several years to complete the project so that your outlay of cash is spread over a longer period of time? Are you wanting to do all the work yourself or would you like to hire someone to complete part or all of the project? Now assess the conditions in your yard that will make a difference in the plants you select. How much sun or shade does the area receive? What is the soil like? Do you have the Willamette Valley's typical clay soil, which drains slowly? Is there a

At this stage, a local garden center can be a big help. You can wander through their selection of plants and find ones that you like, determine specifics about a plant from good signage, and see how the garden center has used them in combination with other plants. Also, your local garden center should have people on staff with actual gardening experience in your area. They can tell you whether a plant is actually as great as the internet advertises or if plants grow larger than the marketing claims (everything grows larger in Oregon, especially if you water it). Many local garden centers have designers on staff that can help you design your space. And if you don't want to do any of the design on your own, there are landscape designers and architects that you can hire to create the entire planting plan. Finally, there are finishing touches you can add. Garden furniture, statues, and garden art all add to the ambiance and appeal of your backyard oasis. Windchimes and fountains can add an audible element to the garden. Be sure to include those things that will bring joy to your ideal backyard oasis. For more: www.garlandnursery.com



Mission: Tile Update


New Tile Backsplash

Barstools: Original!

SET ON A HILL OVERLOOKING CORVALLIS IS ONE OF THE COOLEST, MID-CENTURY HOMES IN THE WEST. The mid-century movement of the late 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s embraced not only home design, but furniture, art, and clothing. Furniture began to lean towards a modern, fun appeal with the “Tulip Chair” and the Eames Plywood Chair still popular today. Pop Art of the 60’s was a dramatic break from painting stern looking old people, fat babies, and cows standing around on the range – Jackson Pollack broke new ground by flinging paint onto canvas in what was thought to be alcohol-fueled insanity at the time, but later proved to be very recognizable patterns. According to Richard Taylor, Professor of Physics at University of Oregon, Pollack’s work is not born of insanity, but is rooted in mathematics, specifically in “chaos theory and it’s offspring, fractal geometry” – not so crazy after all. Warhol and his soup cans elicited a lot of “anybody can do that!” But he’s the guy who did. Women were seen in shockingly high-cut dresses in big, bold prints, and thigh-high boots -- that were made for walkin’. Home design promoted healthy liv-


ing with a connection to nature, via expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. The homes reflected the optimism of the day with wide open floor plans, clean lines, square corners, and doors that would fling open to decks or courtyards perfect for entertaining, or just to enjoy a Martini and a cigarette (remember, four out of five doctors recommended Lucky Strikes) after the long ride home from the office--wearing the RayBan’s--in the convertible GTO. Today these homes stand as a testament of the greatness of their architects and designers, and to the optimism of the day. We weren’t going to the Moon because it was easy, and we weren’t going to live in boring homes! Unlike today’s depressing, cookie cutter homes built across the country, mid-century homes just make you feel good the minute you walk in the door. Back then, there was no blind insistence on hideous granite counter tops, emotionless, stainless steel appliances, and taupe… beige… whatever . How about an Avocado, wall mounted oven, paired with

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bright, lime-green astro-patterned Formica and a Sputnik lamp? So, so much cooler. Our subject home for this issue is going to be a major feature in an upcoming issue of Willamette Living. For now, we’re focusing on the kitchen upgrade, specifically the tile. The homeowners wanted to maintain the mid-century integrity of this supremely well-preserved example. They are the third owners; the second owners occupied the house for 44 years, and meticulously maintained the house. It looks like it was built this year! Like many homes of the day, there was wood-paneled wall separating the kitchen from the fireplace/dining nook. This update did away with the wall, added brilliant white tile, and unified the floor with stunning 24 by 24 tile. On the scene with the most knowledgeable tile pros in the valley was Bert and Co. from Mid-Valley tile in Corvallis. See the sidebar for details about the job, materials used and Mid-Valley Tile.


Details Kitchen backsplash: Emser Vogue, white convex. Floor: 24x24 Pental Cocciopesto Absolute Mid-Valley Tile: • Mid-Valley Tile specializes in tile only, and offers a deep background of tile knowledge, and free in-house design assistance. • You can enjoy the peace of mind knowing your installers from Mid-Valley Tile are all Certified Tile Installers. The Certified Tile Installer Program provides consumers with a mechanism for identifying the level of proficiency of prospective tile installers and, It encourages them to use only the bestqualified installers, ensuring that their tile project is installed correctly from the beginning, and looks beautiful for years to come. • Mid-Valley Tile is the only area tile contractor that is a member of the National Tile Contractors Association. • Mid-Valley Tile’s showroom offers the widest selection of tile and professional installation materials in the area. • Mid-Valley Tile will work with homeowners to ensure their dreams become reality. General Contractors can bring in a client, and Mid-Valley can take the tile piece of the puzzle off their shoulders, freeing them to concentrate on the rest of a remodel or new construction project. Mid-Valley Tile 907 NW Sycamore Ave. Corvallis, OR 97330 541-745-5305 www.mid-valleytileinc.com www.willametteliving.com


Painting? OMG, Watch Those VOC's! When Thinking About Painting, Home Improvement Can Cost You More Than Money! Be aware of what you’re putting in your house. You might end up with a nice, new Coral colored accent wall, but you don’t want to pay for it with your health! You’ve probably heard of volatile organic compounds by now (VOC’s), and you’re pretty sure they’re bad, right? But what are they exactly? VOC’s are simply chemical compounds that evaporate into the air as a result of their low boiling point. Some are not so bad. Some things that emit VOC’s might surprise you, like Strawberries, animals, and bugs, not bad. Others can be really bad; one of them, Formaldehyde, can become airborne at minus two degrees Fahrenheit! From Wikipedia: ”The strong odor emitted by many plants consists of green leaf volatiles, a subset of VOCs. Emissions are affected by a variety of factors, such as temperature, and growth, and sunlight, which determines rates of  biosynthesis. Emission occurs almost exclusively from the leaves, the  stomata  in particular. A major class of VOCs is  terpenes, such as  myrcene. Providing a sense of scale, a forest 46,000 square miles  in area, approximately the size of Pennsylvania, is estimated to emit 7,495,716 pounds of terpenes on a typical August day during the growing season.” Seven and a half million pounds… in one day! That doesn’t mean though, that you should be afraid to go outside. Quite the opposite, indoor air can often be many times higher in VOC’s, by thousands of percentage points, and not the good kind.


VOC’s are everywhere. What you hear about though, are the bad kind. Formaldehyde, Benzene, Ammonia, Arsenic, the list goes on. Many of the “bad” VOC’s are naturally occurring substances; formaldehyde is produced, in small amounts, by the human body. But it’s also used as an embalming fluid in mortuaries. It’s all about balance. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen – it will give you cancer in big enough doses. You don’t want breathing in your house to be the equivalent of sucking on an exhaust pipe! Some, mostly older, paints can take months to years to fully off-gas VOC’s, and in the case of exterior paints, decades! Thanks to modern advances in science and technology, the danger of long-term health hazards from paints, and coatings has been drastically reduced. That doesn’t mean you should just charge ahead with whatever home improvement project you like without a little investigation though -- protect yourself and your family with some prudent research. If any of the process is going to be a bit of do-it-yourself, make sure you know what you’re doing. Something seemingly harmless can be a bad idea, like sanding older (pre 1978) leadcontaining paint, for example. Talk to your painting contractor about the plan. Are they competent in modern building science? If not, show them the door, just don’t let them paint it on the way out. For more information on protecting the environment and your health from toxic substances, check out “Tox Town” at:


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Your Roof What to check • Look for signs of leakage. Get up in your attic with a flashlight and look for not only active leaks, but for signs of previous leaks like water staining.


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Poorly done repairs: failure to properly lap shingles or apply sealants around newly installed or replaced venting or other roof penetrations can result in leaks.

Wind: high winds can cause shingles to lift and become unstable, or in some cases, leave the roof altogether!

If it never rained, there Plain old wear and tear: for would be no problem. But example, roofing materials the Willamette Valley is with granulated surfaces hardly a desert. Moisture Tree damage: falling can lose granules over is not your home’s friend. limbs, piles of leaves, or time which lessens their The introduction of resistance to UV rays, water, where it’s not which will lead to ...it’s worth your effort to get up supposed to be, can materials breaking there, or get someone up there, to lead to mold and down, cracking, and take a look around once in a while! wood rot that may leaking. end up costing you thousands of dollars The animal kingdom: to repair. It’s best to make things tossed down by birds and insects want to be sure the integrity of your birds and squirrels, can all under a roof when it rains roof is not compromised. lead to big trouble. Bigger too – yours! Keep an eye out A well-constructed roof debris can puncture and for unwanted house guests is designed to last for crack roofing, and leaves who can make holes, then decades, but things can can cause water to pool bigger holes, then invite go south sooner for several – both lead to moisture their friends! reasons. It’s easy to ignore introduction. roof issues because you And the number one cause don’t see up there without Expansion and contraction: of major roof repairs: lack trying. A leaky faucet is over time, heat and cold of maintenance. It’s worth obvious, a split in some can cause roofing materials your while to check things old caulking around a roof to move around, leading out now and then. It only vent… not so much. But it’s to failure of sealants, nails, takes a few minutes, and worth your effort to get up or the roofing materials it could save you a ton of there, or get someone up themselves. Particularly money down the road.


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• Animals. If you are looking into your attic and see eyes looking back at you, that’s a bad sign. Go outside, look for birds working on nests, or trails of bugs marching to their new home, under your shingles. • Debris. Limbs, leaves, cones, etc, causing standing water, cracks, holes or other damage to vents and other protrusions. • Dried, shrunken or cracked sealants around flashing, vents, or joints. • Inside, if you have stains appearing on finished drywall or wood ceilings, they’re most likely coming from roof leaks. • And last but absolutely not least, check your gutter and downspouts for proper drainage. Leaves clogging gutters and downspouts, can lead to standing water on your roof’s edge, leading to rotten facia, soffits, and roof decking – none of which are an easy fix! Sure, sometimes it’s a hassle cleaning out your roof’s drainage system, but in the long run, you’ll thank yourself for all the money you’ve saved. You can use that money, to take a vacation, to someplace where it’s not raining!

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Light up the Night! Plants, water features, tables and chairs, and of utmost importance, where to site the barbeque. These are all the things that readily come to mind when thinking about landscape planning, but how about getting a little light on the subject?

Safety For older guests, or those who just don’t see too well in low light, landscape lighting makes a big difference for navigating around objects like flower beds, fences, and the like. A fall can ruin everyone’s evening. Security Those intent on making your stuff their stuff, will usually not prefer to be in the spotlight, which you literally can ensure with motion-sensing light fixtures! Not tonight, wrong house buddy! You can even add a camera if you’d like to make them famous!

Landscape lighting has several benefits beyond the obvious illumination of your burgers on those late evening cookouts. Aesthetic appeal The proper lighting can bring your homes features to life by adding dramatic effect with shadowing, or by highlighting water features, seating areas, or driveways. Functionality The proper lighting can make the difference between outdoor darkness, and livable space. You want your guests (and yourself) to be able to navigate garden pathways, and easily locate doorways, and of course you don’t want to finish that barbeque masterpiece and fall into the pool on the way to the table!

J&J Electric in Albany has been serving the local area for over fifty years. Stop in and talk to them. They can get your outdoor lighting project rolling with in-house design, and a multitude of lighting fixtures to choose from.

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“Best bike town.” “Best College Town.” “Best Town in the Pac 12.” “Best small town.” The list goes on year after year. These are only a few of the things the nation hears about Corvallis, Oregon – home of the Oregon State Beavers, and a favorite locale of Legend Homes – one of Oregon’s premier home builders. Each Legend development from the sold-out Willamette Landing, the recently completed Legend at Sylvia, or the brand-new Legend at Russell Gardens, is an ideal model of modern homebuilding. Legend has been building chic, beautiful homes in Oregon for over 50 years. Legend has developed, designed and built over 10,000 homesites, townhomes, condominiums and new homes in Oregon. Legend doesn’t just build homes though, each planned community is state of the art in terms of sustainability, livability, and proximity to services, walking paths, playgrounds, coffee shops, shopping, and more to enhance the lifestyle of every new community resident. Legend at Russel Gardens, Available Now! Named after the Russell family nursery that occupied the site for many years, this new 46-home community ideally located in SW Corvallis near the corner of 53rd Street and Country Club Blvd. The neighborhood consists of 16 attached townhomes and 30 single-family, detached homes with prices between $429k and $615k.


Mike Goodrich, vice president of Legend Homes, said, “Russell Gardens is a great addition to Corvallis. The location does not get much better! We have been working non-stop for 2.5 years to iron out every detail and to continue delivering wellbuilt new homes. It is exciting to finally be opening the community and the new homes for purchase.” With limited new home opportunities in Corvallis, Russell Gardens offers a coveted lifestyle connecting homeowners to city and outdoor amenities. This prime location is convenient to shopping, restaurants and recreation with easy access to parks, multi-use paths, OSU and downtown Corvallis. Corvallis is a bustling, creative community, and ranked #3 on the “100 Best Places to Live” list according to Livability. com, 2018. Tours are available every weekend for both the completed and fully furnished model home, as well as multiple homes in various stages of construction. About Legend Homes Sustainability and modern, efficient construction is a cornerstone of each Legend community. Paramount to the Legend process, is creating a healthy environment using low VOC paints, finishes and floor coverings, paired with modern HVAC systems and a tight, well-insulated home shell. Legend’s energy efficient homes not only have an environmentally friendly smaller carbon footprint, they also allow for year-round comfort and savings. 

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In fact, up to 50% on your monthly whole home energy cost could be saved through Legend’s energy bill guarantee! That’s something the whole family can get behind, for generations to come. Legend was honored to be named Builder of the Year by both the Oregon Home Builders Association and the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, as well as the Willamette Valley Home Building Association. Their mission is to be the best new home builder in Oregon – to be leaders in quality, value and community through our integrity, innovation and pride. Pairing suggestion Miles of bike trails, hiking just outside your door, great restaurants, shopping the farmers market, kayaking, or just relaxing in the park with like-minded “birds of a feather” paired with a light, airy and beautiful new home near the Willamette River in the heart of Oregon’s wine country? Yes please!

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Thinking of Selling? Avoid These Eight Common Mistakes By Annette Sievert When interviewing brokers to sell their homes, sellers will encounter a variety of approaches proposed by those brokers. I tell the naked (and often unwelcomed) truth about property value, and a needed marketing plan. Others will simply say a house can be sold for the money the seller wants. Often the latter gets the listing which then lingers on the market, and is reduced as time goes on, ultimately selling for below asking price.

party what they smell and then take care of it by deep cleaning carpets or replacing them, ozone treatments, etc.

Cleanliness This is a bit of a touchy subject. Who likes to have it pointed out that their home is a bit grubby? Windows that are hard to see through, cobwebs, dirty grout lines and greasy cabinets are a problem, and a deep clean is mandatory before putting a house on the market. Weird smells We all get “nose blind.” When a buyer with an unbiased nose enters your house and smells what you don’t notice anymore, it is hard to overcome. I showed a house a while ago that reeked so strongly of cat pee that we all could simply not concentrate on the house. We raced through it, trying not to breath too deeply. While this was actually a very cute home, my buyers just wanted out. So be critical with how your house smells, ask an unbiased third

Rented properties Often sellers who want to sell their properties have a tenant. This is a usually a difficult situation. A tenant deservedly (and legally) needs at least 24hrs notice before showings. The property might not show perfectly. If you can, sell the property vacant. It is easier, faster and more successful. "As is" Sellers often think they can sell a property as is. But once a property is advertised this way, buyers inevitably think there is something seriously wrong. The price for a property that is advertised “as is” will suffer from this description because the perception is that this is a fixer upper.

Here are the eight major mistakes that lead to a less than perfect result: Wallpaper and wall colors 90% of buyers hate wallpaper, the other 10% hate your wallpaper. That is a joke brokers often make but it is true. Wallpaper is a very personal choice, and often a very dated one. Removing it, fixing the walls and painting in a neutral color is paramount. While you and your loved ones might be super-happy with a different, bold color in every room, a great majority of buyers cannot overcome this issue, even if it is “just paint”. Paint the interior in a neutral, coherent color. Offering a credit to take wallpaper down or to paint is not helpful. Most buyers simply do not want to start home ownership with a major renovation or really any work that will prevent them from moving in on closing date.

and fresh landscaping is ideal.

Pets We all love our furry companions. We love OUR pets, but that does not translate into potential buyers loving them too. Your cat that loves people, and follows them around, looks cute to you but may cause a sneezing fit for somebody else. Some people simply don’t like animals, so your dog, harmless and small as it might be, barking it’s head off in a crate in the garage for the duration of the showing, might kill the deal. Board animals or take them out during each showing. Do not put the responsibility of making sure an indoor cat does not escape on the shoulders of a showing agent. landscaping: The approach to your house is your home’s business card. Groomed and well-maintained front yards and front doors help with that crucial first impression. A clean and maintained yard is important to buyers. Over the top landscaping might backfire, a lot of people shy away from the thought of maintaining this in the future. Middle of the road, clean, well -maintained

Pricing A good market analysis will show what your property is worth. It might not be what a seller thinks it is worth, or be what Zillow says… be open minded about what your property really is. The house next door might have sold for $400,000, but maybe it was updated, and has a big two car garage. If your house does not (for example) have a garage, or is smaller, or needs a paint job, it makes little sense to put it on the market for $425,000 to have “wiggle room.” If a broker assures you that is possible, be critical and try not just to hear what you want to hear. Taking all of this into consideration will help you to sell within a reasonable time and for a good price!

Annette Sievert, Principal Broker, is the number one Coldwell Banker agent in Oregon. She also writes a column in each issue of Willamette Living Magazine. Get in touch with Annette at Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers in Corvallis. asievert@valleybrokers.com (541) 207-5551

Your Guide to Spring Cleaning Room-by-Room Guidance for Conquering the Task By Kimberly Blaker The emergence of spring has long been associated with deep cleaning our homes. Although it's origin is presumed of Iranian or Jewish culture, it's long been a popular custom in America and is gaining popularity in other parts of the world. For most, it signifies a fresh home, or a fresh start to compliment the blossoming of spring. Of course, if you miss getting to it in the spring, it's never too late. So join the ranks of spring cleaners by using this guide to conquer the task. To keep the job from feeling overwhelming, schedule a block of time each day, or even each week, for your annual cleaning. Work on one room at a time and reward yourself for each room until the job is done. The basics • Dust wall and ceiling light fixtures, then remove globes and wash them out. • Dust ceiling fan blades. • Remove cobwebs with a vacuum and brush attachment or a clean rag attached to the head of a broom. • Remove and wash window coverings, and dust the top of curtain rods and window trim. • Remove wall hangings, knick-knacks, and other décor, then rinse in warm soapy water. • Wash doors and knobs and the dust that collects on top of doors and entryway trim. • Wash walls with an all-purpose cleaning solution. Touch up mars and chips with paint. • Wipe off switch plates. • Empty cabinets and drawers then wash them inside and out. Wash out and arrange drawer organizers, as well. • Wash windows and sills, and don’t forget the unsightly tracks. • Clean unupholstered furniture from top to bottom with an appropriate cleaner. • Vacuum upholstered furniture from top to bottom and under cushions, paying special attention to creases and crevices where dust and grunge build up. • Vacuum lampshades with a soft bristle attachment. • Unplug electrical cords and run through a damp rag to remove built-


up dust. • Wash baseboards, then vacuum carpet edges with a narrow attachment. • Vacuum and/or mop under furniture and other stationary items. Bedroom—odds ’n ends • Remove items from under the bed, dust off storage containers, and dispose of clutter.guide to spring cleaning products and tools • Vacuum under beds using attachments. • Eliminate unwanted articles from drawers. Bathroom—scour and disinfect • Remove and launder shower curtain and liner, bath mat, toilet cover, and rugs. • Scour tub and shower from top to bottom, inside and out. Use a toothbrush to remove mold, mildew, and soap scum accumulation around the drain, faucet, knobs, and showerhead. • Clean glass shower doors inside and out including the track. • Spray exterior of toilets with a sanitizing solution and wipe down. • If you have young boys, remove the toilet seat and clean bolts where odors linger. Use a deodorizing solution on the baseboard and wall behind the toilet. • Wash toilet brush container and wastebasket. • Scrub sink and countertop including grooves around the drain, faucet, and knobs. • Dust the top edge of mirrors, towel racks, and other accessories. Closets—the always forgotten • Dust shelving, brackets, and rods. • Organize shelves and eliminate unneeded items. • Remove clothing that hasn’t been worn in two years. • Dust shoe racks and rarely worn shoes. Kitchen—contamination zones • Dust the top of kitchen cabinets. • Remove grease and grime from small kitchen appliances • Clean stove, oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher inside and out.

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• Wipe built up grunge in the top of the garbage disposal with a rag, then add ice and lemon slices and run the disposal to clean and freshen the blades. • Scrub countertops with a mild abrasive or degreaser. • Wash table and chairs from top to bottom, and don’t forget the cracks where table leaves meet. Basement, attic, and garage—clutter havens • Install racks, shelving, and hooks then organize and eliminate clutter. • Dust shelving and stored items. • Store odds and ends in same-size boxes or containers for easy stacking. • Remove oil, paint, and other stains from concrete with trisodium phosphate. Be sure to follow directions carefully and protect your skin and eyes. • Dispose of unwanted items. Outdoors—dirt, dirt everywhere • Hose down siding and windows. • Wash screens with soapy water then rinse with a hose and wash window exteriors. • Scrub doormats with an all-purpose cleaner and a brush, then rinse. • Spray off patio furniture then wipe clean. • Clean light fixtures. • Remove lint from dryer vent and nests and hives that have formed on or near the house. Time Saving Tips • Gather cleaning tools and supplies before you get started. Have plenty of rags, an old toothbrush, q-tips, toothpicks, cleaning solutions, spray bottle, step stool or small ladder, and vacuum and attachments. • Work room-by-room for efficiency and to avoid duplicating or missing tasks. • Work around the room from top to bottom. • Play music as you clean. It may not save time but will make time pass more quickly.



Neem juice is the most powerful natural pesticide on the planet. You can use this extremely bitter tree leaf to make a natural pesticide. To make your own neem oil spray, add 1/2 an ounce of high-quality organic neem oil and ½ teaspoon of a mild organic liquid soap (Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint is a good choice) to two quarts of warm water and stir. Add to a spray bottle and use immediately.

Salt Spray

For treating plants infested with spider mites, mix two tablespoons of salt into one gallon of warm water and spray on infected areas.

Mineral Oil

Mix 1/2 cup of oil with one quart of water. Stir and add to spray bottle. This organic pesticide works well for dehydrating insects and their eggs. Shake while using.

Citrus Oil and Cayenne Pepper

This organic pesticide works well on ants. Mix 10 drops of citrus essential oil with one teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1 cup of warm water. Shake well and spray on the affected areas.

Soap, Orange Oil, and Water

To make this natural pesticide, mix three tablespoons of liquid organic Castile soap with 1 ounce of Orange oil to one gallon of water. Shake well. This is an especially effective treatment against slugs and can be sprayed directly on ants and roaches.

Eucalyptus Oil

A great natural pesticide for flies, bees, and wasps. Simply sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus oil where you see them.

Chrysanthemum Flower Tea

Chrysanthemums contain powerful compound called pyrethrum that invades the nervous system of insects, rendering them immobile. You can make your own spray by boiling a half pound of dried flowers in two quarts of water. Boil dried flowers in water for twenty minutes. Strain, cool, and pour into a spray bottle. Can be stored for up to two months. You can also add some organic neem oil to enhance the effectiveness. www.willamettelivingonthehouse.com www.willametteliving.com


Planning to Build Your Dream Home? Here Are Some Steps to Prepare. AS A FINANCIAL ADVISOR, I’VE WORKED WITH MANY CLIENTS AS THEY PLAN FOR THEIR DREAM HOME AND GLEANED INSIGHTS ON THE PROCESS ALONG THE WAY. BUILDING A HOME CAN BE AN EXCITING, BUT CHALLENGING TIME. IT TAKES A PLAN WITH REALISTIC TIMELINES, BUDGETS AND EXPECTATIONS TO STAY ON TRACK AND KEEP YOUR SANITY THROUGH WHAT CAN FEEL LIKE AN OVERWHELMING PROCESS. IF BUILDING A HOME IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST, HERE ARE SOME CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE YOU START. Set a budget. Have a clear idea of what you want to spend on your dream home before you pick your lot or select your builder. Set an upper and lower limit to work within. With a dollar amount in mind, you have guardrails for spending. You will be able to enjoy the process more when you know you’re not going to overextend yourself. Explore financing options early. Builders prefer to work with pre-qualified borrowers. When you make the effort to pre-qualify, you show the builder you are serious about your project. New home construction loans are different than conventional home mortgages. These loans tend to be harder to obtain because they require borrowers to have a low debt-to-income ratio. Some provide funds during the construction phase and then convert to a permanent mortgage once the home is built. Some end when the building phase is done, which may require you to take out a conventional loan to repay the full amount. Crystalize your priorities. When you build, you determine nearly every aspect of the final product. You choose the lot, the builder, the plans and the materials. Save


time by identifying your wish list of musthave features before you talk to a builder. You’ll be prepared to negotiate for what you really want and be more comfortable if things that are lower on your list don’t make the cut. With your wish list in one hand and a budget in the other, you’re ready to find a builder. Your builder should be a good match. Interview builders and ask for referrals to find the best fit. Price is important, but so are attributes such as work ethic, quality, compatibility, and schedule. It’s always good to have choices. You might have your heart set on a builder, only to find out they are not available. Plan for contingencies. It’s common for construction projects to hit snags and veer off schedule. What’s your plan if your current home sells before your new home is ready for you? Can you tolerate a delay if your current home takes longer than expected to sell? Building a home is a big commitment. A lack of dedication or shortage of cash can quickly derail your project. Make sure you’re prepared to devote the needed time and resources to build your dream home. Do you have the flexibility in your schedule to meet with the builder on a regular basis? Can you be involved as much as you’d like? Are you prepared to take on an expense of this size? The answers to these questions will reveal if you’re ready to move forward. Allow your dreams to benefit from financial planning. Building a home is probably one of the largest single investments you’ll make during your lifetime. A financial advisor can help you plan for this day and work toward other important financial goals in your life.

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Sten Carlson, CFP®, CLTC, CKA, is a Private Wealth Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon. He offers fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 25 years. To contact him, visit the team website at www.PacWestWealthPartners. com or call at 541-757-3000. Office address is 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and its affiliates do not offer tax or legal advice. Consumers should consult with their tax advisor or attorney regarding their specific situation. Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2019 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Resources for the homeowner in Oregon's Willamette Valley, and beyond.