How does this year compare to years past in relation to home ownership trends? Windermere’s Chief Economist takes a look at how things have changed (or stayed the same) over the years. Can you guess what decade since 1890 saw the greatest number of homeowners? Tune in to find out!
This week Matthew Gardner analyzes the latest Case Shiller Home Price Index numbers and explains some of the lesser known (yet, still important) aspects of the report. We continue to experience a very active market here in the Portland area. If you have specific questions about your area, please contact me!
This week Windermere’s Chief Economist analyzes the June report from the National Association of Realtors. Matthew also updates his housing forecast for 2020, so tune in for all the details! Questions about your neighborhood? Just ask!
Located just 30 minutes outside of Portland, Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey offers several trails and scenic overlooks for guests to enjoy. It’s a beautiful drive coming from most any direction, with easy access from Newberg, Dundee and Hillsboro.
Wander the grounds and take in the incredible zen-inspired landscape including ponds, sculpture, and an array of trees, plants and flowers.
Guadalupe Loop is a 3.5 Mile hike with an elevation of 772 feet. There are several trails that connect, including Monk’s Trail, Hermit’s Trail and St. Juan Diego pass, offering you a new experience each time you visit! Please note that in order to protect wildlife and preserve the natural habitat, dogs are not permitted on the trails. For more information, visit: trappistabbey.org
And how about a healthy snack for your day trip? Read on for a fool-proof recipe!
Lauren’s Healthy, Hearty Energy Cookies
(Sugar, dairy and Gluten-free)
These cookies are my “go-to” homemade energy bars! You can have them for breakfast, a snack or take along in your backpack! This recipe is incredibly forgiving and adaptable, so try different versions and see what you like best!
- 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Extra Thick Oats
- 3/4 cup natural creamy peanut or almond butter (unsweetened- or mix the two!)
- 1 mashed ripe banana
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
- 1/8 cup honey
- 1/8 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or delete if you don’t care for cinnamon)
- Add ins: chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, walnuts, dried fruit… you name it!
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly brush with olive oil. Set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl combine the wet ingredients.
- In a large bowl combine the oats, salt, and cinnamon.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix thoroughly.
- Stir in any add-ins and mix until evenly combined- taste! Adjust salt or sweetener.
- Drop by large spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets The cookies won’t spread while baking so they can be close together. Flatten each cookie dough mound into an even disc about 1/4 inch thick
- Bake for 15 minutes until golden but still soft.
- Refrigerate leftovers as a grab and go energy bar for your walk, hike or road trip! Enjoy!!
When remodeling your kitchen, it’s important to keep in mind how you use it. Is there one cook or many? What appliances do you use the most? What do you dislike about your current design? Is it where everyone gathers at parties and holidays? All of these considerations will ultimately have a big influence on your final layout.
But there’s something else that’s been an enormous factor in kitchen layouts since the first half of the 20th century. It’s a standard design for kitchens favored by homeowners, interior designers, and chefs alike: the work triangle. For anyone considering a redesign of their kitchen, these guidelines for designing a more efficient workspace should be considered when you are discussing the project with your architects, contractor, or designer.
Your kitchen basically has three main work areas: the sink, fridge, and stove. By arranging them in a triangle shape, you have a flow of traffic that is uninterrupted and allows you to pivot from prep station to cook station to food storage.1
When the work triangle layout was originally being designed, women spent about half of their days in the kitchen. Back then, kitchen tools were often across the room from the stove or sink, and many kitchens were a haphazard assortment of furniture and shelving placed around the perimeter of the room. Armed with research from motion savings and time-motion experiments, a psychologist and engineer named Lillian Moller Gilbreth (fun fact: she couldn’t actually cook!) rearranged the room, replacing furniture with countertops, cupboards, and drawers, and moving utensils and storage closer to the stove. This redesign ultimately saved homemakers from aching backs and tired feet by making it easier to reach what was needed and reducing the number of steps needed to get around the kitchen.2,3
To ensure maximum efficiency while preparing food, follow these recommended design guidelines:
These tips are intended to ensure none of the workstations are too far away — which decreases efficiency — nor so close that you’re feeling squeezed or restricted in your movements.
Modern designers now refer to work “zones” in the kitchen. All utensils used with the stove, such as spatulas, tongs, and baking sheets, are kept in the cupboards next to it or in an open container on the countertop. The sink area contains supplies to wash food and dishes, plus cutting boards and a knife rack for slicing, dicing, and paring.6
Keep the items you use the most closest to hand, and tuck less-utilized tools and appliances in cabinets or the pantry. For example, you may use spatulas, knives, and a cutting board quite often, and your cookie sheets and cookie cutters less frequently. Unless you’re a major baker, of course; then you would have all your baking tools grouped together, near the oven, and easily reachable.
Consider adding a second sink devoted exclusively to food prep. That will keep your other sink clear for dirty utensils and for filling saucepans or the kettle. Rinse utensils, pans, and dishes as you go to make cleanup a bit easier on yourself.
Use labels or clear containers so you don’t have to open every tin or container to figure out what’s in it.
Sharpen your knives! A sharp knife is faster to use and actually safer than a dull one.
While the efficacy of the work triangle has been proven over the years, there are some flaws that are becoming more obvious as technology and family life evolve. For one, this design assumes that you only have three workstations in your kitchen. It doesn’t account for an extra sink, or a cooktop separate from the oven, or a countertop microwave. Plus, it maximizes efficiency for one cook. Get two or more people in there, and your kitchen can become a bit chaotic, with people running into each other or lack of enough counterspace. All these things should be considered when you’re designing your new kitchen.
The kitchen is often called the heart of the home, and tearing it out to upgrade and update can feel very stressful and challenging to some. Be sure you pay attention closely to your current workflow, what does and does not work for you in your current kitchen design, and what other activities take place there. Select an architect or designer who can achieve your desired aesthetic while keeping the work triangle in mind, and you’ll end up with a happier and more efficient heart.
 Architectural Digest
 Kohler, “The Work Triangle: Design for Living”
 Express Kitchens
 Kohler, “Efficiency in the Kitchen Begins With Geometry”
 The Pampered Chef
Top image courtesy of Adobe Spark
Article courtesy of Mark Ruhl, Mortgage Express
This week Windermere’s Chief Economist looks at the comparison of how consumers feel about buying and selling now as compared to before the Covid-19 pandemic. Our area remains incredibly desirable, with low inventory and high demand. If you have any specific questions, please let me know!
This week, Windermere’s Chief Economist takes a look at several aspects of the housing market as we continue to adjust to the “new normal.” As to Portland specifically, we are seeing numerous properties selling with multiple offers and an influx of out-of-town buyers. Take a look below and please reach out with any questions or comments!
This week Windermere’s Chief Economist tackles one of the biggest questions on our minds…. are things getting back to “normal?”
There’s nothing quite like farm fresh fruits and vegetables to get summer started! We have updated our list of area Farmers Markets and included links to their websites. Enjoy a fun and safe way to shop while supporting our local economy.
12375 SW 5th Street
Millennium Park Plaza
Saturdays, 8:30am-1:30pm (8:30-9am reserved for vulnerable members of the community)
SE Main & Harrison St.
Adjacent to Wilson High School
1400 SE Bybee Blvd.
Portland Farmers Market
SE 92nd & Reedway
SE 46th & Woodstock
13231 SE Sunnyside Road
NE Hancock between 44th and 45th
Saturdays, 8am-1pm (8-9am reserved for vulnerable shoppers)