Jarrett is Finally Done

Nine months ago, we broke ground on our largest project to date.  The time between then and now has been a whirlwind of progress, with more than a few bumps in between.  We made it though, and we are happy to announce that The Jarrett House is finally DONE and on the market.  If you follow us on Instagram, we've been posting the place like crazy.  It's been a fulfilling project to say the least.  We were able to incorporate so many design ideas that we love and underneath that beautiful facade, is a home built like a bomb shelter.  We promise, we will get more into this later but for now, we are happy with the way this home turned out.  There is nothing like it and we LOVE that.  Check it out!


We are officially three months into our next project and still have not updated it here.  We're the worst, we know.  Let's go back a few months and get everyone up to speed.  We bought the Jarrett house back in March and it has been slow going getting started.  The house is the biggest project we have tackled to date and needed a lot of preparation and planning to just get started working.  With that in mind, we received our permits a little over a week ago and now the real work can begin.  After The Emerson House sold, we were prepared for the long process of finding another project house, but just a few days in we found Jarrett.  To add to the excitement (and stress) of finding our biggest project ever, we also found a house for ourselves as well.  We don't mess around.  It's been a pretty eventful spring to say the least, and can imagine summer won't disappoint either.  Enough of that, let's tell you about this house!


Although these are not the real "before" pics, you get the idea!  This is right after the asbestos siding was removed.  The house needs everything, no surface will be left untouched which excites us because we really have the chance to change things up a bit with the exterior and interior.   We plan to modernize the facade but add back that traditional character we love so much.  Window layout and style will change and although we haven't chosen a color yet, we plan to paint the exterior in a bold, masculine tone...more on that later.  The exterior of this house will be unrecognizable when we are done. 

Upon our first walk through of Jarrett, it was obvious the place had been empty for some time.  There's this smell that is synonymous with old, vacant houses that can't really be described until you experience it.  We always take that smell as a good sign that this place is for us...it's in our nature.  After getting over the smell, it was evident this house had a lot of potential.  One thing stood out...space!  The house was huge.  Our past projects have been on the smaller to medium size regarding square footage but this house was big, so much room for us to play with!  The original layout offered some decent sized rooms but it was not ideal.  We would describe the original layout as a typical Bungalow layout.  Large living and dining opening into each other with a closed off kitchen at the back of the house, then all the bedrooms and only bathroom lining the other wall from front to back.  Our plan includes combining the living and dining into one large living area and creating a unique eat-in kitchen which we are super excited about and that is all we are saying for now!

The original kitchen was a great size and quite charming so our plans will open and modernize this space while bringing some of that traditional feel back.

The original two bedrooms and only bath in the house were decent sized so we decided to keep one bedroom and the bathroom in (mostly) their original state when it came to the layout.  The second bedroom will now become a space for a grand set of stairs that will be one of the main focal points for the house.  The original set of stairs will be removed and made into a long hallway.  These changes have already taken place and the main floor flows perfectly!  Can't wait to share more!  

Now this area is where we fell in love.  The pictures don't show it well but the upstairs was massive and in it's original state.  It kinda took our breath away.  It felt like an old barn up there, it was incredible!  Since there was so much space, our plan involves adding two bedrooms and two full bathrooms to the area, one being a master suite.  Like I mentioned before, this area is already framed and we are in love with the changes.  

Somehow we didn't get any pics of the basement or the landscape but huge changes in those areas as well!  Probably the biggest changes out of anything in the house since the original foundation was in bad shape and a whole new foundation needed to be added.  Along with that, the ceiling height down there was incredibly low so our plan involved digging out the existing slab and down two feet for eight foot ceilings.  Like I said, huge project.

For now, that is the general idea of what lies ahead.  So much needs to be done and on a large scale too.  The next month we will see huge transformations with the new roof, windows, siding, basement foundation and slab, etc.  It's looking like a busy month but it will be gratifying!  More to come, but until then, keep up with us on our Instagrams for more day to day action.  

10 Years.

What a journey this last ten years has been.  For those that know us, find it of no surprise that we chose to embark on this adventure by moving from our home state on a whim, getting married and buying the first house that would start this crazy unique career we can call our own all in a matter of one year.  Our lives have not slowed since then but we are beginning to figure out the work/play balance.  It does help that we absolutely love what we do and though it may be trying at times, it is so rewarding.  We are extremely grateful to those who have shown their support for us in small ways and large throughout the years,  it always seems to make our day.  So, thank you.  

The last several years we have been planning on making a name, logo, brand change to our business but never had the time to put it to action.  So it's interesting that ten years from the date we started our journey, we were able to put that change into effect.  Welcome to MAKE KING, a reinvention of us and also our last name.  We are excited to see what these changes have in store for us as well as what this new year will bring, heck we are excited for the next ten years!  

To celebrate, we thought it would be appropriate to share the last decade in project "befores".  This is when we fall in love.  Enjoy.

Emerson: On the Market

Like with every previous project, the last few months have been very busy to say the least.  Last night, we were able to put The Emerson House on the market and we are so happy with the way this project has turned out.  Although this house has been a lot of work for us (aren't they all?) our vision for it remained strong until the end.  This is a special house and we are proud to call it ours for the time being!  Over the next couple of weeks, we will get our own pictures up on the website plus a little more in depth look at the renovation process and inspiration for this home.  More to come.  Until then, take a look at the listing below!

Emerson Progress.

Days are becoming busier as we are well into the home stretch on The Emerson House.  I know, hardly any updates this time!  Sometimes we dive right into a project and there really is no time for anything else.  That seems to be the case the majority of these days.  Anyway, so much progress.  The house is looking gorgeous and we are so excited to see what the near future holds as we complete it. Anyway, here is a little peek at what we have been up to over the last few months...lots of work!

So much work was spent on the exterior of this house.  We were able to save the original siding hidden under the asbestos siding.  Major victory but so much work.  New trims, doors and balcony are among the few changes that took place and now the house really stands out like it should from the street.  It is looking gorgeous and we are happy.

The inside is something we are REALLY excited about.  We have a lot of ideas guys.  It's going to be good.  Here is a peek of the floors.  1X12 reclaimed fir flooring milled from old beams.  We LOVE them!  That is all for now. :)

And this.  We have some really great outdoor spaces at The Emerson House and this is just one of them!  We were lucky to find some timbers used to build the Sellwood Bridge here in Portland so we used them to build a pergola.  The picture is great but this structure needs to be seen in person.  It is so awesome!

In other news, 1859 Magazine featured us in their September/October issue.  We are elated.  Check it out!

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