11 Fantastic Architecture Books

Struggling to find the perfect gift for your favorite creative mind? We've compiled a list of 11 fantastic Pacific Northwest architecture-themed books for you!

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1. Classic Houses of Portland Oregon 1850-1950 by William J Hawkins & William F. Willingham

"Few books dedicated to conveying information also can lay claim to being very entertaining. 'Classic Houses' can make that statement." - Dan Hays, Salem Statesman Journal

Available at Powell's City of Books for $21

 
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2. Architectural Guidebook to Portland 2nd Edition by Bart King

"Witty, informative, and accurate." - Wallace Kay Huntington, architectural historian

Available at Powell's City of Books for $15.95

 
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3. John Yeon Architecture Building in the Pacific Northwest by Randy Gragg, Brian Ferriso, and Barry Berdoll

"This book is a great accompaniment to the exhibit that is on at Portland Art Museum. Insightful essays, great background on Yeon who has never had as high a profile as he deserves. Any mid-century modern fans will appreciate this. Great photos and background on Gorge conservation." - SusieQ, Amazon Book Review

Available at Powell's City of Books for $60

 
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4. 100 Contemporary Wood Buildings by Philip Jodidio

One of six in a series of building materials by Taschen.

Available from Powell's City of Books for $19.99

 
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5. Portland From The Air by Sallie Tisdale

See the heart of the Pacific Northwest from a new angle!

Available at Powell's City of Books for $19.95

 
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6. Rustic Modern by Chase Reynolds Ewald and Audrey Hall

Learn more about one of the iconic styles of the Pacific Northwest.

Available at Powell's City of Books for $50

 
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7. The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes by Judith Flanders

“Judith Flanders’s new book isn’t just smart and diverting but it is also brave… Flanders uses books well and pictures intelligently, searching images for hidden meaning… this book has charm and learning.” - The New York Times Book Review

Available at Powell's City of Books for $10.98

 
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8. Compact Houses: Architecture for the Environment by Cristina Valle

Because what would a collection of architecture books be without a book about tiny homes.

Available at Powell's City of Books for $24

 
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10. The Portland Edge: Challenges and Successes in Growing Communities by Connie P. Ozawa

"Whether Portland is a model for Smart Growth and sustainability or is failing to address challenges of urban sprawl and affordable housing is one of the debates at the heart of this book, which examines how Portland's urban system and planning approaches actually work—an exploration applicable to other U.S. metropolitan areas." - Landscape Architecture Magazine

Available at Powell's City of Books for $9.95

 
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11. The Old House Doctor by Christopher Evers

"A reliable guide to treating the ailing geriatric dwelling." - Publishers Weekly

Available at Powell's City of Books for $14.95


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Winterize Your Home + Free Downloadable Checklist

It's the first of December, which means there are only 20 days till it's officially the winter season. Here in the Pacific Northwest, that means a lot of rain, ice, and potential for snow. Protect your home with our handy winter home maintenance checklist:

INTERIOR - 

1. Have a professional clean and inspect your chimney/fireplace

2. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans (and make sure you clean them so they don’t fling dust everywhere when you turn them on – in fact, you should dust the whole house before you bring out your holiday decorations)

3. Replace the batteries in your smoke and CO2 alarms

4. Test your furnace and thermostat – have a professional take a look as needed

5. Pull out the space heaters and thick blankets – make sure everything is clean and in working order to keep you warm throughout the winter

6. Clean out your fridge and freezer – pull everything out, give the appliance a deep clean, and only put things back in that aren’t expired – pull the fridge out from the wall and clean behind it too

7. Give your oven a deep clean before you start your holiday baking

8. Rotate and/or flip your mattresses

EXTERIOR - 

1. Inspect the exterior of your home for any small holes or cracks and make sure they’re sealed up to keep bugs and rodents out

2. Turn off the water to your exterior faucets to prevent them from freezing and potential pipe bursts; drain, roll up and stow away your hoses

3. Check your roof for potential leaks and formations of ice dams

4. Clean out your gutters

5. Remove excess lint from your dryer vents to prevent fires

6. Cover your A/C compressor to keep it from freezing – you don’t actually have to cover the whole thing, but Family Handyman recommends putting a piece of plywood on top to protect it

7. Put away your gardening tools for the season and put your snow shovel and sand in an easy-to-reach place

8. Plant bulbs for the spring

9. Check out this helpful list of garden chores from The Oregonian

OTHER - 

1. Have snow tires put on and replace your windshield wipers

2. Put together a winter weather vehicle emergency kit – here’s a checklist from 5 Minutes for Mom

3. After the holidays, carefully go through, organize, and store your decorations or give décor you don’t use to charity

4. Once your holiday décor is put away, give the house a deep clean

 

You can download this checklist for free here.


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