Jessica Helgerson Interior Design
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Tiny House

This little house is where Jessica and her family have been living for the last several years. It sits on a five-acre property on Sauvie Island. Photo by Lincoln Barbour.

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March 16, 2014
Cynthia Butler wrote:
How much would it cost to build this home??? - Looking to downsizing. This is beautiful and perfect.
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Me, too. new to your site and computers. Where do I find answers?
    Bookmark   December 28, 2014 at 4:19PM
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I currently live in a one-bedroom apartment in a renovated mill building after selling my large cape. I had plans to build a 1500 square foot passive solar home, but after looking at this, I realized that the footprint of the house is just a bit smaller than my apartment. Feeling inspired, I'm now rethinking the size and scope of my project!
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May 15, 2013
stonema wrote:
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I cannot read the floor plan dimensions clearly for some reason. Help..
    Bookmark   last Wednesday at 9:45AM
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36x16 on the exterior
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February 21, 2013
marlyshinders wrote:
What color white paint was used on the exterior?
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@ marlyshinders - did you ever find an answer to this question? or did you subsequently use a white paint on an exterior that you were happy with?
1 Like    Bookmark   December 12, 2014 at 6:28AM
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Did you all find out? I would love to know too.
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January 25, 2013
char15150 wrote:
Could you please provide the window manufacturer? Thank you!
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I see from another article, that the windows are Lowen.
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I would love to know more info. on the windows. I am trying to put in the same ones. Do you know size? This would really be helpful. thank you!!!
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January 23, 2013
aidanfitz97 wrote:
WHat kind of cat is this?
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December 27, 2012
Sandy Haga wrote:
The rooftop looks cool but how do you keep the moisture from the moss from ruining the wood?
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Beh, A green roof would be amazing in a tropical setting! You would need to have a roof with a steep enough pitch to drain the water quickly and a deep, but light growing medium to support the plants with enough moisture, but light enough that your structure can support it. A deep green roof covered in vegetation would provide fantastic insulation. You would need an engineer to run the numbers to see if your home can support a green roof. It would also be helpful to contact local contractors who might specialize in green roofs, or see if you can find any who would be willing to talk to you who build them in areas with similar climates. Good luck! I hope it works out, it would be both beautiful and functional!
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Guess I shouldn't have removed all of the moss from my roof!
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September 19, 2012
bredachri wrote:
How did you plant moss and ferns on the roof please a great idea
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yes, would love info also
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This is called a Green Roofing System, it actually makes roofs last 20 years LONGER than normal. It is very popular in Europe and places like Germany for the roofs of Skyscrapers. If you search Green Roofing Systems you will see the make-up of the roof and companies etc that do it.
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September 19, 2012
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Can this house be built in New England - the pitch of the roof, insulation and the windows are they able to withstand winters in the north?
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Nga Phm- Search Green Roofing Systems
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1952siverfox wrote:
What are the dimensions of the house? I love this place!
September 1, 2014
lindasteinkatz wrote:
Where did you buy the bistro set?
August 9, 2014
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June 21, 2014
Hannah Archibald wrote:
How much would it cost to build the front porch?
January 15, 2014
sallybrowder wrote:
who makes the fridge? it's perfect!
October 10, 2013
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July 24, 2013
deidre wrote:
where did you find room for your washer and dryer? thank you!!!
September 20, 2012
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A green roof planted with moss and ferns from the surrounding Columbia River replaced a deteriorating roof and insulates the home efficiently."Every room in the house works hard, and that's really the point. We remodeled everything and gutted it and turned the interiors into a highly efficient space," says Helgerson.
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Shot straight on without a flash, this photo feels warm and inviting. The time for this natural light is usually about 20 minutes after the sun sets. The light level needs to be just right — from the inside light to the last bits of daylight — to get this glowing-lantern feeling.
6. Downsizing. Designer Jessica Helgerson looks at downsizing as a long-term trend. "New-development houses are getting smaller again," she says. "People are interested in living in smaller spaces that are closer to downtowns rather than larger houses where they are dependent on their cars." The designer has already gotten a few requests for the plan for her 540-square-foot home, one of the most popular on Houzz in 2012, which she says is a testament to a shift in the way people are looking at and designing their homes.Take a look inside Jessica Helgerson's home
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1. A Family of 4 Unwinds in 540 Square FeetIt's easy to see why Houzz readers loved this beautiful home in Oregon. The small-space solutions, ecofriendly undertones and warm cottage style could translate to any new home or remodel.
6. We might not be a good investment unless you love our work. Payback time is not always there. Your green roof will reduce your cooling costs and extend the life of your roof, but if you don't find it beautiful, it might not be the way you want to spend your money. As a general rule, the next person to buy your house will not pay you as much for the kitchen as you paid us to renovate it. So renovate because it makes your life more comfortable, convenient and beautiful, and because you love how remodeling can change a house for the better. If you look just at the raw numbers, you should insulate the attic, replace the water heater when it breaks and run those ugly kitchen cabinets into the ground.
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7. TinyThe Houzz Tour of this 540-square-foot home on Sauvie Island, Oregon, is one of the most popular on Houzz, and with good reason! Interior designer Jessica Helgerson and her family have managed to make this postage-stamp-size cottage feel spacious, light and utterly charming. In fact, it felt so right that instead of using it as a weekend getaway, as they had planned, the family ended up making it their full-time residence.

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