Life in Portland

The House That Piet & Keven Built Vol I : In The Beginning

Welcome to Volume I of The House that Piet & Keven Built. I should start with telling you a little bit about who we are and what our story is.

Piet & Keven

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Keven: Yes my name is Keven, and I am indeed a girl. I became part of the Urban Nest team in January. I grew up here in Portland and one of my lifelong dreams has always been to be a homeowner.

Piet: A local web developer, cat lover, coffee aficionado and European Expat.  Born in Holland and raised in England, Piet moved to Portland in 2008 to marry Keven (thats me!).

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While we both dreamed of home-ownership, neither of us imagined it becoming a reality for years to come. Once I started working with the amazing team here at Urban Nest (and I am not just saying that because I work here, they truly are an amazing team!), and meeting with David Bunker at Directors Mortgage, we realized we were a lot closer than we ever thought! In fact, it was a mere 5 months from our initial meeting with David to getting the keys to our new house! Its a sweet little 1940′s 3 bed 2 bath cape cod featuring original knotty pine wood paneling in the basement! We fell head over heels for it almost immediately.

As new members within the growing community of first-time Portland home buyers, we decided to document the process of making our new house into a dream home. And we’re not talking major renovations or bank busting remodeling. We’re talking about DIY projects anyone can do that pack a huge bang for their buck.

With that said….i’ll leave you with a few “before” pictures just to get you in the mood.

Stay tuned this week for Piet & Keven Volume II : Resurrecting the Hardwoods!