Blog :: 11-2015

Five on Friday with Kevin Harrison

Have you ever noticed when people start talking about buying a home, they have strong opinions on carpet? We thought it would be fun to sit down with Kevin Harrison of Carpet Mill Outlet, to learn more about home carpets!

Where are you from?

My wife and I moved to Portland from the Chicago area in 1994.  Most of her family was living here and we did not want to miss out on those relationships.  So we packed up all our belongings and moved west.  After a couple years both my wife and I had joined her father's company.  One part of that company is the Carpet Mill Outlet.

We've been very happy with our decision to move here.  We were attracted to the north east neighborhoods and the charm of the older homes.  It's been a great community for raising children, making friends and of course great restaurants.  I do miss the Chicago pizza.

What do clients need to consider before purchasing carpet?CMO

There are several things to consider as you think about new floors, for example:  What do I like or dislike about my current floors?  What areas of the home is this going in?  How much usage will this area have?  What are my color schemes?  How soon do I need it? 

We want to make sure that the new product will be a positive addition to the home.  We also do not want to focus so much on durability and function that we forget that this is also about fashion and appearance. We love working with our clients to help them find the best product to fit their needs, we offer so much more than just carpet.

What do people need to know about the installation process?

Like any home improvement there is a bit of upheaval before improvement.  Each room will need to be emptied of all furniture before installation can be done.  Often everything can be moved to one room while the other areas are worked on.  Then, that room can be emptied and the installation can be completed.  Not all the heavy lifting needs to be done by the homeowner though so don't let that hold you back from changing your floors.

Are there sustainable types of carpet?

The first one that comes to mind is wool.  Wool is comfortable, warm, soft, and naturally sustainable.  It can be a bit expensive though.  To get around the expense we keep a lot of wool carpet mill ends in stock.  That way we can fill the client's desire for wool carpet for about a third of the usual cost.

The industry in general is very focused on sustainability and recycling.  They have improved manufacturing techniques that use much less water than the past.  Some fibers like P.E.T. polyester is made from close to 100% recycled materials.

What are some of the current flooring trends?

We find that a lot of the "public" spaces in homes like living rooms, family rooms, & kitchens have wood or tile flooring.  This has led to continued popularity of one of my favorite product lines, area rugs. Area rugs add color and soften the feel of a room. Carpet remains popular in bedrooms and other rooms whose focus is comfort.  Another product that has a lot of popularity is Luxury Vinyl Flooring.  It is a great alternative to wood or laminate in areas that would have exposure to moisture like bathrooms, utility rooms or kitchens.  It has updated looks is easy to install and is relatively affordable.  No matter what product type we talk about, the trending color is Grey.

Kevin Harrison Kevin@CarpetMill-Portland.com

http://www.carpetmill-portland.com (503) 766-3203

 

Five Questions on Friday with EcoTech

This week we learned more about earthquake retrofitting with Don Francis from Eco Tech.

Question 1, Where are you from?

My family moved from New Jersey to Corvallis when I was 3 years old. We moved to NW Portland when I was 10. I graduated in 1977 from Metropolitan Learning Center (MLC), just down the street from my home. I knew there had to be better place to live than where I grew up.  So in 1980 I began a 3 year career driving Green Tortoise buses.  Over the next few years and thousands and thousands of miles I saw a lot of America and concluded that there was no better place to live than my home, Portland. I never left.

Question 2, What are you most proud of?

I have followed in the activist steps of my mother, who marched with Dr. King in Washington, DC in 1963 and continued on a peace activist and homeless advocate and also her parents, my grandfather was conscientious objector to WWI and my grandmother was a suffragette. In the past, I was an Action Coordinator for Greenpeace, a community organizer for Northwest Environmental Advocates and the Urban League of Portland.  In 1996, with the assistance of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., I started Willamette Riverkeeper, which I ran for 4 years.  Willamette Riverkeeper continues to advocate for the river I love.

Katy Brooks and I started EcoTech in 2003, dedicated to making our fellow community members safer one-house-at-a-time. Twelve years ago, Portlanders were not aware of the risk posed by radon. We changed that by speaking at neighborhood gatherings and real estate offices and by pitching stories to news media about radon testing and mitigation, which EcoTech provides.  Nearly 8 years ago, EcoTech began retrofitting houses with earthquake attachments to make homes safer during an earthquake.  Other services EcoTech provides include underground tank decommissioning, contaminated property cleanups and asbestos testing.

At the end of every workday, the 25 employees at EcoTech go home knowing that their community members are safer than at the beginning of the day. I am especially proud of EcoTech's staff and proud to provide a supportive and progressive work environment.EcoTech Logo - slant CMYK

Question 3, What do you do in your spare time?

Outside, I love to travel, hike, bike and backpack! Inside, I like to hang out with my family and friends and read.

Question 4, What should we do to prepare for a Cascadia Subduction Zone mega quake?

  • Post-earthquake Portland will be challenging.  Proper preparation will be the difference between extreme physical, mental and financial trauma and short-term misery and financial viability. The short-list to be prepared includes:
  • Prepare to be largely self-sufficient for at least 2 weeks; store 1 gallon of water per day per person, adequate food and supplies - preferably not in your basement.   You will be camping for 2-4 weeks.
  • If your house is older than 1985, have your home attached to the foundation.
  • Purchase earthquake insurance for your home and, if applicable, for your rental houses. Insurance will help protect your equity and investments.
  • Have a plan - Who gets the kids? Where do you meet? Who is your out of area contact?

Question 5, How much does it cost to attach a house to the foundation?

The cost varies depending on a number of variables including the footprint size, number of floors, access to foundation, etc.  Most houses can be attached to the foundation for $2,500 - $4,500.

Don't Panic! We've started the work for you.

Often one of the largest hurdles to emergency preparedness is inaction due to fear and not knowing where to begin. Don't panic, we've started the work for you. Below you'll find a map of your neighborhood emergency meet-up site and a list of must-haves and where to purchase them.

Here is a map to your local Portland Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Nodes-BEECN (neighborhood meet-up site)

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/423717

Here is your Earthquake Survival Starter Kit List:

Earthquake Survival Starter Kit TITAN Survival Blankets (5-Pack), Military Green, 52" x 82" - Designed for NASA Space Exploration. Aluminized Mylar Emergency Thermal Blankets, purchased from Amazon.com; $17.99

Instafire Fire Starter Pouches, Durable Mylar Packs Lights up to 4 fires, No Harmful Chemicals, ECO Friendly, purchased from Amazon.com; $7.29

3CERA Portable Windproof Waterproof Survival Lighter Matches Storm Emergency Camping, purchased from Amazon.com; $2.37

Extra Thick Double Sided Thermal Reflective Blanket 60" x 82" & 4 Stakes - Use As a Blanket, Ground Cover or Tarp, purchased from Amazon.com; $17.5

Motorola MT352TPR FRS Weatherproof Two-Way - 35 Mile Radio Triple Pack - Silver; purchased from Amazon.com; $114.00 for a set of three

LifeStraw Go Water Bottle with Integrated 1000-Liter LifeStraw Filter; purchased from Amazon.com; $29.95 each

Portable Fantastic Windproof Waterproof Matches; purchased from Amazon.com; $7.99

Red Cross FRX3 Eton Emergency Radio, purchased from the Red Cross Online Store; $60.00

Superior Tool Emergency Gas Shut-Off Wrench, purchased from Ace Hardware $9

Earthquake-Actuated Gas-shutoff Valve, must be installed and purchased by a licensed contractor; we purchased and are installing with Jacobs Heating and Cooling; $500

Additional important items: First aid kit, a large shovel, a crowbar, and food.

TITAN Survival Blankets (5-Pack), Military Green, 52" x 82" - Designed for NASA Space Exploration. Aluminized Mylar Emergency Thermal Blankets, purchased from Amazon.com; $17.99

Instafire Fire Starter Pouches, Durable Mylar Packs Lights up to 4 fires, No Harmful Chemicals, ECO Friendly, purchased from Amazon.com; $7.29

3CERA Portable Windproof Waterproof Survival Lighter Matches Storm Emergency Camping, purchased from Amazon.com; $2.37

Extra Thick Double Sided Thermal Reflective Blanket 60" x 82" & 4 Stakes - Use As a Blanket, Ground Cover or Tarp, purchased from Amazon.com; $17.56

Motorola MT352TPR FRS Weatherproof Two-Way - 35 Mile Radio Triple Pack - Silver; purchased from Amazon.com; $114.00 for a set of three

LifeStraw Go Water Bottle with Integrated 1000-Liter LifeStraw Filter; purchased from Amazon.com; $29.95 each

Portable Fantastic Windproof Waterproof Matches; purchased from Amazon.com; $7.99

Red Cross FRX3 Eton Emergency Radio, purchased from the Red Cross Online Store; $60.00

Superior Tool Emergency Gas Shut-Off Wrench, purchased from Ace Hardware $9

Earthquake-Actuated Gas-shutoff Valve, must be installed and purchased by a licensed contractor; we purchased and are installing with Jacobs Heating and Cooling; $500

Additional important items: First aid kit, a large shovel, a crowbar, and food.

Comments

  1. Mark Aalto on

    I'm going to forward this on to people. Good stuff!

    Drop! Cover! Hold On!

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    Heather Paris put together a great presentation on what to do whether  are indoors, outdoors, or in your car!

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5676/blog/2015/11/earthquake-safety-by-heather-paris.pdf

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    1. Mark Aalto on

      Yay Claire!!! You are the coolest!!