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SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

From Saving Trees
to Changing Lives
One firm creates a new home with reused products and sustainable materials
(Left) A local
ceramics company
made the tile
backsplash, which
complements
the kitchen's
monochromatic
color scheme.

(Below) A wall
separating the
space and barred
windows made the
previous kitchen
dark and enclosed.

BEFORE

Designer Michelle Ruber began her passion for design because of
a statistic.
"I love the natural world," she said."If more than 50 percent of Oregon's
landfill is construction waste, we need to look at what is happening in that
field that is so ridiculous."
At her firm, Portland-based Encircle Design, Ruber and her husband
Klaas de Jonge, also the firm's builder, reuse and recycle as much as
possible. One local project, done for a newly divorced woman, took the
eco-friendly idea of making the old new and put a poignant spin on it.
"The client's main goals were to make the old space look and feel
totally different, so she is in a new house emotionally," said Ruber, who
explained that the 1950s-dated home sported a dark and disconnected
design with a dysfunctional layout.
By first taking down the wall separating the kitchen and the living and
dining rooms, the team opened up the space. Strand bamboo flooring

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connects the rooms together. New windows, which previously had bars,
and a new bi-fold door to the backyard bring the light in.
"Any materials that still had some life in them, we would donate to a
rebuilding center," Ruber explained, adding that the firm also saved the
lumber from the wall they took down. "We start a project with making sure
we properly dispose of the previous design."

Challenges and Solutions
The removal of a load-bearing wall was compensated for with
additional support from the basement.
A commercial-grade humidifier removed moisture from the
wood flooring because of the clients' affinity for open windows.

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KBB - September 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - September 2015

KBB - September/October 2015
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Better Business
Before & After
Sustainable Design
2015 Design Award Winners
Cover Story
Kitchen of the Year
Bathroom of the Year
Showroom of the Year
Woodsy elements emphasize versatile 2nd Place Kitchen
Functional layout paves way for the 2nd Place Bathroom
Dual islands stand out in the Honorable Mention Kitchen
Timeless marble highlights the Honorable Mention Bathroom
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week®
Trends
Products
Learning Corner
KBB - September 2015 - KBB - September/October 2015
KBB - September 2015 - Cover2
KBB - September 2015 - 1
KBB - September 2015 - Contents
KBB - September 2015 - 3
KBB - September 2015 - Online Contents
KBB - September 2015 - 5
KBB - September 2015 - Editor’s Note
KBB - September 2015 - 7
KBB - September 2015 - Show Director’s Note
KBB - September 2015 - 9
KBB - September 2015 - People & Places
KBB - September 2015 - 11
KBB - September 2015 - Better Business
KBB - September 2015 - 13
KBB - September 2015 - Before & After
KBB - September 2015 - 15
KBB - September 2015 - 16
KBB - September 2015 - 17
KBB - September 2015 - Sustainable Design
KBB - September 2015 - 19
KBB - September 2015 - 20
KBB - September 2015 - Cover Story
KBB - September 2015 - Kitchen of the Year
KBB - September 2015 - 23
KBB - September 2015 - 24
KBB - September 2015 - 25
KBB - September 2015 - Bathroom of the Year
KBB - September 2015 - 27
KBB - September 2015 - 28
KBB - September 2015 - 29
KBB - September 2015 - Showroom of the Year
KBB - September 2015 - 31
KBB - September 2015 - 32
KBB - September 2015 - 33
KBB - September 2015 - Woodsy elements emphasize versatile 2nd Place Kitchen
KBB - September 2015 - 35
KBB - September 2015 - Functional layout paves way for the 2nd Place Bathroom
KBB - September 2015 - 37
KBB - September 2015 - Dual islands stand out in the Honorable Mention Kitchen
KBB - September 2015 - Timeless marble highlights the Honorable Mention Bathroom
KBB - September 2015 - 40
KBB - September 2015 - KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week®
KBB - September 2015 - 42
KBB - September 2015 - 43
KBB - September 2015 - 44
KBB - September 2015 - 45
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KBB - September 2015 - 49
KBB - September 2015 - Trends
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KBB - September 2015 - 53
KBB - September 2015 - Products
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KBB - September 2015 - Learning Corner
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