Blogging the Oregonian: Second Base

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Icing on the home-ownership cake, or a whole other piece? Lucy and Joe Field are among the growing number of homeowners with second homes, and their waterfront vacation house on the Columbia River gorge helps illustrate the appeal.

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While a second home may seem like something far out of reach for your everyday human being, a mortgage on a home outside of the city plus rent on an in-city pad can amount to far less than mortgage on an equivalent home inside of the city.

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We can believe that the challenges and opportunities presented by the second home share some key characteristics with those our small, urban spaces; namely, that the second home be low-maintenance and relaxing, while also offering the freedom to take décor risks since it isn’t the primary residence.

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The Fields share some interesting common-sense tips about decorating a second home that we think are totally applicable to us plebeians with only one space to worry about.

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Tips include saving money by renewing used furnishings — Lucy found rusted iron bed frames in a barn, which she repainted with outdoor barbecue paint for use in her children’s rooms — and going classic with furniture, not because classic furnishings are “safe,” but because you’ll stall for time on replacement and the associated costs.

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Read the article here.

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