You can find samples of my design/build projects below. As you can see, I wear both hats. Currently I’m focusing on design, consultation, and project management.  Interested in discussing your project?

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I love making open, light-filled functional spaces – keeping careful track of the costs while working with the ideas and needs of the homeowner. We removed the soffits to bring in light and space. The corner sink creates more counter surface. We used stock hickory cabinets, plastic laminate counter, marmoleum floor and tile splash. Simple … Continue reading Kitchens

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Tile Projects

A tiled-fireplace in a craftsman bungalow in a nicely restored older home. The owners had fun laying out the tile possibilities before I started. “We enjoyed the design process- and watching the transformation of our beautiful Pratt and Larsen tiled fireplace. The insert went in easily after Lily’s careful and well-advised tile work.”     … Continue reading Tile Projects

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An addition was added to this home for a family-room above the garage. My role was to design the addition and draw the plans. This functional addition added curb appeal to the home. The design also included future plans to reconfigure the back of the house and add a 2-story deck.   New Garage Apartment … Continue reading Additions

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Small buildings: Studios, ADUs

A Studio This is a painter’s studio that was converted from a dilapidated garage in southeast Portland. The homeowner-artist and I worked together to design a light-filled, creative space for her to paint. Saving part of the original garage was important to the owner. That was challenging! “Heller Building Design transformed a nearly useless garage … Continue reading Small buildings: Studios, ADUs

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Decks and Patios

Decks: I enjoy building and designing decks with more than 20 completed projects (images coming soon) and the occasional patio. Brick Patio Design: A fan-shaped, brick paver patio. The landscaper and I created the design. I taper-cut the bricks individually before laying them. “Lily did all the tile work for my kitchen and bathroom remodel … Continue reading Decks and Patios

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New Home I planned and designed this home with the owner. It is a 3,200 square foot, solar-assisted, 3-level home. My role was to conceptualize the design, research the specialty work (solar), and draw the permit-ready plans. We even surveyed and plotted the site.   New oversized garage with upstairs apartment:  

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