Category: Success Stories

Andy Ehlen: Making an Older Home a Better Place

“Enlisting the services of Enhabit was the smartest thing I did after buying an older home. My certified Enhabit contractor, Central Air, caught major things missed by my home inspection, from vermiculite to a heat duct that had separated, sending warm air not to mention countless dollars into the attic. Their work resulted in a… Read more

Professor Schooled in Energy Efficiency

A Drafty, Cold Home As a Black Studies professor at Portland State University and producer of the film Sista in the Brotherhood based on her experience as a construction worker, Roberta Hunte is a woman of many trades. Despite being well-versed in many fields, she did not know that her home was unreasonably cold. “I… Read more

From Drafty to Dreamy: 1925 Home Gets Modern Comforts

Love at First Sight For Amy Ruiz and her partner, Sonia, they fell in love with their 1925 Northeast Portland at first sight. “We looked through the windows and fell in love with this home,” Amy says, “It was a little bit over our budget but we just fell in love with all the built-ins… Read more

One Less Worry with a Seismic Retrofit

“We have two small children, so keeping them safe is always top of mind. Now that we’ve had the home seismically upgraded, it’s one less thing to worry about. Enhabit matched us up with a great contractor, and we got the upgrades done really quickly. The entire process went really smoothly.” –Elma, SW Portland Elma… Read more

A Healthier Home for the Long Haul

Enhabit homeowner Susan Argintar’s philosophy when it comes to house hunting? “You’ll know it when you feel it—that’s it!” After looking at nearly 50 homes with her partner Jonathan, they knew they had found “the one” the moment they stepped into a ranch-style house nestled on a quiet street in the Cully Neighborhood of NE… Read more

Saving the Earth, One Footprint at a Time

“I make earth-friendly choices with anything I change or upgrade, and Enhabit ties into that interest.” Joyce Kindschuh loves where she lives in a walkable Northeast Portland neighborhood: “We’re just a few blocks away from Alberta shops and Alameda school is just down the hill. It’s an excellent neighborhood for walking, a lot of beautiful… Read more

The Road from Rental to Homeownership

New Baby, New Home  Motivated by the impending arrival of their firstborn son Kofi and rising rental costs, Ty Schwoeffermann and his wife Cimone began house hunting in 2014. “We wanted to get out of this cycle of being renters,” Ty says, “Our last rent hike was $300.” A native Portlander, Ty wanted an older… Read more

Old Carpet Out, Energy Efficiency In

The first thing that catches your eye in Mickey Lee’s home are the beautiful, Middle Eastern archways in the living room and hallway – some of the charming details that originally drew Mickey to this 1912 home. These details allowed her overlook the inadequate gas furnace and ugly carpet in her purchase decision, though not… Read more

Portland Homeowner Shares the Steps to an Enhabit Home

Portland, Oregon homeowner Laura Parisi finds peace of mind in a home with the whole package: energy efficiency, solar panels, and a seismic retrofit—all thanks to Enhabit. The cape cod home nestled in a North Portland neighborhood was built in 1943—a rarity, as not many homes were built during World War II. It was a… Read more

Green Careers Changing Lives: Kevin Nicholas-Roe

Kevin Nicholas-Roe, Lead Supervisor at Faison Energy Solutions Experiencing the pain from unemployment and a poor economy, Kevin Nicholas-Roe was left without many options. Once he turned to WorkSource, an Oregon employment agency where he found a green career training program, his life was changed forever. It didn’t take long until he began working at… Read more