Ultimate Open House

Reliability, Confidence, and Comfort of Living in a Natural Gas Home


On the Ultimate Open House New Home Tour, most homes are heated by high-efficiency natural gas furnaces.

To many tour visitors, the furnace can be a big gray box that sits in the garage or mechanical room. You hardly ever think about it, except hopefully, to change the filter. But your natural gas furnace is quietly doing a great job for you.

Operating Reliably

Because natural gas is piped directly to the home, it will always be there to heat the home when needed. That’s reliability.

There’s a reason why most of the tour home builders chose to heat with natural gas. Natural gas is the preferred fuel source for home heating for many reasons. Consider two of the main ones:

  • Natural gas customers never have to wonder if an underground oil storage tank is leaking or nearly empty
  • Many natural gas furnaces are now 95 to 98 percent efficient and their efficiency is not determined by the climate or outdoor temperature, as is true of a heat pump.

Giving Confidence

Today’s cost of gas is lower than it was 10 years ago while other fuel costs are on the rise.  Geologists say there’s up to 100 years of proven natural gas reserves that will keep gas prices low.  That’s confidence.

Providing Comfort

The temperature of gas heat at the register is between 110 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit, which warms a home quickly and efficiently. That’s comfort.

One NW Natural customer summed it up this way:

“Natural Gas increases the quality of life for my family and I – that can’t be quantified monetarily. It isn’t just one thing – it’s the whole package! It adds to our lives in ways that often go unnoticed. Yes, it probably gets taken for granted in some respects. But that is exactly the point – the reliability, confidence and comfort it provides allows us to focus more time and energy on things in life that ARE really important. Natural gas makes that happen and we are all better for it. ”   MB, Oregon City

If you’re looking to increase the quality of life for your family by purchasing a new home, consider a house that has natural gas. Check out the tour offerings crafted by the area’s top builders.  The event is FREE over two weekends, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., April 26-27 and May 3-4.

Realtor Day



Introducing the Natural Gas Dryer of the 21st Century


When it comes to doing the laundry, many people are looking for ways to save time, add convenience, and protect their clothing.

NWN1Location, location, location

In recent years, enhanced aesthetics and sound dampening designs have brought washers and dryers out of the basement. The trend today is toward bringing laundering appliances into the living space, for example, bringing them closer to the bedroom or bathroom where laundry is most likely to accumulate. The appliances of the twenty first century fit into even the most high-traffic areas, such as a hallway between bedrooms or near the kitchen.


Gas dryers fit into this convenient world nicely, plus they are economical and efficient. They fluff and freshen washables with less wrinkling and shrinkage. And they no longer use a continuously burning pilot light, which provides additional savings and energy conservation.


Today’s gas dryers use less energy than older models. That means you can save more than half of your operating costs by selecting a gas dryer that is an energy-efficient model. On average, you can dry two loads of laundry in a natural gas dryer for the amount of money it costs to dry only one load in an electric dryer.

New high-efficiency gas dryers feature pilot-less ignition, automatic shut-off, sensor controls, de-wrinkling cycles and automatic cooling-down cycles. These features are all designed to save you money.

And a gas dryer lasts a long time, up to 13 years or more, so you won’t need to go buy a new one for a long time which also keeps money in your pocketbook.

Over time a natural gas dryer will more than pay for itself in fuel savings, fabric-friendly operation and reliable, trouble-free performance.

The Best Weekend Distraction – and it’s free!


Looking for an excuse not to mow your lawn or pull weeds on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon? There’s nothing better than a free tour of beautiful new homes and a free BBQ lunch to distract even the most diehard backyard warrior, and it’s all there for you at The Ultimate Open House New Home Tour presented by NW Natural and Standard TV & Appliance.

Tours are free to the public, and homes are scattered throughout the Portland-metro area.  It’s a great opportunity to meet the builders, get some fresh decorating ideas, and see what’s new in landscaping.

The tour showcases the top builders in the Portland area and offers a wide variety of products and features to help you find and purchase your ultimate new home. The builders represent outstanding quality, innovative design and a range of prices to suit the needs of modern families and individuals.

The tour runs over two weekends: April 26-27 and May 3–4.  On both weekends, NW Natural will cater a free BBQ lunch at the tour’s Idea Homes.

Here are the dates and locations for the free lunches:


Date                                 Builder                                    Address

Sunday, April 27            Stone Bridge                                       19612 SW Sonia Lane, Beaverton

Saturday, May 3             Gertz                                                    13862 SW 90th Avenue, Tigard

Sunday, May 4                Portland Development Group         5110 NE 36th Ave., Portland

The Grillin’ is Easy


The Grillin’ is Easy

Make your backyard the perfect place for nearly year-round grilling.  Spring, summer and fall, a natural gas barbecue takes the food’s juices and turns them into flavor enhancing smoke. Plus, when you add an outdoor cooking area, it extends your living space and keeps the heat out of the kitchen. Grilling outdoors helps reduce the need for air conditioning to cool a hot kitchen indoors on a warm summer day.

  • Grilling is easy. No charcoal, lighter fluid, ash, or lugging that propane tank around to get it filled or exchanged.
  • Pre-heating is super fast. Natural gas grills preheat to desired temperature in five to ten minutes. You’re in control with precise, adjustable heat.
  • Cooking is clean.  Natural gas burns clean and produces no after taste, like other fuels.

As you visit the NW Natural Ultimate Open House tour of homes, look for a flyer in participating homes which offers a FREE Napoleon P500 Prestige Series natural gas grill to the first five home buyers. The gas home must be purchased by May 31, 2014. These grills are valued at $1,200, and are provided to the first five new home buyers courtesy of NW Natural as our housewarming gift.

Natural gas isn’t just for heating your home


Purchasing a natural gas home is one of the best energy decisions that you can make for your family. You can use natural gas in a number of ways, including, heating and cooking at about half the cost of electricity, according to the Department of Energy.

Cook with Gas. If cooking is your passion or just a part of your daily routine, you’ll enjoy the total control of a natural gas range; perfect for your pasta, steak, stir-fry or delicate sauce. Most professional chefs refuse to cook on anything else.  There’s no waiting for the burner to warm up or cool down, which means there is no need to move the pan once the burners are turned off.

Heat Water. Did you know that a typical family of four uses 26,000 gallons of hot water each year? Heating water takes the next biggest bite out of your energy budget after home heating. A natural gas water heater recovers twice as fast as units powered by other fuels, and today’s gas water heaters are way more efficient than models sold just a decade ago.

Fuel your Fireplace. A natural gas fireplace offers convenience and comfort unmatched by other fuels. When you buy a cord of wood, you have to stack and store it. With gas, no splinters, no bugs and gas costs less on average than purchased firewood. A gas fireplace is among the top “must have” amenities.

Our customers tell us they prefer natural gas at home because:

  • It’s cheaper, cleaner and energy efficient
  • It’s abundant and not dependent on foreign sources
  • It has a quicker response time and provides more control
  • During power outages gas is still available for many appliances

You’ll see many natural gas homes on the Ultimate Open House New Home Tour. Congratulations to the builders of these homes. They have provided appliances you will love to use with the fuel choice families in the Northwest prefer – natural gas!

Join NW Natural for a Free Lunch


The 2013 Ultimate Open House is a delightful banquet that’s sure to satisfy your new home appetite. With 23 homes to sample, savor urban or suburban homes, and custom-designed homes crafted by the area’s top builders.

As a Presenting Sponsor of the Tour, NW Natural invites visitors to enjoy a free lunch at one of the tour’s Idea Homes each weekend. Here are the dates, times and locations:

First Weekend

Second Weekend

There’s something for everybody with every type of taste and home-buying budget at the Ultimate Open House. Have fun – and bon appétit!

Ultimate Open House Bingo Game Piece


Click the image below to download the game board and take it with you as you visit the homes on the Tour.


  • Ultimate Open House Bingo boards are available at every Ultimate Open House entry and on the Ultimate Open House website for download.
  • Attendees should have each home they visit put a stamp on their homes box.
  • Three stamps in a row is one entry into the promotion (NOT 1 Street of Dreams ticket).  Multiple rows of three will equal multiple entries (NOT multiple Street of Dreams tickets).
  • Prizes include: $100 gift card to Standard TV & Appliance, $50 visa gift card and $50 Saks Off 5th Ave gift card
  • Every bingo board that is returned to the Home Builders Association with a valid mailing address and at least three stamps by May 15, 2013 will be sent one (1) complimentary 2013 NW Natural Street of Dreams ticket.
  • Attendees should mail the bingo board into the HBA themselves vs. leaving the bingo board at an Ultimate Open House entry.
  • Bingo boards will be accepted if they are scanned and emailed to info@ultimateopenhouse.net, faxed to 503-684-0588 or mailed to Home Builders Association, 15555 SW Bangy Rd, Suite 301, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

New vs. Used – 10 Reasons Home Buyers Prefer New

More than ever before, new homes have many more benefits than used. Here is a list of 10 reasons why more buyers prefer New vs. Used.

1) You’re the Designer: One of the greatest benefits of a new home is that it will reflect your style rather than a previous owner’s. It is exciting to be able to select the exact appliances, flooring, fixtures and countertops you have always wanted for your dream home.

2) Create Floor Plans to Meet Your Needs: When you build your own home you can tailor the floor plan to meet the needs and wants of you and your family. You no longer have to wonder what to do with the room that you have no use for. A formal dining room isn’t for you? Add that space into a separate media room or into a larger master bathroom. When you are the designer, you can have it your way.

3) Energy Efficiency = Saving Money: A new home is much more energy efficient than a home built even just ten years ago. Many new homes offer windows that are double or even triple pane. Additionally, special window coatings and inert gases between the layers of glass are available, saving you even more money on your heating and cooling costs year round.

4) All New, All Under Warranty: A used home likely has products that may need to be repaired or even replaced in the near future. Maintenance and replacement costs of a roof, appliances, countertops or a water heater can quickly add up and often hit your pocket book at inopportune times. Your new home and all of its products and appliances are under warranty and feature the latest designs and building materials. This means you are able to enjoy your home stress free for many years to come.

5) Low Maintenance: A new home has all the latest technology and products making them perform much more reliably than a home that is 20 years old. Additionally, a newer home is designed to reflect the way we live today with cutting-edge building products that do not require as much maintenance and care. Say good bye to your Saturday “Honey Do” list.

6) Overall Comfort and Indoor Air Quality: A new home has to meet stringent energy codes and standards that were not in place years ago. With state of the art air filtration and ventilation systems along with high performing energy efficiency the result is year round comfort and higher indoor air quality.

7) Advanced Technology and Design: You can update some items in an older home to make it more energy efficient such as adding spray foam insulation or replacing single-pane windows with high performance ones. However, it can get very expensive to replace appliances like your water heater, cabinets or countertops. Little upgrades are nice but you still won’t have the twelve foot ceilings you’ve always wanted in your older single story home. Yet another reason for you to build a home so that it reflects the way you live today.

8) Community Amenities: Many homes today are near hiking and bikeing trails, great schools and easy accessible to shopping.

9) Ease Your Mind Knowing You Are Safe: A new home is built with many safety features such as hard wired smoke detectors, state of the art circuit breakers and garage doors with infrared beams stopping the door if something is too near. Paints and carpets are using fewer volatile compounds so you can breathe easier.

10) There is Nothing Better Than That New Home Feel: You can love your home knowing it is your dream and reflects your choices, not someone else’s. More and more people prefer that never lived-in feel.

After all, you stopped wearing your sibling’s hand me down clothes many years ago so why would you settle for a hand me down house?

Ultimate Open House Realtor Day


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