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Portland Design Build Remodeling Blog

Designing a Home Gym (That You'll Actually Use)

February 26, 2019 @ 12:14 PM

There’s no shortage of excuses why we don’t do what we know we should do—such as exercise. So when you’re designing a gym for your Portland, Oregon, home, don’t let bad planning be one of those excuses.

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How Much Does a Home Addition Cost in Portland? [Updated February 2019]

February 26, 2019 @ 10:26 AM

If you’re feeling seriously cramped in your Portland-area home, you might be wondering how much it would cost to add on, rather than go through the upheaval of moving to a larger house. Each year, Remodeling magazine compiles its Cost vs. Value Report, which lists the average prices for certain remodeling jobs in cities across the country. Take a look here at some typical home-addition projects and what the average price would be in the Portland, Oregon, market.

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Ten Kitchen Designs Already Trending In 2019

February 17, 2019 @ 12:12 PM

As every Portlander knows, this city has its own style. But that doesn’t mean that its new and remodeled kitchens won’t borrow some ideas from designers in other parts of the world. Here are some kitchen design trends that have been showing up in 2019.

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Remodeling Your Kitchen for Maximum Storage

January 27, 2019 @ 03:25 PM

In certain areas of the house, who doesn’t want more storage? As you get ready to remodel your kitchen, plan for maximum storage, limited only by your budget and your square footage. Take a look at these options.

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Should You Build a Second Story?

January 25, 2019 @ 02:44 PM

At COOPER Design Builders, we have made many Portland homeowners happy with whole-house remodels that include adding a second story. But before you decide on such a major project, you should think long and hard about all the issues involved, because building a second story isn’t always the best option.

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2018 Home Improvement Tax Credits: What You Need to Know [Updated]

January 14, 2019 @ 02:32 PM

Most home improvements don’t earn you deductions or credits on your federal or Oregon income taxes, although there are some exceptions. Take a look at the home-related spending that you can claim to help reduce your income taxes.

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Thinking Ahead: Remodeling for Spring Curb Appeal in Portland

December 15, 2018 @ 09:27 AM

As anyone who has ever bought or sold a house knows, curb appeal is huge. But even if you’re not planning to put your home on the market, you want your house and yard to give a great first impression to anyone who sees them. Here are some tips to get you started on remodeling your Portland, Oregon, home for the best spring curb appeal.

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Inside this Stunning Lake Oswego Remodel

December 13, 2018 @ 11:45 AM

What could be more satisfying to a builder and a homeowner than removing layers of the ’70s and ’80s—including orange shag carpet on the stairs—to reveal a home’s original character, and then expanding and modernizing the home?That’s what COOPER Design Builders did with our recent whole-home remodel and master suite addition on this 1952 Cape Cod in the Uplands neighborhood of Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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11 Interior Design Themes to Consider for Your Portland Remodel

November 24, 2018 @ 08:05 AM

Remodeling a Portland home with a tired or muddled design? Drawn to certain looks but not sure what they’re called? Here’s a brief tour of 11 basic interior design themes to consider when planning your Portland remodel.

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The Best Portland-area Neighborhoods to Invest in a Remodel

November 23, 2018 @ 08:06 AM

Though Portland, Oregon, has gained a national reputation as a trendy, if quirky, place to live, and the home prices in some areas are climbing fast, you still can find neighborhoods with affordable houses that are worth remodeling. Buying a home with “good bones” in an established neighborhood with the intent to remodel or add on can be a financially wise thing to do. Some people like new-construction developments, as they are a clean slate, but the prices can be steep. It’s still possible to buy an older bungalow or Midcentury Modern ranch, do an extensive remodel, and still come out ahead on the cost.

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