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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.

We started with a tight three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom house and modernized all three levels, transforming it into a beautiful family home with four bedrooms, an office, three and a half baths, a gourmet kitchen, and a multi-room basement flex space. Take a look inside.

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Entering the foyer, you immediately notice the stunning gourmet kitchen, which boasts an island over 10 feet long—one of the largest we’ve ever designed. The island features seating for up to five people, to let the kids or visitors share in the conversation and cooking.

We increased the square footage of the kitchen by 50 percent by bumping out the front exterior by 12 feet and removing the wall between the dining room and the kitchen. The kitchen features an abundance of storage, with floor-to-ceiling cabinets, not to mention acres of counter space. Also, don’t miss the pot filler over the six-burner gas range, the extra dishwasher, the prep sink, and the 14-bottle wine refrigerator.

Upstairs, we expanded the attic space over the garage, transforming it into a spacious master suite with a bathroom featuring a spa shower, double-sink vanity, and separate water closet. Additionally, we added a full bathroom over the kitchen bump-out.










Throughout the home, every room was brightened with new recessed lighting, new wood windows, and vintage-inspired fixtures. White-painted trim and a neutral color palette increased the feeling of light throughout the home, as did the new red-oak floors, finished with a natural stain.

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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.


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.


Remodeling Details: Where Should I Put the Laundry Room?

November 16, 2018 @ 07:42 AM

If you’re planning a major remodel of your Portland, Oregon, home, you might have the distinct luxury of deciding where your laundry room should go. Not surprisingly, there are plenty of opinions on the matter, and the best answer for you depends on your lifestyle.



8 Factors for Evaluating Your Remodeling Floor Plan

November 06, 2018 @ 09:25 AM

When thinking about the floor plan for the remodel of your Portland, Oregon, home, you should take into account a number of important factors, from your lifestyle to your budget. Here are eight factors to consider to help you evaluate your remodeling floor plan.


Go Local with These 12 Portland Furniture/Design Stores

November 03, 2018 @ 08:04 AM
Are you in the market for furniture in the Portland area and not sure where to go? It turns out that the city has a wealth of local furniture stores selling a broad range of new and vintage items for your home, much of them made in Oregon. Here’s a sampling of 16 Portland, Oregon, furniture stores with a local flair.

Exploring the Possibilities of Extra Space During Your Remodel

October 30, 2018 @ 06:10 PM

So you’ve just about decided to embark on a major remodel of your Portland, Oregon, home. Now is the time to explore ways you could use the extra space to add that special something that you’ve always wished you had in your home. Here are some possibilities.


14 Pantry Designs for Your Portland Remodel

October 30, 2018 @ 08:12 AM

If you’ve got the space, and the stuff to fill it, a walk-in pantry is a nice luxury to include in the remodel of your Portland, Oregon, kitchen. But there are lots of other pantry design ideas that can make your kitchen work smoothly. Here are 14:


How a Portland Family Found the Home of Their Dreams

October 05, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

Anna and Jeff, the owners of a classic Prairie/Craftsman-style home in the historic Alameda neighborhood of northeast Portland, Oregon, needed upgrades to a fine home that had fallen into disrepair over the years. The entire house presented potential remodeling projects, but they decided to focus on the immediate needs first: a kitchen remodel and remodels of two bathrooms.


A Guide to Your Portland Kitchen Remodel

September 26, 2018 @ 02:15 PM

Getting the kitchen of your dreams in your Portland, Oregon, home is an exciting prospect. It also can be a little overwhelming. Here are some guideposts to help you along that journey.


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