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Designing Your Portland Home for Resale

The answer to “How do we design our home for resale?” might not be what you’d expect. It’s simply to design your home for yourself.

Yes, there are plenty of ways to get your house ready to sell, but we’re talking about designing your new home or your major remodel, possibly years before you ever think about putting it on the market.

As Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report demonstrates year after year, almost no remodeling project will return 100 percent or more of what you spend, so it almost never makes sense to undertake a major project solely for the purpose of increasing your home’s resale value. Of course, in the shorter term, you should fix what’s broken and refresh what’s dated so that prospective buyers won’t be turned off.


Your Lifestyle

At COOPER Design Builders, we believe that the projects we undertake with our clients should be to fit a home to the clients’ lifestyle. Investing in an upgrade to your lifestyle, making your home easier to live in and more fun to invite friends over to, will pay back non-monetary dividends for years.

So if your kitchen is the hub around which your family’s day turns, design it to work that way for you. And if you can’t imagine living in Portland, Oregon, without incorporating the outdoors into your lifestyle at home, go ahead and invest in that outdoor kitchen and living space.


There Are Buyers for That

We believe you will find that when you finally do decide to move out of your house, there will be buyers out there who can envision living their lives in the home that you designed for your own family, and they will be willing to pay handsomely if you invested in high-quality materials and workmanship in the first place.


All that having been said, let’s talk about the areas where it makes sense to spend a bit more, both for your own enjoyment and quality of life as well as for a future buyer’s.


Going Green

Building a home that consumes less is becoming easier all the time, with the proliferation of energy-saving large appliances, light bulbs, thermostats, and water fixtures. Also, smart design can make the most of solar heat in the winter (on those days when the sun peeks through) and shading of the sun in the summer, and high-quality windows (more on this later) definitely save energy. Finally, building products made of recycled materials contribute to the making of a green home.



Windows fill your home with light and connect you visually to the world outside, so including as many as possible in your design will enhance your quality of life, despite their cost. Though high-quality windows can be expensive, they are worth the investment. They will save you energy and increase your comfort level, and you won’t need to replace them for many years, if ever.



Despite the increase in high-quality options for wood-like flooring materials, many people still believe that there’s nothing better than real hardwood floors. If you feel that way, and you can afford it, include wood floors in your home design. You will enjoy them every day, and when it’s time to sell, many buyers who place hardwood floors on their wish lists will appreciate your choice.


Dream Kitchen

As mentioned above, design your kitchen for the way you live, whether it’s as a busy family or a couple with a penchant for gourmet cooking and entertaining. Use high-quality countertop and flooring materials, lighting, and appliances. They will make your life easier and stand the test of time.


And There’s More

  • Other home features that might be important to you, and will attract buyers in the future, include:
  • A luxurious master suite with a spa-like bathroom.
  • An outdoor kitchen and “living room.”
  • A finished basement for what’s important in your life.
  • Quality landscaping.
  • An entryway that makes your guests happy they have walked in your door.
  • An open floor plan, if it makes sense for you.
  • High-quality lighting, designed attractively and intelligently.

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