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Portland Design Build Remodeling Blog

5 Questions to Ask When Planning a Home Addition in Portland, OR

Posted by Lane Cooper on Jan 3, 2022 12:11:27 PM

Maybe your family is outgrowing your home and you don’t want to move, or you bought a small house that you’d always planned to expand. Whatever the reason, tackling your Portland, Oregon home addition can be serious work. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. We pride ourselves on giving our customers the best experience possible; that means giving them — and you — the information you need to plan ahead. So, if you’re wondering how to add an addition to your home in the suburban Portland, Oregon area, start by answering these questions!

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Home Additions

How Much Does a Whole Home Remodel Cost in Portland?

Posted by Lane Cooper on Dec 13, 2021 7:34:00 AM

The prospect of a whole home remodel can be exciting—even if many aspects are relatively unknown, including the cost. Below is a look at a few average prices of remodeling jobs that are typically included in a whole-house remodel. Keep in mind that the figures below are based on collective data for the Portland metro area; actual figures may vary. As a next step toward understanding what such a makeover could cost for your home, contact local architects, builders, and design-build companies like COOPER Design Build. We have a long history of creatively remodeling and expanding homes in the Portland, Oregon area.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Remodeling Investment, Whole Home Remodeling

Full-Service Remodeling in Portland: Our Design-Build Process

Posted by Lane Cooper on Nov 23, 2021 7:00:00 AM

When you are ready to undertake a major remodel or addition to your Portland home, you will be faced with a choice of approaches to take: hire an architect or designer to draw up the plans, and then find a builder to execute them (design-bid-build); or contract with a design-build company, such as COOPER Design Build, which will provide full-service remodeling from design to completion of the job.

These are two competing approaches in the construction industry, and it’s important to understand the difference. If you have ever wondered, “What is design-build?” or you’d simply like to know the benefits of hiring a design-build company, we have plenty of answers for you.

What Is a Full-Service Design-BUILD COMPANY?

A full-service design-build company offers you the comfort and convenience of designating one team to handle your remodeling project, from start to finish. One of the major problems with the design-bid-build process is that the architect or designer is separated from the building team. It might seem like a great idea at first, especially if you’ve got a complicated plan in mind. But once the design is complete, you have to find a remodeling team willing and able to meet the terms of the design. It is harder than you might think, which is why construction is largely abandoning the design-bid-build approach.

When you hire a full-service design firm, your designer and building team are involved from the beginning. The designers can discover everything you want about the space and build a design that solves all your problems. With a design-build contract and your final approval, the company can start the construction process with no worries about delays or communication difficulties between different professionals.

To learn more about our approach to remodeling a home, download our eBook.

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Topics: Remodeling Tips, Remodeling Investment, Planning a Remodel, Luxury Home

Smart Technologies to Add to Your Next High-End Portland Home Remodel

Posted by Lane Cooper on Nov 10, 2021 8:57:00 AM

It seems like everyone these days has a smart home. If you’re starting to feel left out, you should know that making a smart home isn’t as complicated as you might think. The latest systems integrate seamlessly so that you don’t have to spend all your time with tech support to figure it out. If you’re thinking about remodeling your home in Portland, OR and you wonder how smart technology might fit in, we’ve got a few ideas for you to consider.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Remodeling Ideas, Luxury Home

What You Need to Know About Building an Addition in Portland

Posted by Lane Cooper on Oct 27, 2021 8:01:00 AM

The process of customizing your home usually starts with dreams about your ideal house. Along the way, you will make decisions about what features are most important and what you can afford in the end. Of course, in many cases, you may want to build an addition. Additions give you more space to spread out, to conveniently house guests or family members, or to support a home business. Although accessory dwelling units are all the rage at the moment, you may benefit from any home addition that fits your needs. Here are a few things you should know about these types of home additions.

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Topics: Design-Build Portland, Home Additions, ADU's

Essential Features of a High-End Home Remodel

Posted by Lane Cooper on Oct 13, 2021 8:00:00 AM

If you have the means to undertake a high-end remodel of your Portland, Oregon, home, take plenty of time to dream about the luxuries you might include. And then start prioritizing your list of features to determine which ones will be essential to your remodel. Of course, everyone’s list will be different, based on lifestyle, family situation, interests, and budget. Here are some features that will appear on most lists, and some more extreme choices that won’t be for everyone.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Remodeling Ideas, Luxury Home

Portland Kitchen Remodeling: Cost, Tips & Inspiration

Posted by Lane Cooper on Aug 23, 2021 9:09:27 AM

Everything you need to know about remodeling your kitchen in Portland in one place.

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Topics: Kitchen Remodeling, Kitchen Design

Ask Cooper Anything Q&A: Your Remodeling Questions, Answered By Us! (August 2021)

Posted by Cooper Design Build on Aug 3, 2021 8:00:00 AM

What IS The Ask Cooper Anything Q&A Series?

We asked our community to anonymously send us any questions they had regarding remodeling, interior design, or general home improvement. 

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Remodeling Tips, Planning a Remodel, Historic Home Remodel

How Long Does a Whole Home Remodel Take in Portland?

Posted by Lane Cooper on Jan 28, 2021 12:00:00 PM

If you want to live in your dream home, but don’t want to move, then a whole house remodel the perfect solution. Whole home remodels meet your present needs and desires while also increasing the value of your home, setting you up for success down the road. Although this project can pay off big time through the years, it is rather time consuming. To keep your stress levels low, it’s important to know just what to expect and how long it will likely take.

Here’s a look at how long you should expect your whole home remodel to take. 

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Planning a Remodel, Whole Home Remodeling

Should You Hire an Architect For Large Home Renovation Projects?

Posted by Lane Cooper on Jan 26, 2021 12:00:00 PM

When homeowners first start thinking about a larger home renovation project like a whole home remodel, they need to decide whether they will hire a design-build firm or or hire an architect/designer separately from their contractor. There are reasons to consider each approach, so it’s worth investigating both before you make a choice. This blog post compares the two options and aims to provide clarity as to which option is best for you. 

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Topics: Design-Build Portland, Design