Portland, Oregon is a city brimming with a rich past and, if you own a historical home, you have your very own personal piece of that history. As such, it’s your responsibility to preserve your home, its architecture, and the bygone era it represents so it can be enjoyed by future generations. That means remodeling a historic home can be pretty high stakes (as if remodeling an older home isn’t difficult enough to begin with).
Setting a budget isn’t fun and it isn’t glamorous, but it is critical to starting your home remodel off on the right foot. If you have no idea where to start when it comes to budgeting, don’t fret. It’s not as difficult as you might think, and we've got some tips to help you get started!
The start of a new year is an opportunity to take a fresh look at your home and at your life. It’s the perfect time to let go of the past and embrace something new. In life, that might mean starting a sustainable routine or setting some new goals. And in your home, that means finding ways to update your interiors to those that better match your style. If you’re looking for some inspiration, keep reading for 2022 interior design trends, or check out our remodeling portfolio for visual references!
Kitchens are quite the investment and planning a remodel is hefty work — especially if you want your new kitchen to last you a long time. You need a timeless kitchen: one that looks classic, stays stylish, and will suit your needs for years into the future. With thirty years of industry experience, we know a thing or two about creating kitchens that never go out of style. And we’re happy to share what we know with you! Keep reading for our tips on how to create a timeless kitchen and visit our portfolio for all the remodeling inspiration you need.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.