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Portland Design Build Remodeling Blog

Should You Build a Second Story?

Posted by Lane Cooper on Apr 10, 2020 12:23:47 PM

At COOPER Design Build, 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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Topics: Home Remodeling, Remodeling Ideas, Home Additions

Remodeling Your Kitchen for Maximum Storage

Posted by Lane Cooper on Mar 9, 2020 8:08:48 AM

In certain areas of the house, who doesn’t want more storage? The kitchen is a major gathering point in the homes, so you may need a lot of variety in storage options here. As you get ready to remodel your kitchen, plan to maximize every inch, limited only by your budget and your square footage. Take a look at these options.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Remodeling Ideas, Remodeling Tips, Home Additions, Planning a Remodel, Kitchen Design

How Much Does a Home Addition Cost in Portland? [Updated Feb 2020]

Posted by Lane Cooper on Feb 10, 2020 11:39:11 AM

Feeling crowded in your small home? Dying to do something with that unfinished portion of your basement? A home addition may be right for you. Since this is often a much larger project than a simple remodel, you’ll want to start with a range of costs.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Home Additions, Finance, Budgeting

What You Need to Know When Planning a Home Addition in Portland

Posted by Lane Cooper on Dec 16, 2019 9:24:00 AM

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, you’ll need to do some serious thinking before deciding to tackle a home addition in Portland, Oregon.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Home Additions

What You Need to Know About Building an ADU in Portland

Posted by Lane Cooper on Aug 26, 2019 8:45:29 AM

Portland continues to be a pioneer in the field of ADUs, or accessory dwelling units, as a result of the city’s policies making the construction of such dwellings legal on most single-family lots. It is easier than ever to incorporate an ADU into your Portland remodel, allowing your family to house renters for additional income or to make room for an adult child or aging parent. 

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

Adding a Custom Wine Cellar to Your Home in Portland

Posted by Lane Cooper on Jul 26, 2019 9:34:00 AM

The international recognition of Oregon as the producer of world-class wines over the past four decades has confirmed what Oregonians already knew: that the 725-plus winemakers in their state bottle some really great wines. If you’re one of those aficionados of Oregon wine who has moved beyond buying a couple of bottles for the weekend into serious collecting, you might be considering having a custom wine cellar built as part of your planned home remodel.

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Topics: Home Additions, Luxury Home

Outdoor Oasis: One Lake Oswego Family is Ready for Summer

Posted by Lane Cooper on Jun 14, 2019 10:19:00 AM

COOPER Design Builders took advantage of an acre of level, undeveloped land behind this home in the green Portland suburb of Lake Oswego to create an outdoor playground for all ages last year. Now the family is ready for a summer outdoors.

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Topics: Remodeling Ideas, Remodeling Tips, Home Additions, Featured Projects, Design, Custom Home, Custom Home Design, Luxury Home

Whom Should You Consult First When Planning a Home Addition?

Posted by Lane Cooper on Apr 4, 2019 10:55:00 AM

When you’re planning an addition to your Portland, Oregon, home, it’s best to take a team approach to a job that has so many facets. Your team will include players such as your own family, financial professionals, city officials, architects, engineers, designers, builders, subcontractors, and more. Let’s consider where you should start.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Home Additions

How a Portland Family Found the Home of Their Dreams

Posted by Lane Cooper on Oct 5, 2018 12:15:15 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.

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Topics: Design-Build Portland, Home Remodeling, Home Additions, Planning a Remodel

A Guide to Your Portland Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Lane Cooper on Sep 26, 2018 2:15:00 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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Topics: Home Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Home Additions, Design, Planning a Remodel, Kitchen Design