Portland contractors specializing in Craftsman remodels

Craftsman Design and Renovation is a nationally recognized design-build remodeling company with contractors who have a passion for Portland’s older homes. We love our work and the association it offers us with like-minded people, who value the history, craftsmanship, and beauty of vintage homes.


We’re proud of the sustainability inherent in preserving these houses, as we salvage and reuse as much of the original structure as possible, from woodwork to windows. We enjoy the challenge of designing and constructing new spaces that assimilate beautifully into the whole.


Fundamentally, we believe in integrity. In any house, vintage or contemporary, the spaces should integrate seamlessly into their surroundings. A similar authenticity is paramount in our relationships, based on open and consistent communication.


When you work with us, you collaborate with a team whose creative solutions fit your home’s individual style and whose specially trained builders assure you a higher, craftsman-like standard of construction. Throughout, you have a partner who focuses not just on the end product, but also on your experience, from reliable communication to the respectful treatment of you and your home.


1996 - It All Starts at Home

Wade had always been interested in older homes and their histories.  In 1994, he finally was in the position to purchase a home of his own.  The 1906 fixer became not only Wade’s first experience with home-ownership, but as a general contractor as well.  Frustrated with the quality of work and poor communication he encountered, Wade fired his contractor and assumed the role himself.  Realizing his passion, temperament and skills for the work, Wade switched careers, leaving behind his job as a department head at an exhibit design firm, and setting up shop in his home attic in 1996.

2000 - Discovering Architectural Treasure

Our relationship with the American Heritage Center takes off.  Like so many who treasure Portland and its historic buildings, we have benefitted tremendously from the AHC.  Besides furthering our company’s knowledge of Portland’s housing stock and architectural styles, this invaluable resource provided exposure for Craftsman Design’s expertise, introducing us to some of our most beloved clients and projects (see milestones for 2006, 2007 and 2011).   Wade ultimately served on the AHC board from 2003 to 2005.

2002 - We Know How to Pick 'Em

We’re  pretty proud of our choice in employees, especially when they return to us for their own remodels.  Heather was our first office employee. Starting in 2002, she worked as design assistant, office manager, and project manager, and was indispensable to our start-up, that is until she left to begin a start-up of her own – managing a growing family. Years, and a few children later, Heather asked us to help her with her dream home. Working with her was the completion of some fateful circle, and winning an award for her home’s exterior renovation was icing on the cake.

2004 - Leaving the Nest

Moving to our offices at 1235 SE Division Street, was a big deal. Now that we were no longer stuck in Wade’s attic, we had room to expand our design team – and expertise – with the addition of a kitchen and bath designer and a design assistant, both certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association.  Years of award-winning kitchen and bath remodels were soon to follow.

2005 - A Plan to Support our Vision

Building a business has a lot to do with the connections you make and recruiting the expertise of others.  At a critical point, we turned to Business Networks to help us become a more professional company, developing the best solutions to support our growing client list and expanding team.   Among those innovations was the evolution of our distinctive standardized procedures, which assure clients a reliable, consistent process.

2006 - Making the Cover

Back in Wade’s youth, when his peers dreamed of being on the cover of the Rolling Stone, he imagined his work featured in American Bungalow Magazine.  In 2006, he made it, when an article was published on the historic restoration of an iconic Emil Schact house.  Built in 1906, the impressive home tested our skills in historic restoration and helped elevate further our company’s standards.

2007 - Getting to Wow

We’ve had the privilege of working on some great historic houses, and this 1905 Emil Schact house has been one of the most significant.  The Tudor-influenced Craftsman (which we affectionately dubbed the “Wow House”) demanded the expertise we had acquired over the years, as we restored the interior to its original condition, employing the same meticulousness found in its initial design and construction.  While Craftsman Design had been winning awards since entering competitions in 2004, this project garnered three local and national awards for historic renovation.

2011 - Entering the Atomic Age

Featured on the 2011 Architectural Heritage Tour, our preservation work on this 1950s kitchen was significant for us on several levels.  It was our first client who had such a personal connection to the building’s construction.  The mother of one of the owner’s had designed the entire home, including Japanese-influenced kitchen cabinets, which were hand built.  We were tasked with restoring them, as well as the rest of the custom-built kitchen, to their former glory.  Besides the trust placed in us by our clients, we also appreciate how this project cemented our reputation for restoring mid-century homes.

2012 - Creating a Brand

When one recognizable brand invites you to their table, you start to think, maybe you’ve achieved your own, if somewhat more modest, brand.

2016 - Looking Forward

Besides marking our one-year move to a storefront office space on SE Belmont, we celebrate our 20 years of service, growth and teamwork.

Our team

"They really came through on helping the design we had in our heads come to fruition. The lead carpenter, Noah was great to work with and listened really well. I appreciated the attention to all the little details. We lived in our home during the remodel and they made every effort to ensure we were as comfortable as possible. Excellent company!"

− Carlson, Southeast portland resident




2016 NARI Regional Contractor of the Year Award

February 11, 2016 | Awards, Bath

Residential Bath over $75,000

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2015 Outstanding Remodeling Achievement Award

February 06, 2016 | Awards, Exterior, Historic

Residential Exterior over $100,000.

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2015 NARI Regional Contractor of the Year Award

February 06, 2015 | Awards, Historic, Kitchen

Residential Kitchen over $150,000 More about the NARI awards.

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Oregon Home

Spring/Summer 2015

“A Bungalow Opens to New Possibilities”

Oregon Home

Fall/Winter 2014

“Restoring History”

NW Renovation Magazine

June/July 2013 Cover Feature

“Living Large In Small Spaces”

NW Renovation Magazine

April/May 2014 Article

“A Suite Retreat”