“Our project was repairing, restoring, and replacing one of a kind decorative ornamental features on our 1892 Queen Anne. Craftsman Designs demonstrated the ability to understand and problem-solve for period historical accuracy, prepare detailed architectural drawings, and possess the necessary master carpentry skills that met our every expectation. They are first class in their attention to detail. We smile whenever we look at the detailing and receive compliments from friends, neighbors and family.”
— Bob & Susan
“Very clean work space. Good communication. They were willing to let me do the finish work to save on cost.”
“We chose CDR after an extensive research process. We considered other design-build firms, as well as architects and separate general contractors. For the people we considered closely, we visited former and/or active job sites and spoke with several former/current clients of each company. In the end, for us the choice was easy: Every reference we spoke to about CDR was highly positive and would choose them again (and many already had them do additional projects). They gave the most detailed and transparent information about costs and pricing and what to expect. Their work was beautiful–their renovations of period houses blends perfectly in style and execution with the original style. And perhaps most importantly, we truly felt that we could trust Wade (the owner) in all aspects of the process.
The design process was deliberate, higly detailed, and thorough. We thought it was fun, too. Wade and the design team were interested, listened, and were fun to meet with. They did a terrific job of designing for us the kitchen we wanted.
The build process went smoothly, and the routine and happenings were well communicated. All CDR carpenters were friendly, respectful, and interesting people who obviously cared a lot about doing quality, careful work. I learned something from each of them . Many of the subcontractors had been long-time CDR associates and they worked well together.
They were very patient and accommodating with our desire to do some demolition and painting work ourselves. The only minor glitches in the whole project wouldn’t have happened if it were not for this request by us, but Wade always addressed any concern in a way MUCH more than fair to us. (In the future, I wouldn’t choose to try to do this work ourselves, but not because of any problem we had with CDR.)
The look and quality of the finished work is excellent and we are extremely happy with the results. We feel the work has greatly improved the function and appearance of our home in a way that blends old and new quite well.
The bottom line is that we have recommended Craftsman Design without reservation to friends and neighbors. Owners of two other homes on our block (that I know of) have since chosen CDR for their renovations. We plan to hire them again for projects in the future. We trust them for their integrity and excellent work.”
— David & Helen
“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!”
“The team turned our typical old house scary basement into an amazing family space complete with closed off laundry room, bathroom and storage that is now our favorite room in our house. The craftsmanship and attention to detail was excellent. I feel as though everyone on the team, including all the trades people that worked with them, went above and beyond what was expected in some way or another. Going through a renovation with 2 toddlers can make a stressful situation that much more stressful. Everyone was very respectful of our family, our home and our schedule.”
— Christy & David
“This is the second time my wife and I have hired Wade and his team from Craftsman Design & Renovation. Our house is a 1912 Craftsman, and they have completely renovated the porch/carport, and the ground floor rooms except the kitchen (entry, living room, dining room, family room, bathroom and bedroom). We expect to hire them again in a year or two for a major upstairs project. We love our neighborhood, and now we have the house we wanted in a place we don’t want to leave. They have restored so much character that was lost in remodels by a prior owner in the 1960s and 1970s.
Craftsman Design’s work, from initial design through the final walk-through, is of the highest quality. They work carefully with the client on detailed plans and specifications. Our experience is that this diligent and conscientious approach to planning the project is indispensable — when you sign a contract with Craftsman Design, you can have confidence about exactly what work they are going to do, and how much it will cost.
If you are looking for a “low bid” remodel, Craftsman Design probably isn’t the crew for you. If you are looking for a team that communicates with you, does high quality work, and will make you fall in love with your house, we couldn’t recommend them more.”
— Kristin & Richard
“Both my husband and I were thoroughly impressed with both the craftsmanship and professionalism of Craftsman Design and Remodel. The design, carpentry skills, and execution of both our living and dining room far exceeded our expectations. We were kept in the loop from start to finish and the work was completed in a timely manner. In addition, they even called to check in months later to make sure we were still satisfied and didn’t see anything to “touch up”. There work ethic, high standards, and quality craftsmanship deserves 5 stars.”
— Lauren & Brad
“Of the many design-build choices in Portland, we feel fortunate to have used Craftsman Design and Renovation to re-do our kitchen. Their high professionalism and regard for our family’s daily routines, with an open atmosphere of problem solving and design ideas, left us grateful that we had found them. Our kitchen is now the focal point of our house. We cannot more highly recommend Wade Freitag and his crew. When our project was completed we were almost sad to see our ‘friends’ go.”
— Pete & Raelene
” As we reflect on the remodel, we heartily agree that CDR has been all we hoped for. The design services, project management, and subcontractors have all been top shelf. And the most critical element, your timely availability and communications, has been wonderful, beyond what we’ve ever experienced during a house project. You are consummate professionals who clearly include a healthy empathy for your clients and what they are going through in a remodel. Thank you for everything!”
— Kimberly & Stephen
“Superlative and satisfying — those two words sum up our feelings toward everyone at CDR. We began with a general vision in our mind’s eye and thanks to the creative design process we ended with a finished product that is even better than imagined. Construction flowed smoothly from one step to the next while staying true to our budget and timeline and we were treated with thoughtful respect by all involved. Although remodeling can be stressful at times, CDR worked diligently to pop any stress bubbles and keep our project moving along smoothly so that now we can pop our own happiness bubbles. We are so thankful we chose to work with CDR and definitely will do so in the future. Thanks, everyone!”
— Susan & Bart
“Every time I go into my basement, I have this huge smile on my face. We are so delighted with every aspect of our experience with Chelly, Wade, Johnny and Craftsman Design. We LOVE our basement. It’s lovely. And I compliment you often. Thanks again for all your work. ”
— C. LeClair
“I love it! These cabinets are so beautiful, I can’t imagine that they weren’t already here. And that’s the sign of a project done well.”
— Kim & Justin
“We feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with all of you these past few months. We felt we were in such good hands throughout the entire process, and are so impressed with your outstanding design and execution. Thank you for your fine work!”
— Melissa & Steven
“Now that the kitchen remodel is done and we are finally in it, both B. and I are realizing that it is above and beyond better than we ever dreamed it was going to be. We love it so much more than I ever thought we would. Thanks again for everything. We have really enjoyed working with everyone at Craftsman. You truly did make this remodel a piece of cake for us and we are thrilled with our new kitchen!”
— Margaret & Bill
“We were delighted with the work performed by Craftsman Design and Renovation. The project was well managed, very professional and the quality of work was high. Thank you!”
—Fiona & Michael
“We had a very positive experience with Craftsman Design and Renovation. The outcome of our renovation exceeded expectations. Wade did an excellent job with the design, (carpenters) Jeff and Hector were amazing – very skilled and professional, and the subcontractors did very high-quality work. It made a huge difference to have things cleaned up so well on the jobsite at the end of each day. Plus, everyone was kind and courteous, and patient with the kids. We truly appreciate this project being on time and on budget. Thank you! We will not hesitate to refer others to your business.”
“Wade built the house of my dreams! For years, I’d said that my dream house was a traditional Arts and Crafts home in my old West Hills neighborhood, never believing that it could be possible. Wade helped transform my cramped ranch split-level into a beautiful, spacious, durable, energy-efficient, and comfortable home. He designed everything from the overall concept down to the finest details during building. He meets his timelines and defines dependability. I immensely enjoyed working with him and his creative process. I’d love to work with him again, but I can’t see ever leaving this house.”
“The best decision I ever made was to work with you. It is obvious you are skilled at what you do, professional, and honest. What a reassuring feeling for a homeowner.”
“Craftsman Design and Renovation did a significant master bathroom remodel for us. The project tasks and work schedule were very well defined and managed with confidence. The workers, being skilled craftsmen, did a commendable job. Highly recommended!”
—Bart & Karen
“It was a delight to find Wade. Not only was he pleasant to work with, he came in on time and under budget, and you’d never know where he repaired the ant and water damage on our old house. His crew went out of their way to keep the site clean so we could still use the living room while it was being worked on. I heartily recommend him!”
—Dale & Darcy
“Our house went from being the neighborhood’s neglected stepchild to the belle of the ball.”
—Lester & Heather
“The architect/contractor was responsive to our needs for an aesthetically pleasing and functional porch. The architect/contractor provided various design options and educated us about how to restore our porch to a period-appropriate design. We are more delighted with our house than we ever could have imagined.”
“This project was our first remodel and we had no idea what to expect. It was important for us to work with someone who shared our vision of creating a space that honored the attention to detail and the aesthetic of the original builders. We were fortunate that the collaboration with our contractor was characterized by a mutual respect and a synergy that brought out the best in all of us.”
—John & Julie
“Your designs for our kitchen and bathrooms were visually compelling, beautifully efficient and, amazingly, both practical and luxurious. The work of your employees and subcontractors in executing these designs was of the highest quality.”
“It has been more than a year now since Craftsman Design and Renovation gutted our kitchen and two bathrooms and rebuilt them in keeping with the Arts and Crafts style of our home. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Every now and then, as we are cooking together in this still new kitchen, we marvel at how roomy it is now, how much more convenient everything is than before, and you didn’t have to move any walls to make it bigger. Why didn’t we do this years ago?”
“Knowing that [the front porch] would be the focal point of the house, we wanted only the finest artisans in all of Portland to bring the old porch back to life – this had become a labor of love! My daughter, a landscape architect, researched several local design firms, and after meeting with Wade Freitag, decided that Craftsman Design and Renovation was clearly the one for the job. They replaced the rotted decking and steps with tongue and groove cedar flooring, meticulously installed the custom-milled fretwork, and pieced it all together for a perfect fit. To us it looked spectacular – definitely a job well done. The house was even given an “honorable mention” in the working tour section of the 2005 Historic Irvington Home Tour guidebook for its new look.
Of all the contractors I have worked with over the years, Craftsman Design and Renovation is at the top of my list for their professionalism, attention to detail, and superior workmanship.”
“I can’t say enough good things about Wade and his crew. They were creative, responsive, prompt and unobtrusive, resulting in a bathroom that wows all who see it. Just walking in it every morning brings a smile to my face.”
—J & T Jewett
“Wade Freitag and the Craftsman Design crew bring together the best in design, creativity, quality construction, and project management. When we first met with them, we had some tentative plans in mind. With Wade’s experience and careful listening, he was able to create a plan for our kitchen that perfectly fits our personal needs for an up-graded space; at the same time, it is in keeping with our home’s period personality.
The Crew was a pleasure to work with. They laid out a clear and detailed schedule and stuck to it. Believe it or not, they finished a week ahead of schedule! As is the case with almost any old house, there were many hidden challenges, and the Craftsman team was able time and again to work with us to come up with the perfect “Plan B.” We think that the integrity of the work in its entirety from design to completion was superb. We would highly recommend Craftsman Design and Renovation for anyone who needs help in restoring the correct flow to old houses and at the same time create modern functional working spaces.”
—Ruth & Jim