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A Few of Our Favorite (Kitchen) Things

In addition to our week of kitchen design element favorites (check out our Instagram or Facebook pages) we wanted to share a few more design elements we love to incorporate in the kitchens we remodel. These are a few of our favorite things… 1. Storage – and lots of it. In this kitchen we created a peninsula with some great

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Construction in the COVID Era

  In the past couple months, our lives have been turned sideways by new and unexpected challenges. Luckily, in the Portland area, our hard work of staying home and staying safe has paid off as we have seen a decrease in the number of cases. Our work is unique as it requires us to come into your homes. Below, we’ve

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5 Ideas For Your Outdoor Oasis

With warmer weather ahead and more hours spent at home, now is the perfect time to start thinking about exterior projects! We’ll take you through five past projects (after and before shots) to give you some ideas on how to make the most of your home’s exterior. Add a sunroom. For those rainy spring and fall days, is there anything better than

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10 Ways to Improve Your Basement

We love old Portland homes and the quirks and character that come with them. Working in them as often as we do, there’s often one challenge we come across in most homes – just not enough space! Luckily, many of these homes were built with basements, which can substantially increase your square footage and sometimes double it! Not sure what

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New Trends For Older Homes – KBIS 2020 Recap

The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2020 did not disappoint! Each year, this trade show grows in new product display, vendor quality, and wow-factor. Manufacturers bring their latest and greatest and we get to soak up the new trends and count down the days for product releases. This year, we noticed a welcome trend paying homage to design styles

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5 Ways to Mitigate the Stress of a Remodel

Are you ready for a new kitchen but the thought of having your meal prep zone and homework hub down for a couple months sends you screaming the other way? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 ways to mitigate the stress of a remodel – and maybe even make it (gasp) fun! 1. Set clear expectations with

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Appliances That Will Make Your Holiday Time Bliss

‘Tis the season for cookies and cakes, secret recipes and time-honored traditions. In the flurry of activity that accompanies the holidays you may notice that not everyone is pulling their weight, specifically your kitchen appliances. Holiday feasts mean you need all the burners firing (not just the front two). Between baked goods and casseroles, you may realize you really do

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Common Challenges of An Older Kitchen (And How to Fix Them)

In current day, the kitchen is truly the heart of the home.  It’s where families and friends gather, meals are shared, homework is done, and memories are made.  Life 100 years ago was just a bit different, creating a disconnect between how our older kitchens were built and how we would like them to function in our busy lives today.

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5 Key Steps to a Thoughtful Addition

As the days get colder and indoor spaces become a priority, clients often contact us with a similar problem.  They need more room inside their house for their family! Living in an older home has its charms, from the historic woodwork to light fixtures. But what happens when form doesn’t meet function? Let’s face it, often in older homes we

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Built to Last: Remodeling While Salvaging Items From the Past

As a company that specializes in remodeling older homes, we’ve seen a lot over the years. Unfortunately, many of these homes were stripped of their original detailing from previous remodels. What were those people in the 80s thinking?! Fundamentally, we believe in integrity. In any house, vintage or contemporary, the spaces should integrate seamlessly into their surroundings. We do this

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About Us

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.