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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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Falling for Faucets: 5 Tips to Help You Find the “One”

As with all relationships, first impressions don’t always mean long term fit. What initially attracts you may turn into a lifetime of happiness or a series of frustrations. And as something you use every single day, you want to ensure your kitchen faucet is the best fit for you and your family. Here are Five Tips to help you navigate

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Contractor of the Year Award

National Association of the Remodeling Industry is gearing up for its’ annual award show.  Craftsman Design and Renovation has been a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry or NARI for 17 years. It is the only national association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry and has chapters throughout the country. Every year NARI members compete for the

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Eat-In Breakfast Nook

If the heart of the home is the kitchen, then the heart of the kitchen is an eat-in nook. It is more than just some stools pulled up to an island, but rather a dedicated place to sit, conversate and enjoy a meal or work on a project. It conveys a sense of home, a place to gather and spend

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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.