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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

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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

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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).

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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. 

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Five Steps to a Successful Remodeling Project, Part Five

Step Five: The Build Process After you’ve reviewed final specifications with the designer and before construction begins, you should sign a construction agreement with a firm contract price. Know what your contract includes; for example, is the cabinet pricing for custom or off-the-shelf units? Subsequently, you should meet with the contractor, designer and carpenters in a pre-start conference to discuss

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Five Steps to A Successful Remodeling Project, Part Four

Step Four: What to Expect During Design After you select your “remodeling team,” you’ll meet with the designer to start the design process. At the initial meeting, be prepared to discuss your budget, goals, and likes and dislikes. You don’t need to know how to achieve those goals or exactly what the finished space will look like – that’s what

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Five Steps to a Successful Remodeling Project, Part Three

Step Three: Finding a Remodeler In our last post about completing a successful remodeling project, we discussed deciding on the process, specifically hiring a design-bid-build or a design-build firm. Whichever route you go, you need to choose your remodeler wisely. It’s said that people spend more time shopping for a car than a remodeler. Considering the cost, both financial and

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Five Steps to a Successful Remodeling Project, Part Two

Step Two:  Decide on the Process Besides a beautiful, functional home, you want a remodeling process that you’re comfortable with.  In this second step to a successful remodel, the big decision is whether you want to hire two entities, a designer and builder, or if you’d prefer to go with a design-build company, which provides both services under one roof.

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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.