2000 – Discovering Architectural Treasure

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.

1996 – It All Starts at 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.

Five Steps to a Successful Remodeling Project, Part Two

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.

McCulloch kitchen window wall

Let’s say you’re remodeling your kitchen, with the traditional design-bid-build route, you hire a designer or architect, then get multiple bids from general contractors and hire a contractor independently.   In my experience, people who choose this direction typically have a particular architect in mind.  The client then needs to find a contractor to execute the architect’s design.   The biggest drawback here is that the designer/architect and contractor likely won’t have the close working relationship found within a design-build firm, so if the cabinet design, say, is off there could be some wrangling when the builder begins the installation.

McCulloch kitchen

With the design-build process, you select and hire one company working as a team, and the only bidding involved is if you choose to get bids from more than one design-build firm.  Design is less expensive than when contracted independent of a builder.   Furthermore, because the design-build team works together from concept to completion, they can collaborate on workable design solutions that are within your budget.



Other pros of the design-build method?  Since the designer works as a team member, you not only know your builder long before construction starts, but also have continuing design support throughout.  Most importantly, since the design-build team has an established relationship and process, the transition and ongoing communication between design and construction should be virtually seamless and any surprises along the way more easily resolved.

Tips on Preserving your Historic Home

Tips on Preserving your Historic Home

Historic preservation is one of our passions and specialities at Craftsman Design and Renovation. From design to build, we enjoy remodeling and preserving the classic homes of Portland.

It may seem like an overwhelming subject for a homeowner who cares for the history of their home, but also wants the space to cater to their modern needs.  Here are some tips to help you both preserve and change your home to fit your needs:

1. Take a walk down your block

Your home probably fits right in with many other historic or period homes on your same block or in your neighborhood.  If you are working to restore your home to its original structure or need help adding-on without the addition looking garish, take a stroll in your neighborhood.  Study the homes surrounding yours.  You may have a neighbor who pulled off exactly what you are trying to accomplish who you can learn from.

2. You can replace when necessary

There are times when a gorgeous old piece of molding or an ancient pillar is rotting away.  Someone at a lumberyard may tell you that this piece is irreplaceable, but there are many times when this statement is untrue.  Your old pillar may not be in stock, but Portland has many craftsmen who can design a match and keep your home’s integrity and beauty intact.

The same goes with old, intricate pieces like latches and door knobs.  There are craftsmen, hardware shops, and antique shops which specialize in such pieces and can help you find the best match for or fix your broken piece.

3. Add your own history to the home

Your home may be historical, but so is your family line.  Old photographs, your grandmother’s rocking chair or a quilted family tree can all add your own history to your home.

4. Decide what to change first

There are major changes that one can do to a home to restore it and there are small changes with a big impact. If your home needs repair before restoration, prioritize your projects and see if any overlap.  For example: if you are planning to re-shingle the home with fish-scale shingles, and you have a leaky roof, you might as well do both at the same time.

5. Check in your attic, crawl spaces, and basement for original home parts

Previous owners may have stowed away original wainscotting, stained-glass windows, or even an original door in an unlikely corner of your home.  This not only gives you a great original piece to use, but allows you some extra storage space as well.

6. Stay inspired

Restoring your home can feel like a long-term job, and sometimes it is.  Seek out others with your passion, research your area, go on walking tours in historical neighborhoods and keep your passion burning.

We have restored and remodeled many historic homes in the Portland area.  Our passion is helping homeowners blend their modern needs with their historical or period homes. You can find more tips and seek inspiration on our portfolio: <a href=”http://www.craftsmandesign.com/portfolio”>http://www.craftsmandesign.com/portfolio</a>.