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 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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Five Steps to a Successful Remodeling Project, Part One

A home remodel is one of those things that can breed procrastination.   Many homeowners, especially the uninitiated, put it off like a long-delayed trip to the dentist.   But good things, like a bright, healthy smile, can result from overcoming ill-founded anxieties, making us wonder why we waited so long to get started. Admittedly, home remodeling can be more involved than

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Matching Historic Homes with Modern Needs

A trendy, open floorplan can be tempting when you own a historic home. The space you have may feel too close or dark to be liveable. Before knocking down walls and installing track lighting in your Victorian, take a look at these five simple tips for historic home preservation and design: Tip #1: Keep the floor plan clean and simple.

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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

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