2018 Irvington Home Tour

2018 Irvington Home Tour

Craftsman Design and Renovation is proud to be a part of the 36th annual Irvington Home Tour with this beautiful Craftsman home.

Originally designed and built in 1910 by Robert Beat, this home had been neglected and was in need of some TLC! With careful design and planning, we were able to renovate and restore this home to its former glory. Located in the Irvington neighborhood, the largest historic district in Portland, it was an easy decision to showcase this Craftsman home for the tour. The Irvington Home tour boasts upwards of 800 visitors annually. The money raised from the tour funds grants that are given to neighborhood schools, meals on wheels, and many other historic preservation efforts and nonprofit charities.

Exterior Before

Exterior After

This home had remained largely untouched for the past 100 years with exception of the exterior. Once we removed the aluminum siding, the original siding and hidden architectural details were revealed which we restored and replicated where missing.

Inside all of the original wood working, plaster walls, windows and inlaid wood floors were restored. To our surprise and delight, the beautiful stained glass through out the home was still intact.

Living Room

The kitchen underwent the most extensive renovation. We removed an underused porch and butler’s pantry, and relocated the powder bathroom. This enabled us to expand the kitchen and add an eat in breakfast nook. The addition of French doors and transom windows above the original windows allowed for an abundance of natural light.

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Powder Bathroom

Upstairs we turned the original sleeping porch into a stunning new guest suite bathroom and adjacent laundry room. The original clawfoot tub was resurfaced and painted adding the charm and character you would expect in a Craftsman home.

Sleeping Porch Before

Guest Suite Bathroom After

Maximizing storage and space in older homes is key. We used Dewils Fine Cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms for the clean lines and customization capabilities. This careful marrying of historic details with modern conveniences, creates a home that is both functional and timeless.

Five Steps to A Successful Remodeling Project, Part Four

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 the designer is for. However, if you have specific ideas – here’s where that “idea file” comes in handy – communicate them so you get what you want.


Design-build firms will usually present a design agreement and ask for a retainer to develop the project. This will assure you a well thought out, detailed plan for your project. With a commitment to enter into a design agreement, the designer will make an appointment to come measure your space. Then she’ll develop preliminary specifications, drawings and an estimate.


After you’ve met and approved the initial concept, you and the designer will go shopping for elements that will help solidify and coordinate the design. For instance, if remodeling a kitchen, you may be shopping for appliances and choosing floor coverings, countertops, and light fixtures. The designer then will review and revise drawings and specifications, and present them to you. Leading up to construction, she will walk through the jobsite with trade contractors to review the project. Finally, she will meet with you to review final drawings and specifications.

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.