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Let There Be Light!

We thought we’d do a roundup of our favorite windows! Here are 3 types that will help keep your home warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and well-lit all year round.


Casement windows


These hinged windows are hinged on the left or the right to open outward. Slightly more traditional than our other choices, hinged windows make for a romantic, practical addition to your home. These windows can be hung from any side. They’re often opened with a crank, and can be left-handed, right-handed, or double. Crank-free casement windows are very popular in Europe, where they decorate buildings that are hundreds of years old.



Floor to Ceiling Sliding Windows

Normally paired with more modern homes, floor-to-ceiling sliding windows can help you to bring the outside-in. Sliding windows often substitute for doors and are perfect for warmer climates. As far as mechanics go, sliding doors are pretty low-maintenance (no parts to break, really) but they can be hard to clean. Also, keep in mind: sliding windows make your interior very visible and unless you’re ready to install floor to ceiling curtains, they are not generally recommended for less-secluded homes.





Stationary Windows

We love stationary windows because they are great for smaller homes that don’t have the square footage for windows that swing open. They’re also nice alternative to sliding windows if you’re concerned about dragging in dust and dirt. Stationary windows are another more modern home addition but the photo to the left features a stationary bay window, which is a great mashup of traditional and modern elements. Stationary bay windows are great if you want to open up and extend a home.  It goes without saying, stationary windows don’t open so if you’re looking for a cooling alternative, we don’t recommend them. However, with the proper building materials and insulation they can be very energy efficient and a great for cooler climates.

7 Cool Tech Trends in Remodeling

2014 Top Tech Trends in Remodeling

KITCHEN Remodels
Cook on your counter. Even better… cook on your next tablet.

Induction cook top for your kitchen remodelImagine cooking right on your countertop and the countertop never really getting hot. Induction cooktops can be installed by a competent remodeler to be almost seamless with your countertop. This video shows how induction cooktops control heat better, heat faster, and are safer than electric or gas ranges.
The next trend to watch for is to see your countertop turned into a massive computing tablet. What if you could answer phone calls, texts, and even search for recipes… incorporated into your counter/cooktop? Check out Whirlpool’s new prototype induction super-countertop (here).

Sneak TV & get music in the shower.

High Teck for the bathroo remodelThe Robern brand is producing some great high tech shower, vanity, and mirror accessories for the bathroom. Imagine hidden plugs, MP3 jacks, and a TV hidden in the mirror. Check it out here.
Their SoundTile technology lets you bring high quality audio into the shower through Polk Audio engineered, sleek, shower tile size speakers. Check it out here.

Stop worrying.

IN-HOME HEALTH MONITORINGThe stove was not left on. The front door was closed. Grandma is up and moving this morning. Organizations like SimplyHome can give you and your loved ones peace of mind by installing a variety of monitoring tools to maximize your family’s health and safety. Here is a video by SimplyHome showing some of their in-home health monitoring applications.

Quit fighting with your thermostat!

Nest is a new HVAC automation productNest is a new HVAC automation product that saves money and energy in your home. It is a “learning thermostat” that updates its programming every time you use it. Have your trusted remodeler or HVAC pro install Nest, begin using it as you would your old thermostat, and it immediately starts learning your habits and preferences! There is even an app that lets you control the system when you are not home. Learn more about Nest here. Consult your remodeler as even a smart thermostate will not correct for poor ducting and air flow design.
You can make everyone happy.
It is called Automated Zoning. ZoneFirst’s has plug and play control panels and dampers that can control over 100 zones if necessary! It doesn’t take long to consider the savings when you are not heating or cooling rooms unnecessarily. Here is video describing the system.

You can even have a “appy” house

Automated ZoningThere are many apps available for smartphones and tablets – both iOS and Android based – that offer convenient options that can easily be integrated into your next remodel. Lutron is an app that saves energy by regulating lights, remotely operating blinds and curtains, and sensing lighting needs by movement and time of day. The LiftMaster app allows you to operate your garage door, gate, or landscape lights from your smartphone.
This article here gives a “day in the life” of a “appy” House. Here is a cute video by Revolv of a lady showing up her date with her “appy” house.

Peace of mind has never been easier.

apps available for smartphones and tabletsJust about everyone has a home security system, and Mobotix has taken a leap of ingenuity and combined their systems with seamless wireless integration. You can control cameras, locks, and house alarms from your phone.
If you feel you need to take home security to the next level, here is a fun article sharing bunker rooms, hidden doors, infrared camera set-ups, burglar blaster pepper spray triggers, and more.


Portland Remodel can to  with the technology ideas presented herein. Smart design and smart installation needs to accompany smart technology. Check out our project portfolios here. Call us now for a consultation at 503-244-3525.

Chill out in the Shower with a bathroom remodeling idea

kohler showerhead

Rock out in your shower

Now when you remodel your bathroom you can take your music into the shower with the Moxie Showerhead. The Moxie speaker plays wirelessly in or out of the shower. The wireless speaker plays up to 7 hours of music. Easy to use; the magnetic speaker pops in and out of the showerhead for easy recharging. Learn more…
Portland Remodel specializes in bathroom remodeling. Check out our Bathroom Remodeling Portlfolio

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Our Specialties: Whole House Remodels, Kitchen Remodels, Bathrooms Remodels.


Sleek Modern Kitchen Remodel

Shallow depth refrigerator

  1. Portland Remodel is always looking for interesting ways to make your kitchen not only efficient but current. Perlick makes a shallow depth refrigerator. It is only 18 inches deep and is perfect for an under counter refrigerator. It is a  great idea for a modern sleek design for a kitchen remodel. Check out Portland Remodel’s other kitchen remodels.

Different Stlyes, Different Tiles for your Bathroom

River RockRiver Rock Tile
This shower floor’s river-rock tiles from Tile By Design offer the perfect accent to the light blue Walker Zanger wall tile. Even better, they come on mesh sheets for easy installation.

Earth tonesMix It Up Tile
Break up a plain beige wall with these earth-toned tile that create a modern look. There is a visual interest with an asymmetrical, geometric pattern using tile of different shape and sizes.

Bathroom tileMix & Match Tile
Mixing and matching various colors, finishes and materials can create depth. The tile is made from recycled bottles.


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