Kitchen Remodeling

Aging In Place

With over 70 million baby boomers entering their golden years, it’s time to reassess conventional home layouts.  Rather than move to assisted living communities, many boomers are opting to age in place, transforming their long-time homes to suit their changing needs. With a little inspiration and some clever remodeling, you can stay where you love without sacrificing style or safety. Here are some changes you can make:



    • Grab bars and rails. Many manufacturers are producing beautiful, sturdy grab bars and rails. Install one in your shower and next to your toilet for extra help.
    • Threshold-free showers. Low-threshold shower floors mean easy entry, a gentle slope and a wide area for more comfortable, confident movement. Add anti-slip tile for extra safety.
    • Lower toilets and sinks. Toilets can be installed at any height to accommodate seated or standing position. Shorter toilets reduce strain on the body, and make sitting down and standing up easier for people of all ages.



  •  Lower counter tops and customize cabinets. Pull-out cabinetry, slide-out shelves, and other organizational solutions help bring items closer to the homeowner and remove frustrating digging. Smooth cabinet tops make for easier cleaning and bright cabinet lighting makes it easy to see at night. Some homeowners are opting to remove cabinets altogether.
  • Consider space. This is a good rule for all areas of the home, particularly if you need to consider wheelchair space. Remove obstacles, such as kitchen islands and create threshold-free entries between the kitchen and the rest of the house. Add non-slip flooring for a safer area.
  • The right appliances. Once you’ve remodeled your kitchen, be sure to equip it with safe, reliable appliances. Single lever faucets, gas ranges with automatic shutoff, and working smoke detectors are a great place to start.

The Best Floor for your Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen RemodelNow that you have decided to move forward with your kitchen remodel you will need to be making many decisions. One of the most important one is what flooring you want. There are many options as we all know and there are pros and cons for everything. We have helped many customers with their kitchen remodel projects and we can answer any questions in regards to the best pick for your home and your budget. Whether you are planning a kitchen remodel , bathroom remodel or room addition one resource that will help you gather information is Houzz. Here is a great article focusing on flooring.

Enjoy this link – Flooring 101


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Kitchen Storage Ideas: Three must have space saving suggestions

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Blind Corners: Half-Moon Lazy Susan
Here are some great ideas to make the most with the space you have in your kitchen remodeling project. The is a great idea for a blind corner space. It is a half moon Lazy Susan. This is an update of the reach-in-and-spin organizer with two pivoting half-circle shelves that slide out from the cabinet. Check out the web site

Blind Corners

Blind Corners: Double Sliding Shelves
A front set of shelves slide out and to one side, allowing a second tucked in the corner to slide forward. Square shelves, rather than angled ones, take full advantage of the cabinet interior. Check out

pull out shelves

Pull-Out Shelves
Two- height- adjustable peanut- shaped shelves snake out and to the side in one fluid motion. The shelves fully extend, so there’s no reaching inside for the items tucked in the rear. Check out

Portland Remodeling can help you with all of these kitchen remodeling ideas to get organize.


Steven Heiteen | Portland RemodelBusiness: Portland Remodel
Author: Steven Heiteen | Owner
General Contractor | CCB# 96511
Phone: 503-244-3525
Email: Link
Our Specialties: Whole House Remodels, Kitchen Remodels, Bathrooms Remodels.


Mini-kitchens May be the Answer if….

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1. A grown child moves back home.
2. An elderly parent moves in.
3 .A game room, home theater or pool cabana is created.
4. A work-at-home executive needs a hospitality center.
5 .The kids are finally gone and a master bedroom suite is created.
6. A luxury guest suite is desired for seasonal guests.
7. Where zoning allows, a studio apartment is desired to help pay the mortgage.
8 .An elderly couple needs an apartment for their live-in care giver.
Mini-kitchens can be a great solution for all of the above situations.
The Unique Solution
Complete mini-kitchens are concealed inside beautiful armoires so that smaller, multi-task rooms aren’t compromised by a messy kitchen.
Contact Portland Remodel to talk about your kitchen remodeling project.

Portland Remodel Kitchen Design: Choosing Major Kitchen Appliances

Every homeowner has different needs and tastes when it comes to kitchen design. The layout of counters, drawers, cupboards and appliances must be ergonomic, safe and attractive to the homeowner. Choosing and incorporating major kitchen appliances can be problematic, due to their size and placement restrictions. These large items have a significant visual impact, so color and style are important as well.

Before purchasing new major appliances, such as a refrigerator, stove or dishwasher, carefully consider how they will impact visually on your existing or soon-to-be-remodeled kitchen design. Try to keep the finish of your appliances uniform. It is easier to integrate appliances that look similar into a décor than making concessions on the look of your kitchen because of possible color clashes.

Modern kitchens have become more than just places to make food. The trend is to create an open space to entertain and gather – yet they must remain functional for everyday use.

Stainless steel is a popular and clean finish choice for all major kitchen appliances, as well as counter tops. The advantages are worth the extra cost. Stainless steel won’t rust and there is no paint finish to flake off or get scratched. Further, stainless steel looks good in both modern and traditional-style kitchens, and it is easy to clean.

White- or bisque-colored appliances may not be as trendy as stainless steel, black, or custom colors, but there are good reasons to consider integrating them into your kitchen design. Colors can go out of fashion relatively quickly, and if your major appliances have non-neutral colors, you are limiting yourself to certain color palates in the future. (Do you remember avocado green appliances?) Stainless steel and black appliances tend to show fingerprints easily, so cleaning them can become an issue. White appliances go with almost any other color scheme, and are very easy to clean.

If space is a problem, you may want to replace your older appliances with modern space-saving ones, such as microwaves that install over the stove or are contained in drawers. Typically, drawer microwaves are installed under the counter, which frees up your counter top. Dishwashers that operate with pull-out drawers, instead of fold-down doors, are convenient to use and clean, and require less space to access the packing racks when opened.

Finally, it may be time to replace your appliances if they were manufactured over 10 years ago. Refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers have all become much more energy efficient in the last decade, so although it is an investment to replace them, over time you can anticipate a nice savings on your utility bill. Check with your power company to see if they currently offer a rebate for recycling older appliances. Although it is usually small, it is still money back in your pocket.
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Consider Semi-Custom Cabinets for Your Kitchen Remodel

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Portland Remodel works with the best cabinet makers in the Portland metro area.


Of all the home improvement projects you can take on, a kitchen remodel can improve your home’s value the most. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, in 2010 a kitchen remodeling project yielded a 69 percent return on investment – one of the highest among all remodeling projects. However, many homeowners assume they can only achieve the richness they desire by installing custom cabinets. This simply isn’t the case.


Semi-custom cabinets can add significantly more perceived value than base-model cabinets, yet are more cost effective than custom cabinetry. Additionally, semi-custom cabinets provide many stylistic options in wood, door design and color.


When you combine custom doors and other accents with stock cabinets, not only are you saving money on the cabinets, but you are also able to set aside a greater portion of your overall kitchen remodel budget for other features – such as upgraded countertops or appliances. And if you are thinking about resale value, the money you invest into the kitchen can increase its appraised value and add more appeal for potential buyers.


Semi-custom cabinets have greater size choices and features than base-model cabinets, giving you more floor plan and storage options. These cabinets can be specifically designed to hold spices, large pots and lids, and even your heavy KitchenAid® mixer. Let’s face it: increasing the storage and work efficiency of your kitchen adds to your enjoyment of it.

You can also expect the quality of the materials and workmanship in semi-custom cabinets to be higher, too. Base-level cabinets are often manufactured with particleboard for the cabinets and shelves, and coated with laminate or thermofoil – both of which wear away quickly. Particleboard as a building material also absorbs humidity and moisture, a real detriment in a kitchen where the humidity is higher and spills are frequent. Particleboard also sags under heavy loads, which means you have to watch how much weight each shelf holds. Most semi-custom cabinets use veneer-covered plywood as the construction material, a far stronger and more resilient type of shelving.

A kitchen remodel is a commitment of time and money. Your cabinets are both functional and decorative, and when you’re considering upgrading this well-used room, choosing value-driven products that last, and bring efficiency and beauty to your home is always a good move

Our specialty at Portland Remodel is Kitchens. We consider it the ‘heart’ of your home.  We are experts at making your kitchen remodel a great experience.
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Kitchen Remodeling: Getting the Kitchen You Want

"kithen remodels"Kitchen Remodeling is a specialty at Portland Remodel.

When it comes to home improvement, one of the best bangs for your buck is a kitchen remodel. Whether you are looking to remodel your entire kitchen or just give it a face-lift, upgrading your kitchen is one of the most noticeable – and pleasurable – changes you can make to your home.

Before you get started with your kitchen-remodeling project, though, it is important to do your research. A kitchen has many “layers” to it – full of features and functions. You can become easily overwhelmed with the vast array of choices, so do not rush into any spur-of-the-moment purchases or decisions. This is not a room to “piece together” without the full vision in place.

A kitchen remodel can involve everything from tearing down walls to simply painting cabinets and adding new hardware. Before you begin, you must determine your goals and your budget. Once you have your budget in place, you should review your goals for the space. What are you trying to accomplish? Do you want more countertop space, more storage or simply a new look (or all three)?
Another way to approach it is by asking, “If I could wave a magic wand, what three things would I change instantly?”

Once you know your goals for the space, it is time to begin your research for the changes you want to make in your kitchen. Start with your top priority and determine the cost. Deduct that cost from your budget and continue onward in order of importance. You may find yourself making adjustments and changes as you move through this process, in order to get the kitchen you want.

Before making any final purchases, you should also consider the cost, quality, functionality and durability of your items. Make sure that all items function well together and that, when installed, they will add value to your home – and years of enjoyment to your kitchen.

Unusual Kitchen Remodel

Creative Kitchen Remodel

This is a very unusual kitchen remodel that we are finishing up this summer. This kitchen features an all copper backsplash and homemade copper pulls. Turns this kitchen and the kitchen cabinets into somewhat of an art piece.

Kitchen Remodels- New Trends In Cabintry

     Cabinetry Trends

  • 1. Stacked wall cabinets and varied heights and depths of wall and base cabinets
  • 2. Furniture-style cabinets in the form of standalone islands or hutches
  • 3. Organization components and soft-close hardware
  • 4. Cabinet refacing rather than replacement
  • 5. Decorative panels or mixing materials — such as wood, metal, and glass — on cabinet doors
  • 6. Exotic hardwoods, such as English sycamore, wenge, rosewood, and anigre
  • 7. Universal design catering to multiple generations, such as roll-out shelving to make items easier to reach