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.

Remodeling Industry Looking Good for 2014

I had a great trip to Las Vegas for the 2014 International Builders Show earlier this month. The remodeling industry is definitley looking up. I was on a panel for the NAHB and was quoted in this article showing the upswing of the remodeling industry nationwide. Remodeling for us here in the Portland area is certainly showing signs of coming back strong this year. Check out this article Higher Home Values Fuel Remodeling

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More people moving to Oregon

Portland is one of the top cities for people moving

More people are moving into Oregon than moving out

Oregon was the number one destination among people who moved from one state to another last year.

Related: America’s Best Places to Live

Oregon replaced Washington, D.C., which had held the top spot for the previous five years as workers sought out government jobs. The nation’s capital fell to fourth place last year, tying with South Dakota.

Other top destinations for those seeking to relocate included South Carolina, with 60% of moves made for those coming into the state, North Carolina (58%), and Nevada (56%).

“Business incentives, industrial growth and relatively lower costs of living are attracting jobs and people to the Southeastern and Western states, such as South Dakota, Colorado and Texas,” said UCLA economist Michael Stoll.

Lifestyle also plays a part. “We’re seeing continued migration to the Pacific Northwest as young professionals and retirees are drawn to amenities, including public transit, green space and the local arts and entertainment scene,” he said.

Housing costs are an important factor, however, said Stoll. Oregon has many of the same virtues as California — mild winters, an active lifestyle — but home prices are much lower, he said. The median price for a single-family home in Portland, for example, is $285,000 according to Zillow. In San Francisco, it’s $881,000 and in Los Angeles, $481,000.

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


Check out more our Kitchen Remodel portfolio

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9 Tips to Keep Pests Away

Here are some tips for homeowners to avoid pest infestations. More than a nuisance you need to protect your family from disease from ants or roaches as well as protecting your property from wood and foundation damage from ants and termites.

Take these steps now and keep your home pest-free.

Inside Your Home

  • • Starve them out — Keep dried food such as flour and sugar in plastic containers with lids instead of their original packaging. Empty trash often and keep a tight lid on the trash can. Clean up spills immediately.
  • • Dry them out —fix leaky faucets, radiators, dishwashers, and washing machines immediately and empty flower pots and plant stands of excess water. Often pests such as cock roaches need water to survive so shut off their supply.
  • • Keep them out —.  Repair holes in door and window screens, seal cracks and openings along baseboards, behind sinks, and around pipes and windows.

Outside Your Home

Pests enter your home from the outside, so you will also need to prepare the exterior of your house to keep pests out.
Look for cracks and holes on the outside of your home and seal them up. Be sure to include points where utility lines enter the house.  Also address damage to the basement foundation and windows.

  • • Clean up your landscaping. Raking the mulch away from the base of your home will help keep it dry to allow for adequate drainage. Trim back tree branches and bushes so they do not make contact with the house. Remove tree stumps from your yard.
  • • Keep firewood piles stacked outside of your home neat, away from the house and off the ground.
  • • It is also important to make sure basements and attics are well ventilated and dry.
  • • Look for any rotted or decaying shingles on your roof
  • • While on your roof also check that your gutters are free of debris.

These simple steps now can save you a lot of headache and money down the road from these unwanted visitors.

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


3 Small Bathroom Remodels

A Bathroom remodel is a very popular home improvement these days. But what if you have a small space that cannot be increased?

Older home bathrooms average about 5- by 8-feet. But you can combat that claustrophobic feeling by scaling down physically to save space. There are things you can do to create an illusion of a roomy bathroom. With lighting and the right colors and perhaps a pedestal sink amazing things can be done.
Here are 3 ideas to make your small bathroom appear larger.

A small Bathroom Remodel

Built in Cabinets and river rock make this an attractive small bathroom remodel

1. With this bathroom remodel to create the illusion of a larger room these home owners got rid of two small closets and added task and ambient lighting. A shallow cabinet was incorporated because little space remained after the new tub and toilet. A fun detail of riverbed rock little width remained after incorporating the tub and toilet, so a shallow cabinet was incorporated.
Designer: Erica S. Westeroth, CKD XTC Design Incorporated, Toronto, ON

small bathroom remodel ideas

Retro looking bathroom remodel

2. The goal with This Bathroom remodel was to create a nostalgic style with a contemporary twist. Trumpet-shaped sconces flank an oval mirror that conceals a medicine cabinet. A frameless shower door extends the visual expanse of the space, while allowing unobstructed views of oversized subway and amber glass telework.

Designer: Sheila K. Tilander, CKD, CBD Showplace Design & Remodeling, Redmond, WA

no entry shower

A no entry shower creates an illusion of space in this bathroom remodel

3. In the third bathroom remodel a curbless entry to the shower eliminates the demarcation of a limited footprint. Continuous horizontal lines, a large, frameless mirror, and well-placed task lighting helps to create the illusion of a larger space. The marble-clad dividing wall lends modesty to the toilet area, while creating a recessed storage opportunity.
Designer: Gary Hentges, Hentges Construction, Inc., Urbana, IL

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

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.


How to Fix a Leaky toilet

fix a leaky toilet
I had an interesting conversation with the Portland Water Bureau today after I got our water bill. It was almost $100 higher then the previous quarter bill. We thought it would be beneficial to all homeowners to read this article.

Toilets use about 26% of all the water in an average American home. They are also one of the likeliest places to find leaks that can waste as much as thousands of gallons per month.
A leaky toilet can be expensive. Save money and water by fixing simple toilet leaks yourself. This will not only reduce your water bill and prevent clean water from being sent to the treatment plant, but will also reduce stress on the larger drinking water system. Follow these easy steps to repair common toilet leaks. Read more…

Portland Remodel can help with all your home improvement and home maintenance needs. 503-244-3525

2013 Color of Year

pantone color for 2013

Green is seen by the human eye more than any other color in the spectrum. It is the most calming color on the color wheel. The Emerald has fascinated us throughout history. It symbolizes a sense of clarity, rejuvenation and renewal, the most abundant hue in nature. Emerald, a vivid verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being and promotes balance and harmony. Consider the endless remodeling possibilities for its infinite range of color.It is a great choice for the Pantone pick as color of the year for 2013. Learn more…

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Top 5 Predictions for Remodeling in 2013

Top five remodeling trends.

At Portland Remodel we are very optimistic about 2013 in the remodeling industry. Here is what  we predict from all the buzz that we have seen and heard in the industry…


1. Kitchen Remodels – The heart of the home is beating strong once again. Kitchen Remodeling is on the rise. Everything from functional to luxurious remodels that offer the best in quality and a truly high-end look.

2. Room Additions – Many families have spent more time at home these past few years with   tighter budgets. And guess what –there is no place like home. At Portland Remodel we
expect to see    more room additions like that bonus room or expanding the family room.

3. Master Bathroom Upgrade – January tends to bring a rise in bathroom remodeling. These cold winter months remind us how awesome it would be to that Jacuzzi tub, towel warmers, and those heated floors. In other rooms why not have your own indoor spa?  2013 will be a great year for bathroom remodels.

4. Whole House Remodels – After the holidays did you realize yet again that you just don’t have room for all those friends and family members? At Portland Remodel we specialize in repurposing existing spaces and creating new and better storage areas. Just rearranging an existing floor plan can make so much more room.

5. Built – in Cabinetry – Portland Remodel predicts lots of custom cabinet units of all types in 2013. New entertainment units with surround sound will be the top of the list for the great room. We work with the best custom cabinet builders in the Portland metro area.