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.

5 Quick & Easy Steps to Creating Your Garage Workshop

If you have the space, why not convert a portion of your garage into a tidy workshop? Here are five easy steps to turn an area of your garage into a perfect small home workshop:

1) Create a workbench area. One easy way to do this is by setting an old door or piece of scrap plywood on top of two saw horses. Make sure that the saw horses are wide enough so that it provides a steady “foundation” for your workbench. This simple solution can provide a nice spot to handle your many around-the-home projects.

2) Mount a pegboard on the wall to store your tools. One of the best places to mount the pegboard is above your workbench. Once it is mounted, strategically place pegs according to the types of tools you will be hanging on the board. After hanging your tools, trace around them with a marker so you know where each one goes.

3) Use old jars for holding nails, nuts, bolts and screws. Depending on how many of each you have, you can put all the same in one jar, or separate them out according to type (such as keeping the wood screws separate from the others).

4) Make a storage box for rags. A shop needs rags, so make a place for them to accumulate before they clutter your work area.

5) Get a small toolbox. As you go from project to project around the house, it is nice to have a small tool box that you can gather all of the tools (and materials – such as screws, tape and nails) you’ll need. This will save you from constantly “running down” to the shop to grab one more thing.

It is amazing how these 5 steps can create a great workspace and give you back some room in your garage.

Remodel tips to Brighten a Room

Before electric lighting, mirrors served a purpose we don’t usually think of: brightening rooms. Installed between windows in front parlors, tall pier mirrors reflected natural light. In entry foyers, they did double duty as a spot to primp on the way out the door. Today, a pier mirror is a welcome addition almost anywhere in the house.

Development Review Advisory Committee Reappointment

Steven has been reappointed to serve on the Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) for another 3-year term. The DRAC committee along with the Bureau of Development Services has accomplished the significant task of promoting collaboration and transparency between public and private development interests. We are proud to contribute to improving the City’s development review process as a Portland area Home Remodelers representative.

GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater

Performance – and savings –in a sleek design
A new design from GE might make you want to place your electric water heater front and center. A recent release of the EnergyStar-rated hybrid is designed as a smart replacement for existing water heaters. The 50-gallon model uses standard plumbing and electrical connections to reudce installation time. The evaporator unit on top is a special feature that pulls ambient air and transfer that heat into the water tank. GE estimates that the GeoSpring uses 50-percent less energy than your standard water heater and can save your household an average of $320 per year.

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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