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Monroe Dormer Additions in Progress

March 27th, 2015 Posted in Monroe Dormers, Remodeling Projects | Comments Off on Monroe Dormer Additions in Progress

The homeowners of this beautiful farmhouse in Monroe wanted 3 dormers added to the second story bedrooms. It will create a unique architectural design element and increase natural daylight coming in to the bedrooms. The nice weather this winter served us well and the dormer construction is in progress.







Dormer Construction in Progress

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Corvallis Family Room Addition in Progress

March 19th, 2015 Posted in Corvallis Family Room Addition, Remodeling Projects | Comments Off on Corvallis Family Room Addition in Progress

Preparation of  Living Room Addition

The homeowners for this single level home have been longing for a family room addition where their family can gather. They have also found that their home could really use more pantry space. We have worked with them to design an addition that accomplishes both goals.

Before Plans


After Plans


This week we took advantage of the fantastic weather and started the excavation and the removal of the existing concrete patio to get ready for the new foundation for the addition.

Before Picture

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Laundry Room Design and Storage Tips

March 14th, 2015 Posted in Design, General Design | Comments Off on Laundry Room Design and Storage Tips

Utilitarian spaces such as laundry rooms and mudrooms seldom receive the attention they deserve — which is odd when you consider how often they’re used. A well designed laundry room can greatly enhance the livability of your home.

With the addition of custom cabinets, a utility sink, and a washer and dryer, a properly planned utility room can serve multiple purposes: It can help simplify your household chores, store sports gear and school supplies, and even function as a grooming center for family pets.

Because of its double- or triple-duty potential, a laundry room remodel is a good investment for you and your family. A designer can help you make the most of your available space with creative cabinetry and shelving design. Once all the functional aspects are out of the way, you can incorporate decorative elements to help liven up those mundane chores.

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How do I add storage to my laundry room?

As you renovate your laundry space, help it serve multiple functions by incorporating clever built-ins. Include shelves and cabinets to store supplies like hangers, clothespins, sewing kits, irons and detergent —the leftover space can store pet accessories and seasonal items. To ensure that you deal with clothes right away, give yourself a table nearby the washer for folding, a pull-out drying rack for hanging and a hidden ironing board for crisply ironed clothes. Making it a one-stop shop will ensure that all your chores get done at once — no excuses!

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Multiple uses?

If you have a smaller home, using your utility room for multiple purposes is a great space-saving technique. Because it often has a utility sink, it naturally is a great place to feed and bathe your furry friends. It also easily transitions into a mudroom, where you can store extra shoes, sports equipment and winter clothing. If you have room for a built-in desk, it can be a drop station for mail, cell phones and keys — it can even function as a craft or wrapping station or homework center, with the right organization. Think about what your family needs the most, and incorporate that into the room.

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How can I decorate my laundry room?

Because there isn’t a lot of counter space to spare, take advantage of your walls and floors when decorating. Bright paint or wallpaper can help make chores pleasant, while interesting lighting fixtures can add character to the space. Think of your storage containers as decor too: Find bins, baskets and hangers with fun patterns and colorful fabrics. The floor can also be a decorative element with the use of fun patterns or different tiles.


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We won Best Of Houzz 2015 Award!

January 29th, 2015 Posted in Powell News | Comments Off on We won Best Of Houzz 2015 Award!

Powell Construction has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Powell Construction was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit

Best of Houzz 2015

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Countertops 101

October 29th, 2014 Posted in General Design | Comments Off on Countertops 101

There are so many different surfaces available these days, choosing a countertop material can feel overwhelming. Here is a quick guide to some of the most popular choices.

Engineered stone is currently the most popular selling surface in the industry. These products are quartz composites, consisting of natural quartz mixed with a polymer base. Engineered stone is a strong material, rivaling granite. Unlike granite, engineered stone does not require sealing or polishing and is stain resistant. It is also non-porous, making it a food-safe surface. Although it is heat, burn, and scratch resistant, manufacturers do recommend that a trivet be used for hot pots. Common brand names for engineered stone include Cambria, Caesarstone, Hahnstone, and LG Viatera.

Caesarstone "Blizzard" Counters with Calcutta Marble Baking Station

Caesarstone “Blizzard” Upper Countertop with Calcutta Marble Lower Level

Of the natural stones, granite is the hardest and is heat, stain and scratch resistant. Its natural veining is unparalleled by any man-made material. To maintain its stain resistance, granite must be sealed regularly. The sealing process is similar to applying lotion to your countertop, and then buffing with a soft cloth.
Solid surface countertops are made of an acrylic material, and are often referred to by brand names such as LG Hi-Macs or Corian. The aesthetic advantage to this material is that it can be seamlessly joined. Even sinks can be fully integrated without a rim or seam. Small marks and cuts can be buffed out, however the material is not heat resistant and can be burned relatively easily.

Pental Terazzo Trend Q Countertop

Pental Terazzo Trend Q Countertop

If heat resistance is a top priority, ceramic tile may be your best choice. When selecting tile be sure to look for a “full bodied tile.” These tiles have color throughout the thickness of the material, so if a chip occurs the pigment will still come through. Grout can be challenging to keep clean and must be sealed to reduce staining. However, epoxy grouts and the new power grouts have increased stain resistance.

Laminate countertops have come a long way since their introduction. Laminate is inexpensive, and comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. New edge treatments, such as a Corian inlay can make a laminate countertop look like engineered stone, depending on your color selection. However, it is not as durable as many of the materials discussed above. Keep in mind that sink choices can be limited to self-rimming sinks because of the small number of installers willing to install under-mount sinks with laminate.

Laminate with Corian beveled Edge

Laminate with Corian beveled Edge

Ultimately, your choice of countertop material will be influenced by a combination of practicality, aesthetics, and price. For the best of all worlds consider mixing and matching. A little creativity can go a long way toward giving you the look you want, with the features you need, at a price you can afford.

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