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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 www.houzz.com

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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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Bathroom Design Tips

August 5th, 2014 Posted in Bathroom Design, Design, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bathroom Design Tips

Have you been considering a bathroom remodel but don’t know where to start?   Do you feel overwhelmed by choices? Do you and your partner have different ideas? Fortunately, the Oregon Remodelers Association has put together a list of questions to help guide the design process of your new bathroom. Discussing and answering the questions below will help you identify the features that are important to you.

  • What features would make the bath more comfortable for you?
  • How would you like to use your bath?
  • Is this a family bath or master bath?
  • How many people will be using it?
  • Are there enough sinks and counter space for everyone?
  • Are there enough baths in the house or should you consider adding another room? (This is usually a concern as children reach their teen years and also with expanding families.)
  • Do you prefer to take showers or baths? If you like baths, would you prefer a tub and shower combination unit or separate facilities? Have you always wanted a claw foot tub or would you rather install a whirlpool?
  • Do you have adequate storage? (Make a list of all the items you need to store in the bath to ensure proper storage space in the plan. This list also should include cleaning agents, toiletries, linens, first aid items and medications. Indicate on this list where in the room you would like to store each of these items. For example, you may want some of the toiletries in the shower area, while others will be used by the sink or dressing area. Storage is one of the biggest concerns in any design, particularly in rooms as small as the typical bath. Carefully consider this aspect of the room during your pre-planning phase.)
  • Have you considered the lighting in your bath?
  • Have you considered newer water-saving fixtures? (You can still obtain a water rich environment with water-saving features.)

Still feel lost after answering these questions or did they help finalize some ideas? Are you ready to make that dream bathroom a reality? No matter where you are in the process of your bathroom design, our designers are here to help you achieve your dream bath. Give Powell Construction a call at 541-752-0805 to get your bathroom project started.

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The pedestal sink in this bathroom creates more open space.  The details in the floor tile and accessories add charm and interest to this 1930’s renovation.

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This bathroom is all about luxury with a jetted tub and see through fireplace.

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Incorporating a hand-held adjustable sprayer, recessed niche, and tile seat with natural finishes makes this shower not only highly functional but beautiful as well.

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Bathroom Design Trends

July 3rd, 2014 Posted in Bathroom Design, Design | Comments Off on Bathroom Design Trends

Do you and your partner battle for bathroom counter space and quality time in front of the mirror each morning? Luckily, the latest bathroom remodeling trend is the installation of double vanities. These offer double the space, double the storage and double the style. A bathroom remodel can improve your hectic morning routine into a pleasant way to start your day.

The Oregon Remodelers Association suggests these design trends to consider for your bathroom remodel:

  • Side-by-side vanities or consoles.
  • Double-sink console or vanity.
  • A long sink with two independent faucets.
  • Makeup vanity or storage unit between two vanities or consoles.
  • Plentiful cabinets and drawers to reduce clutter.
  • Two independent mirrors instead of one, each with exceptional lighting.
  • Vertical storage along the height of walls.

Are you ready to create your bathroom retreat? The designers at Powell Construction can help you design a bathroom to fit your wants and needs all within your budget. Give us a call at 541-752-0805 to talk about the possibilities.

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Vertical storage helps keep this bathroom clean and airy.

Imagine getting ready in the morning with this vanity...

This Asian-inspired vanity uses separate mirrors and lighting fixtures to highlight the stainless steel vessel sinks.

This modern vanity can help start your day on the right foot.

This modern vanity creates a calming feel with lighting and accessories.

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Lighting in Layers

June 10th, 2014 Posted in General Design | Comments Off on Lighting in Layers

When renovating your space, an important component to remember that can change the whole feel of the space, both physically and emotionally, is selecting the appropriate lighting. How you light a room can change the design and ultimately its use. Correct lighting can increase your quality of life with less squinting and create a more effective workspace – no more rewashing dishes! Plus, appropriate lighting can increase your home’s resale value.

There are 4 “layers” or types of lighting to consider, and each one has a specific function, though they may overlap each other. Combining these layers will help create a more functional and aesthetically pleasing place within your home.

Ambient light- This is the overall illumination or brightness of the area and is used to light walkways through a room. There are many forms of ambient lighting but the most common are ceiling lights, can lights and track lighting.

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Can lights installed in this kitchen give an overall illumination.

Task light- This type of lighting is used to give more light to where a task is being performed. The most common type of this lighting is a desk lamp or in the kitchen under upper cabinets to light countertops, and above work spaces such as sinks and islands.

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The under cabinet lights help illuminate the cooking surface.

 

Accent or mood light- This lighting is used to create subtle lighting effects to highlight or emphasize architectural features or to dimly light the room when not occupied. Pendant lights and sconces are an example of this type.

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These pendant lights are not only a focal point in the center of this room but also illuminate the island countertop

 

Decorative light- This type is used to enhance a design or create a color statement. These are similar to accent or mood lighting and used solely for aesthetics.

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The under and above cabinet mood lighting helps define the modern style in this kitchen.

A professional designer can help you achieve the perfect balance of aesthetics and functionality. We are fortunate in the Mid-Willamette Valley to have two great showrooms nearby; one in Corvallis (Radiance by Design) and one in Albany (J& J Electric). Shopping for lights online can show you a good deal of variety but stop in at one of these showrooms to page through reams of books and see selections in person, while getting some great advice at the same time. Make sure to check showroom hours before you go. You can find the links to the showrooms under Resources at the top of this page.