You may someday find yourself wondering whether the old family home still meets your needs. You can move or remodel, but which is better? To gain additional space, you will probably have to move into a more expensive house. You'll pay about 7 percent of the sale price of your existing home on ... Read More about Move or Remodel?
According to Oregon Home magazines's remodeling supplement, "Housing values remain stronger in Oregon than in the rest of the country, and that goes for remodeling too." With interest rates still relatively low, it's a good time to remodel. Home improvements are one of the few investments that ... Read More about Investing in Your Home
When you remodel your home what do you actually add to its value? Which types of projects bring you the greatest return on your investment? Oregon Remodeling, a supplement to Oregon Home magazine, states that "Housing values remain stronger in Oregon than in the rest of the country, and that goes ... Read More about Cost vs. Value
Corvallis has many middle-aged homes with a distinct lack of street appeal. Sometimes the look of a house can be dramatically improved without huge structural changes. Exterior improvements can range from adding a bay window to a whole new facade. Facelifts can be done on their own or combined ... Read More about Give Your Home a Facelift
With environmental issues increasingly at the forefront, I have had several homeowners asking about rainwater collection. The first question usually is: can I collect water on my property and is it legal? The answer is yes but there are some rules. It is legal in Corvallis to collect rainwater ... Read More about Rainwater Collection in Corvallis
When my wife and business partner, Heidi, started the Powell Construction Remodeling Blog last year, the world of blogging was new to us. We've since come to realize that many people don't know what a blog is. A blog (a contraction of the term "weblog") is a type of website, usually maintained by an ... Read More about Remodling Blog
Some institutions will allow you to borrow against the anticipated equity in your home once your remodeling project is complete. If you are planning a fairly large project or do not have a lot of equity in your home this will give you more flexibility and allow you to include all the things you're ... Read More about Financing Your Remodeling Project
Oak has for years been the most popular wood for cabinetry. It's a durable wood and can be stained in a variety of depths of color. A combination of birch and alder is becoming increasingly popular as homeowners are turning to a less grainy look. Birch/alder is not as hard as oak or cherry, however, ... Read More about Types of Wood
First off, have your kitchen designed professionally. The design is a small fraction of the cost and can make all the difference. All the professional craftsmen in the world can't make a poor design functional no matter how beautiful the granite or how amazing the convection oven. A good designer ... Read More about Kitchen Designs
Three of the most popular types of sink material are stainless steel, enameled cast iron and solid surface. Stainless steel is the most durable and comes in a wide range of styles and prices. It's more heat resistant than cast iron and can't chip or shatter. The downside of stainless steel is that ... Read More about Sink Options
I was at Safeway the other day and picked up a copy of "Kitchen Remodeling for Dummies." I have to say, I was curious to read the advice the publication was offering. Not surprisingly it advocated getting three bids. "Be sure that all three contractors work from the same materials and labor list. ... Read More about The Three Bid Myth
When homeowners hear the phrase "design/build" it's not necessarily familiar to them. This term describes a process in which one company creates the design and also executes the project. The design/build company is accountable for the entire project from start to finish. According to Design/Build ... Read More about What Is Design and Build?
Partnership. A project should be a team effort between the contractor and the homeowner. An open exchange of information and ideas is paramount. Personalities need to mesh for a successful project. Communication. The burden of communication – on the details of the design, terms of the agreement, ... Read More about Choosing a Contractor
When selecting a contractor is it really necessary to call references? Isn't checking with the Construction Contractor's Board enough? It is absolutely important to check out a contractor's references. A few minutes on the phone now can save you months of headaches down the road. Here are a ... Read More about Checking References
When you hire a contractor there's an implied understanding that the company you have hired will supervise your job. This is not always the case. Some contractors merely broker your job (similar to the way banks sell loans) to another contractor who will actually build and manage your job. The ... Read More about Do You Know Your Contractor?
Start by talking to your friends and coworkers. Look for remodeling project signs in your neighborhood and don't be afraid to talk to your neighbors. Most people are thrilled at the opportunity to discuss their project. No matter how you hear about a contractor, be sure to call the Construction ... Read More about Selecting a Remodeler
A common question asked by homeowners is, "Will I need plans?" The answer depends on whether you are planning to repair or replace existing components in their current location or if you are planning to reconfigure or add new space. Most simple repairs and replacements do not need plans but do ... Read More about Do I Need Plans?
When designing a kitchen, meticulous care is taken in choosing nearly everything from the style of the cabinetry to the brand of light bulbs used. But, in the midst of this detailed planning one of the most important aspects of the kitchen is often overlooked. Kitchen ventilation is one of the key ... Read More about The Importance of Kitchen Ventilation
Today's homeowner has lots of wonderful choices when it comes to floor coverings. Wood remains popular, whether it's a hardwood like oak or softwood like pine. Wood floors are sanded and finished in place after installation. Be prepared to stay at a friend's or a hotel for the night to avoid fumes ... Read More about Flooring for Kitchens and Baths
Today's kitchen is no longer just an area for food preparation. Americans are finding that their families and guests tend to congregate in the kitchen, making it feel more like Grand Central Station than an area for preparing and consuming meals. Food preparation is difficult when you can't get to ... Read More about A Living Kitchen