The thought of remodeling can be scary. David Hollies, president of a contractor referral service in Maryland called Home Connections, has a great quote regarding the process: “Remodeling is a bit like having 15 strangers over to play football in your living room for a few weeks. They all arrive and ... Read More about Remodeling is a Process not a Product
In the 2012 Top of the Valley Reader’s Choice Awards Powell Construction is honored as the Best Home Repair Company. The company also received second and third place honors in the Eco Friendly and Customer Service categories. This year’s Top of the Valley contest had a total of 1,647 nominations and ... Read More about Powell Construction voted Best Home Repair Company in Albany and Corvallis Area
The Homeowners felt that the existing kitchen was too small with an awkward design lay-out, dated finishes and dysfunctional appliances. They longed for a bright, contemporary kitchen that would coordinate well with adjoining rooms for visual continuity. Their highest priority was to create a more ... Read More about A Stylish Kitchen Makeover
This previously tiny kitchen was swapped with the dining room to allow for better traffic flow and a larger kitchen. It features natural Alder cabinets with Caesarstone countertops. A Portuguese tile backsplash is being chosen and flown in from Portugal by the homeowner. A 10' wide double ... Read More about Corvallis Remodel In Progress
There are a great multitude of storage accessories available in today’s market. These accessories are essential to making kitchen storage more efficient. They are available in multiple configurations and materials. Typically these cabinet accessories are grouped by specific tasks or kitchen zones. ... Read More about Kitchen Cabinet Storage Accessories
A lot of progress has been made on our project on Hillcrest Drive in Corvallis since our last post. While our skilled sub-contractors are working on interior elements, our lead carpenters have been completing elements on the outside. This over-lapping of trades helps to keep us on track with our ... Read More about 1940’s Bungalow ~ Design Elements Taking Shape
Our project in North Corvallis allows us to show you why the little things are so important. Our previous blog photos displayed the new second floor and roof framing at a residential addition. The photos showed plywood decking used on the roof, while oriented-strand board (OSB) was used ... Read More about Roofing Tips – The little details count!
Your home is one of the largest investments you may make in your lifetime and remodeling can improve its value. But spending as little money as possible, to have your home remodeled, can end up costing you more in the long run. The Construction Contractors Board frequently receives ... Read More about Remodeling Shortcuts That Could Cost You Money And Headaches
Our project in North Corvallis is progressing nicely, as the second floor framing is now complete. This includes new exterior walls with OSB sheathing, and new roof trusses with plywood sheathing. (Note: different sheathing materials are used based upon their construction application --- next week ... Read More about 1940’s Bungalow – New Roof Goes On
We are starting a new project in North Corvallis to add a garage & a partial second story to a small bungalow style home. Our clients came to us with a tight budget and a tight time-frame in which to complete the job. They wanted to add several bedrooms & a bathroom, as well as enclose the ... Read More about 1940’s Bungalow Gets Second Story Addition
Kitchen islands began to be popular in the 1970’s and the trend is continuing. Before considering a kitchen island, there has to be enough space to incorporate it into the kitchen. Kitchen islands establish traffic pattern and should direct traffic away from the work triangle. The work triangle ... Read More about Functional Kitchen Island Design
Most people finance the purchase of their home with a long-term mortgage, spreading the payments over 15 or 30 years. A mortgage is a financial tool that provides a couple of benefits: It makes a new home affordable, and the interest paid on the mortgage may become a tax deduction. Home mortgages ... Read More about Financing Home Remodeling as a Tool
There are different finish levels for drywall and each has specific purposes. Besides the different types of drywall available, they come in different finishes as well. The levels range from 0 – 5 and should be specified accordingly. Here is a summary of the different levels as per national gypsum, ... Read More about Drywall Finishes
According to the American Society for Testing and Materials, gypsum boards, more commonly known as drywall, is the generic name of sheet products consisting of a noncombustible core, primarily of gypsum with paper surfacing.Natural gypsum is a mineral and is mined near the earth’s ... Read More about The All Important Gypsum Board in Remodeling
(Article by Oregon Remodelers Association) Remodeling & Technology Integration Imagine a simple touch screen interface that allows you to control whole-house entertainment, climate, communications, security, lighting, the internet and more. Now imagine mobile wireless units that give you ... Read More about Home Technology
Wouldn’t it be nice to come home on a cold and rainy day and walk across a warm floor? Or even better stretch out on a heated floor after a long day at work. Generally speaking, radiant floor heating is an energy efficient way to heat a space. This type of heat is a good alternative for people ... Read More about Warm Feet with Radiant Floor Heating
Stainless steel sinks are very popular in today’s kitchens and can adapt to either a traditional or a contemporary style. Not all stainless steel kitchen sinks are created equal however, and there are certain things to look out for before purchasing your sink. A contemporary Franke sink with ... Read More about How to Choose a Stainless Steel Sink
Continuing from the last blog entry, here are more suggestions for Ageing in Place and Universal Designs for your bathroom. Most toilets range from 14 to 16 inches high (floor to seat height.). ADA (Americans with Disabilities) Toilets are between 16.5 and 18 inches high. Even though there is only a ... Read More about Universal Design for Faucets and Toilets
As the general population in the Unites States is aging, design trends and products that accommodate people wanting to stay in their homes as long as possible are becoming more popular. Even if you’re a younger person, elderly family members may come to visit and a range of modifications that you ... Read More about What are “Aging in Place” Options for Your Bathroom?
First of all what is Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) when it comes to your home? According to the National Institute of Building Sciences, LCCA is a method for assessing the total cost of home ownership. It takes into account all costs of acquiring, owning, and disposing of a building or building ... Read More about Have You Considered the “Life Cycle Cost” of Your Home?