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Go Green! 5 Eco-Friendly Home Remodel Projects

July 30, 2013
We Portlanders love our green city. Portland is recognized as one of the most eco-friendly cities in the country, and we’re always looking for ways to show Mother Earth we’ve got her back. Here’s 5 ways you can go green in your next home remodeling project:


Go Solar 
If your home is in a good position to catch lots of sunlight, installing solar panels can produce cleaner, cheaper ...

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Dual Shower Heads: Go Ahead, Spoil Yourself!

July 24, 2013
On the surface, two shower heads might just sound like a waste of water. But as you study the concept of dual shower heads more closely, you’ll see that they add new levels of luxury and practicality to your Portland bathroom. Benefits include:
 
Bringing The Heat
Adding an additional stream of warm water basically amplifies everything you love about a hot shower. Dual shower heads are especially ...

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Pouring Concrete? Call a Pro.

July 19, 2013
There are lots of home improvement and remodel projects you can tackle yourself, but pouring concrete should not be one of them. There are several important factors that, if neglected, could leave your poured concrete full of cracks or looking like a flaky, buttery biscuit. Here are some reasons to leave concrete projects to concrete pouring professionals:
 
Adverse Weather
As much as some of us might like ...

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Beautify Your Portland Yard with Pergolas, Arbors and Trellises

July 16, 2013
Lots of Portland homeowners are coming up with ways to beautify their outdoor spaces. Structures like arbors, pergolas and trellises have tons of practical and visual potential. Here are a few ways you can incorporate these eye-catching apparatuses to maximum effect in landscaping:
 
Use an arbor to frame an entrance.
Whether in the front yard or the back, an arbor can be the perfect frame for the inviting path ...

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Small Change, Big Difference: 5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home

July 10, 2013
Many Portland homeowners think that home remodeling projects all need to be big scale, big budget affairs. Not so! A small home remodeling project can have a huge positive impact on your Portland-area home. It could also save you big money in the long run. Here are some home improvement projects you can take on yourself that can really spruce up your Portland home’s appearance, functionality, and value:
 
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Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July, friends! Remember to have fun, stay safe, and eat as much delicious watermelon as possible!

 



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Second-Story Additions: What to Know Before You Build

July 2, 2013
If your current one-story house isn’t fitting your needs, you always have the option of adding a second story. It increases the size and value of your home and may be less expensive than moving. But that does not make it an easy process by any means. Here are a few things you need to consider if you are thinking of leveling up:
 
 
DOES THE ZONE CODE PERMIT A SECOND STORY?
Make sure that your zoning ...

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Benefits of a Mother-in-Law Apartment

June 26, 2013
One trend that is becoming more and more popular in the Portland area is the accessory dwelling unit, more commonly referred to as a “mother-in-law apartment.” In the last few years these living units have sprung up all over the Belmont and Hawthorne neighborhoods of southeast Portland. But what is a mother-in-law apartment exactly? And why are they so important? Good questions!
 
What is a Mother-in-Law ...

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5 Big Features for Small Portland Yards

June 21, 2013
The homes in Portland are some of the most unique and beautiful in the state, but like many urban areas, not a lot of them come with huge backyard spaces. If you’re one of the many Portland homeowners that don’t have much of a lawn or much space to garden, don’t fret. Here are some simple ways to make your small Portland yard shine.
 
CREATE A FOCAL POINT:
A focal point should be something fun ...

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Taste the Rainbow: Picking the Perfect Color Scheme for Your Portland Kitchen

June 19, 2013
We Portlanders are not known for shying away from bright, funky color schemes in our homes. In fact, we’ve seen plenty of homes that have different brightly colored paint jobs in each room! But when it comes to the kitchen, specific colors can cause different reactions among your friends, family, and dinner guests. The following is a little information about roomcolor you need to know if you're planning on building ...

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5 Unique Bedroom Remodeling Ideas

June 6, 2013
When going over the rooms of your house, it’s hard to find one more important than the bedroom. It’s the room that’s supposed to make you feel comfortable and relaxed, so it makes sense that you would want to personalize it as much as possible. Here’s a list of home remodel ideas to spruce up the place where you lay your head at night and wake up to in the morning:
 
1. Personalized Displays
Few ...

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Best Garden Veggies for Early Summer

June 3, 2013
The time for picnics and barbeques is just around the corner. That’s right – we’re talking about summer. With the heat comes warmer soil in your garden, the perfect time to plant fruits and vegetables and stock your outdoor kitchen with lots of summer treats. In Portland, we’re all about fresh and local produce, and it doesn’t get any more fresh or local than in your own garden. Here are ...

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How to Survive a Home Remodel

May 29, 2013
You’re doing a remodeling project on your Porltand home and you’re feeling a little stressed out by the upcoming process. Okay, a lot stressed out. Don’t panic; it happens to the best of us. It’s a big deal; your home is a significant investment and an important part of you. You both deserve the best. Here are two important tips to help you make it through a home remodel and spare you a lot of ...

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Hardwood or Carpet: Which Is Best For You?

May 13, 2013
As we sneak our way out of a rainy Northwest Winter it's easy to consider potential flooring changes in the home. Two of the most common flooring options are carpet and hardwood flooring. But is one truly better than the other?
 
Generally the first thought on our minds is cost, and that's where it can be difficult to distinguish between the one-time sticker price of carpet vs. the savings-over-time cost of hardwood ...

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How to Spruce Up Your Deck for Summer

April 17, 2013
We’re well into spring here in Portland, and now is the perfect time to start cleaning and preparing your outdoor deck for summer. Many homeowners think that sprucing up your outdoor deck simply means cleaning it and maybe, just maybe, giving it a fresh layer of finish. While these methods are all fine and dandy, there are many different ways you can add a creative flair to your deck that goes above and beyond ...

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5 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas for Portland Homeowners

April 4, 2013
Now that spring is here, many Portland homeowners are making plans to build new outdoor kitchens or fix up their existing ones. While a pizza oven, roasting spit, or some other big installation may be exciting, there are a few other Portland-specific projects that too often get overlooked. Here are five smaller projects that are essential to any Portland outdoor kitchen.
 
1. Include a shelter or covered area.
 
Let’s ...

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How to Paint a Room FAST

March 26, 2013
Painting a room is one of the easiest and most cost-effective home improvement projects you can tackle. However, for a lot of Portland homeowners painting a room or multiple rooms can be a real time-suck. Well never fear, dear readers! Improvement Remodeling is here with six tips for painting a room in no time. Enjoy!
 
1. Clean first, ask questions later.
It's important to start with a clean wall if you want your ...

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8 Home Improvement Ideas for Renters

March 12, 2013

For most renters, major home improvement projects are out of the question. There might be budget restrictions, or the landlord simply might not allow tenants to make major changes. This can prove frustrating to the DIY-inclined renter. Well never fear, dear tenants! Here are eight simple and fun ways you can dramatically change the look and feel of your rental space. Enjoy!
 
1. Add Mirrors
A few strategically ...

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Portland Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget

February 27, 2013
Let's face it — completely remodeling your bathroom can be an incredibly expensive, time-consuming project. Unlike other rooms in your home, a complete bathroom remodel requires a lot of expensive work, like replacing or rerouting plumbing and electricity and buying brand new fixtures and tile. But never fear, budget-minded Portland homeowner! Here are six simple ways you can add some life to your lavatory ...

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Portland's 5 Best Florists

February 13, 2013
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow – do you have anything picked out for your significant other yet? No? Tsk tsk. Not to worry - we’re firm believers in the power of a romantic Valentine’s Day flower bouquet. And because we’re spoiled Portlanders we have a plethora of wonderful locally owned florists to choose from. Here are five of our favorites. Enjoy!
 
Sammy’s Flowers
 
If you’re ...

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5 Remodeling Projects That Scream, “I Love You!”

February 7, 2013
Valentine’s Day is only a week away, and if you’re like many Portland homeowners you’re probably scrambling around for a last-minute gift that encapsulates all those warm, squishy feelings you have for your significant other.  While some people are foolishly meandering the mall looking for boxes of sub-par chocolate and silky undergarments that will be never worn, why not plan a Valentine’s ...

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Top 5 Home Remodeling Projects That Actually Pay Off

January 31, 2013
For most Portland homeowners, home remodeling projects aren’t just a way to liven up a stale living space, they’re also a great way to add to your home’s overall resale value. But not all home improvement projects pay off in the long-run. Some projects recoup so little of the job cost that they might not be worth the initial investment. With all the different improvement projects out there, how are ...

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Check Out this Awesome Secret Door (and make your own!)

January 14, 2013

Admit it: When you were a kid you would have killed for a secret passageway in your home. The mystery! The secrecy! The passagewayness!
 
Well, you might not have the space to build a full-blown secret passageway, but as this great video shows, you can have the next best thing – a secret door!
 
As you can see, the secret door in the video is made out of pretty simple material, like foam board ...

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2013

Here's a little humor to start 2013 off right. Have a great new year!

 



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New Year’s Home Remodeling Resolutions

December 31, 2012
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year – New Year’s resolution time! All your friends are probably picking self-improvement resolutions – lose weight, drink less, exercise more, etc. Why not try something a little different? Here are Improvement Remodeling, we think home improvement resolutions can be just as good as self-improvement ones, and often much easier to stick with! Here are five ...

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5 Unique Holiday Decorating Ideas

December 18, 2012
Even though we're right in the middle of the holiday season, some homeowners are still in the process of decking their halls. Whether your having family over for a visit or hosting a holiday party, decorating your home in a non-traditional style can really wow your guests. Here are five great ways you can turn the traditional Christmas decorating scheme on its head. 
 
 
Get a different type of tree.
Everyone ...

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What to Ask Before You Hire A Contractor

December 12, 2012
Remodeling your home can be an exciting venture, and if done well, the payoff can be enormous. Unfortunately, many homeowners find themselves smack dab in the middle of a project when they realize that they’ve hired THE CONTRACTOR FROM HELL!!! The guy or gal is unskilled, unmotivated, or just plain creepy, yet many people continue working with THE CONTRACTOR FROM HELL!!! because they think it will be easier than ...

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5 Money-Saving Home Improvement Projects

December 4, 2012
Many homeowners think the best way to cut down on their costs-of-living is to cut back on consumption – use less water, turn off lights when you leave the room, etc. While these are all great ways to lower utility bills and reduce your impact on the environment, there are larger, more long-term changes you can make to your home to help you cut back your energy consumption and save money. The following are five ...

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6 Home Remodeling Tips for Baby Boomers

November 27, 2012
If you’re one of the 77 million baby boomers approaching retirement age, you are probably starting to think about updating your homestead to better accommodate the exciting next stage of your life. You’re planning on staying active, working, and having fun, and you’ll need a house that meets your needs. That’s why it’s a good idea to start thinking about and starting your home improvement ...

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How to Create Great Fall Containers

November 13, 2012
Many Portland homeowners dread fall because they think it means the end of decorative plants and shrubbery. While spring and summer do feature some nice foliage, fall and winter offer some great opportunities to bust out the old pots and containers and fill them with the wonderful seasonal plants Portland has to offer. Not sure how to create an attractive fall container? Don’t worry! We’ve got some great ...

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Top 5 Uses for Reclaimed Building Materials

October 30, 2012
Using reclaimed building materials in home improvement projects isn’t new, especially in recycling-minded Portland. But it seems that lately homeowners are turning to reclaimed building materials in more and more interesting and creative home improvement projects. The following are five of our favorite uses for reclaimed building materials
 
1. Hardwood Floors
Probably the easiest way to use reclaimed building ...

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Portland’s Best Reclaimed Building Materials

October 17, 2012
Portlanders are all about the three RRRs – reducing, reusing, and recycling. (You thought we were going to talk about book learnin’, didn’t you?). But when it comes to home improvement projects in Portland, many homeowners think the only option they have is to buy brand new building materials. Au contraire, dear reader! Using reclaimed building materials has a ton of benefits, including reducing the ...

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Preparing Your Yard For Winter

September 27, 2012
Fall may have just began here in Portland, but now’s the time to start preparing your yard for winter! The winter weather in the Pacific Northwest isn’t terrible, but it can still wreak havoc on an unprepared yard or garden. To help you prepare, we’ve put together a list of five important pre-winter yard preparations you should make before the cold, rainy weather finally hits. Enjoy!
 
Winterize ...

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You Can't Always DIY: How to Know to Call a Pro

July 23, 2012
When it comes to home improvement projects, Portland homeowners are a hands-on group. Do-it-yourself home remodeling projects have never been more popular, and many Portlanders have great success completing a project they start themselves. However, not all DIY projects are a good idea. There are many different reasons why attempting an improvement project yourself could end up being more costly, more time-consuming, ...

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Improvement Remodeling Now On Houzz!

July 18, 2012
We’re excited to announce that Improvement Remodeling is now an active member of the Houzz community!
 
 
Just what is Houzz, you ask? It’s great! It’s a vibrant new online community for homeowners and home remodeling/design professionals. According to their website, Houzz aims to bring homeowners together with interior designers, landscape architects, general contractors, and others.
 
How ...

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Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2012

Time to put that newly installed outdoor kitchen to good use - it's Independence Day! Fire up the grill, invite your friends over, and have a safe and fun holiday!

 



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Portland’s Top 5 Nurseries

June 19, 2012
The professionals at Improvement Remodeling have been helping Portland homeowners transform their outdoor spaces for years. From outdoor kitchens to decks and patios, there isn’t an outdoor home improvement project we can’t handle. That being said, there are landscaping and garden professionals in Portland with green thumbs far better than ours. We may be able to build you an amazing outdoor kitchen, but ...

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Portland Deck Landscaping: 5 Tips for Sprucing Up Your Outdoor Space

June 6, 2012
Not all Portland homeowners have thousands of dollars to spend on completely remodeling their backyard spaces. Luckily for those of use on a more limited budget, there are a number of fun, affordable improvements you can make to your outdoor property that can breathe some new life into an outdated yard, deck, or patio. Here are a few of our favorite Portland deck and patio improvement projects. Enjoy!
 
 
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Remodeling Your Portland Kitchen for Under $1,000

May 24, 2012
Even in Portland, kitchen remodeling can often end up costing a pretty penny. A full kitchen overhaul can include tearing out and replacing old cabinets, countertops, sinks, flooring, lights, and appliances, and all that work can really start to add up. If you’re like most Portland homeowners, you want the best value for your money, and you don’t want to sacrifice quality just because you’re on a budget. ...

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Composite Decking VS Hardwood Decking: Which Is Right for You?

May 15, 2012
It’s official: the warm weather is finally here. If you’re like most Portlanders, you’ve probably been trying to soak up as much of the sunny start of summer as possible. You may have even decided to build an outdoor deck or patio. Great! Portland deck and patio construction is pretty straightforward (we’ve been doing it for years), but there is still one important question you must answer before ...

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Aniline Dyes: Keep Portland (Flooring) Weird!

May 7, 2012
For most of Oregon’s history, Portland home improvement professionals have had one option for giving color to a hardwood floor: staining it. Even today, many Portland home remodeling companies have staining as the only weapon in their color-finishing arsenal. But there is another method for applying color to wood floors that opens up a whole new world of design possibilities: aniline dyes.
 
 
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Preparing Your Deck for Spring

April 23, 2012
Exterior decking can really take a beating during the wet Portland winters. Come spring, many homeowners are excited to dust off the old deck and start enjoying the sun, but where to start? The following are five simple steps you can take to make sure your outdoor deck is ready for the nice Portland weather:
 
 
1. Clear it off.
This part’s easy – simply clear off any furniture, barbeques, ...

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New-Home Construction Slows While Home Improvement Projects Rise

April 17, 2012
According to data released today from the U.S. Commerce Department, new-home construction fell 5.8 percent last month, with the seasonally adjusted annual rate coming in at only 654,000 new construction projects getting underway. While this number is still a 10.3 percent increase over projects in March 2011, it is a strong indicator that the new-home construction market is still struggling.
 
At Improvement Remodeling, ...

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Accessory Dwelling Units: What Are They, And What Are The Benefits?

April 12, 2012
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are quickly becoming one of the most popular home improvement projects in Portland. Improvement Remodeling has built accessory dwelling units for homeowners throughout the Portland-Metro area, with many ADUs popping up in the Belmont and Hawthorne area. We handle every aspect of Portland accessory dwelling units, from design to construction to detailing. But what is an accessory dwelling ...

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The Benefits of an Outdoor Kitchen

April 9, 2012
With spring here and summer just around the corner, Portland homeowners are starting to look for any reason to spend time outside in the sun. Garden parties, barbeques, and pool parties are just a few of fair-weather activities that Portlanders get excited about. In Portland, outdoor kitchens can turn an ordinary backyard get-together into an event your friends will be talking about for a long time. The following are ...

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2012's Five Hottest Remodeling Trends

April 3, 2012
Knowing you want to remodel or renovate your home is one thing; knowing where to start, however, is another story. Homeowners often get stuck at the very first stage of the home remodeling process: the design stage. With so many home improvement projects available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices. Well, fret no more! We’ve compiled the top five hottest home improvement design trends for 2012. ...

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Welcome to Our Blog!

March 20, 2012

Welcome to our brand new blog! Stay tuned for informative posts on a whole slew of home improvement related topics, such as kitchen remodling, second story additions, decks and patios, and more! We'll post regularly, so make sure to come back often!

 

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