Get design ideas, budget tips: Tour of Remodeled Homes (before and after photos)
People looking for home improvement ideas can wander through 11 upgraded houses in the Portland Metro area during the 19th annual Tour of Remodeled Homes on Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11.
Some of the professionally renovated homes on the self-guided tour are whole house remodels, while others include reconfigured floor plans or additions to the kitchen or master suite. There are even underused basements converted into self-contained accessory dwellings (ADU).
Ask questions of licensed building professional from the Home Builders Association's Professional Remodelers Organization, which produces the event. The Tour of Remodeled Homes is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $22.50 and are valid for both days.
What do you need to know before you sign a construction contract and post home improvement plans on your Facebook page?
Erin Carlyle with the home design resource Houzz says it's important that you're open to refining your vision to match your budget. There's flexibility since the scope of the project and specific materials are up to you.
To keep a project on schedule and on budget, know the details before ground breaks, she writes.
What do you want to accomplish? An entire new space or selective, less costly upgrades like cabinet fronts and a backsplash?
Make sure construction plans solve your challenge -- better flow or up-to-date finishes -- and meet local codes. City building department or professionals can explain the rules in your area.
Architects, interior designers, and kitchen and bath designers create concepts and draw plans that help clients integrate their personal style into their home. General contractors and design-build firms are hired to find the right products and materials, stay on budget, manage the project and deliver quality results.
Check references and look at past projects before you hire someone, and make sure you have good rapport. The average kitchen remodel takes about five months once construction starts, but three times that long from initial design phase to completion, according to a Houzz survey.
Even if you're not planning to have a professional design or manage your renovation, you may want to hire an expert on a per-hour basis to help refine your ideas.
First, see what's possible. Here are highlights of the Tour of Remodeled Homes:
Updating an entire historic house: Modern living features were adapted into a 5,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style house while respecting the original architecture and adhering to Historic Irvington's strict regulations. Lane Cooper of Cooper Design Builders installed leaded glass windows, custom millwork and cabinetry. Extensive engineering was required to redesign the outdated layout and new electrical, plumbing, HVAC and insulation that improved the comfort and efficiency of the three-level house.
1940s ranch remodel: This whole house remodel takes advantage of a spectacular view from the Southwest Hills and an underused basement, which now has a kitchenette, laundry room, exercise room and a full bathroom. Casey Coultas and Todd Fauvelle of Portland Remodel replaced the windows while preserving the original trim. The kitchen opening was widened as was the entrance to the family room. A peninsula with a raised bar with bar seating were also added.
Improving a newer house: By removing five Roman-inspired columns, the revitalized 2003 house has better flow. Shannon Ponciano at Ponciano Design and Todd Hertner of Rebuild also installed custom cabinets, carbon black engineered wood flooring and five California Closets. The see-through fireplace in the master suite was closed off to create more privacy. Lighting was upgraded to LED, and the house was wired for audio/data.
New apartment for family or tenants: An unfinished basement in an Alberta Arts District house was converted into a modern apartment with glass interior doors and polished concrete floors by Anwar Beisa Rosas of Beisa's Legacy Construction. Owners now have a separate living space to be used as a guest room or rental. The 601-square-foot unit includes a living room, kitchenette with butcher-block counters, bedroom, bathroom and laundry.
Living room, kitchen and master bath upgrades: A compartmentalized 1925 Dutch Colonial's layout was reimagined to bring spaces up to code and update rooms. Robert Wood of Mountainwood Homes' upgrades include a Carrara marble-top island in the kitchen and walnut wet bar in the dining room. The back hallway became a mudroom command center with iPad and phone charging stations.
Creating a light-filled living room and kitchen: A Southwest Portland house's cramped kitchen, dark living room and odd niches have been improved and expanded by Joseph and David Patrick of Lamont Bros. Design & Construction. Replaced were the old cedar boards on the living room's vaulted ceiling and old stained kitchen cabinets and dark counter.
More kitchen and master suite on a budget: Big dreams on a budget can be seen at the house, which has more space without an addition; an updated style while keeping the existing character; an opened kitchen with limited structural impacts; and modern master bath and small bath. John May of Creekstone Design was guided by creativity and practicality.
Remodeling a Beaverton kitchen and family room: A tiny, angled kitchen with a cut-up island top is has an island double the previous size with a Carrera marble-style quarter counter and nook seating. The under stairs pantry is now one storage. Keela Severson and Kathie Maughan Francis of Maughan Design & Remodel also added a window to draw in natural light.
Updating and adding storage to a Lake Oswego house: Steve Pruitt and Jessica Rand of Cascade Restoration & Remodeling partnered with Deb Seeley Designs to changed confined rooms with limited storage into redesigned master suite, den, dining and living room areas.
West Linn main floor remodel and room addition: The 1990s house's ground floor was divided into small, awkward spaces, and the family wanted more bedrooms and bathrooms, says Steve Klingerman of T.H.E. Remodel Group. Walls were removed, a massive beam was installed to open up the floor plan, and mechanical systems were routed in the three levels. A new kitchen, powder room, coat closet and walk-in pantry were added.
Hillsboro ranch adopts farmhouse aesethic: Keela Severson and Kathie Maughan Francis of Maughan Design & Remodel transformed a 1970s ranch home with a large central brick fireplace and closed-off galley kitchen into a more open farmhouse-style with the kitchen relocated to the back and a new bath.
— Homes and Gardens of the Northwest staff