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Gerry and Carroll invited us to their home in July 2014 to look at replacing their dated tile countertops and updating their backsplash. While updating their countertops, they chose to upgrade their sink to a Blanco Diamond 1 ¾ Metallic undermount sink and we re-installed their existing faucet. They picked out Coastal Green granite and we repainted the kitchen walls to match.



For the backsplash, the owners chose glass tile. Glazzio Glacier 4×12 glass GL88 glass tile and Crystile 4×12 glass tiles provide depth and interest to the backsplash. The pops of color in the backsplash incorporate beautifully with the colors of the cabinets, counter tops, appliances, and paint. To further highlight the gorgeous backsplash and to provide additional task lighting, we installed new LED strip lights throughout the kitchen.


In the design phase, we located the original cabinet makers and arranged for them to come in and touch-up the cabinets. Now the cabinets look as good as the day they were originally installed. We installed new window sills and trim and re-lacquered them to match the existing woodwork. We replaced the dated appliances once we finished installing the new countertops.

Carroll and Gerry are very happy with their updated kitchen. They were grateful to our crew especially during tile countertop demolition for their care and attention in not damaging the existing cabinets. They were also very impressed that we were able to get the demolition, countertops, plumbing, appliances and backsplashes completed in one week so they could start cooking again.

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Steve and Dominique called us last summer when they decided to move into an older home in Corvallis. The house had a dated kitchen in the center and with walls surrounding it, resulting in a restricted layout. With Rod Terry’s 3D design and Structural Engineering by Dan Herford, we supported the roof trusses with large LVL beams in the attic. Then we tore out the interior walls, the brick “pizza” oven, the dated kitchen, the old carpet, the brick fireplace, and the small windows.

The new floor layout is wide open, perfect for entertaining guests. The kitchen is now spectacular in the center of their home, the highlight is the wood countertop Steve built with bar seating. We installed beautiful Cherry Shaker cabinets, granite countertops, two new skylights, and a new Andersen patio door.  We also repainted their home and installed Red Oak hardwood floors throughout the home.

In the living room, we installed new Cascade Pro trapezoidal windows to complement the roofline. We removed dated wood paneling on the walls, installed seismic upgrades, and insulated their drafty walls. We removed the old wood stove and brick surround and installed a new gas stove. Steve and Dominique are very happy with our work.

Please give us a call if you would like to open up your cramped house layout 541-754-6326.

– Carl

We met Clay and Helen through a project we completed at their work. They were impressed with our persistence to complete their work project on time and budget. So they asked us to take a look at removing the kitchen cabinets and partition wall that separated their kitchen with the living room. Since they both cook, there just wasn’t enough space to be efficient in the kitchen. They also wanted to open the room up for better lighting. Once the wall was gone a new kitchen island would provide the cooking countertops and socializing space they wanted. We discussed refinishing their existing cabinets, but decided they wouldn’t look good with the new island. The kitchen project included new custom made frameless beech cabinets,  granite “Emerald Pearl” countertops, recessed lighting and pendants, cork floating flooring (to reduce noise downstairs and squeaks), Shaw Anso Nylon carpets, a Milgard Montecito sliding glass door, a new stainless steel sink and faucet, a new Milgard Montecito window and ceramic tile backsplashes. We replaced the countertop in the guest bathroom with Cambria quartz. We even built a custom cabinet system for their clothes in the master walk-in-closet. Clay and Helen are very excited about their new kitchen! Please give us a call to find out how we can help your home 541-754-6326.

Enlarged southern window adds light to kitchen

Corvallis Kitchen Remodel Before and After Photos

Pat and Bob asked us to completely remodel their dated kitchen to provide better functionality by increasing the brightness and updating the kitchen materials. In order to best use the space available in their kitchen we decided to use custom cabinetry from Eager Beaver cabinets (a local custom cabinet shop). We wrote the contract to give flexibility for Pat and Bob to change their cabinetry, countertops and tile work choices. If the costs were less, then they would get money back. The new kitchen includes Red Oak hardwood floors, Silestone countertops and Custom Tile backsplashes. As with many of our projects, we suggested adding a tile inset to protect the hardwood floors from wet shoes and scratches at the exterior doors. We designed the new cabinetry around their appliances saving Pat and Bob from purchasing new appliances.

A few things that you will notice:

  1. Remove the drywall ceiling soffits. These soffits were last popular about 20 years ago. Now we use the added space for larger cabinets.
  2. Remove the vinyl flooring, in this home we tested and found asbestos in the vinyl. A fully trained and licensed asbestos abatement crew made short work of the floor without spreading hazardous fibers into the rest of the home.
  3. The dated cabinets are gone, replaced with shaker style solid birch cabinets.
  4. The harvest yellow plastic laminate countertops are gone, replaced with solid surface Silestone to complement the cabinetry.
  5. A new stainless steel sink and faucet replace the old porcelain.
  6. The new microwave/hood now vents out through the roof, rather than just recycling the cooking fumes into the kitchen.

Partway through the design process, we realized that taller windows would help brighten the kitchen. We provided Pat and Bob with quotes to increase the window size and were able to accomplish this on schedule. Please call us at 541-754-6326 if you have a home project in mind, we’d love to come visit and help you accomplish your goals.


G. Christianson Construction kitchen remodel before photo

Vinyl floor tile contained asbestos fibers, abated, and replaced with hardwood.


Before Kitchen remodel

The exhaust hood recycles fumes into the kitchen, they don't go outdoors.

Before kitchen remodel photo

Dark oak cabinets, plastic laminate counter, porcelain sink, vinyl floors

Kitchen remodel with skylight

New kitchen countertops finish the makeover.

Enlarged southern window adds light to kitchen

New cabinets and cabinet hardware modernize the kitchen

New kitchen countertops, hardwood floor, cabinets

The skylight and windows add daylight above the sink



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