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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.

 

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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.

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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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Main dining room.

In late August, the Old Spaghetti Factory called us to find out if we could help them remodel the historic rail depot that once held Michael’s Landing and Terminus restaurants. They had an aggressive schedule to open by mid-November and didn’t know any local craftsmen. We offered to help and Old Spaghetti Factory hired us to provide the framing and structural repairs required to reinforce the historic building and bring back its splendor. Cascade Design provided structural engineering and gave direction for replacing a few posts, reinforcing an old timber beam and reinforcing a steel beam.

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Upper dining room.

G. Christianson Construction has had our crew of three trim carpenters working at Old Spaghetti Factory for three weeks and expect to finish on schedule. The crew salvaged the old interior trim and re-milled the old vertical grain Douglas fir for reuse.  We are installing new Poplar post wraps, corbels and trim. On the main level we pulled the historic windows, refinished and re-installed them. Next we installed Lauan wainscot paneling, battens, top rail and trim.  After that, we installed built-up trim around the existing windows to mimic the historic trim. We are very excited to help restore an exceptional piece of Corvallis’ history.

Here are links to articles about this project in the Corvallis Gazette Times: http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/old-spaghetti-factory-opens-new-chapter-in-corvallis-historic-rail/article_905ce9e6-55c0-11e4-a638-43514badb858.html

Nik and Angie wanted to do some major remodeling to their home that was built in 2002. The major additions were a new master suite and bath, additional garage bay, and a new craft and bonus room. They also wanted to update all of the bathrooms in the home, replace the existing heating/cooling systems, replace carpeting in five areas including the new craft and bonus room, install new organizing rods and drawers in the master closet, add a special coating to the floor of the garage, expand the driveway, add a gas line to the patio for the grilling, replace all of the windows in the home, and add eight skylights.

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The new Master Retreat and closet have Oak hardwood flooring throughout. New Milgard Montecito windows let a lovely amount of light in, complimented by three Velux skylights. In the Master Retreat bathroom, Wichita art glass has been added to the picture window to add some unique detailing. The Master Retreat bathroom has heated Travertine tile floors. The cabinets are Huntwood Rustic Alder cabinets in an Arroyo style with under-mounted Kohler sinks and Marble countertops. The countertops and flooring are complimented by Mosaic Cabernet glass accent tiles. The flooring in the shower is a sliced olive stone.

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In the other bathrooms, the same marble, cabinets and flooring were installed. Toto ADA toilets were added to all the bathrooms and all doorways were widened to make the home adaptable if the homeowners wish to Age-In-Place. A curbless shower was installed in the Master Retreat bathroom to reduce the tripping hazard. A vanity area was created for Angela so she can sit and relax in her Master Retreat and to have an area with special task lighting.

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Multiple niches were created in all of the showers to add needed shelving storage in the showers. Seats were added to the Master Retreat shower and the Hall bathroom. A Velux skylight was installed into the Hall bathroom to provide extra lighting as there are no windows in this bathroom. A Symphony Aquatic Air tub was installed into the Master Retreat bathroom and a Fiber Fab soaking tub was installed into the Guest bathroom. All hardware is Oil Rubbed Bronze by Moen and Delta.

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In the craft and bonus room, guest room, stairs, den, and office we installed Tuftex Venecia Fantasia 527 carpet. Velux skylights were installed into the bonus room and into the craft area with remote controlled electric blackout blinds. New Milgard Montecito windows let a nice amount of light in, complimented by four clerestory windows. All paint is Sherwin-Williams’ Duration Home for all walls and ceilings.

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The entire remodeling project took 10 months to complete and included nine additional jobs requested during the remodel. Nik and Angie are thrilled with the completed project and look forward to living in the home for many years to come!

In 2013, Alpha Phi’s leadership met with us to remodel the Sorority basement. Their goal was to convert multiple storage rooms and a dark and dingy meeting room into a space that the ladies would enjoy using. Their priorities were to find a General Contractor who could provide great communication, timeliness, help with design, material selection, scheduling, and value. We were able to bring in our resources to meet the challenge and remodel the basement during summer break.    

 In 2013, we started the remodeling project; our 3rd at the Alpha Phi Sorority. The basement project consisted of two major pieces. First, we needed to create a large, warm, functional, and welcoming space. We created multiple spaces within this one large room for the ladies to study, watch television, socialize, or wait for their laundry to finish. 

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Meeting area before remodel…

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Meeting area with built-in cabinetry.

We demolished walls between the old chapter meeting room, hallway, maintenance closet, and the trunk storage room. We discovered the posts supporting the house had dryrot and needed to be replaced. That inspired us to add a steel beam to open the floor plan by removing one of the bad posts. We leveled the floor with gypcrete, replaced leaky pipes, insulated, added lighting, replaced a rotten piece of wall, reinforced the flooring system and installed new wiring.

 Once the old walls were removed and the dryrot was taken care of, we created an open area where the ladies could study or hold sorority meetings. A large table with room for 6 to sit comfortably was placed under a contemporary, but bright pendant light which provides ample task lighting for the table. Recessed lighting was added to provide more lighting on the white board and bulletin board that are located on the walls beside the table. Additionally, in the east side of the basement is a functional laminate storage unit with drawers and cupboards for the girls to store supplies. It also provides a flat large surface separate from the table to spread out paperwork or other study materials. 

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Media room before remodel.

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Study area, media room, and reading nook.

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Studying area.

On the west side of the basement, another table was placed that will seat 4. This table can be moved around the room as needed by the ladies. Ambient recessed lighting and task lighting was placed around the west part of the basement that provides warm, but strong enough light for studying. A small reading nook was created in the west part of the basement to give the ladies a comfortable spot to read and provide more seating. This area is also a part of the lounge area and can be used when the ladies have movie night. In addition to the reading nook, a large microfiber sofa provides more seating in the basement. 

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Reading nook and extra seating for the media area.

Shaw “No Limits” carpet tiles were chosen for the entire basement. These carpet tiles can easily be individually replaced if needed. New Mannington vinyl was installed into the laundry and bathroom. New MDF baseboard and casings were added after the new carpet tiles were installed. 

Second, we needed to replace the very old gas boiler and water heaters. We installed a new Lennox HRV3-150 Heat Recovery Ventilator to bring fresh air into the basement. We also installed a Lochinvar 95% high efficiency boiler with direct ventilation to heat the sorority house. We additionally installed a Bradford White 98% ultra high efficiency water heater and storage tanks to provide ample heat for all of the showers.

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Mechanical room before remodel….

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Mechanical room with new HVAC systems.

Room addition, apartment over garage

Our clients Bill and Tammy approached us to construct a bonus room above the garage for their exercise equipment with an additional bedroom and bathroom for guests. Our designer drew up plans and in order to achieve their goals we are adding 10’ on the back of the existing garage and mudroom (a 10′ by 33′ addition). You can see the picture in the drawing which will serve as the enlarged footprint for the new bonus room. The current garage will be left as is and the addition that we are adding will provide room for both the stairs to the upstairs and additional storage for the garage.

This project has a few unique challenges including installing a 2 hour fire rated wall so that their home can be considered two separate structures for the Philomath fire marshal (so we don’t need to install a residential sprinkler system). We are also keeping their existing home operational including their furnace and electrical panel which are directly underneath the new construction.

We will post more photos as we make progress. Trusses have arrived today.

– Carl

Room over Garage

Just before we removed the garage trusses and started our new framing

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We poured a foundation for the added storage room

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The new guest room will be located over the garage

We did a great job making their new garage match the existing house, in fact one of Mike and Terri’s neighbors asked “what did the contractor do at your home?” because he didn’t realize the carport was replaced by a new garage.

Mike and Terri gave us a call in February about enclosing their carport with two new walls, doors and a new garage door. They hired Bruce Osen to create a hand drawn design to capture their ideas and the spirit of their home. I told Mike we could start as soon as he desired. Once we agreed on the price of the project and had the permits in hand we began by temporarily supporting the carport and roof by installing temporary posts and beams. Then we removed the old columns, sawcut the slab and dug out the old concrete. Next we poured new reinforced concrete footings and stem walls. Our crew framed up the new walls with 2×6 lumber, OSB sheeting for shear strength, 5/8” exterior AC grade plywood sheeting and battens to match the look of the house’s siding. One of the hallmarks of our projects is that we focus on making the addition seamlessly match the existing house.

We installed two ThermaTru fiberglass doors with Sclage F51 Plymouth knobs and Schlage deadbolts. We installed a Therma Tech insulated Traditional Raised Panel Steel Sectional garage door with a Genie Chain Drive garage door opener. On the north side of the garage we installed three PlyGem horizontal sliding windows to let in fresh air and light. Inside the garage we installed drywall and paint. The city required a new layer of 5/8” fire rated drywall on the walls between the house and the garage. Mike and Terri are also going to replace the doors into the house with new fire rated doors. Mike and Terri are very happy with our work.

Please give us a call if you are tired of your carport and are ready to convert it to a garage! 541-754-6326

–       Carl

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

One of our friends noticed the main beam of a neighbor’s deck in Corvallis was sagging. I came out to take a look at it and by using a probe, found the beam was almost completely rotten. That afternoon, I priced out the cost to replace the beam and e-mailed a contract to the homeowner. After discussing it with her we decided that it would be best to replace it this month, before it failed. We ordered a new pressure treated glulam and outdoor wood posts and started installing them today. It turns out the beam was even worse than it looked from the outside. Please call us if you have a deck that is spongy, sagging or looks like it needs repairs. We will come out and let you know what your options are.

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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.

Last summer Deb and Jeff called us to repair the concrete work on their wraparound front porch. Their 1920’s home is north of Oregon State University in the historic district. The home is a Craftsman style home and has elements of the California Bungalow style. Deb provided all of the actual measurements and detail drawings for the restoration. Deb is an interior designer who specializes in kitchen and bath design, historic remodels and renovations, and additions, see her work at http://www.debkadas.com/projects/

The project began with demolition of the concrete porch slab, stairs and sidewalks. We then poured new concrete stairs, slabs, and caps for the stair wing walls. Unfortunately, due to the hot weather and our installer’s attempt to exactly match the old expansion joint layout, the slab cracked extensively. We always stand behind our work, so we removed the slab and replaced it at no charge to Deb. The second slab was poured with more expansion joints to control concrete’s natural cracking process.

We added one new post and pilaster to match the existing post style. During the project we found that wet Oregon weather had caused the old columns rot, so our trim carpenters built new wood columns to match the tapered design of the old columns. We also created positive column attachments because the old posts were not securely attached to the home. All of the new wood was painted inside and out to increase its longevity.

The next step was to refinish the concrete parge coat below the columns to match the foundation. Then one of our trim carpenters created a clever cleat system to allow us to reuse the porch handrails and they can be removed in the future for repainting.

Deb is planning on adding hidden outdoor heaters in the future as well as new outdoor furniture to enjoy her porch this summer.

By working with the homeowners, Deb and Jeff, we were able to upgrade the porch by adding hidden wiring, improve the home’s appearance, upgrade the seismic connections and stay true to the historic character of their home.

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