G. Christianson Construction has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 29 year old Remodeling and Custom Construction firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

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Please give us a call if you’d like to experience how our award winning team can help on your next project.

Thanks,

– Carl

Mike & Tricia asked us to build them a different kind of deck in their back yard. When they came to us, they had already hired Bruce Olsen, a local architect to design their deck. Bruce’s beautiful, hand drawn deck plans featured Asian influences including a copper covered lantern. We provided a contract to build the deck using Trex Earthwood Evolutions composite decking. The handrail, trellis and detailing is cedar.

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All of the framework of the deck is pressure treated lumber. As pressure treated lumber is not immune to water damage, we take extra precautions above and beyond standard building techniques. We spray cut ends of lumber with additional rot preservative. We also form concrete around buried posts to cause water to flow away from the posts.

The decking is attached with Tiger Claw hidden fasteners. The cedar is attached with Fastenmaster Split Resistant screws. We take extra care when installing our handrail posts to be absolutely certain they will remain rock steady for the life of the deck. We use galvanized through bolts and Simpson DTT2Z hardware to ensure that you won’t have that “wobbly” feeling in our posts five years after we leave.

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We noticed during construction that some details of the deck design might not work for our customers. The bench was designed to be very low, common in an Eastern deck, but not very popular in the West. We also felt that some sections of the handrail could be changed to better suit the landscaping in the back yard. We generated three dimensional drawings of some sections of the deck and talked with Mike and Tricia about our concerns. Working with Bruce and the owners, we came to a solution that worked for everyone involved.

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We built the framework for the copper lantern and took it off site to a fabricator who installed standing seam copper. The lantern has frosted glass walls with clips to allow easy removal for cleaning. Inside is a simple LED bulb. We were able to build it so the wire is completely hidden from view and goes to a switch just inside the back door. The lantern looks lovely at night. We also custom built housings for two mail-order planters Mike and Tricia picked out.

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A lot of elements came together to make this deck. Bruce’s vision is extraordinary. G. Christianson Construction’s building know-how, and foresight caught many potential issues before they became problems. Our lead carpenter and our office staff came up with many innovative solutions to the special set of challenges in building this one of a kind deck. Call us today to make your dream a reality!

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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

Here are some helpful tips of things to consider and areas to look at to keep your deck in great shape and to spot when you need to repair your deck.

Split or decaying wood: Check several different areas of the deck to be sure the wood is still sound. This includes the ledgers board (where the deck attaches to the house and a common source of deck failure), support posts and joists under the deck (if you can reach them), deck boards, railings and stairs.

Pay special attention to any areas that tend to remain damp, are regularly exposed to water, or are in contact with fasteners. Use a tool like an ice pick or screwdriver to penetrate the wood surface. If you can easily penetrate ¼ – ½ inch, break off a sliver of wood without splinters, or the wood is soft and spongy, decay may be present.

This is also a good time to look for small insect holes in the wood, which may indicate insects.

Flashing: Flashing is a metal or plastic guard that directs water out and away from sensitive areas. It’s often installed where the deck and house come together, keeping moisture and debris from collecting between the house and the deck’s ledger board. Be certain the flashing is sound and firmly in place. Consider adding or replacing flashing if you notice areas that are obviously allowing water to collect.

Loose or corroded fasteners: Fasteners include nails, screws or anchors in the ledger board. Tighten any loose fasteners, and pound in any nails that have popped up. (Note: the ledger board should not be fastened with only nails.)

If a fastener appears rusted or corroded, consider replacing it. A corroded fastener can cause deterioration in surrounding wood.

The deck or stairs should appear even without sagging and should not sway or move when tested.

Railing and banisters: These should be secure. Push on them to be sure there is no give.

Also, check to be sure they are high enough (most code require a 36” high railing and usually encourage 42” high railings) with rails no more than 4” apart (measured from the inside of the rails) to keep small children and pets from squeezing through. This is especially important the higher your deck is off the ground.

Stairs: Check any railings or handrails to be sure they are firmly held in place; check also the risers and stringers to be certain they are securely attached and not decayed.

If the area behind the stairs treads is open, this opening should be no more than 4” high.

Also, always keep stair pathways clear of planters, décor, toys and other items that can present a tripping hazard.

Cleaning and maintenance: Clean away any leaves and debris, since these can be slippery and promote mildew.

If mildew is present or the deck coating has worn away, make time to clean and apply a new waterproofing coating. It can help prevent the split, decayed wood and loosened fasteners mentioned earlier.

Grills, fire pits, chimneys, heaters and candles: These features can create a warm and cozy deck atmosphere, but make sure any source of fire or heat is safely placed away from the flammable surfaces or that the deck surface is protected by a non-flammable pad.

Always use caution and follow manufacturers’ directions.

Lighting and electrical: Be sure all lighting is working; clean any light covers to allow maximum light to shine through, and trim any plants or tree limbs that may be blocking light.

If you don’t have adequate lighting, there are a lot of great new deck lighting products you could consider to illuminate your steps and pathways.

Be sure all electrical outlets, appliances and features are up to code, in good condition, and childproof if children are present.

Watch that any electrical cords do not present a tripping hazard.

Outdoor furniture and storage: Test all outdoor furniture to be sure it is sturdy. Avoid placing seating right at the edge of the deck. If you have a swing or hammock installed, test the chains and ropes to be sure they are secure. Consider installing childproof latches on any storage boxes and benches.

Be sure to keep all deck related chemical products stored safely away from children, including BBQ lighter fluids, matches, cleaners, etc.

Surrounding trees: If you have trees overhanging your deck, make certain there is no danger of decaying limbs breaking free and falling from trees surrounding the deck.

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!

 

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Mike and Karen asked us to visit their home in June 2013 to replace their old, rotting back deck. They wanted to build an exceptional outdoor living space that extended their main floor into the expansive forest of Vineyard Mountain that surrounds their home. Our homeowners felt a tri-level deck would be best as it would incorporate the natural slope of the yard and give them the outdoor space they wanted. Additionally, a multi-level deck allowed our homeowners to have defined spaces, such as a dining area and a lounge area to sit by the fire, rather than just one large deck surface. Mike and Karen’s previous deck provided no access to the yard from the back of the house, so we made it a priority to give them access from multiple points on the deck.

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Final Sketch Up rendering

 

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We took dimensions of their home and built a 3D model on the computer to visualize the deck and made adjustments until we had exactly what Mike and Karen had envisioned for their deck. We also modeled various types of handrails that could accommodate undermounted lighting and then worked with J&J Electric to create the lighting plan. The homeowners also wanted the stairs to function as extra seating when they host parties, so we designed wide stair treads so their guests will have more places to sit. The next step was engineering and permits, and then construction. We started excavation in January, deck framing and decking in February, handrails were installed in March, and then the electricians installed the lights. We installed the natural gas fire table in early April.

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Our homeowners choose Nexan’s NextDeck powder coated aluminum decking in Light Gray. Nexan says that “NextDeck is a revolutionary decking product that offers unsurpassed durability and longevity. Specifically designed to replace other high-maintenance decking products, NextDeck® delivers a truly maintenance-free choice. NextDeck® gives homeowners the freedom to enjoy their outdoor living space and activities, rather than spending countless hours and money on deck maintenance and repairs. Designed for the life of your deck, NextDeck® aluminum decking is fireproof, pest resistant and will not rust, rot, sag, splinter, warp or crack in freezing temperatures.”

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Karen and Mike also chose a Stainless Steel Cable Railing system and Nexan’s Black powder coated posts to support the steel cables. The steel cable railing system allows anyone sitting on the deck to enjoy the various views of the yard without feeling like their sight lines are being obstructed. We installed LED strip lighting under all of the handrails along with step lighting on every other tread to provide safe access at night and ambient lighting. The fire table is an American Fyre Designs 48” diameter Contempo Round Firetable fueld by natural gas. We finished the deck with a Rustic Hardiplank skirt to match the home’s existing LP siding, the skirt also conceals the framing members. We also added a metal roof under the upper deck to provide a dry place to store outdoor furniture during the winter.

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In the evenings, the warm glow of the lighting and the fire table make this a cozy and welcoming place to sit and enjoy the gorgeous, peaceful surroundings. Mike and Karen are exceptionally happy with the finished deck. They were thrilled with our work and dedication through the coldest and wettest part of the year to have this completed in time for summer in the Willamette Valley.

A Corvallis family approached us in April about remodeling their home and building a deck project. We worked up a quick bid on the projects for their 1952 ranch style home in west Corvallis. One of the projects is an expansive Asian style deck. They worked with local designer Bruce Osen to design a beautiful deck and outdoor space to enjoy with their children this summer. The design included an 20’x30′ deck and a 330 square foot gazebo connected to the deck. After pricing the entire design, we discussed material options and helped refine the design to match their budget. They ended up deciding to use Trex Transcends Tree House composite decking for it’s attractive color and low maintenance, but decided against building the gazebo.

Construction is now underway, we have framed the deck and set posts for the trellis. Today we poured the concrete step around the deck and tomorrow we will set the steps for the deck. The deck includes a 7’ tall lantern connected with a built-in bench to the large trellis. There will be provisions for growing grapes on the trellis, outdoor lighting and a future hot tub. Please give us a call at 541-754-6326 if you have an outdoor space you want to improve!

–          Carl

Wand wanted to change that with Sabi. The company has already released a set of Yves Behar-designed pill boxes and water bottles, as well as a line of very stylish canes. The company’s newest endeavor, Sabi Space, is a collection of 13 bathroom accessories that cater to the aging set, but will probably end up in the bathrooms of 25-year-olds, too. Just as Oxo did for kitchen accessories, Sabi is betting that great design for the elderly, if done right, will naturally become a must-have product for the young because its many functional benefits.

You can mix and match components or remove the pegs altogether.

To design the products in the Sabi Space line, the company tapped MAP Project, a creative studio founded by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. When Wand first approached MAP, he didn’t even know what kind of product he was looking to develop. So MAP looked at research, interviewed people in Sabi’s demographic and came to a surprising conclusion. “We thought it would be about reaching and mobility,” says Jon Marshall, a founding director of MAP. And so they designed a slew of items like hand-holds. But it turns out that the biggest issue is creating a bathroom you want, without having to undergo the enormous pains of installation. Sabi’s insight was to create a system that can expand over time, chock full of human-centered design touches.

Bathrooms come with all sorts of hurdles for the older population. Safety is clearly a concern, but less obvious is the fact that many people, old and young, have a hard time creating a customized bathroom on their own. Porcelain and ceramic are hard to work with, and often require professionals to install something as simple as a shelf. “I want a 65-year-old woman to be able to install this system in her bathroom,” says Wand.

Ingeniously, MAP came up with a system of products that centers around a single building block: the peg. The collection includes bathroom standards like towel racks, mirrors and toilet paper rings, but each of those components connects to the wall through little aluminum pegs that adhere to the wall, no screws necessary. This way you can mix and match components or remove the pegs altogether if you decide that’s not where you want to place your mirror. “This is something you can’t do with any products in the bathroom right now,” says Marshall. “You can’t change your mind.” You also can’t expand upon the pieces you’ve already bought, reconfiguring them to changing needs. This system allows that.

Each piece comes with an ingenious graphic: On the back of the package, there’s a true-to-size rendering of the product, along with installation instructions. That way, you can literally hold the package up to a wall, and see how to install your new shelf or rack. It’s a thoughtful design touch, and the line is full of them. For instance, a rubber-coated aluminum grab bar that goes near the shower, the place where the majority of accidents happen in the bathroom. MAP worked with engineers to create a circular form that varies in thickness. “Some people, when they have arthritis, their hands become quite curved and they find it difficult to grip onto a thin round rail,” says Marshall. “So this is a range of different grip positions.”

The nod to medical issues is subtle, which is exactly how Wand wants it. Yes, Sabi Space is meant to make life easier for the aging without being patronizing, but you could just as easily imagine any of these pieces in a busy college student’s apartment— the grab bar included. In fact, Wand says, “We even use one for my kids.”

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.

Who We Are

We are premier builders for additions, remodeling and new construction for Corvallis and the Willamette Valley. We specialize in unique and challenging projects and apply sustainable building principles.

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541.754.6326

541.207.2240

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644 NW 4th St. Corvallis, OR

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