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. 


Meeting area before remodel…


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.


Study area, media room, and reading nook.


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. 


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.


Mechanical room before remodel….


Mechanical room with new HVAC systems.

Here are some simple things to consider when designing an accessible bathroom in your home or for someone else. G. Christianson Construction has a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist available to help you design your bathroom remodel.

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1. Hand-held showerheads and shower benches. Inside the shower, hand-held showerheads mounted on a vertical bar allow users of different heights to select the perfect height for  them, or they can choose to use the fixture without the bar as a hand spray.

2. Hand holds. With the high incidence of bathroom falls, remodelers shouldn’t forget to add “hand holds” (aka “grab bar”). They can be built into items such as: a soap dish, towel bar, or a toilet paper holder.

3. Sinks that offer seated access. Pedestal sinks or wall-mounted sinks have space for people who might need to be seated; plus there’s more space for maneuvering in the room.

4. Multi-tasking toilets. There are new toilet/bidet combinations that wash the body and blow warm air for drying, features useful for anyone who might have difficulty managing personal hygiene. Comfort height toilets, typically two inches taller than conventional toilets, can be great for users with mobility issues who find the boost in height makes it much easier to rise from the toilet.

5. Wider doorways. Bathroom doorways in older homes are usually 24 inches, making it difficult for even an average size person to walk through comfortably. Pocket doors are an option, although they add time and cost to a remodel. Widening the door to 32 or 34 inches makes a big difference

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6. Better lighting. Use a mix of lighting, including task lighting. Place lights on either side of a mirror, or mirrored medicine cabinet, rather than above it. Designers are highly recommending some form of daylighting in the bathroom, which can be accomplished by adding a window, skylight, or solar tube. Also recommended are dimmer switches to control light levels, and rocker switches, which don’t require the fine motor skills needed to operate other types of switches.

7. No-slip flooring. Slippery floors are the culprit in many falls, so choose flooring carefully. Tiles with texture provide a better grip surface, and cut down on glare as well.

8. Lever handles instead of door knobs. These are easier to operate for those who have trouble grasping and twisting with their hands.

9. Hands-free faucets that work with sensors, or touch faucets that require only a tap to operate.

10. Walk-in showers. The walk-in shower has no step or edge to it, which removes a tripping hazard, and also opens the shower up to wheelchair users, who can roll in without help. Accessible Shower

During the last snowstorm the awning canopy at one of the Corvallis Sororities collapsed under the weight of the snow. Fortunately, it was late at night and no one was hurt. We arrived that evening after the Fire Department and stabilized the roof to prevent it from overturning and hurting someone, then we installed temporary tarps to keep water out of the Sorority walls. The next day we disassembled the roof and weatherproofed the house where the lagbolts had pulled out of the wall. We provided a fixed price bid for re-building the canopy and once it was approved we applied for permits. The City’s plan review department found a code provision that required a rebuilt canopy to need expensive fire sprinklers. We worked with the Sorority to find a less expensive alternative, rebuild the structure out of non-combustible material (steel).

We have installed new foundations and welded a new structure out of steel. By reusing the triangular pieces we were able to reduce costs, we have repaired the handrails and deck that were crushed during the collapse. The last steps are to install a new metal roof and gutters. G. Christianson Construction is able to help our clients by navigating Corvallis’ requirements and creating a lasting product they will be proud of. Please give us a call if you need help with your project 541-754-6326.

–          Carl

Karen and Mike approached us last fall about building a new three level deck to connect the main floor of their home to the outdoors. Their old deck had significant rot and was unsafe. After meeting them at their home, I took some quick measurements and sketched up some deck ideas in Google Sketchup. We refined the ideas and decided that an aluminum deck surface (NextDeck) with stainless steel cable handrails would look best. Construction begin in January, with a few breaks for inclement weather, we are well on the way to creating their dream deck.

This week we’ve finished the deck skirt (HardiPlank siding with Tamyln aluminum trim) and an under deck roof to protect the deck furniture during the wet season. Next week we will be installing the down-shining LED ribbon lighting underneath the handrails followed by the deck surface and finally the stainless steel handrail cable. We will post pictures once we complete the project.

Please give us a call if your deck needs improvements before summer begins 541-754-6326.

Bill and Tammy’s bonus room above their garage is in full swing. We have completed siding, drywall and bathroom tile. The next step is painting the interior trim with oil based paint for the highest quality finish and then installing the 8” hand scraped factory stained and finished hardwood floors. Since the floor planks are about three times as wide as a standard hardwood floor, we have to add special gluing and nails to attach the floor well. The dark, wide planks will give the space a rustic charm without looking too busy. Once the floors are in we can finish the trim work, install the countertops, doors and wrap the project up. Their addition is spectacular, you can see the progress we’ve made in the past two months.

Please give us a call to find out how we can meet your schedule with your next project. 541-754-6326.

We’ve posted final photos for Herb and Linda’s cabin in Kings Valley:

Herb and Linda’s Craftsman Cabin

We have finished at Herb and Linda’s new cabin in Kings Valley. This is a special project because Herb and Linda needed to build a house on their Benton County timber property in order to keep their rights to build a future large house. Linda worked extensively with Susan Harthun (a local retired designer) to create a small charming cabin that meets the County’s minimum 400 square foot size and habitability requirements, but is still very comfortable to live in.

The drawings were completed in late August, then we applied for permits and were able to start construction in mid-September. Our goal was to get as much of the construction done before the rains made the gravel access road impassable to large trucks. We poured the foundation on an expedited contract and agreed on the rest of the details in early October. The framing and roofing proceeded quickly followed by the windows, siding and decking. By pushing to get the cabin “dried-in” before the rains started, we were able to dry the lumber and proceed with the interior drywall and trim during the winter.

The cabin has some very lovely features including large timber framed entry porch and matching covered back deck, Nichiha Sierra stained fiber cement siding, fiber cement exterior trim, Milgard Essence wood windows and French doors, and Western Red Cedar decks.  Indoors the main room has a vaulted ceilings, reclaimed wood for beadboard and ceiling paneling, custom drywall texture by Linda, antique sinks and cabinetry, marmoleum flooring, extra insulation and a high efficiency ductless heat pump.

Please give us a call if you are interested in building your own custom cabin 541-754-6326.

Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity in Corvallis contacted us when they realized that their front entry facade was quickly becoming unsafe due to extensive dryrot. You could easily push a screwdriver through the wood mullions between the single pane windows. If you leaned on the wall, the entire window system would deflect about an inch.

We meet with the Alumni representative Gerry Reese who asked us if we could replace the window system during summer break. We proposed a window system supported by clear grade Douglas fir glue-lam beams with commercial glass and black powder coated aluminum capping system. The results are spectacular.

After a thorough design and engineering process, as well as permits from Corvallis, we began construction in July last year. We discovered the front entry canopy also had significant dryrot including its main support beam. So we replaced the canopy with a much more attractive version. The new canopy consists of a new glulam beam stained to match the window system. Knotty cedar tongue and groove soffits flank the canopy’s beam. We wrapped the canopy edges with black powder coated metal trim to match the window system.

The new front doors are Therma Tru Insulated Fiberglass Classic Craft 890 which we stained and lacquered to resemble Alder wood with an Early American stain. The door hardware included a Simplex 1000 manual push button lock (to allow easy access for the fraternity men) and Dorma closers.

The commercial glass is bronze tinted, tempered, with argon gas, low-e #2 coating for energy efficiency.

We finished the project on time for the 2013 school year.

Announcing the G. Christianson Construction Inc. “Skylike” promotion!

Do you have an area in your home that needs a little more daylight?  A Velux Sun Tunnel may be the answer.  We are trying to get 1000 likes for our Facebook page  If we can do this by midnight on November 15th 2014, we will be giving away a fully installed 14″ Velux Sun Tunnel package to a resident of Corvallis or nearby surrounding areas, valued at $1,000.  Please like our page and share with your friends and family!

G. Christianson Construction Inc. is fully responsible for this promotion with nosponsorship, endorsement, administration, or association with Facebook. As each home is unique, G. Christianson Construction Inc. does not guarantee that a specific skylight location will work. If conditions in a home or requested sun tunnel location require more than $1,000 for materials and labor to install a skylight, G. Christianson Construction Inc. will require additional money from the winner before prize can be awarded. All final decisions and interpretations of the rules of this prize are to be made by a G. Christianson employee and are final.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. The promotion is open to Corvallis, Albany, and Benton County residents aged 18 years and over, excluding employees of G. Christianson Construction, their families, agents and any other person professionally connected with this promotion.
  2. To enter, visit the G. Christianson Construction’s Facebook page ( and “like” our construction company.
  3. Entries must be submitted between February 6th 2014 andMidnight, November 15th 2014.  Entries received after the promotion has closed or received by any other means (e.g. in the mail or phone) will not be accepted.
  4. Only one entry per person. Applications via agents/third parties or by using multiple Facebook or email accounts are not permitted.
  5. There is one prize of one 14” Velux Sun Tunnel Model TGF 014 with flexible tunnel, standard diffuser and installation.  Prize is as stated, is non-transferable and no cash alternative is available.
  6. G. Christianson Construction will randomly select one winning entry on November 17th. The winner will be notified by Facebook message.
  7. Installation will be coordinated with winner and will occur approximately 1 month from announcement.
  8. G. Christianson Construction cannot guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to its Facebook Page and is not responsible for any disruption to the promotion or its Facebook Page due to technical problems or otherwise due to events outside of its reasonable control.
  9. Winner must own their home or have landlord’s written permission to install the Sun Tunnel.
  10. Winner’s home must be within 20 miles of Corvallis.
  11. If conditions in a home or requested sun tunnel location require more than $1,000 for materials and labor to install a skylight, G. Christianson Construction Inc. will require additional money from the winner before prize can be awarded. Examples of conditions that may require more than $1000 for materials and labor: flat roofs, metal roofs, tile roofs, complicated framing, lath and plaster ceilings, asbestos insulation in the attic etc.
  12. G. Christianson Construction reserves the right to amend or suspend the promotion at any time without giving advance notice.
  13. In order to participate in this promotion, applicants must accept Facebook’s terms and conditions, although it is acknowledged that this promotion is not sponsored or endorsed by, nor associated with, Facebook.  Entrants release Facebook from any and all liability arising out of or in connection with their participation in this promotion.
  14. All final decisions and interpretations of the rules of this prize are to be made by a G. Christianson employee and are final.
  15. The promotion and these Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Oregon and courts of Benton County, OR shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute arising out of or in connection with this promotion.
  16. By participating in the promotion, applicants are deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions.


G. Christianson Construction of Corvallis Receives

Best Of Houzz 2014 Award


Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals


Corvallis, OR February 4, 2014 – G. Christianson Construction of Corvallis, OR has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The custom Remodeler and Builder of 28 years was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.


The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhoneapp and Androidapp. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.


“We want to say thanks to our past and present clients for nominating us as one of the best contractors. We do what is right and fair for our clients. We have found that another part of our success in Corvallis that we undersell our work and over perform.” – Carl Christianson

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize G. Christianson Construction among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”


With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like G. Christianson Construction, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

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About G. Christianson Construction

G. Christianson Construction is a family-owned company that blends old world craftsmanship with distinctive design, modern materials, and sustainability to provide our customers with homes they will enjoy for a lifetime. We listen to our customers, respond to their needs, and treat them honestly and courteously. We treat our employees like family because we believe any small business should be run that way. Although our commitment to our employees costs more in dollars, it has created long-term loyalty and a reservoir of knowledge that provide our customers with extra value.

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Mark and Betty meet with us in September to plan out a new workshop space at their home in Albany. We hired local designer Jack Scovile to design a lean-to style garage behind their home with plenty of room for Mark’s workshop projects. Since they live on a hillside we were originally going to excavate about 6’ to 10’ deep into the hillside to make the workshop at the same level as the existing garage. However, we found that the excavation and concrete costs were too expensive. After consulting with Mark and Betty, we re-designed the project to include significantly less excavation and shorter retaining walls and reduced the project cost 20%.

Excavation started in January after we received permits from Albany. Due to the narrow space between their property and the neighbor’s we decided to use a mini-excavator and a tractor to transport the dirt out to dump trucks in the city street. With excavation complete we set foundations and retaining walls. Mark decided to add some concrete steps and a concrete patio. We quickly created a written change order and were able to get them started at the same time to maximize our efficiencies and keep his costs low. Framing for the garage addition will begin in about one week. Our schedule predicts a completion date around March 15th. I will post more updates to follow.

We work very hard to build projects that accomplish your goals within your budget! Please give us a call for a free estimate for your project (and advice on how to keep the costs within your budget).

Before Photo of their home (prior to construction)

Before Photo of their home (prior to construction)

Excavator places drainage rock after City inspection

Excavator places drainage rock after City inspection

Excavator begins to backfill retaining walls

Excavator begins to backfill retaining walls

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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644 NW 4th St. Corvallis, OR

Greg Christianson

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