Frequently Asked Questions
Planning & Scheduling
- How long will my project take?
The construction phase of an average bathroom remodel takes 2-3 months. Kitchens take 3-4 months. The length of a project varies, depending on how extensive the remodel is, or the scope of new construction. Give us a call! We will give you an estimated timeline for your project.
- How long will the design take? How long will it take to get the contract?
Designing your space is a collaboration between you and one of our designers. This process may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to make the decisions needed to provide you with a construction Contract.
Your superintendent will use the final design to create a construction Contract for the work. This contract is very detailed, and considers all facets of work. Construction contracts are typically ready within 2 to 8 weeks.
- When will my project start?
We will begin work shortly after the contract is signed and permits are ready (if required). Our workload varies seasonally, but average start times fall between 2 and 6 weeks from the signed contract date.
- How many subcontractors will be on my job?
G. Christianson Construction has strong relationships with many local subcontractors, sometimes decades long, which guarantees you the best communication, schedule availability, and quality. We self-perform most carpentry, cabinetry, and finish work with our team of 25 talented employees. Your project may include electricians, plumbers, hardwood installers, and others.
- How much of my work will you sub out?
We self-perform most carpentry, cabinetry, and finish work with our team of 25 talented employees. Electrical and plumbing work will be performed by licensed subs, as required by the State of Oregon. Additional skilled work may be done by subs if it affords our clients the best price and quality.
- What if I change my mind halfway through the design? Halfway through the build?
The design process is a great time to change your mind. The process is a collaboration with your designer, and we will work with you around any needed changes to create a final design. Yes, you can change your mind during the build– however, the earlier, the better. We will provide you with a change order for approval beforehand.
- Can you work with me if I live out of town, but want work done in your area?
Yes. Our designer or superintendent can begin planning with you remotely via phone call, email, or video conference. During construction, you can monitor daily progress by computer or mobile device using our production management software, Co-Construct.
- Do you offer a warranty?
Yes, we offer a 10-year, transferable craftsmanship warranty. We stand behind our product, and exceed the minimum 1-year warranty required by the State of Oregon.
- Is my project too small?
We take on a wide range of work, including small bathroom renovations, entryway remodels, and window replacements. Let’s talk about your project to ensure we are the best fit for each other.
- Does my project need permits?
Electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and structural changes to your home will typically require permits. Our staff works with both city and county building departments to determine which permits are required for your project and purchase them.
Services & Capabilities
- Do you sell/install cabinets?
We both build and install high quality, custom cabinets in our solar-powered cabinet shop as part of a construction contract, in order to provide you the best craftsmanship warranty.
- How will you protect my house during construction? (scratched floors, dust, furniture, personal items, security)
Your superintendent will prepare a plan for best protecting your home, involving ramboard floor protection, carpet masking, plastic walls or temporary access doors into the work zone, and HEPA air filtering systems. We ask that owners remove their personal items and furniture from the immediate work zone. Your superintendent will communicate with you about when to expect workers at your home.
- Do you have a designer/architect/engineer on staff?
We have three designers on staff that are experienced in residential and light commercial projects. We work with independent architects and engineers regularly. Visit our “Meet the Team” page to learn more.
- You have a lot of stuff on your website about "green" or energy efficient building. What does that mean?
We aim to build and renovate homes in ways that reduce their carbon footprint, decrease energy use, and increase long-term durability. We encourage you to select materials that have the least negative impact on our environment. Please see the “Energy Efficient Construction” tab on our website.
- How do you deal with trash/waste?
Our crew removes trash and debris from the worksite via a dumpster or dump trailer regularly. We recycle as many materials as possible from your project, up to 90% if requested. Items in good condition may be accepted by the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. We have also pioneered a lumber-recycling program with Habitat for Humanity.
- Do you have plans I can purchase?
We do not sell stock plans. Each build or remodel is unique, and we specialize in customizing plans to suit your building lot or structure.
- Do you sell lots or have move-in ready homes?
We do not sell lots or move-in ready homes, but we look forward to seeing your property! We will assist you in planning the best custom home for your lot.
- Can I do some of the work myself?
Yes! We are happy to discuss portions of the project that you can perform.
- What areas do you work in?
We work in Corvallis, Philomath, Albany, and outlying areas. This allows your superintendent to have daily access to the work site and ensure that everything is running smoothly.
- Do you provide maintenance? Handyman work?
Yes! Speak to your superintendent after your project is complete.
- How much will it cost?
Let’s talk about your wish list, goals, and priorities. We will give you an estimated cost range for similar projects and provide you a guaranteed price when your design is completed.
- Do you provide financing?
G. Christianson Construction does not finance projects, but we accept financing from your preferred financial institution or lender.
- Can I pay with credit card?
We prefer payment by check. Credit cards are accepted, but are subject to processing fees.
- Will you donate to my charity? Are you involved in the community?
We support local non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, Solar Power projects, Microshelters for the Homeless, Greenbelt Land Trust, The Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, the Audubon Society, Assistance League of Corvallis, and others.
What our Clients are Saying
“Larry's cedar deck had reached the end of it's life, the handrails were literally falling off. We rejuvenated it with new Trex and were able to reuse the tall telephone poles that support it. ”
Carl Christianson, Superintendent and OwnerSee the Second Story Trex Deck project
“We are delighted with our new home and so glad to finally be in it after years of planning and preparing. Thank you for your thorough and conscientious work. We appreciate your skills, dedicated hard work, and trustworthiness, and we enjoyed working with you on the project.”
John and Elizabeth Elder, Corvallis
“Our 30-year-old bathroom was in dire need of a major makeover. We envisioned a spa-like retreat…a place for calm relaxation and recharging. We had a general idea of a direction but needed help with all the details. Designer Anna Clink, with her eye for exquisite detail, supplied the focus and kept me from going overboard. The workmen on the crew were all talented craftsmen who daily showed their enthusiasm for the project through their care and input. This was a true collaboration. The result speaks for itself. You know you are on a good team when the finished product exceeds everyone’s expectations. ”
Karen & Mike Crauder, Corvallis, ORSee the Northwest Zen Bathroom project