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How durable are quartz countertops?

June 13, 2022

Engineered quartz is one of the most popular countertop materials in the modern American household. Strong, durable, and visually comparable to natural stone, quartz is often billed as the ideal countertop material. Some even say that it is indestructible. While this may be hyperbole, quartz is known for being especially resistant to many forms of…

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When is the best time of year to remodel in Portland?

June 10, 2022

Remodeling your home comes with a list of challenges and obstacles to overcome. Here in the Pacific Northwest, the weather is unfortunately one of those challenges. Although not every remodel requires extensive work outdoors, the weather does impact every remodel to some degree. Due to our notoriously wet winter season, many Portland homeowners find themselves…

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Can I hire my own subcontractor to work with a design-build firm?

June 8, 2022

So, you’ve chosen to work with a design-build firm to remodel your home. Although they usually do most of the remodeling work using an in-house construction team, there are a few exceptions. Some jobs, such as electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and drywall get subcontracted out to specialized tradesmen.  Fortunately for you, you happen to know a…

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Why have remodeling costs increased in 2022?

June 6, 2022

In 2021, thousands of homeowners declined to renovate their homes because of the rising cost of remodeling. They hoped that as the economic shockwaves from COVID-19 settled, the cost of construction would come back down. Now, a year later, remodeling costs have already increased over 10% in the first half of 2022. Suddenly, the 2021…

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