Does my Portland Home need a Seismic Retrofit?
You’ve probably heard that the Portland metro area is at high risk for earthquakes. But did you know that in spite of this, not every home in Portland is built to withstand a major seismic event? If you’re concerned that your home may be at risk during an earthquake, don’t panic. A seismic retrofit can…Read More
Can I add a second story to an old home?
You love the character and charm of your older home, but find yourself needing more space. For one reason or another, you don’t have the option of expanding the ground floor level. Instead, you hope to build a second-story addition. But given its age, it seems like this old home already has enough trouble holding…Read More
When to repair the foundation of a historic Portland home
There’s no question that old homes in Portland have character. But while charm and rich history rule the view from above, many of these homes face a challenge below ground. Hundreds of historic Portland homes today sit on crumbling, compromised, or poorly constructed foundations. If you own a Portland home built before the 1960s, you…Read More
A guide to remodeling in Portland Historic Districts
If you’ve ever driven around Portland, Oregon, you might have noticed that some neighborhoods have a high concentration of historic, well-maintained older homes. Take, for example, Lake Oswego, or the Irvington District. As anyone who has ever remodeled one of these homes can attest, a lot of work goes into preserving the aesthetic and historical…Read More
What to know about remodeling old homes in Portland
There is something special about the character of old homes – they are lasting testaments to the artistry and craftsmanship of years long gone by. Fortunately for our fellow historic house enthusiasts, there are a lot of old homes here in Portland, and many are in need of remodeling. That’s not to say that older…Read More