Vancouver, Washington is a popular option,
right across the Columbia River. Vancouver
is a small city with a population of approximately 160,000. The population density of
Vancouver (as of the 2010 census) was 3,482
residents per square mile.
Many tall condominium structures were
built in Vancouver in the early 2000’s, in
alignment with efforts to draw more people
to the city’s downtown area. At that same
time, the city saw a revitalization of the
local art scene. Vancouver’s proximity
to Portland has made it a popular place
for commuters who seek more affordable
housing with a similar but smaller city
Beaverton is another popular suburban
option for Portland workers who wish to
live elsewhere. Without traffic, Beaverton
residents can reach Portland in about 12
minutes. Located in the Tualatin River
Valley, Beaverton was named among
Money magazine’s top 100 places to live
in the country. TriMet’s light rail makes
it easy for commuters to come in and out
of the city, without facing Portland’s infamously bad traffic.
Portland has always marched to the beat of
its own drum — hence the slogan, “Keep
Portland Weird”. It’s known as the most
European city in the United States and
even though it ranks at the top of many
“great cities to live in” lists, it doesn’t look
like any other.
Portlanders may tend to talk about the Portland of yesterday, before Portland culture
became popular culture, but the heart of
the city remains true to itself. You won’t
find sprawling developments of cookie
cutter homes, in or around the Portland
area. Our neighborhoods each maintain a
distinct flavor, our houses are colorful, and
our streets are friendly and accessible.
People live in tiny houses, bungalows,
converted lofts, and apartment buildings.
They live in the Southeast side where
quirky shops and street performers keep
things colorful, and they live in the Pearl
District where sidewalk cafes and art
galleries maintain a high-class vibe, while
others live on the fringe, where there is
a little more room, closer to the beach or
No matter what you’re looking for in a
house and a neighborhood to call your
own, you’ll find something that is uniquely
Portland, and something that is uniquely
you. The city might be a little weird, but
it’s also welcoming of all types of people. It
can’t wait to welcome you. l
Sooner or later you may join the millions of people who remodel their homes
each year. Perhaps it’s at that moment when you realize that avocado
green and harvest gold are no longer the “in” colors for today’s trendy
kitchens. Or maybe you have an epiphany one day as you stand in line
to use your own bathroom. Whatever the impetus, the thought crosses
your mind: Maybe it’s time to start a home remodel. The reasons for home
remodeling are as varied as the projects we undertake.
Some of these include:
WHERE TO BEGIN
• Adding more space
• Upgrading cabinets, counters, appliances and fixtures
• Creating a floor plan that’s customized for your lifestyle
• Increasing the resale value of your home
• Improving energy efficiency with new windows, doors,
insulation, and climate control systems
The first step is to develop an idea of what you want to do with your home
remodel. Write a prioritized list of your needs and wants. Look at magazines
and websites and collect pictures of homes or remodeling projects you like.
The more clearly you can envision the project and describe it on paper, the
better prepared you’ll be in making your decision.
Think about traffic patterns, furniture size and placement, colors, lighting and
how you expect to use the remodeled space. If your decision to remodel
involves creating better access for someone with limited mobility, you may
want to consider contacting a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.
You may want to improve home efficiency and hire a remodeler for green home
remodeling. These projects include replacing windows and doors, upgrading
heating and cooling systems, adding insulation, and other remodeling to make
the home more energy-efficient, easier to maintain, and comfortable.
Figure out how much money you have to spend on the home remodeling job,
furnishings, landscaping or any other cost you might incur.
CHOOSE YOUR OPTIONS
Once you have created a list of what you would like out of your home, the
next step is to hire a member of the Professional Remodelers of Oregon (PRO).
PRO remodelers are of the highest integrity and standards in the industry. For
a directory of licensed PRO members of the Home Builders Association of
Metropolitan Portland, visit www.hbapdx.org.
You Should Definitely Start Here.