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.
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designs were chosen and became models
not only for Portland, but for International
This progression of the urban growth
boundaries, infill, and the Living Smart
program showcase Portland’s dedication
to constantly evolving as a sustainable,
As the city continues to grow, the urban
growth boundaries are revisited every
twenty years to assess the population
growth within the city, and adjust the
boundaries if necessary. To better manage
the expansion of boundaries over time,
urban and rural reserves were created.
These reserves currently exist outside of
the urban growth boundaries, but designate
land that is of high value for farms, or of
high potential for urban growth.
These reserves do not change existing
zones, but they enable better long-term
planning by predicting which land must be
preserved and which land can potentially be
utilized for urban expansion in the future.
Portland density currently hovers around
4,375 people per square mile, but thanks to
thoughtful, sustainable planning, Portland
has been able to maintain its European vibe
with friendly, accessible streets and efficient
TINY HOMES AND ADUS
As sustainable living becomes an increasingly prevalent topic in today’s society,
Portland leads the pack in many urban
sustainability movements. The tiny house
movement is no exception. Tiny houses,
also called “accessory dwelling units” or
“ADUs” were born out of a desire to limit
consumption and decrease the environmental impact of homes by building very
small houses that optimize space and reject
the idea that bigger is better.
Tiny homes are typically 200 to 800 square
feet, and they’re becoming increasingly prevalent on the Portland housing market. Not
only are Portland residents typically progressive in their sustainability efforts, the city of
Portland has made it easier than many cities
to place tiny homes on property and reside
in them or rent them out, legally.
Portland, unlike most cities, allows for
the rental of both the primary prop-erty and an ADU built on the property,
without the owner residing in either. This
is making ADU’s a popular investment
for Portland homeowners, who can easily
rent them out while complying with the
city’s zoning codes.