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The most memorable remodeling company in Portland OR

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
C&K Custom Remodeling 503-REMODEL


It’s no longer just our work that is memorable we also have acquired a memorable phone number. I was told be several different people from several different companies that the number would never be released.

I used the same blue collar persistence that is making C&K Custom Remodeling a success to overcome one thousand people saying no. I know deep in my gut that I only had to find one person, the right person, and get them to say yes. I believed I was right and turns out I was. One person saying yes overturned 1000 people saying no.

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Why remodel a bathroom

Saturday, May 4th, 2013
C&K Custom Remodeling

Hillsboro Custom Bathroom


What does your dream bathroom remodel look like?

This is a place many people refer to as their relaxing zone. It is because of this reason that when it comes to designing and remodeling it, many people spend quite a significant amount of money to make it one of the best areas in the home. An indulgent bathroom will allow you to begin your day feeling focused and looking your best.  Professional bathroom designers are best suited to help you achieve the style and design you want. That is why C & K Custom Remodeling can create an ultimate refuge for you.

Top 5 remodeling projects

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

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Removing walls

Removing walls

Home owners considering planning to stay in their home should know about remodeling projects that increase the home’s usefulness and make it better to live in. A 2012 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey of remodelers found the following five most common remodeling jobs.


Housing market data reveals that small, smart remodels reward home owners with better return on investment and can help update and customize a home. Review these top five remodeling projects and begin planning to remodel during National Home Remodeling Month.


  1. Remodel the bathroom

Payback on remodeling a bathroom can reach 65 percent with new fixtures, tile, toilet, vanity and lighting. Low flow toilets consumer less water and can decrease the monthly water bill.


  1. Remodel the kitchen

A minor kitchen remodel can improve the look and utility of the space without costing a bundle, and yields a 75 percent return. Consider replacing backsplashes, cabinet fronts, countertops, and flooring. Installing low-flow faucets and energy-efficient appliances can also reduce water and energy expenses in a heavily trafficked room.


  1. Replace windows and doors

Updating windows can also return a solid portion of the investment (73 percent for wood frames and 71 percent for vinyl). New, energy-efficient doors and windows also help reduce energy leakage from the home and can bring down heating and cooling bills.


  1. Repair property damage

Property damage is a common but unfortunate occurrence. Seize misfortune as an opportunity to customize and upgrade the home. If you are already going to be inconvenienced with major home repairs, take that time to plan and incorporate home remodeling that may have been put off in the past.


  1. Whole house remodeling

Repairs and replacements of old components and the desire for upgraded amenities were cited as the top reasons for customers to hire a remodeler. Evaluate the use of the entire home to see if it fits your needs. Home owners are repurposing spaces to fit their families and making more efficient use of their home’s square footage and equity, rather than moving to a new home and mortgage.



Smart remodeling projects for improving the home can make the home more comfortable for your lifestyle.


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Bathroom vanity

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

We took on the challenge of getting two sinks in a small bathroom.  The solution was thinking outside the box to get two sinks in just over the space needed for a single basin.  This custom bathroom vanity was the perfect answer to our clients design request.  The double opening mirrors give a his and hers medicine cabinet custom elegance.

Double sink

Two in one sink

Bad Contractors

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Most contractors go to great lengths to improve the reputation of our chosen profession. Continuing education and becoming familiar with new products and codes is just the beginning. As a remodeling contractor I walk into many homes with a cloud of doubt over me as everyone has heard contractor nightmare stories.

I too have heard these stories but I have only seen a few with my own eyes. It’s much more common to see well intentioned homeowners trying to save money and making mistakes, than it is to see other contractor mistakes. This is why I was so disappointed to walk into a bathroom remodeled by a licensed contractor that looked as bad as any homeowner patch job I’ve seen.

The bathroom in question was done so poorly that the client volunteered to gut the bathroom down to the studs if we could help her put it back together. The visual inadequacies were just the tip of the iceberg.

The electrical was the most disturbing. We found improper and dangerous electrical work, not done to code, or by and electrician. This meant the homeowner had to bring in an electrician to undo all of the bad work before he could begin rewiring the bathroom correctly.

We also found the window that was installed did not meet code and was not installed properly. This meant that the window also had to be removed and replaced. We then found out that the floor tile was not installed on a proper surface or secured properly. The only good thing about improperly installed tile is it’s pretty easy to remove.

Our plumber could not sign off of the plumbing work that was done in order to get permits. This meant that all of the plumbing done had to be removed and redone from scratch. The layout was so poorly thought through that the vanity would not fit on the wall because plumbing lines were in the way.

This client saved money using a contractor who did “all of their own work” but most people don’t realize that a contractor is required by law to hire licensed electricians and plumbers. Just being a contractor does not mean a person is qualified to perform specialty trade work.

When you are seeking a contractor ask who will be pulling the permits. If the contractor asks you to pull the permits or says we don’t need to pull permits, it’s a huge red flag. One of the most important jobs of a general contractor is to build relationships with trade companies and craftsmen.

This is a true story and the contractor in this story wrote a check to the client in an attempt to keep them from filing a contractors board complaint. The client planned on using the money to help pay for having the bathroom redone, unfortunately the check bounced.

Remodeling ground rules

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Before any remodeling project begins we have found it invaluable to begin with a pre-construction meeting.  We want our clients to understand the remodeling process both good and bad, so that surprises are minimized and ground rules for professionalism are established.  During this meeting the project manager goes over the anticipated project schedule, where tools are to be stored and cleaned, and where construction debris is to be stored if applicable and much more.

Another goal of the meeting is to air out any possible differences in expectations.  The last thing a reputable contractor wants to do is to misrepresent what is to be expected.  The more checks and balances we can put in place to verbalize expectations on both sides the better the outcome and satisfaction for all.

Lighting Design

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Lighting design is the science behind the mystery of what separates good from great remodeling.  The type of lighting can be just as important as the placement.  There are several deciding factors that go into selecting the type of lighting needed.  Placement, brightness, required function, and light color are just some of the variables that go into deciding what type of lighting to use in any particular area.

After the type of lighting is determined factors such as reflection and shadowing should be carefully analyzed to make the lighting work well with the environment.  Electric light should work in conjunction natural lighting to accent the space.

 Vanity Lighting

Design Build Remodeling

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Design build is a process created through necessity.  The process is created with the goal of making the entire construction or remodeling process more streamlined by putting a central company in charge of the entire process.  The design build process adds consistency by bring both vision and production under one roof and allows for greater value engineering of the project.  Choosing a general contractor who is able to oversee the process from start to finish also makes communication more streamlined as all of the different craftsmen and designers report to the lead coordinator.

The most important member of any design build team is the home owner who approves final design, participates in the material selection process, and determines the final budget during material selection process.

203k contractors

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

203k contractors

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203k contractor

The 203k process can be time consuming and tedious but getting through the process with a trusted 203k contractor can make it all worth while.  The entire process is different and those differences need to be understood early in the beginning.  We offer our services through the process to put together the construction documents in a timely manner as required by lenders.  We will provide an estimated charge for putting the appropriate documents together, and our goal is a clear concise estimates to make the entire process less stressful.  The 203k process takes more than just a general contractor, the company you select also needs to be a consultant through the entire process bringing ideas and helping to focus the budget.

Tub or Shower

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Tub or Shower The Great Debate

When it comes to needing a bathtub in you home their are a couple different schools of thought.  Traditional real estate agents will confirm that you need to have at least one bathtub to protect resale value.  However the tide is rapidly turning to the opinion that a well done display shower can have many advantages.  A person must first decide if they ever do use a bathtub or if they use it enough to justify the space a bathtub takes up in a bathroom.

The homes location will have an affect on which bathroom layout makes sense for you.  A neighborhood with a lot of young families might require a bathtub for small children.  On the other hand, in  a more developed community with an older population having a bathtub may be a liability.

Finally when making the decision to keep or eliminate a bathtub many people overlook the value of enjoyment.  If you plan on living in a home for five or more years the time spent enjoying a tub or shower will likely out way any perceived changes in home resale value.  Bottom line is that there are no blanket rules of thumb.

As I contractor I most often hear we would prefer a shower but we want to protect our resale value.  If so many people are saying where is there added resale value in keeping a bathtub?

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