Archive for the ‘general contractor’ Category

NW Portland basement water leak

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

cold tap


On a recent project we removed carpet in a basement only to find water in the carpet pad.  A week or so when by and once again we entered the job site to find water on the floor in the basement.  The homeowner gave us permission to investigate so we began the investigation process.  Upon speaking to one waterproofing company we discovered that a basement water leak had been researched by the previous owner back in 2009.  Our client had only lived in the home for about 1 month when the water issues were discovered.

The previous owner did not disclose a basement water leak and our investigative efforts may very well save our client from having to pay the $8,000 it will cost for repairs.  I’m happy for our client but even happier that we discovered the problem before the new cork flooring was installed.

Custom Construction in West Linn / Street of dreams

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Get out and see this years street of dreams. C&K will be driving the shuttle golf carts Sunday morning. I would love to see some of past and future clients in the morning. Take your camera and get inspired. This years houses are sure to be full of modern features, old world craftsmanship, and the latest in gotta have it technology.

Certified kitchen and Bathroom remodeler

Saturday, July 13th, 2013


CONTACT:     Lloyd Martindale


                        503-REMODEL 736-6335


NARI Welcomes new certified KITCHEN AND Bath remodeler


Portland, OR, 6/30/13– Greater Portland ORA / NARI or is pleased to announce that C&K Custom Remodeling has recently achieved the prestigious Certified Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeler status.


A Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR) designation proves the remodeling contractor’s superior knowledge, technical comprehension and skill in remodeling.


NARI’s CKBR program measures skill and expertise valued not only by other professional remodelers, but by consumers as well. Highly respected by those who have achieved the designation, the CKBR program identifies professional remodelers who have undergone comprehensive review and testing in areas of business management, ethical conduct, and technical skills.  In addition, they must also adhere to NARI’s strict Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. The NARI certification program assess the knowledge and skills of the remodeler in over 20 remodeling task areas including business methods and practices, building codes and construction law, Kitchen and Bath planning, and building site layout, and all trades skills required in remodeling your home.  Attaining this certification requires the candidate to have been working full time in the remodeling field for at least 5 years and passing a comprehensive assessment exam.  Preparation for this exam takes up to 16 weeks of intensive study and self-examination.  In addition Certified Remodelers are bound to abide by the NARI Code of Ethics and the NARI Standards of Practice.


To prepare for the Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler certification, remodelers are asked to complete a qualification form, which outlines the background of their experience and education in remodeling, and are given a study guide and a business management book.   NARI also offers study groups to prepare them for the written examination, which tests for knowledge in Computer Aided Design (CAD), materials selection, layout standards, installations processes, and trade guidelines.  It enriches the professional’s understanding and maximizes performance during any remodeling project.


NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics.  Consumers may wish to search to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI.


Consumers can also call the NARI National hotline at 847-298-9200 and request a free copy of NARI’s brochure, “How to Select a Remodeling Professional,” or visit and click on the homeowner’s guide for more information.


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Owner, Lloyd Martindale offers himself as an advisor or consultant to any madia persons requesting.

make up air

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Make-up air

Conditioned make-up air

The new make up air regulations are challenging everyone.  On one particularly tough project we were asked to remove an island downdraft vent and replace it with an over the island hood vent from Vent-a-Hood.  The counter top on the island was a discontinued 12×12 granite tile making the repair also  a challenge.  The hood vent was rated at 600 cfm putting us over the 400 cfm threshold for required make up air.

One problem with make-up air is; following the code usually requires bringing in cold outside air in the winter.  This HRV unit meets the code requirements while heating the cold air in the winter allowing for a comfortable home year round.  The guys at Lakeside Heating & Cooling did a great job engineering this system.

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.

Our incredible t-shirts can be purchased also.  To purchase t-shirts of the worlds best remodeling company ( my biased opinion ) simple send me an email on the contact us page at



Top 5 remodeling projects

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Home Builders Association or

Local Remodelers Council contact information






Portland OR

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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Kitchen appliances

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

kitchen appliance wallDo your appliances work?

Appliances are where alot of home owners make mistakes during the remodeling process.  Many companies are great and one or two specific appliances say a stove or vent hood, but there are very few companies that are great at a full set of kitchen appliances.  Someone started a rumor that all of your kitchen appliances have to be from one manufacturer.  The truth is that if a person want the best appliances that usually means becoming educated about manufacturers strengths and weaknesses and mix and matching sets.

I know I will take heat for my opinion but I believe a person should be able to decide if they want their kitchen appliances to match well or to work well.  With most modern appliances the only thing you might notice is the badges are a bit different but you’ll absolutely notice the difference in how the appliances function.  I once had a client that always wanted a particular brand of gas stove.  My client spent a good deal of their budget to get matching badges on the appliances and after the first use she was disappointed.  Who would have thought this great gas stove doesn’t even have a cooking timer.

Unfortunately many remodeling companies and appliance sales people are largely to blame.  It’s easier to say that’s a great brand of appliances than to take the time to really evaluate each appliance in a set.  If a person really want a gourmet kitchen and really uses their kitchen then being brand loyal will usually mean sacrificing or compromising on individual pieces of the set.

Demand to be educated by your appliance store, your sales person, and your contractor.  If they are promoting one brand only then you likely need to do more research to be sure all pieces are  great not just good enough.  I’m not against matching appliances I’m just not excited about the level of education most people get when making such a big purchase.  I want my clients to love the way their kitchens look and love the way they work.



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.

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.