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Before and After: An Inside Job

From the Tigard Tualatin Times

Jaime Valdez / The Times

The house looks pretty much the same on the outside as it used to — a tiny front yard, a modest entry and a three-car garage taking up a good share of the front — but inside, it’s something else again.

“This was the typical ’80s house,” says Steve Stolze, opening the over-sized front door, exposing the roomy entry of the Tualatin home that he transformed for the Rudolf family. “We only added about 200 square feet.”

Even though the project entailed pushing the back and side walls out a few feet to expand the kitchen, family room and laundry room, adding a nook and an office and drastically revising the entry, it was more a case of making the space conform to the owners’ lifestyles than creating lots of new room — and throughout the new space the old oak cabinets, railings and molding gave way to more modern materials.

Features, in addition to the startlingly different entry and staircase to the second floor, include a myrtlewood floor; a roomy and cook-friendly kitchen with a tile floor, new stainless steel appliances, a large granite-top island, generous work space and mahogany cabinets; an office near the front door with a cork floor and plenty of shelves; and an expanded laundry room/mud room off the three-car garage.

Stolze’s SLS Custom Homes is one of 15 remodelers whose work is featured in the upcoming Tour of Remodeled Homes next month. Actually, this project was completed three years ago, not long after the Rudolfs found the home and prepared to move from their Portland location to this quiet Tualatin neighborhood.

In fact, says Mrs. Rudolf (who asked not to be identified anymore specficially), the home was purchased with the idea of undertaking the remodel before they would even move in.

“We were shopping for a house,” she explains, and found this one — built in 1988 — in an area they liked. “It was a house we could afford.

“All I do is cook,” she adds, “This is my world. The space to me was more important, so we could use it all rather than walking around space. I think everything we did was for a purpose or use.”

In her estimation, the kitchen transformation was the most important part of the project.

The ample island, covered with green-streaked granite and containing a deep sink for prep work, suits her, she insists, because she’s liable to cover the entire thing in the act of preparing meals. And guests can congregate at the thick-timbered bar that lines the outside edge.

“This is probably the most green remodel we’ve done,” says Stolze, running down a list of sustainable features that includes the use of Energy Star appliances, recycled materials throughout, energy-efficient Milgard windows, low-energy lights, etc.

And even though the whole project took only the few weeks from October 2007 to the following January, Stolze points out that it could have gone faster.

“We could have finished it even sooner,” he said. “But when we went through this thing, they designed every detail.”

Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes features 15 homes

The 2011 Tour of Remodeled Homes, hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, will include 15 projects showcasing a wide variety of trends ranging from innovative historic home remodels, vintage bungalow rejuvenations to the modern era home that still maintains the uniqueness and fabulous style of a 1960s ranch.

The show runs the second weekend in March (March 12 and 13) and costs $17.50 per ticket.

“We have homes located in several great Portland-area neighborhoods for those seeking a balance between budgetary and lifestyle needs,” said Steve Pruitt, of Cascade Restoration & Remodeling and the chairman of the event. “We believe you might find just what you are looking for at this year’s tour.”

Information about the tour and participating remodelers is available at

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $17.50 and good for both days. They go on sale Feb. 21. Anyone having trouble purchasing tickets is urged to call 503-684-1880. A site map is available when you pick up your tickets.

Highlights of the tour include an entry dubbed “From Drab to Fab,” a master plan remodel of a 1990s contemporary home in Tigard’s Bull Mountain area. The scope of the project is a main floor renovation featuring an exquisite kitchen, family room and powder bath remodel. Tasteful finishes include antiqued maple floors, elegant Brookhaven cabinetry, a two-level Betulari granite island, professional appliances, multi-faceted back splash and quartz counters add elegance to new chef’s kitchen.

2011 Tour of Remodeled Homes: Master Plan Remodeling

The 2011 Tour of Remodeled Homes is just around the corner.  This is the first in a 15 part video series featuring remodelers participating in the Tour.  They will be telling you a little bit about themselves, thier company and why you should be attending the 2011 Tour of Remodeled Homes. Enjoy!

What is it Like to Live Through a Remodel?

Want to know what it is really like to live through a remodel?  Follow this blog The Cognoscenti Chronicle.  The homeowner is going to be blogging their way though the process, then in March you can see the final project live and in person on the 2011 Tour of Remodeled Homes.

Before and After: Lake Oswego Cottage

Cascade Restoration & Remodeling



Cascade Restoration & Remodeling
Main Floor Remodel

As a premier remodeler in the Portland area, Cascade Restoration & Remodeling is pleased to invite you inside one of their two entries on the Tour of Remodeled Homes.

Originally a 1925 Lake Oswego summer cottage, this home was extensively remodeled in 1994; after 15 years of family living things were simply worn out.  The owners describe themselves as real people with real budget issues like everyone else – yet didn’t want to scrimp on quality.  The decision was to keep what was in good condition and replace what wasn’t.

In keeping with the vintage lake house theme and their budget, the original tile countertops remained but the cabinets were repainted, new hardware added and some appliances were replaced.  The kitchen island was completely re-worked adding a cherry top and faux painted cabinet.  The great room was brightened with new paint and the reclaimed 100 year old floors, which had been installed during the first remodel, were freshened up.  A solid mahogany mantel was added to the vintage stone fireplace.  Old hollow doors were replaced with new solid wood craftsman style 5 panel doors and rustic black hardware. 

The unused and obsolete spa/workout room was transformed into a cozy main floor guest suite for an aging father. The heated tile bathroom floor and separate entrance help make this comfortable and private, yet conveniently located near the heart of the house. 

As part of this remodel, a complete lakeside patio area makeover of exquisite stone work with a custom water feature and outdoor fireplace were included.

The homeowner chose quality fixtures and amenities without going over the top.  Due to Cascade Restoration’s professional and precise craftsmanship, the result is a quality home with new and old charm for a vintage appeal.

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Before and After: Classic One-Level Ranch

NW Renovations & Design Co.



NW Renovations & Design Co
Whole House Remodel

Defined by comfort and clean lines, this is a total renovation of a classic one level ranch. This home was originally built in 1976 on the Rock Creek golf course, which was the area of the first Street of Dreams.

The original 1800 sq. footage was re-built; adding 500 sq. feet to include the master suite and a third bay workshop/golf cart storage area.  The new 2300 sq. foot energy efficient design boasts high ceilings and modern details with an inviting open floor plan.  The new design includes a private guest suite and a multi-purpose room to incorporate a home office, a music alcove, and additional overnight accommodations.  There are also three spacious outside covered living areas.

This newly remodeled home includes energy star certification, which has amenities such as a 95% efficient furnace/heat pump, an on demand water heater, energy star appliances, windows and plenty of insulation.

With our dedication to remodeling green, this home features radiant floor heat, engineered hardwood flooring, low VOC paints, recycled marble, eco-friendly ceasarstone counters, marmoleum flooring, green certified TruStile doors and locally built custom cabinets.

The Universal Design features of this one level home include wide doorways & hallways, use of lever style door hardware and a walk-in curb-less shower.

This newly remodeled home has a modern, loft-like feel with an open living area, perfect for entertaining.  The high ceilings add to the feeling of openness and maximize the outdoor light.  The color palettes of warm grays, soft putty’s, crisp whites and lichen greens flow through the home to create a modern yet relaxed and calming living space.