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Your Home, Our “PRO”fessionals

Your Resource for  Remodeling Professionals

Everything you want to see...<br />Everyone you need to meet.As we look forward to spring and early summer and the remodeling “season” kicks into high gear, homeowners all over the Portland Metro area are searching for a resource for professional contractors and service providers.  At the PRO, we are that resource.

The  Professional Remodelers Organization of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland (PRO) consists of the area’s top remodelers, subcontractors, and suppliers who work together to promote

quality and professionalism in the home remodeling industry. In the past 13 years, the organization has grown to 220 members and currently is the third largest in the United States.

PROLOGO_color“Our members take pride in their craft, have years of experience in the field and are knowledgeable about the newest and most innovative products on the market,” said Mitch Stanley, former Professional Remodelers Organization chairman. “One of the big reasons our group continues growing fast is that we are committed to ethical business conduct and we encourage our membership to invest in training and education.”

The National Home Builders Association estimates that Americans will spend $145 billion in home remodeling in 2013. Remodeling accounts for 2 percent of the US economy and 40 percent of all residential construction.

Each spring, the Professional Remodelers Organization produces the Tour of Remodeled Homes, which showcases the top remodeling projects in the area. They also are active participants in the Home Builder Association’s Spring and Fall Home and Garden Shows, and PRO members are involved in several fundraising events throughout the year to support local charities. In the last several years years, the group has raised thousands of dollars for the Home Builders Foundation, which creates shelter opportunities for the disadvantaged or transitional homeless and provides educational opportunities for future generations of industry professionals.  The PRO also won a national CADRE Award for their participation in the  complete remodel and upgrade of the Cordero House.

The organization has been recognized nationally for its energy, commitment to the industry, dedication to the community and government affairs efforts. To date, the Organization has won 12 prestigious  Council Awards for Demonstrating Remodeling Excellence (CADRE) the highest national honor any organization can receive. Category wins include Outstanding Community Service Project, Outstanding Member Services and Education and Outstanding Public Relations and Promotion Program. The PRO was also recognized nationally  with and Association Excellence Award (AEA) for their volunteer project building the Santa House at Bridgeport Village Shopping Center for the 2011-2013 holiday seasons.

To find out more about the professional members of the PRO, search our online directory and look for the PRO logo!

Choosing a Winner

When choosing a professional to help with your home remodel or redesign, it often seems like there are just too many choices to know where to start.  The first suggestion we have is simple, choose a PRO.  By choosing a member of the Professional Remodelers Organization (PRO), you are engaging someone who is committed to effectively and knowledgeably meeting the needs of their client.  But there are over 200 members of the PRO in the Portland metro area, so how do you get started in your search?  Why not look at someone who is recognized by their industry for Excellence in their field… choose a winner.

Nearly 200 home building professionals gathered for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland’s sixth annual Excellence Awards Banquet, which recognizes the outstanding work of local companies across a variety of marketing, green building, remodeling, and residential building categories.

This year, the Home Builders Association presented 28 awards to 21 different companies.  Of those awards, 12 Remodeling Excellence Awards were presented; 9 for excellence in remodeling and 3 for excellence in design. Winners were selected by a panel of industry professionals who rated each project based on its aesthetics, general design, budgetary considerations, and challenges and obstacles faced.

“The annual Excellence Awards competition is a testament to the undying spirit of the remodeling and building industry in our community,” said HBA President Karl Finkelnburg. “Despite very difficult economic conditions, these professionals continue to pour their hearts and souls into their work and to produce the highest-caliber projects. All things considered, it is a great time to purchase a new home or revamp an existing home. I applaud the individuals who lead our association and industry through their efforts and commitment to excellence.”


Residential Bath Design – The Urban Realm, Inc.

Residential Kitchen Design – Paolo Design Group

Residential Whole House Design – Paolo Design Group

Bathroom Remodel – Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling

Kitchen Remodel under $100,000 – Metke Remodeling & Woodworking Inc.

Kitchen Remodel $100,000 and above – Cascade Restoration & Remodeling

Master Suite Remodel – Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling

Open Category – Craftsman Design and Renovation

Exterior/Outdoor Living/Deck Remodel – Stanley Renovation & Design, Inc.

Whole House Remodel under $250,000 – Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling

Whole House Remodel $250,000-$375,000 – NW Renovations and Design Co.

Whole House Remodel $375,000-$500,000 – Cascade Restoration and Remodeling

The awards program was sponsored by ProBuild, Energy Trust of Oregon, Contract Furnishings Mart & Ansonylon, The Oregonian, and

Excellence awards were also presented in the categories of Green Building, Marketing, and Residential Building.  For more information about the Excellence Awards or other HBA or PRO programs, go to

The Professional Remodelers Organization of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland is dedicated to facilitating expert remodeling choices to all residents in the greater Portland area.  PRO partners with related industry professionals creating an environment which enables members to effectively and knowledgeably meet the needs of their clients and employees.

Create a Patio or Deck by Summer?

Come to Arbor’s FREE In-House Demo and Build Your Living Space Affordably
Wednesday, May 4
Presentations at 5 and 7 p.m., followed by expert Q&A. 

Local experts help you decide how to create your outdoor living space by summer. Learn about pavers, slate, stamped concrete, decking, exterior lighting, fire pits and more. Experts walk you through do-it-your-self options. FREE.

Visit for details. RSVP to or 503-641-7342. 735 SW 158th Avenue, Beaverton, Oregon 97006

Garden Display Will Be Tied With a Pink Bow

From Oregonian: Garden brings message of Susan B. Komen

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Portland landscape designer Debbie Brooks tied up the message of the Susan G. Komen Foundation in a living bow for the Portland Home & Garden Show.

When Brooks agreed to collaborate with the breast cancer foundation on a display garden — one of 15 this year — she says the iconic pink ribbon was the first thing that came to mind. So she created a design that follows the shape and color faithfully. People will enter at ends of the ribbon and sweep up a gentle incline to the Memorial Patio, which will be backed with a softly curved wall to define the top of the bow. In the teardrop-shaped center of the loop, a reflecting pool will deepen the feeling of serenity.

“The whole idea is to give a sense of calm,” says Brooks, who has been a landscape designer for 25 years, 14 of those in Portland. “Breast cancer is a serious subject. I wanted the design to be fun, but not overbearing or over-the-top.”

A pink color theme can easily push a garden into a garish realm, but Brooks was careful to meld vivid and muted shades and bring in lavender and dark purple to keep things tranquil but not monotonous. The colors, she says, should pop off the wall behind the patio, which will be painted a dark olive green.

Show manager Phil Parker says the collaboration with the Susan G. Komen Foundation is a natural for O’Loughlin Trade Shows, which has a long history of involving nonprofit causes. “It goes back 64 years when the O’Loughlins’ grandfather started the show,” he says, adding that this year’s choice was an easy one.

“Breast cancer in particular is a disease that has affected everybody,” Parker says. “There’s nobody walking around that’s not one or two steps from a story.”

Brooks agrees. She wants the garden to bring hope. “The shape is meant to move you through the garden. It’s the movement of finding a cure.”

WHEN: Feb. 23-27; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive
PUBLIC TRANSIT AND PARKING: MAX Yellow Line; parking at the Expo Center, $8.
Display gardens: 15 large showcase gardens designed in a range of styles.
Shopping: Plant sale; other vendors sell tools, seeds and more.
Orchid show and sale: Portland Orchid Society display and sale. Members on hand to give tips and techniques for growing these exotic plants.
Adopt a pet: Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals adoption area.
TICKETS: $10 general; 12 and younger free; coupons for $3 off available at all Home Depot stores and at website

Coupon to the Portland Spring Home & Garden Show

Click on the coupon below to print out your 2011 Spring Home and Garden show coupon.


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!

Sub-Zero / Wolf Twitter Giveaway!!

Through Friday, anyone who follows (if not already) and retweets @applianceguide on Twitter is entered in to win this set of All-Clad Master Chef II Stainless Steel Cookware worth over $400 dollars!

Every Retweet is considered another entry.

Friday, January 14th, a computer to randomly pick a name from the list of RT’s and announce the winner. The winner gets the brand new set shipped to their home, no strings attached!

Learn more here!