One of the most timeless and classic looks for your home is a porch. You can't help but make a great impression when you have a general contractor build a beautiful front porch for you. There is nothing nicer than to start or end your day relaxing while memories are made there.
When you add a porch to your home in Springfield, Eugene or Cottage Grove, many benefits come with it. If you're looking for a great outdoor living space, here are some reasons why you should consider having a porch built for your house.
Benefits of a Porch
How to Plan for Adding a Porch to Your Home
When you are ready to add a beautiful porch to your home, that's the time to call your remodeling contractor. A reputable remodeling contractor, like Fort Rock Construction, will have built porches for lots of homes. They will show you how a porch will beautify your home.
Homes undergo many renovations and changes as you live in them. One of the most lasting and charming things you can give your home is a porch. These are the perfect places to entertain guests, watch sunrises or sunsets, or sip lemonade on a perfect summer day.
If you've been dreaming of a porch for your home, please give Fort Rock Construction a call today. Our team can look at your home, make recommendations and help walk through the details of turning that dream into a reality. We service the Eugene and Springfield greater area and can be reached at 541-767-1611.
You've probably heard a lot about man caves, whole basement remodels, and attic makeovers. There are always new ideas for making the most out of your home. And today's looks are all about giving you your own space while not taking away from the rest of your family.
If your home has an unfinished basement or attic, now is the perfect time to call your home remodeler. It doesn't matter if you live in Eugene, Cottage Grove, Springfield, or a nearby area, the Fort Rock Construction team of experts can help you transform your unused spaces into the most enjoyable living spaces.
There are any number of ideas for making the most out of unused space in your house. Let's have a look at a few of them.
Man Caves / Woman Caves. We've heard about Man Caves for quite some time but they are still a great addition to any home, and they're not just for men anymore. Women are getting their own special rooms, too. These rooms can be filled with all the things he or she loves most, be it all of the sports and hobby paraphernalia or crafting supplies that don’t – and perhaps shouldn’t – have a place in the living room.
When you call Fort Rock Construction, we will show you how to get the “look” you've been thinking about. Need a place for your spouse and his pals to watch the games? A comfy place to take care of your crafting or sewing or other hobby? You can make it happen when you call our remodeling team.
Office Nooks. You may have turned an office into a bedroom for baby #3. So, what do you do now that you have no place for your important documents and paperwork? Especially if work from home, where will you claim for your office?
Why not convert a portion of your unused attic into an office that is perfect for your needs? Or you can convert your garage into a perfectly livable room; one that you can use for office or craft space.
Attic Remodels. Many older homes have attics that seem to be good for nothing but holding our collected junk from over the years and collecting dust. When you call Fort Rock Construction, a remodeling company in Eugene, we will show you all of the different ways you can make your attic a large livable space. You can add a bedroom, a bath, or convert part of it into storage space. The rest is for you.
There are as many ways to use the spaces in your home as you can think up. Call our home remodeling team today for more ideas, expert advice, and hands on expertise when it comes to converting your home's unused spaces. 541-767-1611
Thinking of starting a bathroom remodel in your Eugene, Springfield, or Cottage Grove home? The bathroom may be small, but it's one of the most important rooms in your house.
Did you know that there are buyers out there who will settle on a home based solely on how dynamic the bathroom looks? That's why it's a good idea to make sure that your bathroom remodel has some influential elements that will last a long time.
Remodeling a bathroom takes expertise. A complete bathroom remodel needs to be handled by a skilled, general contractor; someone with experience.
Home DIY stores make it look as if you can do all of the remodeling in your home by yourself. That usually is not the case. A small kink in the works can lead to a major problem that you may not be qualified to fix..
Here are some tips for bathroom remodels:
Talk out your plans with a qualified home remodeler, like Fort Rock Construction, today. You will find we have lots of ideas for your home because we have both the experience and design skills to visualize changes. Plus, we've just about seen everything you can imagine when it comes to bathroom remodels. If you live in the Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove or surrounding area and you want your bathroom remodel completed quickly, within budget, and without damage or fuss, give us a call at 541-767-1611 for advice and assistance.
For most people, the bathroom is one important room early in the morning and again, late at night. This is where you start your day and isn't it nice to know that you do it in style? If you've been thinking awhile about re-decorating your bathroom, now is the time to call your remodeling contractor.
For bathroom remodels, there's nothing trendier than a great bathroom sink. Gone are the days when you had to make do with a box cabinet complete with the standard sink. Now, your options for a new bathroom sink might leave you awestruck.
Trends in bathroom sinks
Bathroom sinks can be a standout feature in your home. Call Fort Rock Construction, your Eugene area home remodeler, today to make your bathroom look great! 541-767-1611
If you're doing a home remodel, the fun part doesn't happen until you finally get to start choosing the materials that will be used to finish the space. Each room is unique and should be treated so, but there are some standard guidelines for successfully choosing your materials. As a General Contractor specializing in home remodeling throughout the Eugene-Springfield area, we can help you through this process and match you up with the necessary vendors and suppliers.
1. Choose your theme
When you walk through your home, is there an overall theme? Or, is every space unique? Either approach is just fine, but you'll want to make sure you have harmony between spaces so that the overall home feels cohesive and welcoming. When a home is broken up in style, it can feel jarring and uncomfortable. Whether this will be your forever home, or if you plan to sell your home someday, this is something you will want to consider.
2. Identify the main focal point
Every room should have a central focal point that serves as the inspiration for everything else in the space. This focal point item is the one thing to splurge on and to get exactly as you want it. Then, when it comes to the other elements for the space, you are better able to make 'yes/no' choices because the items either work with the main focal point or they don't. And, with lesser important materials, you have more freedom to substitute with less expensive options because they're not the main draw of attention.
3. Shop, shop, shop
Your general contractor will be able to match your wishlist with known vendors and suppliers, but it is okay to shop for the best prices. But, when you do this, keep these two things in mind: Make sure your contractor helps you with the ordering, so you get the correct amount, measurements, etc. and make sure your contractor is comfortable/able to work with the materials you are ordering. You might save a few dollars shopping independently, but if you need to hire a specialist to do the installation, your savings will be long gone.
4. Be flexible
In the material selection process, be prepared to be flexible. You very well may run into items being on back order, a supplier not having enough of what you want, etc. You'll need to work with your contractor on what's more important... having a particular model of sink and risk running into overage costs for putting the project behind schedule, or making a compromise for a similar sink and staying on track. There's not a right or wrong here. It's just something to be prepared for so everyone can be on the same page and schedules adjusted accordingly.
As a General Contractor, we've seen our share of styles and preferences for house design and interior decorating. In fact, throughout the Eugene-Springfield area, you can see homes exhibiting the best in modern design, homes with the charm of the Victorian period, and everything in between. Each has their place, and it's fun to work on homes from different eras. But, if you find yourself needing some inspiration, here are some home design trends that seem to be on fire.
1. Creative and functional use of space
More often than not homes are being designed to utilize every inch of space to its best use. Think "tiny home" necessity scaled to match your square footage. Examples of this include creative storage solutions, utilizing "dead space" in new ways, and giving areas of the home multiple purposes. Built-ins are a great way to make use of otherwise dead space. Drawers installed under stairs.
2. Warm metals vs. industrial finishes
This is one trend that seems to swing every decade or two. But, right now, warm metals are all the rage. Bring out your copper and gold fixtures, pots and pans, etc. These metals make a space feel welcoming and cozy while still maintaining a sense of elegance.
3. Matte appliance finishes
Up until recent times, the appliances in your home were flashy and somewhat attention grabbing. They were statement pieces in your kitchen, the envy in your laundry room, etc. But now, the goal is to have these appliances blend into your space. Matte finishes allow appliances to do just that — blend in. With this approach, we place the focus on the "life" in the room, not the giant refrigerator.
4. Cerused wood floors and cabinets
The trend lately is based on a technique introduced in the 1500's, whereas wood was 'limed' to expose the texture and grain. Today, people are using cerused wood throughout their homes and with their cabinets to get that old and worn look but with new wood.
5. Jewel tones
Regarding color, beige is out, out, out. Designers are choosing bolder colors for interiors to bring out the drama of each room. In fact, the 2017 Benjamin Moore color of the year is a deep amethyst color called Shadow. Juxtapose these colors with the soft pastels found in nature, and you'll have a winning palette.
6. Subway tiles
Subway tiles have been popular for a few years now, but they haven't lost any ground when it comes to tile selection. They can be bold or subtle, and the patterns you can create are endless. Concerning application, you can use subway tiles in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and even in other spaces like home offices and entertainment rooms.
7. Smart home features
With the tech world in which we live, the ability to integrate "smart" features into homes is appreciated. The trick is to make sure the technology you integrate is universal and long-lasting. For example, create charging stations with standard types of plug-ins vs. creating a solution for which only one type of device can work. You'll want to avoid what car manufacturers did when the iPod was popular — many created iPod specific cradles, so you had a place to set your device while driving. Not too long after, the iPod started changing sizes and connectors, and the cradles were no longer useful.
To discuss your home remodeling needs and ideas, please give us a call at 541-767-1611.
An issue we've seen lately, especially now that the weather is starting to warm up, is that of rotten walls on the sides of houses. And truthfully, it's not too surprising given the amount of record rain our area saw this winter and spring. We've had homeowners contact us thinking they have just a rotten strip of siding or window trim needing to be replaced only to find out the problem was much more than they could see from the surface.
Rotten walls are no joke and need to be remedied sooner than later. But, how do you know if you have rotten walls? There are a few telltale signs. You might notice warped sections of your siding, or perhaps streaked fading where water has been running or splashing. It's even possible you will have excessive mold growing on one section of your siding. When you touch these areas, you'll feel the siding give way to the pressure and easily break apart. If you're experiencing any of these with your house, you'll want to get ahold of a contractor right away.
But what caused the rot in the first place? It's simple: the rate of getting wet exceeds the rate of drying and over time, this breaks down the integrity of your wall. This extra moisture can come from a variety of sources such as missing flashing between touching surfaces (i.e. between the roof eave and the top of the wall) or poorly flashed windows or even splashback from having your siding too close to the ground. Left unaddressed, any of these causes allow for wetness to continue seeping into your walls and rotting everything along the way, which in extreme cases, can include the flooring attached to the walls on multiple-story housing.
Bringing a contractor out to examine the rot is crucial in order to fully understand the scope of the damage as well as identifying the source of the wetness. But beware of contractors who only offer to patch things up to make the walls look pretty again. While it could save you money now, a couple years down the road the rot won't only be back, chances are it will be even worse since the source of the problem wasn't addressed. Better to pony up the extra money now to do it right than pay for it in spades down the line.
The Fort Rock Construction team has dealt with and corrected rotten wall issues throughout Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove and the entire Willamette Valley. If you suspect you have an issue, please give us a call today at 541-767-1611. We provide free, no-obligation estimates.
When you decide to undertake a construction project, be it new construction or a remodel, one of the first steps you will need to do is to talk with contractors so you can get bids. Easy, right? All you need to do is call up some contractors and have them come meet with you... or is it really that simple?
In order to get quality bids, the first step you need to take is to make sure you're talking with contractors who are suited for your type of project. Make sure you do some homework before you pick up the phone. Does the contractor have experience with projects like yours? Do they have photographs of completed projects? References? If you don't reach out to the right group of contractors, you run the risk of someone saying they can do the job when he or she may very well be out of their range of expertise.
Okay, so you have your group of contractors... The next step is preparing how you will review the project with each contractor. In order to get "apples to apples" bids, you'll want to make sure you're presenting the project in the same way to each person. For example, it can be a good idea to have an outline of the key points: project type, timeline, budget, preference on styles and/or materials, etc. Now, of course, contractors may ask clarifying questions while you're reviewing the details, so be sure to take note of these items. It will be helpful to provide all of the contractors a document with this additional information so you can get the best bids possible.
After you've met with each contractor and answered their questions, be patient. It isn't likely you will get a bid within a day or two. Chances are it might take a bit longer as your contractors will need time to communicate with their subcontractors and suppliers, and possibly engineers or architects, depending on your project. But do ask each contractor when you can expect to receive their bid...and hold them to it. This is one of the first tests to see how well they communicate and maintain expectations. A failure here can be a red flag.
Once you have the bids from the different contractors, what's next? Now it's the fun part... You should review each bid side-by-side to see if the details match your project outline, if the contractors are on the same page with approach, time, materials, etc. Any bids that are totally off from the others should probably be set aside for further evaluation. Those that are similar should also be grouped together. This is an important step in the bid selection process.
While it could be tempting to sort bids by price, that's a dangerous road. The low bid may be missing something and the high bid may have too much overhead or padding. A good rule of thumb is to narrow your selections from the group of like bids and focusing on those who are in the middle of the road in terms of price. Invite each contractor back for a second interview to review their bid. This second meeting will help clarify any items in the bid and help you to solidify which contractor you have a good rapport with. From there, you should be able to make your final selection.
At Fort Rock Construction, we're very rarely the highest bid and we're not often the lowest bid. We provide complete and realistic bids that often fall right in the middle. We ask lots of questions so we take into consideration both your preferences as well as those items that perhaps you had not yet considered. We walk through our bid with you, answering every question you have along the way, and we explore options if what we present needs adjustment. Our number one goal is to make sure the work we do for you exceeds expectations and that you're completely satisfied. And, we hope through the bid process we can earn your trust.
If you have an upcoming project and you would like a complete A-Z realistic bid, we hope you will give us a call at 541-767-1611. We provide general contractor and home remodeling services throughout Eugene, Springfield and the Willamette Valley.
It's fairly common these days that our older generations don't want to feel like they have to move just to accommodate their health needs. And, this is where aging-in-place experts, like Fort Rock Construction, can be of service. We help people take a fresh view of their home and then find ways to make modifications that allow for aging-in-place. But, before beginning the process of deisgn, it's important to understand the underlying health needs — of everyone — living in the household. So, before you begin your remodeling project, take this tip to heart... Bring in an occupational therapist.
An occupational therapist (OT) works with people of all ages who need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives due to physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems. He or she asks, "What' matters to you?" vs. "What's the matter with you?" By taking this approach, the OT can help guide the remodeling process to make sure the things that matter are facilitated in the design. This might include things like making certain adjustments to the height of counters and sinks, or the types of pulls found on cabinets, or even how entrys to different parts of the home are designed.
Working together, your remodeler and the OT can construct a plan to accommodate your needs for today as well as into the future, alowing you years of comfort and enjoyment in your home.
If you'd like assistance with an aging-in-place plan, please let us know. We'd love to help.
Tired of sneezing from those old, shag carpets with thirty years of dog hair and dander they’ve collected? Considering a home remodel and wondering what kinds of natural flooring are available? Many people who suffer from allergies, asthma, or have trouble breathing choose hardwood floors, but there are also other options out there. Many of our clients in Eugene, Oregon are more health conscious and environmentally aware about the products they choose. There is a rise in people wanting materials low in chemicals that can affect health and local ecology.
Using flooring made from natural materials produces better air quality in the home because there aren’t as many VOCs or volatile organic compound emissions. Traditional kinds of flooring contain binders, adhesives and sealants that are higher in VOCs. Many of the flooring option below also have the added benefit of being made from renewable resources or are recycled, and for those reasons are better for the environment.
Healthy kinds of flooring:
Hard wood flooring
Wood is easy to clean and great for people with allergies because they don’t collect dust. Oak, cherry, teak and walnut are favorite hardwood floors. There are brands out there that use binders that are low in VOC emissions, but it isn’t the standard.
Bamboo is stronger and more durable than hardwoods—if one buys good quality. Bamboo should harvested from plantation managed timber rather than the wild, produced with low VOC adhesives, and dried to withstand humid or dry climates. This will also help ensure it will be scratch resistant.
This is harder than the hardest of woods. It is durable and inexpensive. It is also good for the environment because the Eucalyptus tree grows fast and is highly renewable. It’s also low on VOC emissions.
Cork is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees and is a renewable resource. Cork is lightweight, an acoustic insulator (muffles sound), is soft to walk on, and recovers well from the weight of furniture. It is resistant to fire, mold, mildew, termites, gasses and liquids and is antimicrobial.
This kind of carpeting is made from natural materials such as wool, a wool-hemp blend, or grass blends like sea grass, sisal, linen or juke. Wool is water and fire resistant, and hemp is mold, mildew and pest resistant. The grass varieties are strong and naturally anti-static. On the downside, many of these natural-fiber carpets do not do well in bathrooms or environments that are constantly getting wet.
Stay tuned for next month’s blog post on other natural and salvaged materials that are good for your health and the environment.
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