A Chip Off The Ol' Blog: Tricks of the Construction Trade

Current House Design Trends

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.

Understanding the Construction Bid Process

When you're discussing your construction project with a contractor so that he or she can prepare a bid, do you know what to expect? How do you know what should be included?

Are Your Exterior Walls Rotting?

If you suspect you might have rot happening beneath your home's exterior siding, you'll want to read this article to learn more about the causes of rot and what you can do about it.

Planning an Aging-in-Place Remodel? Start Here.

Not all aging-in-place experts approach the remodeling process in the same way. Read this important tip for how to successfully plan your remodel so you save time, money and heartache.

The Lowest VOC Emission Choices of Flooring for a Home Remodel

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?
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Eco-Friendly Home Remodel Tips

Posted by FortRock on January 28, 2014

Considering eco-friendly home remodel ideas? Located in Eugene, Oregon, Fort Rock Construction is nestled in a green-loving, bike riding, plastic bag free, tie-dye wearing, environmentally friendly, tree-hugging community—and proud of it. So it should go without saying that our clients are going to have an interest in ideas for remodeling that involve: reduce, reuse and recycle.


Use recycled materials. Recycled carpet tiles are created by grinding up used vinyl and nylon carpets. Flooring and even paint can be recycled and reused.

Reusing salvaged materials. Whether you find these materials locally or online, they are good for the environment—and your pocket.

Buy local. Using local products and services cuts down on the distance of travel, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Purchase post-consumer or post-industrial materials that can easily be recycled later.

Investigate whether the materials are sustainably sourced (wood certified as sustainably harvested by the Forest Stewardship Council)

Switch out old appliances with more energy efficient models. Newer models that qualify for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s EnergyStar label can be 20-30 times more energy efficient.

Make sure attics, walls and basements are insulated to keep the cold out. Better yet, try using denim as recycled insulation.

Use occupancy/vacancy censors. This is a kind of motion detector that turns on when someone enters the room or turns off when someone exits.

Switch older single pane windows with double or triple panes that will be more energy efficient.

Add weather stripping around doors and windows.

Install a low-flow toilet. This uses less water than the traditional models.