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Portland, OR is a city that celebrates organic farms, vegan restaurants, and farm-to-table dining. It is a city where people hold restaurants to a high standard: they want to know where their food comes from, its environmental impact, and the cultural sensitivity that goes into how it’s prepared and sold. Simply put, Portland is a place that takes cuisine seriously. As more and more people — especially millennials — opt out of going out to dinner in exchange for staying in, the kitchen is taking on a greater significance.
Portland is one of many cities leading the way in stylish new kitchen designs, and the following are the best general contractors to consider when remodeling a kitchen. This is a list of contractors specializing in high-end, award-winning, and environmentally conscious kitchen remodels in the Portland area. They were chosen for their qualified teams, their years of experience, and their stylish and gourmet kitchens. Community service and eco-friendly building methods were another factor, with companies highlighted for their efforts to preserve the environment as well as serve the broader Oregon community. Whether you’re just contemplating a few kitchen remodeling ideas, or researching ways to keep kitchen remodeling costs low without sacrificing quality, this list has something for you.
15) Maughan Design & Remodel
1910 NW Lovejoy, Portland, OR 97209
This company is highlighted for its origin story, and for the qualifications of its founder and owner. Maughan Design & Remodel is run by Principal Kathie Maughan, an Oregon native who didn’t set out to become a kitchen remodeler. Instead, her general interest began as a teenager, when she sketched the blueprints of “dream houses” in her free time. At 17 years old and without any formal training or experience, she started working for a local contractor at a lumberyard, who hired her on faith. She began her own company in 1995 and specialized in the home design aspect of building projects, but she invariably turned her clients over to other remodeling companies for hands-on work.
In 2005, wanting to see her clients’ projects through from beginning to end and maintain working relationships, Maughan used her contractor’s license to launch into full remodels. Today, her company is staffed by 10 designers, carpenters, and support staff, and its website features some of its most impressive and “dreamy” kitchen remodels. Many include stone-framed wine cabinets, stainless steel appliances, decorative subway tile, and cleverly stored, wooden spice racks.
14) Green Light Construction
PO Box 12675, Portland, OR 97212
Green Light Construction, named for its commitment to using eco-friendly building materials, was founded by Maxwell Rush, who graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in fine and applied art and a minor in chemistry. His artistic awareness and scientific understanding of the world complement his many years of hands-on experience in the building industry. For over 10 years, he has provided detail-oriented and creative building services to more than 155 Portland homes.
In 2009, Green Light Construction was selected for the coveted project of restoring the cupola at the top of the historic Pioneer Square Courthouse, a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places and considered a National Historic Landmark. Green Light believes the kitchen plays a central role in daily life: it is the place where you start your day, visit with loved ones, dream and strategize for future plans, and nourish your family.
Featured on its website is a Northeast Portland kitchen remodel that includes concrete countertops, sustainable cork floor, brand-new kitchen cabinets, and custom tile backsplash. Green Light relocated the backdoor and removed an unused chimney in order to create fresh, open space. Another featured remodel shows the transformation of a 1906 farmhouse kitchen into a warm, inviting kitchen and laundry room, with new windows, cabinets, and neutral tile counters..
13) Sitka Projects
31549 SW Firdale Road, Cornelius, OR 97113
Sitka Projects was founded by Brad Bowsher in 2008, during a difficult time in the economy. In the early days, he personally distributed door-knockers, flyers, and yard signs to promote his business. Kellie Bowsher, his wife, assisted with marketing and administrative work. The company excelled at woodworking and cabinetry, and in 2011 they began producing a wide variety of six-figure remodeling projects. Today, they work on home remodeling, whole-house projects, condos, and large kitchens and baths.
Sitka has found its stride in kitchen remodeling, with a demonstrated ability to transform outdated kitchens into bright, stylish, and modern rooms while keeping kitchen remodel costs low for clients. Sitka Projects won the 2016 Best in Remodeling award through Oregon Home Structure & Style awards, hosted by Oregon Home Magazine. The project took place in a 1916 bungalow-style residence in Portland. Sitka helped freshen up the historic kitchen. They brought it up to date by installing new cabinets and storage spaces and adding a striking mint green to match the tile picked out by homeowners. The result was a modern kitchen with a bright personality and a lively and inviting tone.
12) Cornerstone Construction Services
550 SW 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Cornerstone Construction Services is a family-run business operated by brothers Brian Bohrer, founder and owner, and Jeff Bohrer, owner and executive project manager. When it comes to custom construction and luxury remodels, this company believes in the principles of simplicity and communication. They seek to hear all of their clients’ ideas for remodeling a kitchen, to understand exactly what homeowners want, and then to maintain clear and open communication throughout every step of the building process. They also use modern-day building science to enhance a home’s comfort, air quality, and energy efficiency.
The company produces a wellness program specific to your house’s structure, style, and needs, and they work on details such as clean conditioned crawl spaces, retrofit energy upgrades, passive house design, and state-of-the-art mechanical systems. Their kitchen remodels are exquisite: many feature spacious, well-lit spaces with decorative tile and intricate kitchen lighting fixtures. Large and stylish islands are the centerpieces of many of their kitchens, complemented by stainless steel appliances and extensive storage spaces for luxury items, like wine.
The company is affiliated with Earth Advantage and with Energy Trust of Portland. Its work has been featured in Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine, the Lake Oswego Review, and Portland’s Home Garden and Lifestyle Magazine.
11) Olson and Jones
PO Box 19563, Portland, OR 97280
Olson and Jones has been remodeling homes and constructing custom houses in Portland and surrounding areas for more than 35 years. The team is led by project managers Jeff Jones and Mark Mayotte. They operate in areas such as Oregon City, Cedar Hills, Hartung Farms, and Lake Oswego. The company works with some of Oregon’s most celebrated professionals in design, like award-winning interior designer Angela Todd, who has been featured in Oregon Home, The Oregonian, and Home Garden & Lifestyle’s Better Living Show.
The company’s website features one of its impressive whole-house remodel projects, with a focus on the remodeling of the kitchen, mudroom, and formal stairway entry. For this project, Olson and Jones partnered with Introspecs Architecture to give the house some important modern kitchen updates and renewed vitality.
Another featured project, a whole-house and kitchen renovation in West Slope, was produced with the coordination of Devo Architecture. The homeowners, an empty-nest family, sought to simplify the layout of their house and make it feel more comfortable. Olson and Jones created a space for them with classic charm, fine finishes, and renewed liveliness.
10) Cooper Design Builders
720 NE Flanders St Suite 200, Portland, OR 97232
Cooper Design Builders provides custom homes, whole house remodels, gourmet kitchens, integrated kitchens, master suites, and attic and basement finishing. The company’s founder and president Lane Cooper sees the kitchen as the center of activity in the modern home — a place of meal preparation as well as “just hanging out.” Cooper Design Builders also recognizes the needs of serious cooks, and it tailors its gourmet kitchen designs to the amount, and type, of cooking you prefer. They work with all styles of homes, from mid-century ranches to traditional Craftsman-style, Tudors, bungalows, and modern/contemporary.
One remodel featured on its website is an Alameda prairie-style Craftsman home with a 1930s kitchen, outdated and in a state of disrepair. The company created a new, more triangular layout to create more space for cooks and visitors. They added a new, soft gray color palette to further a sense of lightness and spaciousness, including charcoal-colored quartz counters and white subway tile. Cooper Design Builders also serves its community by supporting The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families, the American Lung Association, the World Salmon Council, and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
9) Elite Development Northwest
4750 NE Richard Lane, Newberg, OR 97007
Elite Development Northwest believes your home should reflect who you are. In their whole-house, restoration, remodel, and design services, the company uses high-quality materials, expert craftsmanship, and a consideration of the topography to integrate Oregon’s natural beauty into the home. The company is operated by Natalie Long and Jamie Harris, who strive to honor the diversity of Oregon homeowners and of the home as a form of self-expression. Elite Development Northwest has had three homes honored in the 2013 Street of Dreams awards, in categories like Best of Show, Best Architectural Design, and Best Landscaping.
One home was recognized for its blend of styles: the house features rustic, refined, and creative styles under one roof. The house relies on solar panels, energy-efficient appliances and HVAC, and LED lighting. It contains glamorous features, like a gourmet kitchen, a library lined with timber trusses, a wine collection framed by 11-foot-high glass, and a lodge-style fireplace. A set of large glass doors connects an entertainment space to an outdoor waterfall and a covered and furnished outdoor area, equipped with heat for year-round use.
Another house in 2010 earned eight separate awards through Street of Dreams. This property, a 6,000-square-foot European-style lodge, features a luxurious kitchen, a swimming pool, home gym, home office, and scenic, forest-facing windows on all sides of the house. The home was built from repurposed trees and earned an Earth Advantage Gold certification.
8) L. Evans Design Group
4600 Alder Street, West Linn, OR 97068
According to L. Evans Design Group: “Whether your lifestyle deems it a master chef’s paradise or favorite after-school homework spot, your kitchen should always work for you.” This company, chosen for its recognized building achievements, is co-run by Linda and Mark Evans., Linda holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, and Mark Evans was raised in the building industry and worked for years in management and advising positions for general contractors. Linda worked for 25 years as a remodeling contractor and designer in and around Portland, and her work has appeared on HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, The Oregonian, and Oregon Home Magazine. Mark, president and project manager of the company, is a certified asbestos building inspector.
Among the company’s many recognitions are several Chrysalis awards, Outstanding & Remodeling Achievement awards, Home Builders Association (HBA) Excellence awards, and Contractor of the Year awards through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). In 2014, they received Contractor of the Year awards for a residential interior $100k and over, and for a whole house $500k to $1,000k.
Evans Design Group believes in integrating state-of-the-art appliances, widening kitchen space, and installing safety measures that blend with the kitchen’s overall style. Their kitchens feature vibrant lighting systems that they custom design and build themselves, specifically to suit your home and style.
920 SE Caruthers Street, Portland, OR 97214
Willco has earned multiple awards for its remodel projects in upscale areas like Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and West Linn. Two of these projects, a bath remodel at $30,000 to $60,000 and a kitchen remodel $80,000 to $120k, were Outstanding Remodeling Achievement awards through the Oregon Remodelers Association. The company also earned a Contractor of the Year award in 2013 through NARI for a kitchen addition-remodel. Willco is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified company, and its work has been featured in Oregon Home and Northwest Renovation. It is affiliated with the Oregon & Washington Community Association Managers, the Architectural Heritage Center, and NARI.
A kitchen remodel featured on their website managed to preserve the historic charm of the home — a 1913 Craftsman-style residence — while bringing in modern, stainless steel appliances; quartz counters; and herringbone backsplash. The company added a farmhouse-style sink, schoolhouse lighting, and large custom cabinets for optimal storage. They also added a peninsula and crown moldings matching the original Craftsman style.
6) IDS Remodeling
Portland, OR 97219
This company is highlighted for its qualified team and award-winning remodels on high-end kitchens. A family-business, IDS Remodeling began in 2005, when Darcy DeGiovanni retired from his career at the fire department. He spent his life working on building projects, and at the fire department, he was largely involved with cabinetry, carpentry, and construction tasks. Once retired, his son Aaron DeGiovanni joined him in starting their own remodeling business, serving areas like Lake Oswego, West Hills, and Laurelhurst. Vicki DeGiovanni is a member of the team as well, with 15 years of experience in accounting.
Today, the company is a full-service design-build company affiliated with NARI and the Oregon Remodelers Association. Their high-end kitchen remodels, bathrooms, basements, whole houses, and additions have earned multiple awards. These include two 2011 Contractor of the Year awards, one for historic restoration and another for a custom house. Key to the company’s success are its kitchen remodels, with IDS Remodeling receiving a 2017 Contractor of the Year award for a residential kitchen $100k to $150k.
5) Neil Kelly
804 N Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97217
Chosen for its credentials, affiliations, and awards, Neil Kelly offers services in design-build remodeling, home improvement, solar panels, and upscale custom homes. Started back in 1947, this company is operated today by Tom Kelly, Neil Kelly’s son. Tom Kelly has been honored both for his success in business and for his charitable contributions. He received the Fred Case Award of Entrepreneur of the Year, and a Volunteers of America Oregon DePriest award.
A certified B-Corporation, this company works with solar energy and formaldehyde-free cabinets, and it has a team of LEED-credentialed designers. It earned a coveted Energy Star Housing Innovation award in 2014 and several Contractor of the Year awards through NARI, including Contractor of the Year for a residential kitchen over $150k.
Neilkelly.com is filled with photographs of its home improvement projects and luxurious kitchen remodel projects: some modern, with chic marble counters; others traditional, with elegant lighting fixtures and rich, wood flooring; and some pop with stylish personality, like the one with mint-green, vintage-style stove and refrigerator. Neil Kelly serves upscale parts of Portland, Lake Oswego, Eugene, Bend, and Seattle, WA.
4) Square Deal Remodeling
8603 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR, 97216
Square Deal provides building services in whole-house remodels, additions, and exteriors, and glamorous bath and kitchen remodels. Its kitchen projects range from small remodels between $40,000 and $60,000 to large and glamorous kitchens over $100k. The company can recreate your kitchen’s layout, form new locations for large windows and doorways, and install chic new stone kitchen countertops and rich hardwood flooring. They install upscale plumbing and electrical fixtures and do intensive drywall work. They can also add new, custom cabinetry with intricate kitchen storage accessories, bring in cutting-edge appliances, and bring in a whole new color palette with custom paint. Their kitchens vary, from classic and modern to stylish and popping with personality and bright color.
The company was founded in 1992 by Jim Kreipe, who has 30 years of experience in the building industry. It is owned by Chris Kreipe, who has been involved in residential remodeling all his life. Born and raised in Portland, Chris graduated from Portland State University with a degree in architecture and is a Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bathroom Designer through the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). He is also a Certified Lead Renovator through the Environmental Protection Agency. Among their many awards are four NARI Contractor of the Year awards for kitchens and three Outstanding Remodeling Achievement awards for outstanding kitchens — several for kitchens $120k and over.
3) Mountainwood Homes
8324 SW Nimbus Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97008
This company is notable for its qualified team, its affiliations and credentials, and its award-winning kitchens. Mountainwood Homes, with more than 25 years of experience, is run by president and owner Robert Wood. A Certified Master Builder, Wood also comes into the industry with many years of experience and a degree in civil engineering. Co-owner Heather Wood is an award-winning designer with years of experience in cutting-edge products and design trends.
The company is affiliated with the Oregon Remodelers Association, NKBA, Earth Advantage Institute, and Habitat for Humanity. It is a Certified Sustainable Homes Professional and a Certified Lead-Based Paint Renovation Contractor. The company has won many awards over the years, especially for kitchens.
Among its many honors are three HBA Remodeling Excellence awards, including a 2015 first-place best kitchen under $100k; a 2014 first-place best kitchen in the designer category; and a 2013 first-place kitchen under $100k. They also won two first place awards in 2016 through Oregon Home Magazine Structure & Style, one for a first-place kitchen remodel $75,000 and over, and the other a first-place kitchen remodel $25,000 to $50,000. The company operates throughout metropolitan Portland, including in Beaverton, Camas, Clackamas, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Tigard, Tualatin, Vancouver, and West Linn.
2) BC Custom Construction, Inc.
410 High Street, Oregon City, OR 97045
BC Custom Construction, operated by Bill Winkenbach, was chosen for its history of service and its glamorous building projects. As the company’s president, Winkenbach brings with him 35 years of experience in the industry. In his time as a Californian, he worked on more than 1,200 homes. He currently resides in Oregon, where BC Custom Construction has earned more than 50 awards within the building industry. The company builds million-dollar homes and luxury remodels throughout metropolitan Portland, with kitchens its strong suit. Of its many honors, it received three Street of Dreams awards between 2000 and 2017 for kitchens.
In 2012, its Street of Dreams award-winning residence, located in scenic Teresa’s Vineyards in West Linn, was valued at around $1M. The property occupies 4,142 square feet and features historic charm, with modern amenities and technological conveniences. The company set about creating a kitchen that was spacious but also felt cozy enough to inspire people to stay in and cook, hold gatherings, and use it for entertaining. They succeeded; central to the house is the award-winning luxurious and gourmet kitchen, which opens out to a scenic view of the sweeping, mountainous landscape.
1) Metke Remodeling & Luxury Homes
17428 SW Boones Ferry Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Chosen for its chic and valuable kitchen remodels, Metke Remodeling & Luxury Homes was founded in 1989, when it was a small, custom woodworking shop. Jeff Metke, president, studied construction management at Washington State University. Vice President Teresa Metke graduated from Washington State University with a degree in business before attending Marylhurst to study interior design. Since its inception, Metke Remodeling has received over 20 awards through NARI and the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland, including a whole house remodel $1,000k and above.
The company’s kitchens are elegant, gourmet spaces suited to formal gatherings as well as meal preparation. Many feature spacious, high-ceilinged interiors with large and central kitchen islands. They use sophisticated marble, decorative wall tile, and modern light fixtures. Several include industrial, antique-style features around the stoves, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows let in plenty of light. Many of their kitchens utilize skylights for further natural lighting and a deeper sense of openness.
Their work has appeared in numerous publications, like Oregon Home, The Oregonian, Portrait of Portland, and the Portland Tribune. Metke Remodeling’s work has also been recognized by the Oregon Home Builders Association and by Northwest Home and Remodeling Magazine.
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