If you dream it, we can build it
Starting the process of remodeling your home can be both daunting and exhilarating. What do you want the new space to accomplish that you don’t have now? How will you make the new construction blend with the rest of your home? What will you do without a kitchen during the project?? We understand these challenges, and the unique needs of each family. We will work with you to make the process as smooth and efficient as possible, and enjoy the fun of creating a new space together.
Wondering what your project might cost?
As compiled in the Remodeling 2016 Cost Vs Value report for the Portland metro area, you can find descriptions of different levels of projects, and the associated average costs. This is a valuable resource when starting to budget for your project.
2019 Cost vs Value report can be downloaded for free at Cost Value report.
What happens when you call us?
- Step 1Initial Consultation
- Step 2Pricing
- Step 3Construction
- Step 4Maintenance
Step 1: Initial Consultation
We first talk on the phone to discuss design ideas and get a rough outline of your needs and wants. We then set up a meeting to see your home and further discuss the design of your remodel, your expectations and our availability.
Step 2: Pricing
After the initial meeting, we will project a rough price range for your remodel to give you an idea of whether you’d like to proceed with a formal price estimate. If you do decide to go forward, a small deposit will be required, which will allow us to spend the time required to estimate the job and reserve a scheduled start time for the remodel. This deposit is credited toward the total cost of the job. We will then work up a full estimate for the price of your remodel, including firm prices for labor, materials and any needed subcontractors. We will meet again to review the estimate and discuss any necessary modifications. Once we have a final project outline that you are happy with, we will draw up a contract with final specifications and a payment schedule.
Step 3: Construction
Depending on the stage of the development plans, your needs and the status of permits, we will determine when to begin work on your remodel. During this time, we will discuss with you what you can expect during the remodeling process, and how we can best work together to complete your project successfully. Throughout the remodeling process, we will meet with you regularly to discuss the project, scheduling and any questions you might have. You will have access to our online project management system, with a real-time project schedule and the ability to see project information anytime, even away from home.
Step 4: Maintenance
In completing your remodel, we will work with you to make a punchlist, and your final payment will not be due until the final items have been completed. We fully warranty the project for one year, and are available as needed for maintenance and repairs.
We use a combination of employees and specialty subcontractors to complete our remodeling projects. Our subcontrators are extremely skilled in their trades, and have the same dedication to customer service and quality construction that we do. Most of our subcontractors have worked with us for ten years or more.
We do not employ designers at Markt & Company. Rather, we believe that it is in your best interest to work with someone who best fits your needs and who you connect with personally. We have several designers and architects that we can refer you to based on your project.
Aging In Place
An overwhelming majority of us would like to be able to remain in our homes, regardless of physical changes due to age, illness or injury. Accessibility is a special area of construction that focuses on architectural details for people with different physical abilities. It addresses details like steps, ramps, doorways, grab bars, faucets, door knobs, elevators and more.
In a remodel, there are several ways to plan for future accessibility needs. We encourage you to think about small changes that can be incorporated into your remodel, when appropriate, that may not even be noticeable until you need them. For example, it is sometimes much easier to build in low threshold doorways, or eliminate steps, or widen hallways from the start of a project, rather than going back and changing them later. Or put in levered fixtures in the first place instead of paying for an extra set of fixtures or handles later. Some of the most common changes for added accessibility:
- Low threshold doors
- Wider hallways
- Bathrooms and other rooms should have a 60” radius to turn a wheelchair around
- Levered faucets and door handles
- Hard-surface flooring or low-pile carpet
- Consider eliminating the one or two steps that are common to enter a house, or include a gradual entry
- Consider eliminating the curb on the edge of a walk-in shower
- Install a bench or seat in the shower
- Install grab bars and handrails, or at least make sure the walls are built with blocking (extra framing behind the drywall) to accommodate future grab bars
- Put in lower counters that can be reached from a sitting position
- Consider how high your cabinets should be
- Install swing-clear hinges on doors, allowing them to open fully for more clearance. Pocket doors are another space-saving option
- Include pedestal sinks or roll-under countertops
We have unique experience in this field, and would be happy to talk with you about things to consider. Please ask us about products or features that might enhance your remodel by making it accessible.
Call us today at (503) 657-5557 to discuss your project.
-Grace and Sean
– Kirstin (Designer)
– Kristen (Designer)
-Grace and Sean
-Grace and Sean
-Grace and Sean