A Mid-Century Kitchen Renovation

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Kitchens, Project Spotlight, Renovations | 0 comments

[Project Spotlight: Miller’s Kitchen] The owners of this 1950s home in the Healy Heights neighborhood in the West Hills of Portland’s Southwest section wanted a kitchen update. The husband is a Realtor®, and they came to learn of Spectrum Homes because he sold a house where we’d previously completed a kitchen renovation project. He liked the quality of work and reached out to inquire about his own home. The existing kitchen was dated, inefficient and did not match the needs of how the homeowners wished to cook and entertain. Having said that, they still wanted to preserve the...

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A Smart Home Task Checklist

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Home Safety, Home Tips | 0 comments

The holidays will be upon us soon, and before we welcome guests (or become the traveling guest), here are a few smart home tasks that you can do to help keep your homes and family warm and safe this season. Change smoke detector batteries. Write the date on the battery with a permanent marker – that way you’ll remember when you changed it last. Also, place a piece of tape over the ends of 9V batteries before installation, as they have the potential of sparking and starting a fire. Have your furnace serviced. Your HVAC company will inspect and clean your furnace – and often they can...

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Smart Technology in the Kitchen

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Kitchens | 0 comments

If you are thinking about renovating your kitchen, one consideration you’ll have is whether to replace your old appliances with new ones. If it’s been a few years since you’ve gone appliance shopping, be prepared to be amazed at what’s available today. New kitchen technology comes in both high-tech and low-tech options, but the one thing they all have in common is that they make working in the kitchen much easier and more enjoyable. Ovens Ovens are getting quite sophisticated. Some are “two ovens in one,” where dishes can be cooked at two different temperatures simultaneously....

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Protecting Your Home from Burglars

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Home Safety, Home Tips | 0 comments

Home burglary: you never think it will happen to you – until it does – and then it leaves you feeling angry, lost and violated. Here are some hard facts: 60% of all burglaries are residential. Most residential burglaries occur during a weekday and most burglaries take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Only 13.6% of burglaries in 2014 resulted in arrest. In 3 out of 10 burglary cases, someone is home. The average property dollar loss per burglary is over $2,300. 34% of burglars enter through the front door. 65% of all burglaries are drug related. 50% would be someone you...

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Kitchen & Bathroom Remodels: Where to Skimp and Where to Splurge

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Kitchens, Remodeling, Renovations | 0 comments

Most people dream of having an updated kitchen or bathroom in their home. Not only does a kitchen or bathroom remodel make your house look and feel more modern, but those updates can add value to your home when the time comes for you to sell – if you do your remodel right. Completely remodeling your kitchen or bathroom isn’t cheap. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, a midrange minor kitchen remodel costs $21,640, while a midrange major kitchen remodel costs $64,404 and a midrange major bathroom remodel costs $19,766. Although at first glance your remodel may...

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