Projects and Testimonials

Below are some pictures and descriptions of projects I’ve completed.  Please scroll down to the comments section for client testimonials.

Al and Trudie’s Kitchen

Al and Trudie wanted to update their oak cabinets, but did not feel the need for a total kitchen remodel. The cabinets were custom made, and of high quality so we opted to simply replace the doors, drawers, and drawer fronts.  I also installed two new windows, modified the pantry by adding three drawers, added a garbage-can pullout, and installed a pullout for their pet food containers.  The shaker doors were constructed by Cabdoor, and professionally finished by Axiom Custom Products. FreshPaint PDX painted the cabinets and kitchen. Oak has a heavy grain so several coats of primer and three coats of a heavy oil based paint were used to minimize the woodgrain’s exposure.  As you can see in the pictures, Al and Trudie’s eccentric kitchen and nook area had a very “diner-like” feel.  With their black countertop and black appliances, white cabinets complimented the decor perfectly.

Al and Trudie’s kitchen before and after.

(Click on pictures to enlarge)

Dave’s Cabinet Refacing and Siding

Dave wanted a new look for his kitchen without the cost and hassle of a total kitchen remodel.  I refaced the cabinets with Beech veneer and ordered new shaker doors and drawer fronts.  A new cabinet with a bank of drawers was also installed for extra storage and counter space. The doors, drawer fronts, and drawers were made by Cabdoor.

Dave was happy with my work and called me a year later to reside his house with Hardiplank, a durable composite siding.  The house was painted by FreshPaint PDX.

Ed and Michelle Clark Addition and Kitchen Remodel

This project in Beaverton was very involved. We removed a supporting wall and added an addition.  New wood floors, a high efficiency fireplace, recessed lighting, custom cabinets, and granite countertops transformed this small bungalow into a destination!  French doors leading to an amoeba shaped patio rounded out this high-end remodel. At the time, I was partnering with Benjamin Wood, a fine contractor and craftsman who constructed the custom cabinets.  For more pictures of this remodel and for more information on Ben click here.

Mike and Liz’s Window Upgrade

I installed fourteen new windows for Mike and Liz. The morning after I finished, Mike commented on how snug their house felt.  They will receive an IRS tax credit and enjoy energy savings in the winter months. Click here for more on Windows and Energy Savings.

Marilyn’s Kitchen Remodel

Marilyn’s kitchen remodel consisted of refacing her cabinets with maple veneers. I modified the cabinets to accept a dishwasher and I subcontracted Superior Stoneworks to fabricate and install a granite countertop.  Marilyn’s son lived in the house with his pregnant partner and their three year old daughter so I made an extra effort to keep the kitchen in usable condition while working. With tight coordination of materials and subcontractors I was able to complete the remodel in a week to minimize the inconvenience.  Marilyn has since hired me to replace doors and for various other handyman services.

Howard’s Window Upgrade

I installed eight new windows for Howard before the winter of 2010.  He lives just one street south of Powell and immediately noticed how much quieter it was in his house.  Sound insulation is another thing to consider when upgrading windows.  The double panes help diffuse noise that can keep you up at night. Click here for more on Windows and Energy Savings.

Triple Pane Windows for Jed and Claire

Jed and Claire lucked out when they called me for windows. Ply Gem was running a promotion so I was able to install triple pane windows for the price of double pane windows. I installed twelve windows and also installed earthquake anchors in their basement. The windows will provide comfort during the winter months and the earthquake anchors will provide peace of mind should Portland ever get a shaker. As usual, I was able to refund the disposal fee because the old window sashes and storm windows were taken away for scrap metal and art projects (Love Portland!).


3 responses

21 04 2010
Al & Trudie Williams

Ryan was great to work with and work was conscientiously done and of high quality. From our first encounter with Ryan we liked him. His e-mail was well focused and answered our questions. Meeting Ryan really sealed the deal. He captured our vision – and we could tell right away he had our best interests at heart. Because we immediately trusted him, it was easy to take that leap of faith. We were not sure about painted cabinets but we trusted him. He selected a perfect painting company and they look amazing. Aside of the beauty of our new kitchen, there are many functional improvements we hadn’t even known existed. Ryan introduced us to pull-outs: garbage and pet food. How did we manage without them? Almost a year later we are still enjoying Ryan’s work. And, please note: Ryan performed most of the work during a major Portland heat-wave. He showed up every day. Such a strong work ethic. He is amazing!

26 04 2010

I am very pleased with the work that Ryan did. The windows are obviously a great addition to the house. I have saved money on energy in addition to some noise reduction.

Of course, any number of people could have put in my windows and done an acceptable job. Ryan did an exceptional job. For starters, he kept me fully informed throughout the whole process, telling me what he was doing every day and when he would be completed. Ryan was also great at handling the intangibles. There was no cleanup for me after the project. He even fixed a latch on my gate.

Perhaps most appealing was the fact that Ryan was able to come in under budget. I can’t wait to enlist Ryan for my next project.

25 08 2011

Ryan did such a fantastic job replacing our windows. Our house is nearly 100 years old and not very square. He worked around these issues and others and the results look great. He also kept the place spotless — when I came home I hardly knew any work had been done – except that the new windows were in and our house seemed quieter. Thanks, Ryan!

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