Entries by Jo Koenig

Is It Better to Remodel or Move to a New House?

One Couple’s Story This North Salem couple felt very dissatisfied with how their ranch-style house looked and functioned. They assumed their only choice was to relocate to a newer house with better amenities. After spending months looking at houses, they realized that their current property location simply could not be replicated. Also, they discovered that […]

How to Revive a Master Bathroom

When It’s Time To Remodel It is easy to become accustomed to ‘things as they are’ without recognizing how much our homes might be aging. The sad truth is that all houses age–and some parts age less gracefully than others. If you happen to have a fiberglass shower or tub, you know exactly what we […]

How Open Concept Transformed This Hilltop Home

The backstory: When the owners of this Salem, Oregon hillside home approached C&R about renovating their kitchen and living areas, their main goal was to open everything up, both within and without. They wanted to take better advantage of the expansive city view as well as make the interior space a much more pleasant environment. […]

How to Safely Remove a Bearing Wall

It looks so easy on TV, right? The designer points at a wall and tells the construction crew to demolish it. But this could be one of those scenarios that should come with the disclaimer: “Don’t Try This At Home!” Especially if the wall in question is a load-bearing wall. If you are longing for […]

Remodeling Concludes with the Perfect Porch

After having C&R remodel their kitchen, remodel their bathrooms, and build a new deck, these homeowners asked us to tackle one final project. Build a porch. They had always wished their house provided shelter from the elements for their front door and the guests who entered there. But they worried that a poorly designed addition […]

Beautifully Remodeled Kitchen Expands Small Space

Ready to Remodel A successfully orchestrated kitchen remodel can completely upgrade the livability of a home and this project is a great example. A compact house with a tiny kitchen, this was the perfect setting for a complete redesign. C&R Designers worked with the homeowner to determine her needs, hopes, and budget parameters. The result […]

Create the Dream Staycation Location

Your Private Get Away Summer weather has finally arrived in Oregon and along with the warmer temperatures come thoughts of vacation planning and “getting away from it all”.  But what if you could substitute the time and effort spent traveling with more days of total relaxation via a dream “Staycation”? The secret is to create a […]

Seven Stellar Ways to Jazz Up Your Home

Life presents inevitable transitions. Your needs change, responsibilities alter, and a new way of life blossoms. However, as you move forward, does your house remain firmly trapped in the past? Maybe your formerly adequate kitchen is no longer an efficient, attractive place to cook and entertain. Perhaps your children are grown and you now have unused or […]

Contemporary Kitchen Remodel Hits Perfection

So Ready to Remodel For a long time, Holly and Damon Tindall had wanted to remodel their cramped, outdated kitchen. They knew that their existing kitchen functioned poorly and did not reflect their contemporary style. They dreamed of a bright, functional space that would enhance their enjoyment of home. When they finally felt confident in their […]

From Boring Bathroom to Bathing Bliss!

  Like many homes in the Willamette Valley, this bathroom included a compact fiberglass shower with a tight glass enclosure. Perfectly serviceable but hardly ideal. Homeowner Diane Elliott asked C&R to design and remodel her bathroom, including this shower. Art Mirrors Life in Custom Shower Design Diane is a textile artist and accomplished seamstress. She […]