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One of the common dilemmas faced by homeowners in choosing if or how to remodel their home is determining the potential resale value or potential to recoup the cost of a particular improvement. Finding a way to compare the cost vs. value of a particular improvement can help make that decision.

Remodeling Magazine produces a powerful report each year called the Annual Cost Vs. Value Report that includes research in key markets all over the country, including Portland. The link to the report is at the bottom of this post, but to summarize, the three best improvements you can do for your Portland home in order of cost recoupment are an attic bedroom addition,  a minor kitchen remodel, or a basement remodel.

We hope this information is helpful in making your remodeling decisions!



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Despite a few brief, sudden downpours, Sean and Benjamin held down the fort Sunday at the Hillsdale Farmers Market by Wilson High School’s track. We had the opportunity to talk with many wonderful people in our neighborhood about home energy, all the while being fed delicious pastries from our booth neighbor Chris from Fressen Artisan Bakery!

We hope to be back in Hillsdale mid October. Lake Oswego Farmers Market is still a possibility – we’ll update our facebook page if we get in. Thank you to all of you who stopped by to say hello!

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We are trying something new – a guide to some of the best summer getaways around Oregon. The Team at Olson & Jones compiled our favorite beaches, lakes, rivers, and mountains to create this list. Follow the links below and explore somewhere new!

summer recreation guide - barview jettyBar View Jetty, Tillamook. This is a popular destination with lots of camping spots, beach access and the jetty to explore. Great place to take a family.  -Darren

summer recreation guide - nehalum bayNehalem Bay State Park, Manzanita. Beautiful beach, lots of sand dunes to explore, and a very nice campground. Horse back riding tours are also available!  -Benjamin

summer recreation guide - cultus lakeCultus Lake, Bend. Charming lake with a campground and a lodge. Don’t forget to stop by Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters on your way! -Gwen

summer recreation guide - magone lakeMagone Lake, John Day. A low traffic place if you want to enjoy some peace and quiet around a spectacular lake. The lake is at 5000 feet, and Brook Trout fishing is a must.  -Rick

summer recreation guide - jones creekJones Creek, Tillamook State Forest. This campground is only an hour west of Portland on Hwy 6. Great swimming holes too. We’ve camped with a group of 8 families! -Leo

Eagle Cap Wilderness, Joseph. A stunning range erupts from the plains outside of Joseph. Great area for backpacking, but you can also rent vacation cabins.  -Frank

summer recreation guide - fort stevensFort Stevens, Astoria. So much to do! Biking, walk the jetty, or visit the beach and see the remains of the 1906 shipwrecked Peter Iredale still stuck in the sand. -Greg

summer recreation guide - hosmer lakeHosmer Lake, Bend. Excellent trout for fly fishing, peaceful and low traffic (no gas motors allowed!), and the occasional huge Atlantic Salmon!  -Jeff

Did we miss your favorite spot? Please, leave a comment below and let us know where you like to go. We’re always up for trying something new!

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Thank you for considering Olson & Jones Construction, Inc. for your residential remodeling needs. Lewis Barron to KitchenWe have been delighted to help people in the Portland metropolitan area with their home remodeling and custom new home construction since 1982. Our desire to serve and care for our clients drives us to consistently strive for improvement. We are honored to earn our clients’ trust whether we are completing their home improvement needs or building their dream homes. In our years of business we have had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects such as:

New Home Construction, Green Homes, Sustainable Remodeling .Kitchen Remodeling .Bathroom Remodeling, Home Additions, Room Additions, Bathroom Remodeling ,Outdoor Living Space Historic Home Renovations, Home Restoration, Home Structural Repairs, Home Structural Reinforcements, Home Repairs, Attic Remodels, Retaining Walls ,Ground Water Control

We enjoy collaborating with design professionals and clients to build or remodel the homes that will best suit each client’s specific needs. We appreciate the process of design and always honor the design intent because good design ensures a great outcome. For design professionals the process of prioritizing and balancing the sometimes conflicting goals of aesthetics, lifestyle/function, and budget can be challenging at times. We understand this. Helping to deal with those challenges by utilizing our extensive years of experience and knowledge, combined with our positive determination and a willingness to work as a team, has given us the privilege to be a part of many wonderful projects. Our construction practices have long been geared toward recycle and reuse and as a result, we support sustainable practices. As we all desire higher performing homes and are considering the impact of home construction on the environment, we are able to give counsel and recommendations for improving and integrating the various systems that are a part of every home. Better performing homes are better quality homes, and better for our environment. This wealth of knowledge and experience directly benefits our clients, and while the types of projects may differ, the manner and care that we take in executing them does not. We are more than the work we do and the work we do is more than just getting the job done. We believe that the client’s experience is just as important as the quality of the finished product. To that end when people think of Olson & Jones Construction we want them to think, “Honesty and Caring”.

We look forward to working with you on your next project.

Greg Olson President

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