One of the standout features of this year’s Home Improvement and Remodeling Show at the Oregon Convention Center was the “Ultimate Kitchen” display. Olson & Jones Construction was proud to be the General Contractor of this project, with Paolo Design Group as the designer.

The Ultimate Kitchen Display starts with basic framing in the warehouseThe rough framing began in a warehouse in Tigard where the skeleton of the kitchen was built. Each framing segment was built in a modular fashion so that it could be easily transported and assembled on site. During the entire construction process weight was always in consideration – each piece would have to be hand loaded into trucks so every non-essential piece of framing was omitted. Metal straps replaced plywood for bracing strength wheneverGreg helps finish up the walls with shear panels to give it strength possible. After the framing was done, drywall was applied and then paint before the big moving day.

All the pieces of the kitchen structure are loaded into a truck at the warehouse to be transported to the Oregon Convention Center

Wednesday, October 13th was D-Day when the whole O&J crew and a 25′ box truck showed up to move the kitchen skeleton to the Oregon Convention Center. Setting up at the Convention Center involved delicate lifting and maneuvering by Kevin, the skilled forklift driver as we placed piece on piece for a nearly finished look.At the Oregon Convention Center, Kevin gives our soffits a lift as we piece it back together One last visit by the drywall repair crew and the paint crew readied the kitchen for cabinet and appliance installation.

ultimate kitchen by Olson & Jones Construction and Paolo Design

ultimate kitchen live edge countertops of reclaimed myrtle wood

ulitmate kitchen cabinets of reclaimed doug fir from pdx



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!

ADU GarageEver thought about finishing that basement or converting the garage into a small rental unit? Recent changes by the City of Portland now make that even more possible by temporarily removing up to $15,000 of fees associated with getting it permitted!

What Is An ADU?

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) have been around for a long time under different names. In the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s it was not uncommon to rent out a garage, basement, or upstairs as a second unit or “Granny-Flat” apartment to supplement income and provide housing for extended family.


ADU HouseADU’s have many attractive features, not the least of which are additional income for the homeowner, housing for extended family/friends, and increased property value. They also provide an attractive way to increase a community’s supply of affordable housing


In 2008 the city of Portland began promoting ADU’s by allowing them to be built and rented out in most residential areas. However, stingy square footage restrictions and cost prohibitive systems development charges (SDC’s) for sewage, transportation, water, and park service prevented homeowners from taking advantage of them.

Luckily, the Portland City Council recently realized just how important ADU’s are for the city and on March 3, 2010, temporarily removed the required SDC charges (up to $15,000 for some locations!) and soon thereafter increased the maximum square footage to 800 square feet or 75% of the original dwelling unit, whichever is smaller.

If you are interested in adding an ADU to your existing home, give us a call!

Babysit Your What?

Olson & Jones has always prided ourselves on taking exceptional care of our clients. Last week we added another tool to our belt: Crustacean Care! Say hello to Smoothie, the toughest skinned client we’ve ever had!

Greg was working on an addition and the homeowners had a vacation planned. They left the home and the project in Greg’s hands, as well as the family’s pet Crayfish that needed to be fed. This is our first recorded case of an Aquarium Care Change Order.

Once upon a time there was a hospital built in Portland especially for children. This hospital had doctors and nurses who did nothing but care for kids the way kids need to be treated.

A group of people from the community wanted to help support the work of the hospital, so they organized a special event that would not only thrill and delight the participants, but would also raise money that would go to making the best possible health care available to Portland’s children. The name of the event is The Storybook Playhouse Project.

Olson & Jones Construction heard about the event and wanted to offer their construction skills and imagination to the effort. The Three Bears Cottage is one of many playhouses that are being displayed July 24- August 14th at Bridgeport Village near Tualatin. Some of the playhouses will be given away by raffle, and the rest donated to local childrens’ charities.

The big event is the Storybook Ball happening at Bridgeport Village Friday, July 30th 6-9pm. There will be costume contests, games, food, and the premiere of the new Beverly Cleary movie Ramona and Beezus at the Bridgeport Theater.

(the photos to the right show Greg and Wes framing up the Three Bear’s Cottage, the truck that picked it up with Dr. Tunick from Doernbecher offering a hand, and a detail of some of the beautiful hand painted detail going on.)

The latest edition of Country’s Best Log Homes Magazine featured some of our handy-work. Click on the pages to see an enlarged view!

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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