Construction Can Take Place Any Season

A lot of homeowners ask us if it’s possible to build an addition in the winter time. The short answer is that it takes planning and execution. This past year we completed a major project during the winter months, and here are photos to show a chronological history:

Existing house before construction began


Deconstructing the old lean-to addition

Wall framing of the downstairs sunroom


Roof framing for second story begun

The plastic enclosure to protect the house during second-story construction. Neighbors wondered if we were building some kind of a tower!


The plastic comes off and the addition exterior is revealed.


Addition completed and ready for years of enjoyment.

The addition was only part of the total remodel that took place in this grand historic home. We also completed the following:

  • New patio with stained brushed concrete
  • New concrete retaining wall
  • New gable roof entryway
  • Driveway reconfigured and poured in stained brushed concrete
  • Removal of all vinyl siding
  • New Hardie and Cedar siding
  • New period-appropriate columns on front porch
  • New custom windows to match original windows
  • New period-appropriate custom front door and window trim
  • New colors and paint
  • New home office and kitchen extension
  • Updated kitchen
  • New main floor sunroom
  • Dining room crown molding
  • New second-floor master bedroom, bathroom, and walk-in closet
  • Updated second-floor family bathroom

Here’s how we celebrated the completion of this beautiful remodeling project:

3 replies
  1. BB
    BB says:

    Are kitchen trends in the Salem-Keizer Oregon area still favoring Fir Wood for cabinetry or are White Painted cupboards more popular? Are tile counters still appreciated? Oak flooring?

    • Jo Koenig
      Jo Koenig says:

      C&R Interior Designer Katya W. Grisaffi answers your questions:

      The movement and trend towards clean lines, details and transitional design in kitchens and baths has gained significant momentum on a National level, in the Pacific Northwest and in the Salem-Keizer area.
      The question of whether painted cabinetry is more popular than stained wood cabinetry varies based on personal taste, durability requirements and the style of your home. The grain characteristics and finish of wood in kitchen cabinetry are key factors in the selection process and what is trending.
      Painted cabinetry remains a timeless classic that has seen a recent resurgence. In addition to white, other soft muted colors are being introduced, that blend seamlessly with surrounding materials. Keep in mind that any painted cabinetry will be more maintenance oriented than stained cabinetry.
      Fir (CVG Fir) cabinetry lends itself to more contemporary styling with vertical grain lines, though it is softer wood and more susceptible to denting and scratching.
      Other unique and beautiful woods trending in the Pacific Northwest are bamboo and sapele mahogany. Bamboo is technically a grass, not wood, and is a sustainable and durable material. Sapele mahogany is rich in color and exquisitely reflects light.
      For a better up close look, please visit our showroom, which has beautiful cabinetry vignettes in bamboo, sapele mahogany, painted wood and many other wood species. We are located on 1160 Vista Ave SE, Salem, OR.
      Are tile counters still appreciated?
      Tile counters are often being removed, and replaced with slab materials such as granite, quartz or Corian which have paved a new design direction in counters and provide years of enjoyment. The type of slab material used will determine the maintenance level. Granite needs to be sealed, while quartz does not. Tile counters typically require more maintenance than a slab due to cleaning and sealing the grout.
      Oak flooring?”
      A true oak hardwood floor typically has a lot of color variation and a clear finish brings this out. Refinishing an existing floor is an excellent opportunity to experiment with new colors. There are many stains available to work with surrounding material, in addition to a variety of wood species. It is most important to look at all the materials together and in the context of your home to ensure they are harmonious.


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