frequently asked questions


Below are some common questions that have come up by our clients when inquiring about our services or process, with the answers you're looking for to those questions. If you do not find the answers to your questions below, please don't hesitate to contact us to help you. If you prefer, give us a call at (503) 668-0710

Design-build is an integrated process of design and construction from conception to the finished project. The design effort starts with an interview to discuss your ideas and how you will use your new spaces. Soon after, a design concept is presented. You will be included in every step of the design until the final drawings and material specifications are completed, at that time we will provide you with a firm price contract to complete your renovation. 

We do not recommend working through design during construction. We prefer using fixed-price contracts that are based on specific parameters. Too many times we hear examples where homeowners were subjected to increased project costs because the initial design stage was skipped. Over the years we have learned that the best practice is to allow proper time for design prior to construction. 

Every project varies depending upon the scope of work. 

Part of what makes us Specktacular is that we guide you through the selection process. We find most of our clients appreciate professional assistance in making color, product, and finish selections because we know it can be overwhelming.  During the design phase of your project, we listen to your likes and dislikes to help discern your style; all while remaining mindful of your budget. 

For smaller projects, prior to construction, we will prepare a fixed price contract. Our fixed price contract is determined by confirming the project parameters and specifications. 

The short answer is a combination of both. The advantage of working with Specktacular Home Remodeling is that we have worked with our specialized trade contractors for several years. We have built strong relationships with them and they will treat you and your home with respect. We subcontract out electrical, plumbing, air conditioning and heating work due to the special licensing required by the State of Oregon. We also use specialty trades for items such as: Granite and quartz installation, ceramic and porcelain tile, painting, cabinetry, concrete, drywall, faux painting, ornamental iron, and others. 

We have sound relationships with area lenders that can work with you. If you already have a lender, we can work with them to solidity a payment schedule for your project. 

Included in our contract will be a very specific payment schedule tied to measurable project milestones. Typically we have a down payment due at contract signing and progress payments throughout your renovation. We understand you work hard for your money, we do too. We strive to ensure the payment schedule is fair for both parties. Our intention is to make payments comfortable for you while meeting our obligations as well. 

Our business is located East of Sandy, Oregon. In addition to East Portland, our service area includes Sandy, Gresham, Damascus, Happy Valley, Clackamas, Boring, Eagle Creek, Welches, and other mountain communities. 

When remodeling your home, the price should not be the only factor in choosing a contractor. Often a low price in this industry is a red flag and should cause some concern. Specktacular Home Remodeling has been in business since 1992. Throughout the years, we have seen many other remodeling companies come and go; usually, because they did not charge enough to remain in business or they cut-corners to remain profitable. Both scenarios put you and your home at risk.

Mitch and Debbie are nationally certified by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and have maintained an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We choose our trade and subcontractors carefully, ensuring they share our vision for quality, work ethic, and high customer service. We believe our work speaks for itself, please take a few minutes to view recent projects in our gallery >>

We also have many clients who have volunteered to be references for you! We are happy to provide you with their information should you wish to interview them. 

At Specktacular Home Remodeling, we believe thoughtful design, exceptional construction, and ecstatic clients are essential when it comes to improving your home -- which is, after all, your most important asset. 

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only independent national association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. NARI Pacific Northwest is our NARI local chapter.

Specktacular Home Remodeling is a proud member of both NARI and NARI Pacific Northwest. To be a certified member of these organizations you must meet the association's stringent criteria for experience, take continuing education courses, and most importantly pledge a commitment to high standards of practice, and practice NARIs Code of Ethics. 

We are happy to meet with you to discuss your project! Our first meeting will be to discuss the scope of your project. During that conversation, we will determine if our services will meet your needs and see if we are good fit for one another. 

Please read more about our process >>

Many will tell you three estimates is the norm for any remodeling project. However, we believe if a home improvement contractor comes highly recommended by a trusted source, then three estimates may not be necessary. 

The most important part of choosing a contractor is finding one that will best fit for you and your family, which for many of our clients is one with experience in the industry and respect for their clients. 

Keep in mind that additional work or a change to the projects original scope of work requested by you (the homeowner) will typically result in a change to the contracted price. Planning for the unforeseen or putting aside extra money for an upgrade can definitely make your remodel less stressful. 

We do not work in the state of Washington at this time. 

Should you have additional questions, please contact us via email or call our office at (503) 668-0710

For more information and resources, check out our Resources page for assistance.


We've been building quality relationships and serving our Northwest Oregon homeowners with exceptional remodeling services with integrity and craftsmanship Since 1992 - Now let's create your dream space together.