New Construction

From starter home to design/build consultations, we have the background, the assembled team and the expertise to keep your project moving smoothly. We have a reputation among our subs (and our clients) of good communication, excellent scheduling and attention to detail.

Slopes and Cross Slopes

Slope in one direction is relatively easy to address, but a lot with cross-slope presents additional challenges. There are some pretty sizable extra expenses that come from extra excavation, extra framing to fur walls inside tall foundation, walls which act to retain dirt on the outside, wider window and door trim material, extra retaining walls to create some flat outdoor living space. Our biggest cross-slope project was a 22′ difference from right rear corner to left front corner. Most of this difference was dealt within the footprint/design of the house, but still required 12′ retaining walls. This lot’s cross-slope is not that severe at a mere 6′.

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Scappoose, Custom Prairie Shell

This custom shell we designed Prairie-style to fit the owners’ particular lot and needs.

The lot was one of the more difficult lots in the area with slope and cross slope, but the owners had gotten a great deal to offset the cost of the design. We started construction in late October, alternating our work with the owners’ work or sometimes working concurrently. We did foundation, framing, insulation, siding, windows, flatwork, drywall, decks, exterior doors, gutters and garage doors. The owners did their own excavation, plumbing, rain drains, damp proofing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, deck handrails and interior finishes.
Scappoose Custom Shell HomeCould this particular project have gone better? Undoubtedly! The owner was three days late in finishing his initial excavation. Unfortunately, that was the three day window foundation for the subcontractor…and he was booked out another 3 weeks out. This put us both behind and squarely into three weeks of snow followed by the wettest winter on recent record.

Did the owner take on a little too much? Well, yes and no. He got it done, but there were a few smaller problems and it definitely took longer to do than if we had one of our Angie’s List A-rated subs there. Where electrical rough-in and plumbing rough-in should have taken 4 days maximum for us, our client was there plugging away for a while after work and on weekends for weeks. Did he save money, without a doubt! Would he do it again? I will ask him!

Will I do it again? Yes, but I think that next time, I would try to consolidate all of the owner activities into one solid block of time to prevent alternating schedules. Don’t get me wrong! We managed, but there were a few items where he took far too long, throwing a wrench into my schedule and then I unintentionally did the same thing to him. Even though he was a very accomplished heavy-equipment operator on a tractor, there are many excavation items which are very important to the overall well-being of the home: the ground that the footings are sitting on need to be firm ( there were a few soft spots that needed to be addressed), the pad needs to be level (it needed a little help there, too), there is damp-proofing the basement foundation (a thick coating of asphalt emulsion is the code requirement, but it is always better to do more), installation of rain drains and drywells, proper back-filling, etc. Also, our framer took far too long in finishing due to weather and employee setbacks

The good news is that we finished our final items (siding and gutters) before he had the interior items complete, but the best news is that we have a new homeowner who is as happy with us as he is happy to be moved in.

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Raymond Street, Portland Home with Attached ADU

Capital Builders completed this house on Raymond Street in Portland in 2016. The house portion contains four bedrooms and two and a half baths with a separate apartment or attached ADU. The apartment is a studio apartment with it’s own bathroom, kitchen, closet and laundry. The apartment has utilities metered separately for easy management.

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Skinny houses – Portland’s houses on a diet

Portland style skinny houses

Portland style shotgun homes or skinny houses add density to Portland and limit sprawl.  While Portland may have traffic jams, Portland traffic is still far better than what is seen these days in L.A. These skinny homes are part of the reason that we see Portland maintaining its svelte figure. They live large on the inside with minimal care on the outside, ideal for a busy modern lifestyle. Once inside, home owners see no difference between their homes and other homes on the block because all room sizes are standard. There are other advantages, too!  With smaller lots, the monthly payment is lower.  The tax payment is lower.  Being a new home, there is less time spent on home maintenance.  And with a smaller yard, there is also less time spent on yard maintenance.  This all translates to more time for the owner to enjoy the weekends!

Originally, Portland embraced increased density and even ran a design competition to design aesthetically pleasing skinny houses. Amusing for the builders of these homes was the fact that the winning designs chosen by Portland City Council violated a great number of the planning codes. That didn’t stop the City Council from being approving them for immediate construction.  As more and more of these houses have been built, there has been more and more controversy surrounding these homes.  There are those that despise them; they are not for everyone.  On the other hand, the market has spoken. There seems to be no end to those willing to buy them and for all these reasons, they are here to stay.

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6207 and 6209 SW 21st Ave.

Sometimes, from a financial standpoint, it doesn’t make sense to remodel. The previous house was small, old, and located at the rear of the lot. Rather than throw good money after bad, the owner decided to start from scratch. We guided the owner through the land division, street improvement and new construction permitting processes.

As you can see, we are well on our way to having two new homes where one once stood. It is the first project of its type in this neighborhood in quite some time, but does fit the general character of the neighborhood. We have already been contacted by two neighbors to help them with their development and new construction.

6207 SW 21st Ave.

6209 SW 21st Ave.

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Portland Urban Living

This type of house is unique to Portland where density to preserve farmland and nature outside the city is highly valued.  Yes, they look a bit odd, but they do grow on you!  Inside are three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a powder, a laundry room.  Outside is a fenced yard with enough room to play but not so much that you can’t get away for the weekend.

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The Multnomah Villager

Designed to “fit the neighborhood”, we borrowed architectural cues from traditional bungalows to adorn a modern, space-efficient, three bedroom, two and a half bath floor plan.  Maximizing usable space, minimizing cost by adapting to site constraints is our forte.  With a 40′ deep garage (four-car garage), this space can also be a traditional two-car garage with a large shop.  Additionally, it comes with a Media Room on the lower floor that is easily converted into a fourth bedroom for resale purposes.  The decks at the front and back create the perfect environment for private moments with the family and for watching the world go by on those long summer nights.   The lot and design were such a hit that another major custom home builder (who must have been fresh out of ideas) purchased the lot from us.


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The Maplewood

The MaplewoodOld world style meets modern convenience.

The Maplewood has a Bungalow influence with all of the elegance and convenience of a modern home. With an open kitchen overlooking the great room, that’s ideal for entertaining, this unobstructed floor plan lives larger than its square footage. Another experienced custom home builder after walking through it estimated it to be 600 square feet (18%) larger than its actual size.


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The Pomona Cafe & Pomona Rouge

The Pomona Cafe and the Pomona Rouge in SW Portland are  four bedrooms, three and a half baths and 2600 square feet overall. Below the main house of 1921 square feet is a one bedroom, one bath apartment of 650 square foot ADU (auxilliary dwelling unit) to help a younger buyer with the mortgage or as an aging in place strategy for an older client. Increased density is one of Portland’s goals and this type of building helps increased density and holding our urban growth boundary in check. The most desirable ADUs are single level buildings on flat or gently sloping lots.



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The Hayhurst

The Hayhurst duplex in SW Portland was finished in 2010. It has a 1600 square foot single family on the left and a separate apartment with private entrance and garage on the right (an ADU).  The Main Living Quarters has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms with its own large privately fenced back yard.

The Accessory Dwelling Unit part of the building, (AUD) is on the right with its own private entrance, its own separate back yard, garage, laundry, bedroom, bath, kitchen, and living room.

The building site was a challenge not only physically with a slope and a required street improvement but also from a design perspective.  This lot was unique in having streets on three sides, triggering many conflicting city rules.  The result is a semi-custom plan that balanced curb appeal, city requirements and livability. Mission accomplished!


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