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View Capital Builders’ latest projects. New construction Remodels and more, Capital Builders can help breath new life into your living space with our experienced eye for design and construction.

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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Repeat Clients: 2227 SW Troy St

Repeat clients let you know that you are doing things right.   Our project list grows with these clients: add air conditioning,  replace water main, window replacement, microhood install, bathroom remodel, cut doorway into bedroom, asbestos abatement,  install sliding patio door and back patio, clean up basement ceiling’s electrical, plumbing and mechanical to finish later.

Repeat Clients: 2227 SW Troy St 2017-09-18T06:20:37+00:00

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.

Scappoose, Custom Prairie Shell 2017-09-03T22:17:46+00:00

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.

Raymond Street, Portland Home with Attached ADU 2016-12-21T23:52:58+00:00

Bella Vista

Renovation

Friends of ours contacted us requesting we inspect their siding. Their home had an older, smart panel (oriented-strand board with one finished side), siding product for approximately 30 years.  After inspecting the siding, we could see where it had failed around the meter main, due to lack of flashing and there were issues elsewhere: under certain trim boards, and at their deck ledger board.  Having already paid for some repairs last year we recommended not throwing good money after bad. They love the look of their house, so with a focus on longevity they decided to replace the smart panel product with with Hardipanel.

To start this renovation, we tore everything off the lower levels, fixing dry rot and wrapping the house from the ground up, which included calling the utility company to disconnect power, pulling the meter main off the house and putting it all back together.  The front flowerbed as dug up where dirt had piled up against the siding and we installed house wrap and aluminum (never rust) flashing.  We replaced a door jam, replaced the exterior lighting and then began installing the 50 lb panels.

The project took longer than expected due to complications matching the new material with the previously installed material, but you can see results in the images below.  The best part?  Our old friends are still our friends!

Bella Vista Photos Before Renovations

Bella Vista Photos After Renovations

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Improper Flashing Leads to Dry Rot – 6203 SW 21st Ave, Portland, Oregon

Dry Rot

We originally met this client from working on a new construction project next door.  One of our trees fell across his house during a storm.  Rather than argue about whose fault it was, we went over the same day to tarp over a hole made in the roof.  We went over the next day to remove the tree, cut up the wood and cart away the branches.  We then repaired the damage to his roof at no charge.  Don’t you wish we were your neighbor?!

I have found that doing the right thing often gets rewarded.  After repairing storm damage to his roof, the owner asked us to look into the cause of a small area of dry rot.  Demo, carpentry, insulation, roofing?  Yes, we can.

Water is the enemy of any structure.  Nine times out of ten, water intrusion problems can be traced back to lack of adequate gutter cleaning.  Most settling, cracking, dry rot, heaving driveways, etc. can be traced back to gutters.

In this particular case, almost all of the roof penetrations were improperly flashed by the original roofer. A normal roof would have let the owner know immediately that it was having a problem.  This roof, however, was made up of multiple layers of asphalt shingles, asphalt paper, oriented strand board, plywood, rigid foam insulation, and finally tongue and groove decking.  The owner only became aware of the problem after many years.  The damage spread over two thirds of the total roof area.

 

The work of a general contractor over time speaks for itself.  This owner was so pleased with our work, he was considering paying us to travel to San Diego to work on his home there!

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Improper Flashing Leads to Dry Rot – 6203 SW 21st Ave, Portland, Oregon 2017-09-03T22:17:47+00:00

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.

6207 and 6209 SW 21st Ave. 2017-09-03T22:17:47+00:00