March, 2014
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We hope you and your family stayed safe and warm during this recent winter blast. It's just another reminder unpredictable the weather can be in the Pacific Northwest.

Mark Your Calendars
With Spring and Summer comes lots of work but also opportunities to spend time outdoors with our friends and families. The City of Happy Valley hosts an annual family Fun Run which our company always enjoys attending.

The Fun Run includes a 5k & 10k as well as a 1 mile dash for the kids. If you'd like more info, please visit the city's website.

When: May 15, 2014, 8:00 AM
Where: Happy Valley Elementary School

We invite you to join us this year. Now go find those running shoes and start hitting the pavement soon because the race is just around the corner!

Featured Project - Kitchen Remodel
Our team recently finished a beautiful kitchen renovation in Lake Oswego. Some of the highlights of this project include:
  • Custom wood cabinets (Red Hills)
  • Imported granite slab countertops with designer tile backsplash
  • Arcus Stone hood and fireplace surround
  • Wide plank hardwood flooring

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Our clients were so impressed with the kitchen that they've decided to have us do a master bedroom addition soon.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact us.
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Ask the Builders
QUESTION: I'm planning on remodeling my kitchen but can't seem to find the same color to match my existing granite slab countertops. I even went to the original manufacturer and looked the stone up by the same name. Why is it different and what can I do?
ANSWER: It's important to understand where granite countertops come from and how they are made. Purchasing additional granite is not like going to the hardware store to buy the same tile you purchased a decade ago and expecting it to be the same color and size. Your countertops were cut out of a quarry (most likely overseas) and then sliced and polished into workable slabs. Since it came out the ground, the stone will naturally vary a bit and the longer you wait, the more variation you can generally expect.

The good news is that even though there is lots of variation in natural stone, it's not impossible to find a good match. You may need to be a little patient or widen your search geographically. Some other things you may want to consider is either choosing a completely different stone to accent the existing countertops or replacing all of them.

If you have a question about natural stone or other questions you'd like to ask, contact us!

All the best,
Red Hills Construction Team