Category Archives: Home & Garden

Custom Green Homes in Portland, Or.

Everyone’s moving to Portland these days. The city enjoys a vibrant arts, music, and cultural scene, abundant natural beauty such as the iconic view of Mt. Hood visible from any point in the city, and proximity to world-class ski resorts in one direction and rugged coastlines in the other. Portland’s mild climate makes it possible for a wide variety of plant life to thrive, but the Rose City is green in more ways than one.

Portland citizens have long been at the forefront of environmentally friendly trends, and its residents have embraced everything from fair-trade clothing crafted from organic cotton to shade-grown coffee. Custom sustainable housing options are also available in Portland. Stone Creek Building has been creating eco-friendly homes for years. Headed by second-generation homebuilder and Portland native Mark Beirwagon, Stone creek Building works closely with customers to create the cost-effective, unique, environmentally friendly home of their dreams. Stone Creek’s skilled staff works hard to create the kind of healthy working relationships with clients that result in optimal satisfaction.

Everyone has their own idea of an ideal dream home, and Stone Creek Building is committed to breathing life into those dreams. We work with you to design the home you’ve always wanted, taking into account the individual needs and preferences of you as well as other family members. Our philosophy is centered around building for life, and as one of Portland’s Earth Advantage certified builders, you can rest assured that you’ll get the utmost in design, quality, attention to detail, and partnership collaboration.

Besides home design, our services include property search acquisition information to help you find the ideal site for your dream home, financing assistance to help you find the right lender, and interior design to ensure that your home interior is as stunning as the view from outside. We also ensure that elements of your outdoor living space such as fences, decks, and landscaping meet your specifications. We also create multi-family projects and have extensive experience in custom building in rural areas. Besides new construction, we also do custom remodeling jobs on existing homes.

To learn more about our services, please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience. We’ll brew and pour the coffee while you share your ideas about your dream house.

Ductless Heat Pumps Are A Great Alternative

Do you have an older home that doesn’t have a lot of room for heating ducts and you’re miserable in the summer because your home doesn’t have a proper cooling system?

You may want to look into the new ductless heat pump systems now available.  The new ductless systems offer all of the comfort of a heating and cooling system typically installed during construction, but do not require all of the ducting!

Trying to put a ducted heat pump system into a home requires a lot of effort tearing into walls, floors, ceilings, etc. and in some homes it is all but impossible to install a duct system.

Ductless heat pumps off a great solution for homeowners that do not want to tear up their homes to install a duct system or have homes that cannot support a duct system.

When researching a local ductless heat pump contractor, it is important to ensure they are fully licensed as HVAC contractors in your state and that they are certified to install the type of ductless heat pump you want installed.

Thinking of Building a Home?

It’s the time of year when many people begin thinking about building a new home.  Building a home is a major undertaking and requires a lot of planning to complete home construction in a timely manner and on budget!

Many individuals are researching “green building” which is ofter used to describe building a home in an environmentally safe manner. Green homes and energy efficient homes are now common in many parts of the world.

If you are looking to build a green home or sustainable home, it’s important to work with a contractor that has been certified in the methods and requirements of building a sustainable home.

There are so many decisions that go into building a home, but the most important decision you will make is decided on a reputable, licensed home builder!  Working with an experienced home builder is important to ensure they understand current building codes and methods of building sustainable homes.

Be sure to meet with any prospective home builder to ensure you feel comfortable communicating and working with them.  Home construction can become stressful at times, so it’s important to work with a contractor that you feel comfortable with.