Coldwell Banker Renovation

It's been a full year since V.A. and Sons Construction Inc. completed a major renovation project for the new location of Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Salem, Oregon.

Coldwell Banker's new office is located at the corner of Union and Front streets, across the street from their old office downtown. 

The project was started in June 2015 and involved a 12,500 square feet building. The project included using reclaimed bricks and wood from other buildings.   

Peter Rogers, president of the Coldwell Banker office,considered the purchase as a strategic move in the commercial renovation of the downtown Salem area.
"We're moving 50 feet," Rogers said. "It's obviously a beautiful building but it has been neglected; it has been held by various owners since 1974."

According to the Statesman Journal article of August 2014,
"Rogers said the building was purchased for $950,000, and he expects a postrenovation property value of $2 million.

"It's fun taking these old buildings and bringing them back to life," Rogers said. "It's an office building, but it doesn't look at all like an office."
Rogers also said he hopes — and expects — to see more business owners and prospective property owners take on projects in the downtown area."

Remodeling for Aging in Place

These days, with so many baby boomers and their elderly parents managing their housing plans and needs, the concept of aging in place is becoming an alternative to moving in with family, or going to an independent living community.

Preparing for Change is Hard
Change is sometimes harder the older we get. even changes that prevent us from needing to make a larger change, like moving out of a home. To manage a home while getting on in years, the following changes need to be considered in order to stay in the home and be able to "age in place". Eventually, when assisted living is needed and in-home care is either not an option or becomes too expensive, a move will need to happen. Before then, most people would like to stay in their own homes, and enjoy their lifestyle as long as possible.

Common Changes and Features for Staying at Home Safely

The most common features of a home that needs to be changed for aging in place is accessibility. Stairs need to be converted to ramps or have escalators installed. Bathrooms need to have more easily accessible toilets and shower stalls with handles. A shower stall without a curb is a popular alternative to avoid falls from stepping over a bathtub wall. Safety features need to be considered such as eliminating the use of small step ladders to reach high cabinets. Lower, reachable cabinets or pantries may need to be built to avoid falling from a small step ladder.
Small bumps or dividers between carpets and other flooring need to be leveled to avoid tripping, as well as any other protrusions from furniture, of fixtures in the home. Heated flooring and added insulation is also another option to consider for increased comfort.

Planning is Important

Planning and learning about all of the options available takes some time, but it is time well spent. Once all of the features and accessibility issues and options have been explored, then an informed decision can be made as to what needs to be done, what is the budget, and when will it be completed?

A meeting with a general contractor can be very helpful in learning about accessibility and various options and their cost estimates.

Remodeling for aging in place can be attractive to those that can still manage their home, especially when made more accessible and safe. 

Featured Exterior Remodeling Blogs

Ideas About Painting, Windows, Siding, and Roofing

by Gene Makarenko
VA and Sons Construction

Over the past year we have published a number of blogs that focus on educational information for homeowners in the Salem area. Here are a few of the blogs that we selected to share today that cover some of the major services that we offer in the area of exterior remodeling. 

A Painting Contractor Recommends Sherman Williams

V.A. and Sons Construction, a painting contractor based in Salem, Oregon, continues to recommend Sherman Williams as a first choice for quality of paint, reasonable pricing, and customer full blog > 

Exterior Remodeling Gains Momentum with Milguard Windows Video

 For this year 2014, it looks like exterior remodeling can add the best value to your home.
 Of course, exteriors can include siding, roof, paint, as well as windows. With "curb appeal" being an important part of real estate sales, the exterior is the first impression that someone has of the home.

Why We Recommend Hardieplank Siding

Here at V.A. and Sons Construction, a Salem Oregon
siding contractor, we continue to recommend Hardie Siding products, also known as HardiePlank® lap siding, as a solution for many homeowners. Known as one of the best engineered products in the industry, HardiePlank® lap siding is the most popular brand of siding in America homes.
Read full blog > 

Roofing Essentials Video Educates Homeowners

Owens Corning provides excellent roofing solutions for homeowners. In addition, they have some great educational videos on the "nuts and bolts" of roofing; what all is involved in the process besides the shingles that you see on the surface. Like an iceberg, the surface is only a part of the whole picture. Owens Corning's Video - Roofing Essentials Accessories shows all the other parts of the story and why they are important as well as the shingles on the top.

V.A. and Sons combines years of remodeling and building experience (since 1996), an excellent reputation, and the ability to handle any remodeling project from start to finish.

V A and Sons Construction Corp.
Gene Makarenko
1532 Betty Lane SE
Salem Or. 97306
503-851-5279 cell
503-399-0179 fax

New Craigslist Ad Posted

VA and Sons Construction just posted a recurring ad on Craigslist, shown below, as a test to see if searches for siding, remodeling, decks, painting, or handyman searches will result in phone calls for free estimates.

As a Salem Oregon contractor, we are focusing on local residents in all areas, especially South Salem where we are located.

In addition to Craigslist, we also have a Facebook page, and a Twitter account. We are beginning to use social media in our marketing efforts for 2014.

VA and Sons Construction Inc - 503-851-5279

Salem Siding Solutions Windows Solutions
Roofing Painting
Kitchens Bathrooms

"We have worked with V.A. and Sons Construction on three separate projects in the past seven years; two on our Salem home and one at our business. We have been impressed with their scope of knowledge, experience and ability to execute a project in a timely, professional manner, with a mindful eye on our budget. We would not hesitate to use Gene Makarenko and V.A. and Sons Construction on any future project. It is nice to be able to recommend this company to our friends, family and clients."
Sincerely Sharon and Larry

About V.A. and Sons Construction
> Established and doing business in the Salem area since 1996
> We are family owned and operated
> We have established three construction businesses,
including Comfort Homes LLC, well known in the area for new construction.
> We started out with remodeling, siding, windows, and painting, and over time we have become experienced in building homes from start to finish, so we can handle any project that you need.
> We will give a fair and best estimate for every project and will beat any other price if we have to. Don't sacrifice quality by getting the cheap bid! We have seen many homeowners regret that after the fact. We combine affordable pricing with excellent workmanship.
> We can save you up to 40% in materials costs, and pass through our savings to you.
Gene Makarenko
Owner, V.A. and Sons Construction
Licensed, Bonded, Insured
CCB# 113701

All About Siding Solutions in Salem Oregon

V.A. and Sons combines years of siding installation experience, an excellent reputation, and top quality products to continue to meet or exceed our customer’s expectations for their siding projects. We provide the full range of siding solutions and help you to make an informed decision on what works the best for your needs and budget. We have experience a large selection of the following types of siding solutions: hardiboard siding (fiber cement), red Western cedarwood siding, and stone siding. For a free estimate on siding installation or siding replacement call us or click on the banner below.

Benefits of Residing
There are many reasons why to reside, and you may already have one or more of the following happening now:
  • Defective siding or improper installation of the siding on your home.
  • Prevention or repairs of water damage,  dry rot, or leaks.
  • Satisfy or avoid a repair addendum requirement in a real estate transaction.
  • Detection or prevention of mold or fungal growth.
  • Functionality and aesthetic  look of the siding – style, color, durability.
Wood siding
is very versatile in style and can be used on a wide variety of homes in any color palette desired. Though installation and repair is relatively simple, wood siding requires more maintenance than other popular solutions, requiring treatment every four to nine years depending on the severity of the elements to which it is exposed. Ants and termites are a threat to many types of wood siding, such that extra treatment and maintenance that can significantly increase the cost in some pest-infested areas. Wood is a moderately renewable resource and is biodegradable. However, most paints and stains used to treat wood are not environmentally friendly and can be toxic. Wood siding can provide some minor insulation and structural properties as compared to thinner cladding materials.

Masonry sidings
are varied (brick and stone) and can accommodate a variety of styles—from formal to rustic. Though masonry can be painted or tinted to match many color palettes, it is most suited to neutral earth tones. Masonry has excellent durability (over 100 years), and minimal maintenance is required. The primary drawback to masonry siding is cost. Precipitation can threaten the structure of buildings, so it is important that the siding will be able to withstand the weather conditions in the local region. For regions that receive a lot of rain, such as Oregon, some wood sidings have been known to suffer underlying wood rot problems with excessive moisture exposure. The environmental impact of masonry depends on the type of material used. In general, concrete and concrete based materials are intensive energy materials to produce. However, the long durability and minimal maintenance of masonry sidings mean that less energy is required over the life of the siding.

“Green” Siding

Of course we are not referring to the color, although that might still be the choice of some. We are referring to the benefits of a hardiplank siding. It satisfies the green motives of many homeowners and commercial projects by being sustainable, durable and using less of our natural resources (trees). Specified on LEED® certified buildings such as the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council, ranked among the highest LEED® rated buildings in America.

Read testimonials about hardiplank siding:
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Welcome to Our New Remodeling Blog

New Remodeling Website "Under Construction"

We are in the process of developing a new website that will focus on our wide range of remodeling services in the Salem Oregon area. Main topics will include pages and articles on Siding, Roofing, Kitchens, and Baths, as well as windows, entry doors, additions, decks, patios, and other remodeling areas. 

Need a remodeling project in Salem, Oregon?
We are an established and preferred remodeling contractor favored by both homeowners and realtors in the Salem area. We look forward to proving an estimate for your remodeling project after you have browsed our site.  Need to contact us now? Text or call 503.851.5279