Portland’s leading association for remodeling professionals recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, noting continued membership growth and an industry that is flourishing despite a national slowdown in new construction.
The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland’s Remodelers Council consists of the area’s top remodelers, subcontractors and suppliers who work together to promote quality and professionalism in the home remodeling industry. In the past 10 years, the council has grown to 260 members and currently is the third largest in the United States.
Last year in the Portland Metro area, more than $308 million was spent on residential remodels– up 34 percent from 2006. And that is not just a lot of retiled kitchen floors – the average amount spent on a residential remodel in 2007 was $71,836. The number of permits issued in the Portland Metro area for residential remodeling projects rose 19 percent last year.
“Our members take pride in their craft, have years of experience in the field and are knowledgeable about the newest and most innovative products on the market,” said Steve Heiteen, owner of Heiteen Construction and 2008 Remodelers Council chairman. “One of the big reasons our group continues growing fast is that we are committed to ethical business conduct and we encourage our membership to invest in training and education.”
The National Home Builders Association estimates that Americans spent $235 billion in home remodeling in 2007, up from $233 billion in 2006. Remodeling accounts for 2 percent of the US economy and 40 percent of all residential construction.
Each spring, Portland’s Remodelers Council produces the Tour of Remodeled Homes, which showcases the top remodeling projects in the area. They also are active participants in the Home Builder Association’s Spring and Fall Home and Garden Shows, and RC members are involved in several fundraising events throughout the year to support local charities. In the last two years, the group has raised more than $10,000 for the Home Builders Foundation, which creates shelter opportunities for the disadvantaged and provides educational opportunities for future generations of industry professionals.
The Council has been recognized nationally for its energy, commitment to the industry, dedication to the community and government affairs efforts. To date, the Council has won 10 prestigious Council Awards for Demonstrating Remodeling Excellence, the highest national honor any council can receive. Category wins include Outstanding Community Service Project, Outstanding Member Services and Education and Outstanding Public Relations and Promotion Program.
To find out more about the HBA’s Remodelers Council, visit http://www.homebuildersportland.org.