Northwest Renovation Magazine

A Home Improvement Magazine


The quest for appropriate hardware can be very confusing, and the choices overwhelming! For those looking to select appropriate hardware for their period home, there is the need to understand what would have been used in a particular time period, coupled with personal taste. For our purposes, the focus will be on the kitchen and bath areas. These are the two rooms most commonly “re-muddled” in vintage homes. Sometimes it may be just too expensive to remove a previous owner’s misguided mangling... more

Small, unique, family-owned, intimate, and wildly busy, are the terms that best describe Portland OR-based Truax Builder’s Supply. Founded in 1946 as a wood window manufacturing and sales establishment, Truax today remains a family-owned business. A fire in 2004 led to the construction of a new showroom, but the company is still located at 10949 SE Division Street. Small in that it resides in two modest buildings with only 17 employees, Truax is not small in scope when it comes to... more

With vintage houses and buildings, the hardware and lighting are architectural “jewelry.” In any renovation or restoration, attention to detail is crucial to a successful outcome. And among the many details, matching the style of hardware to the period of the architecture is critical. Actually, any changes to a vintage or historic house or building need to be considered with regard to what is right for the period of the architecture and the individual building. Mid-Century Modern Sputnik... more

If you live in North Portland you now have your own vintage house parts business. Salvage Works is located in the historic North Portland Kenton neighborhood, and offers a wide array of reclaimed vintage architectural salvaged house parts. Salvage Works also offers handmade custom furniture and collectables and hosts shows by local furniture makers and artists as part of Kenton’s Third Thursday Art Walk. Owned by finish carpenter and furniture maker Preston Browning. Browning moved to Portland... more

The American builders’ hardware industry has produced an endless array of architectural hardware over the years.  These are the light fixtures, door hinges, and door escutcheons, and of course the doorknobs that allow us to enter and leave our homes as we please. Over the past century and a half, companies ranging from small regional lock makers to family companies that grew into well-known national corporations changed lighting and hardware technology forever and designed some of the most... more

While traveling around town it is easy to notice creative uses for recycled articles that have had a previous life with another purpose. Portland is especially great for this because we recycle everything. Almost all things can have a second life and that a good thing. Old house parts left over after a remodel or deconstruction can be recycled into another home. They can also have a second life reused as something functional, rustic, or whimsical. Old doors, for instance, can be made weather resistant... more

Hippo Hardware & Trading Company Hippo has long been a resource for historic and hard-to-find hardware, plumbing, doors and windows, light fixtures, moldings — just about anything that can be salvaged and/or restored. So, whether you’re undertaking a major renovation and hoping to maintain the original architectural integrity of your project, want to replace that vintage door handle or glass globe, or just spend some time peeking into the past — make Hippo one of your destinations. 1040... more

Flea market gems can make or break a redecorating or restoring project. Flea markets, however, have nothing on the Portland ReStore. Unlike the search and destroy practices that overstock our landfills, here it’s all about search and reuse. This process is good for the pocketbook, good for the community, and great for the non-profit sponsoring organization, Habitat for Humanity. If it’s quality materials and great prices you are after, here you can hit the mother lode. When entering... more

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