Bathroom Remodels by Portland Contractor Hammer and Hand add Value, Utility and Beauty

The best bathroom remodels involve a carefully choreographed dance of finish experts and subcontractors, accompanied by close designer-builder-client collaboration. Portland contractor Hammer & Hand knows the dance steps for beautiful, on-time, and on-budget bathroom remodels.

Portland, OR – May 6, 2011 (via — Successful bathroom remodels, whether simple surface updates, historically-accurate restorations, or modern master bath additions, require first-rate project management prowess. Why is there such a need for highly-accomplished coordination skills when working on the smallest room in the house? The concentration and variety of finishes present in the bathroom.

Imagine cutting a cross-section through the wall of a bathroom. As in any room of the house, the wall’s framing, drywall and paint are exposed by the cut, but so are the tile, plumbing, electrical, fixture connections, and glass that are integral to every bathroom. Each additional material represents an additional tradesperson involved.

“The remodel of a bathroom means piling a whole bunch of tradespeople on top of one another in a space the size of a closet,” says Daniel Thomas, co-founder and CEO of Portland contractor Hammer & Hand ( ). “And that requires some really skillful project management.”

This choreography of craftspeople and subcontractors might mean slotting a morning for trade A, followed by an afternoon with trade B so that trade A can come back the next morning to finish up in time for trade C to perform their work, and on and on. Each step in the process depends on previous steps, and impacts future ones. It’s all interconnected and tightly woven. Managing the process requires finesse and elan.

The concentration of finishes in bathroom remodels also makes the designer’s role crucial, elevating the importance of designer-builder-client collaboration in project development.

“The consumer is confronted by a massive maze of un-parsable information,” explains Thomas. “In our design / build collaborative process, the designer takes three thousand choices and distills them down to a handful of options that are right for the house, the budget, the client and that don’t disrupt the schedule or our critical path to project completion.”

Bathroom remodels by Hammer & Hand ( ) include:

1. The full gamut of design styles, from Victorian restorations to high-concept modern designs.
2. Designer-builder-client collaboration that empowers clients to make easy, informed decisions.
3. Expert project management and subcontractor coordination.
4. Craftsmanship, precision, and sustainable design and construction expertise.

“Don’t let the bathroom’s small size fool you,” says Thomas. “It’s a room that demands design intelligence, careful craft, and subcontractor choreography.”

Visit to learn more about Hammer & Hand’s bathroom remodels, and to view a video of bathroom remodel images.

About Hammer & Hand:
Since 1995, Portland remodeler and contractor Hammer & Hand has been dedicated to stewardship of the built environment through craftsmanship and building science: everything from bathroom and kitchen remodels to new high-performance green homes. The firm also offers handyman repairs, home energy audits, and upcycled furniture. Visit for more information, or e-mail

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Press Contact:
Zack Semke
Hammer and Hand
1020 SE Harrison Street
Portland, OR


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