Where are you located?

102 W 3rd St. Newberg, Oregon.

How long have you been in business?

Nathan Romine of Romine Renovation & Construction has been in business as an Independent Contractor since September 2016.

Are you licensed and insured?

Yes. Romine Renovation & Construction is licensed in the state of Oregon. We carry current liability insurance and bonding in accordance with the requirements of the Oregon Construction Contractors Board.


What is your license number?

Romine Renovation & Constructions license number or CCB# is 211753. You only want to work with a contractor that is licensed. When you have a contractor’s license number, you can call the State of Oregon Contractors Board and confirm that the license number is valid and up to date.

Can you provide references?

Yes we can! Visit our testimonials and references section on this website. PAGE COMING SOON

How much do estimates cost?

Our consultations are free of charge whether at your home or workplace. Our labor and job cost proposals are free too. There are exceptions, however, which would be discussed with you during your free consultation.

What payment methods do you accept?

Romine Renovation & Construction accepts cash, checks, home equity checks and money orders.

Do you provide a service warranty?

We pass on the manufacturer’s warranty for all materials we purchase for our clients. Some of these are lifetime warranties.

Do you have architects, interior designers, and other specialists on staff at Romine Renovation and Construction?

Yes and no. We do not have architects on staff, but we have relationships with architects and architectural firms. We do offer interior designing, project management, and various trade professions from in house. We deal directly with qualified, licensed subcontractors for specialty trades.

Can you help with the design phase of my project?

Yes. In fact, if all you want us to do is design your project, we will do that for you. You can use us for design, purchase materials from us, and all the construction, or you can use us for any individual part(s).

Who will manage my project? Will they be available to answer my questions? Will they be on the job site regularly?

We work as the Project Manager in every project we work on to ensure it is properly managed. The Project Manager is the owner, Nathan Romine who is responsible for every phase of your remodeling or construction project. As Project Manager we personally know and meet with all the trades’ people who will be working in your home. We manage and constantly inspect all work done by our trades’ people during construction. The Project Manager is either present everyday for part of the day while the project is ongoing or is in contact with the trades’ people everyday to insure the project is running smoothly. The Project Manager is available to you by phone and email at all times.


I need to stay within a budget for my project. Can Romine renovation & Construction work within that budget and help me maintain it?

Maybe. It depends upon what your budget is. During your Free Design Consultation we should be able to tell you if we can work within your budget, and whether your budgetary expectations are reasonable or not. Once we set your budget and prepare a labor proposal, we keep to the price we quote you. We’ll be able to show you materials that should keep you within your budget.

How do I know if I need an architect?

As a simple rule of thumb, if you are removing or adding any walls inside or outside of the structure, you will need an architect to prepare drawings. We can provide all the design services you need in-house, but if and when a licensed architect needs to sign off, we will use one of the architects in our network. This will depend on whether you need a permit from your local building department, or if you live in an apartment building – whether the building management requires that the plans be prepared by a licensed architect.

Once I sign a contract, how long will it take to begin work?

We can start the design process usually within a day or two after an agreement is finalized. The design process and material selection can take quite a bit of time, so the sooner we start, the better it is for you.

Who will take care of securing permits?

We will assist you in the process. It is ultimately your responsibility to pay for the permits and all related fees, but we can help by preparing the paperwork required on our end and guide you through the rest. Building permits require an architect’s drawings, various plans, and other documentation. All of these items must be submitted by an expediter. We can hire these professionals on your behalf and oversee the process, or you may do it on your own if you prefer.

How can I prepare my home for the project?

It will depend upon the scope of work. We will instruct you as to what exact steps you need to take. But, generally speaking, you’ll want to clear out the area being worked on of all your personal belongings that can be removed. Although, we cover the areas surrounding our work area, you’ll want to protect your furniture from dust with plastic and/or sheets.

Can I live in my home during renovation?

That depends on the scope of the project, and quite frankly, your tolerance for inconveniences. If you live on-site during a renovation, you will be inconvenienced. We typically recommend that people make alternate living arrangements during the main construction, because you will see dust, debris, workers going in and out, you will hear loud noises, and see people ripping apart what is probably your most prized possession. You may also be without certain comforts like bathroom facilities for part of the time. This can be quite disturbing to most people

Can I leave my belongings in my home during the renovation?

Yes, but we recommend that you remove everything possible – especially your most important possessions. Although we take extreme precautions to protect your belongings, dust flies everywhere during construction. And, much of it is microscopic so no matter what we (or you) do to protect them, your belongings will get dust particles on and in them.

What measures will be taken to protect my home from dust and debris that result from construction?

We cover floors with either rosin paper or Masonite, depending on the circumstances and we block off the areas surrounding the construction area with heavy gauge plastic sheets. We also cover furniture in the surrounding area to protect it as much as possible.

What do I need to do to prepare for my kitchen renovation?

You can start by getting a good idea for the type of look and style you want. If you don’t know yet, look at some magazines, websites, or watch some home remodeling shows to get some design ideas. Then, contact us for a Free Design Consultation. You will be instructed as to what exact steps you need to take.


Do I need to have design ideas before I start the renovation process?

Absolutely not; but it helps if you do. Your Free Design Consultation is meant to help generate ideas or work through the ones you already have.

What features should I plan to invest the most in for my new kitchen?

From a functional standpoint, cabinetry is probably the most expensive item in the kitchen, mainly because of its sheer volume. However, you can also spend a lot of money on your countertops and flooring, depending on the style and materials you like.

Is re-facing a good solution when your budget is tight?

Of course, re-facing is less expensive than replacing cabinets – but it is usually not recommended. If you are planning to replace doors and drawer fronts you’ll also need to replace the front face of the cabinet frame to make sure the doors and visible parts of the cabinet match. Re-facing the frame is where problems usually occur. If the laminate shifts or peels away, an unattractive seam shows. This is most typical complaint among re-facing clients.

Another reason not to re-face is cost. The most expensive part – about 70% of a cabinet’s cost – is the door. Consider this, if you are already paying for most of the cabinet, why not add a little more and upgrade to completely new cabinets?

There are many options available in cabinets for every budget. If you are already committed to spending time, money and effort on remodeling, consider the value and enjoyment you’ll gain by opting for brand new cabinets

What’s the better cabinet choice – particleboard or plywood?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions when researching cabinets. There is a general perception that plywood is better than particleboard – maybe because plywood has the word “wood “in it. Most people figure plywood is real wood while particleboard is a cheap imitation. Surprisingly, in many cases particleboard is a much better option than plywood.

In order to make the best decision; let’s define these two materials. Plywood is composed of thin sheets of wood glued together. Particleboard is made of tiny wood particles held together with adhesive. Both are strong, durable and make a good cabinet. Also, there are different types and grades of plywood and particleboard. High-density particleboard is stronger and will last longer than plywood. All wood expands and contracts because of changes in humidity. Generally, particleboard is more resistant to expansion and contraction.

Is it a good idea to purchase kitchen cabinets at Ikea?

It’s a great place to research European design ideas. Here’s how Ikea works: Ikea is a high volume retailer offering low priced European-style kitchens. All Ikea products are manufactured in Sweden and shipped to the U.S. To keep shipping costs low, all items are shipped and sold disassembled and the buyer must assemble the cabinets. This works well with tables or bookcases, but is very problematic with kitchens.

Imagine purchasing a kitchen consisting of 10 cabinets. If you receive 10 assembled cabinets, all you have to do is install them. However, Ikea kitchens come in hundreds – even thousands – of pieces and there is a chance at least one piece will be missing. In addition, the assembly process takes time – which will be more costly if you are paying for labor. Another issue is the strength of the cabinet. A cabinet assembled on the job site will never be as strong and precise as a cabinet manufactured in a factory. In addition, Ikea uses very low-density particleboard. If you need to re-drill or nail the cabinet in the future, there is a good chance the low- density material will crumble.

Is Home Depot a good source for purchasing kitchen cabinetry?

The huge stores are very convenient with everything found under one roof. Also, Home Depot’s prices are known to be the best in the market. This is not true, however, with kitchen cabinets. Actually, Home Depot’s kitchen cabinet prices are very similar to those of smaller kitchen cabinet dealers. Home Depot has shown tremendous success as a high volume, low priced retailer but if you are looking for personalized, high quality service, that’s not where Home Depot shines.

The most common complaint of Home Depot customers is that “you are on your own.” No one devotes time to your project – helping you understand, plan, design, price and make the best choices. To keep costs low and prices very competitive, Home Depot’s service must remain basic. Stores are generally understaffed and most employees are not trained designers or contractors.

Is it a good idea to install wood flooring in the kitchen?

Wood flooring is not usually recommended for kitchens. That said, it’s still a very popular choice. If it works visually, go ahead and use it – especially if you are opening the kitchen into an adjacent space with wood flooring. Generally, designers choose other materials over wood because of both the “wear and tear factor” and possible exposure to water damage. Because the kitchen is a high traffic area, the finish will wear off a wood floor more quickly than in other low traffic parts of your home and will need to be refinished periodically. Also, because there is plumbing in a kitchen, wood floors are at risk for water damage. A tile floor is more resistant to leaks and humidity.


I have a “popcorn” ceiling. Is it possible to make it smooth? Is it a good idea?

Popcorn ceilings are usually made of stucco or sand paint. This technique was used on construction during the ‘70’s and ’80’s for the purpose of hiding imperfections in concrete slab ceilings that were never 100% level. In some cases, chunks of these ceiling are beginning to crumble. When repairing a popcorn ceiling, it’s nearly impossible to make the repair invisible.

There are two ways to make these ceiling smooth. One is to scrape and skim coat. This requires more work but will not affect the ceiling height. The second way is to frame and Sheetrock the ceiling. This technique is faster, but will drop the ceiling height by at least a couple of inches. In some cases, it may be an advantage because new framing will allow you to run wiring for ceiling light fixtures or speakers. Wiring through concrete slab ceilings can be very challenging. In addition, some buildings do not permit running wiring in concrete slab ceilings. Changing a “popcorn” ceiling to a smooth surface ceiling is a popular trend. Not only does it allow for better wiring, it also makes the space look cleaner, larger and less dated.


How long does a bathroom remodeling typically take from start to finish?

At the risk of sounding elusive, we really must say that “it depends.” The scope of the bathroom remodeling dictates how long the project will take. For example, if you are relocating your fixtures and reconfiguring the room, the actual construction will obviously take a little bit longer. But, it is important to remember that moving fixtures will generally require building department permits, which will also add to the project time.

What do I need to do to prepare for my bathroom renovation?

You can start by getting a good idea for the type of look and style you want. If you don’t know yet, look at some magazines, websites, or watch some home remodeling shows to get some design ideas. Then, contact us for a Free Design Consultation. You will be instructed as to what exact steps you need to take.

What features should I plan to invest the most in for my new bathroom?

Depending on your style and taste, the floor and wall tiles can be the most expensive. Other possibly considerable expenses are the fixtures and shower system.


Is re-glazing a bathtub a good solution to replacing the tub?

Re-glazing is a great way to save money. It requires less labor and eliminates the cost of installing a new tub. Many older tubs are cast iron – a very sturdy and expensive material. In addition, some older tub models may be deeper than new tubs. Yes, there are several good reasons to re-glaze but there is one big disadvantage — it doesn’t last. The glaze usually begins to wear off within a few years. Depending on usage, the tub may need to be re-glaze in three years. Nothing really replaces the visual appeal of a brand new tub. If you want to do it right and are not limited by budget, replacing the tub is the best way to go.

How long does floor refinishing typically take from start to finish?

At the risk of sounding elusive, we really must say that “it depends.” If the room is empty, or unfurnished, it takes a lot less time than refinishing the floor in a fully furnished room. Also, it depends upon the size of the room and obstacles that exist. As a general rule of thumb, approximately 500 square feet of vacant floor space can be refinished in one day. If, however, any staining is required, the stain must be allowed to dry for one day. Also, if there is furniture in the room, the time for refinishing doubles, at least.

The timing for a new floor installation will depend on numerous variables, such as whether the old floor is being removed, the condition of the sub-floor, building requirements for sub-flooring, etc.

What does it take to come up with a plan to remodel my kitchen?

We will need to work together to develop your wants and needs for your new kitchen. We will start with our design phase. During this process we will blend your ideas with our kitchen remodeling skills to come up with various options that will ultimately lead to the perfect plan for your new kitchen.

How long will it take to design my kitchen remodel?

It will depend on the complexity of the remodel. Reconfiguring the floor plan or deciding on structural changes will take longer. Usually it will take three to six weeks.

What does it take to create an open concept kitchen floor plan?

Every kitchen can have different requirements in order to create an open concept kitchen floor plan, which is one of the most popular models that we do for homeowners. By opening the kitchen to the living areas of the home, both areas benefit from the creation of a more family-friendly floor plan. A more open concept kitchen will also work much better for family holiday gatherings and entertaining friends. Reconfiguring your kitchen may be simple or complex. Either way we can do the work it takes to both design the changes and complete the change from cut off to an open concept kitchen floor plan.

Can I add a gas stove to an all electric home?

It is possible to add propane gas to any home for cooking or a fireplace feature. Gas appliances will need to be specially jetted for propane gas. We will need to have a suitable outdoor area to locate the large storage tank and run the new gas pipe to the needed indoor areas.

Is there an alternative to an electric stovetop if gas isn't practical?

Many homeowners who like gas cooking have found that they like induction cooking equally well. It offers precise control of both temperature and timing. It offers simple cleaning as well as safety features. The top is smooth and doesn’t get hot when in use. It works well with all cookware except for glass or aluminum pots and pans.

What types of kitchen countertops are best?

Replacing countertops is a great way to improve any kitchen. Hard surface counters such as granite and quartz are the most widely used surface at this time. Their price varies. Granite will have more veining and movement in its look. Quartz countertops have more of a uniform pattern and color. They will hold up as well or better than granite. And there are many other options to suit the taste and budget of any project.

Can wood floors be installed in my kitchen?

Many people have installed beautiful wood floors in their kitchens with excellent results. Standing water can be an issue, but normal kitchen activity is no problem. There are also automated water shut off valves that can be installed in your kitchen and laundry room that will shut off the water supply in the case of a leak in an appliance such as a dishwasher.

Can new kitchen cabinets be installed without installing a new floor?

If your kitchen floor was installed after your existing cabinets, there will be no flooring under the cabinets. If you have more of the flooring, it can always be used with your new kitchen cabinets to repair or reconfigure the cabinet footprint. If you don’t have more of the existing flooring, it will be necessary to duplicate the existing kitchen cabinet layout. This does not mean that the new kitchen cabinets will be identical in looks or function to the existing cabinets. Many changes can be made to make your new kitchen more functional and attractive than before. This option is especially desirable for a kitchen remodel with a limited budget.

What size of garbage disposal should I install in my new kitchen?

For most homeowners doing a kitchen remodel, a 1/2 horse power garbage disposal will be all they will ever need. You may want to consider an air switch instead of the usual wall switch. They are a convenient and attractive alternative to cluttering up your kitchen wall with another switch. For homeowners with the disposal switch inside the cabinet, replacing it with an air switch will be the perfect solution.


Do refrigerators come in various depths?

You have three options with refrigerator depth. You can go with the standard depth refrigerator as seen in most kitchens. Your second option is a kitchen cabinet depth refrigerator. They are designed so that only the refrigerator doors protrude past the countertops. This is a popular alternative for many kitchen remodels. These refrigerators have less cubic footage of storage, so consider your needs prior to purchase. The third option is a built-in refrigerator. They don’t stick out beyond the counters and come in wider sizes to offer ample storage space.

What are pot drawers and are they important?

Many homeowners have not had pot drawers in their kitchens especially if they have lived in older homes. Pot drawers are an upgrade from shelves that pull out. They blend in nicely with the lower kitchen cabinets and offer the maximum in usable storage. They lend themselves nicely to storing all types of kitchen cooking and storage necessities. They are full extension drawers. You will have complete access to items in the back without launching an excavation to find them.

What is the kitchen work triangle?

When considering a new layout for your kitchen, we look at the kitchen work triangle. This area is formed by the space between the kitchen sink, the refrigerator and the stove. The idea is that these kitchen items need to be convenient to each other and have counter space next to them for necessary food preparation. When they are placed separately forming a triangle, it allows for a good traffic pattern and adequate work areas around each of these vital kitchen components.

Should I put dimmers on my kitchen lights?

In the kitchen, dimmers allow you to adjust the lighting brighter for when you are working and softer for other times to accent the beauty of your kitchen without the hard look of bright lights. You can create numerous great looks by installing dimmers on pendant lights and your under cabinet lighting. Sometimes just a soft glow of light on your kitchen counter-tops is all you need for looks and function.

What type of microwave is best for my new kitchen?

There are many types of microwaves available to suit your various cooking needs. Your kitchen style and cooking needs will dictate which one is best for you. One of the most popular models is the microwave designed to install above your kitchen range. This microwave will have a built-in hood and stove vent for exhaust while cooking. These microwaves come in numerous finishes to coordinate with your other kitchen appliances. Other options are designed to install into either upper or lower kitchen cabinets. These are a good option if you prefer a higher performing range hood rather than the more utilitarian microwave hood combination.

I need a second oven and microwave, but don't have enough room.

Convection oven cooking combined with microwave power produces beautifully bakes and roasted foods quickly. The convection fan is mounted on the right side of the oven and is surrounded by a heating element, allowing you to convection bake in your microwave at any temperature between 225 and 450 degrees, The microwaves/convection ovens are designed to be built into your kitchen cabinetry. They are extremely functional and the most expensive of the options, although their price has come down significantly.


Is it necessary to have a stove hood?

The hood will exhaust both cooking odors and moisture from your kitchen. This will keep your cooking area fresh and protect your kitchen walls and cabinets from getting any cooking film build-up on them.

Do all my kitchen cabinets need to be the same style and color?

The short answer is no. Depending on your taste, your new kitchen can be designed with contrasting cabinets. Unique looks can be achieved by contrasting the kitchen island cabinets from the wall mounted upper and lower cabinets. On occasion, contrasting upper cabinets from the lower cabinets will create a custom look. Contrasting countertops is another design tool used to customize kitchens and create unique looks.

Should I open my wall between my kitchen and adjoining room?

Opening up your kitchen is one of the most popular remodeling projects with today’s homeowner. The older your home is, the more likely that your kitchen is cut off from the living and entertaining areas of your home. By removing all or part of the wall separating your kitchen from the living areas, you can totally transform both areas. Today’s lifestyle is less formal than in years past. Formal dining rooms and isolated kitchens do not fit with how family and friends want to intermingle and socialize. Opening up your kitchen will transform your family and friends get-togethers.

What will it cost to remodel my kitchen?

No two kitchen remodels are the same. This makes answering any question about cost very difficult. Our focus has always been on service to our clients no matter their budget.

The tighter your budget is, the more creativity and flexibility the kitchen project will require.

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