Renaissance Homes opens new design showroom in Lake Oswego
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Visitors to the Oct. 27 open house for Renaissance Homes’ new Renaissance Design Studio toured the space — located at 16771 Boones Ferry Road — and learned about new home features including material selections, getting a feel for how the company’s customized homebuilding process works.

Renaissance Homes' completed new design showroom puts its products - and homebuyers - center stage.

'It's exclusively for Renaissance clients,' said the homebuilding company's lead designer, Sandie Hume. 'And we're right across the parking lot from our corporate office.'

Located at 16771 Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego, the boutique showroom's open house Oct. 27 brought out a curious bunch of home-industry professionals looking to discover what finishes were available for Renaissance homebuyers.

'Randy always has the cutting-edge stuff, so we wanted to check it out,' said Drake Butsch from First American Title of Renaissance's president Randy Sebastian.

'It looks really great,' added Gary Phillips with Gary's Vacuflo.

Winners of 40 Street of Dreams awards in 25 years, Renaissance builds high-end housing with a focus on buyers looking for energy efficiency and customizable features.

And this year, the company launched its Vintage Collection, focusing on new spot lots in Portland with a 1920s to '40s architectural style. The company is also know for it's suburban subdivisions.

'This is our vintage room - you have to go through a vintage-style arch,' Hume said while touring the new showroom.

The millwork to accompany the arch is 'exactly what you'll see in our vintage houses,' she said.

Buyers can choose all materials - everything from the exterior stone and front door to light fixtures and countertops - for any purchased Renaissance home at the design center.

'For a (lower level), the space has lots and lots of light,' Hume said. 'And I've pre-boarded all the color materials into four palettes - yellows, taupes, reds and greens.'

This way, the process of choosing material selections isn't as daunting for homeowners. The pre-gathered selections give clients a starting place.

'As a company, we're including more features. We're including things we used to charge for (such as) an eight pound pad on all of our carpets. And we've upgraded all of our millwork,' Hume said.

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