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Tualatin home a stop on Portland-area Tour of Remodeled Homes

Nye family moved out last summer, came home to a 'whole new house.'


PHOTOS COURTESY OF COOPER DESIGN BUILDERS - From top to bottom, before-and-after photos show how the downstairs of Mike and Stefanie Nye's Tualatin home was transformed by an whole-house remodel last summer.The Tour of Remodeled Homes is next weekend, and a Tualatin home is one of its nine destinations.

Mike and Stefanie Nye hired contractors to make over their house in south Tualatin last summer. The remodel was so extensive that the family actually had to move out for a few months while the work was done.

“We basically had to move two times,” Stefanie said. “We had to move everything out, move into an apartment.”

Mike said they moved out in May and came back in September. He described the feeling of moving back into their remodeled home.

“It really felt like a whole new house,” he said. “It was pretty darn exciting.”

Stefanie said they “basically started from scratch,” replacing most of their furnishings. Even their silverware is new, she said.

The Nyes bought their house in 2008, Mike said.

“The developer did a really nice job, but everything was really developer-grade, and it was getting a lot of wear and tear,” he said. The couple had a child, and with another on the way — born just a few weeks ago — they decided it was time for a makeover.

Both Mike and Stefanie used the word “efficient” to describe their remodeled home. The house is less than 3,000 square feet in size, Mike said, but with the changes they have made — making over the kitchen, knocking out a wall to create a great room downstairs, converting a small upstairs bedroom into a master closet and more — the space has been optimized.

“The house is so much more than we thought it was going to be,” he said. “It's pretty awesome.”

“We're definitely happy with it,” Stefanie said. “It seems way more modern, but it still has the kind of cozy factor to it.”

The contractor for the construction was Cooper Design Builders, with interior designer Amy Troute in charge of the furnishing work, Mike Nye said.

The Tour of Remodeled Homes is March 12 and March 13. Tickets are available for $22.50 from the event website.

Other local stops on the tour include remodeled homes in the Beaverton, Lake Oswego and West Linn areas. According to a map on the Tour of Remodeled Homes website, all but two of this year's nine featured houses are west of the Willamette River.