The Making of a Handmade Wood Vanity (Part I)

Phil is working on a handmade wood dual sink vanity for a job we’re doing in Northeast Portland.

Handmade Wood Cabinet In Progress 2
Progress on the vanity, with frame.
Bathroom Vanity Door Natural Wood
Bathroom Vanity Doors Natural Wood

Vanity Installed with tile backsplash

The vanity is installed over an electric radiant heated floor.  You can see the start of the tile backsplash, the wall cutouts for medicine cabinet mirrors and the perfect fit between the bathtub and wall.

…stay tuned for more to come, including the countertop, sinks, mirrors, completed tile and finished flooring!


RFB at Home & Garden Show


Rupp Family Builders Logo

Stop by our booth at the Portland Home & Garden show this weekend and say hi!

If you have any family or friends considering a project, have them talk to us.

The show runs February 23 – 26 at the Portland Expo Center.

Doors are open 11am – 8pm (closing at 6pm on Sunday).

Visit the Portland Home & Garden website for more information.

Pricing Your Projects

Here’s a great tool for budgeting that up and coming project or home maintenance work you have had on your mind. Every project has its own variables so you can’t take these figures and project scopes for granted, but you can use this report tool for quick reference on wether a project is within your budget or not or whether a quote from a prospective contractor is outrageously low or high. 

Cost vs Value Report

Winter Weather Tips

Things to do when the Winter weather hits:

  • Drip your pipes to prevent ice blockage / pressure build-up. If pipes freeze, open sink faucet and use hair dryer on affected areas.
  • Optional: Install a water / moisture alarm in the crawl space. This can help minimize damage and alert you immediately should a problem arise.
  • Put a faucet cover insulation over your outside faucets.
  • Cover your crawl space vents.
  • Close your chimney chute, if you have one. This help keeps the warm air inside.
  • If you have good windows, let the sunlight in. If there’s no sunlight, cover them with curtains.
  • Prepare for any snow / ice melting runoff.
  • Make notes of improvements you can make when the weather improves

Things to do in the Spring / Summer / Fall to prepare:

  • Consider replacing your windows. This is one of the best investments you can make in terms of insulating your house.
  • Re-do your weather stripping, where necessary. Around windows, doors, sliding doors and any other openings in the house.
  • Pay attention to the condition of your roof, and get it fixed quickly, if needed. The last thing you want to deal with during a cold streak or spring downpour is a bad roof issue.
  • Check to ensure your underfloor is insulated. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation.
  • Use using foam pipe insulation sleeves to wrap your pipes.
  • Install a smart thermostat or wood stove.
  • Tag your water shut-off valves and let people in the household know where they are. Use bright color tags and maybe a keychain buoy on a leash for ease of finding if a crisis arises.


Simple Rustic Towel Hanger

Accessories Side View

So when you think of your construction projects you don’t have to think ‘Home Depot’. Here’s an example of a custom built adornment that cost wise would be on the level with a mid-level towel bar.

Chances are if you can describe what you want it to look like, we could build it!