Getting Closer to Nature with John Sramek Remodeling

Originally published in Fall/Winter issue of Oregon Home magazine Monday, October 13, 2014.

By Jon Shadel | Photo by Jason Kaplan

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Tucked away from the busy thoroughfares of nearby Portland, this Lake Oswego home has an idyllic setting with large cedar and Douglas fir trees and a lot that slopes down to a gentle creek. Yet when Elaine Yandle-Roth decided to move back to her childhood home, she realized the small outdated windows and limited natural light in the ‘60s-style rancher didn’t take full advantage of the woodsy setting.

“I could’ve gotten a new home, but this one held so many memories,” Yandle-Roth says. Instead, she chose John Sramek Remodeling to help her define and realize her vision of a home that complements the surrounding natural beauty.

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The focal point of the new design is the Lindal sunroom. In contrast to the rest of the house, the room features high ceilings paneled with cedar and clean white walls. Four skylights let in the natural light, and windows along the wall provide a panoramic view of the property. Additional changes to the home include a new living room and remodeled kitchen.

John Sramek faced an imposing challenge in creating the changes the homeowner desired. A towering cedar tree stood in the way of the addition, and its root system complicated plans for the foundation.

With respect for nature and mindful of Lake Oswego’s complex building codes, he and his team were able to keep the tree intact and bring Yandle-Roth’s dream to life.

Interior of remodeled home showing wrap-around wall of windows, granite floors, and cedar ceiling with skylights

A tree–and a homeowner’s dream–were saved, beautifully.

“John did a great job of working within the existing codes to get the job done,” she says. With the eaves of the new roof within a foot of the tree’s trunk, the sunroom is as close to nature as one can get. Sramek made it happen thanks to careful foresight and decades of experience as a general contractor. “I put a lot of time into planning,” he says. “I want to make sure we get all the details just right.”

Yandle-Roth can now sit in the comfort of her home and watch the changing scenery of each season unfold. She is pleased with Sramek’s patience in addressing her many concerns. “He honestly listens,” she says. “John understands that this process can be stressful for homeowners. That’s so important.”

“I like to see it as teamwork,” Sramek adds. “At the end of the day, I always tell homeowners that they’re the ones who live with the choices we make.”

That is why he works closely with homeowners to realize their dreams for a remodel or small addition. “For most homeowners, a remodel is a once-in-a-lifetime project, and I want to make sure the final product is something they want to spend the rest of their lives with.”

John Sramek on HGTV’s New Spaces

Photo of John Sramek being filmed for New Spaces TV show in front of second story addition project in Sherwood OregoniJohn Sramek Remodeling was selected from 300 Oregon applicants to appear on the new HGTV show New Spaces. The episode features an addition we built onto a home in Sherwood.

The project was a two-story home with a single-story attached garage. The homeowners had turned an 8 × 10 den that butted up against the garage into a bedroom for their daughter—who was rapidly outgrowing the small space. We removed the garage roof and added two second-story bedrooms and a storage room, while extending out the original room to make an open study. With a new 12 × 11 bedroom, the homeowners’ daughter now has space to spare!

While being on the show was a ton of fun, part of the process was a little unnerving for easy-going John. Producers were always looking for something to go wrong—and our business is avoiding that. (Spoiler alert!) In the end, however, we finished the project on budget and ahead of schedule. It’s an ideal example of how a contractor and homeowner can successfully work together.

The episode first aired April 10th, 2010.

Read more about this remodel in Two New Rooms by Mikel Kelly.