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H&H co-owner Sam Hagerman returned from his travels to Bhutan and shared a look at passive building principles in early structures.

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From the beginning of time, the most common building materials have been the most common materials in the immediate environment. This of course means that early buildings were built of dirt, a material that is plentiful, cheap, and malleable. Piece of rammed earth from ancient Bhutanese building (all photos by Sam Hagerman) Many of the... Read more »
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"When we build let us think that we build forever..."

In our latest video, the philosophy and inspiration behind our high performance building work is illustrated with stunning aerial shots of some of our Passive House projects. Enjoy!
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We've started work on a 34,470 square foot office TI project for Instrument! Take a look inside: http://bit.ly/1Hqn2Fa
Hammer & Hand has started work on an ambitious office tenant improvement (TI) for Instrument, a digital creative agency based in Portland. Instrument had outgrown their previous headquarters and was watching for the right space when the new One North development on the corner of N. Williams and Fremont caught the firm’s eye. Holst Architecture—with... Read more »
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Like many in my generation, I’ve been worried about global warming since I was young. I was introduced to the concept as a college student in the early 90s, years before climate change began making daily headlines. Today the scale and severity of the climate problem is much discussed, and I’ve lately been on a... Read more »
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Hi Dave, sorry for the delay in answering. Our Passive House expert Dan Whitmore's response is as follows: "The 3.5" of mineral wool insulation is exposed at the exterior surface to the Ventilated Drainage Cavity. Incidental bulk water which gets past the siding/cladding could reach the surface of this insulation. However, due to the hygrophobic qualities of the material, water will not be drawn into the mineral wool, instead draining down the surface."
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Take a look at the before and after of our Skyline kitchen remodel project in this video featuring H&H project supervisor Melissa Peloquin.
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Norwegian Passive House architect Bjørn Kierulf will be presenting his work and the natural building materials and methods he uses to build Passive Houses Saturday, February 21 noon - 2pm at our Glasswood building (Xico's upstairs).
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1020 SE Harrison St Portland, OR 97214
1020 Southeast Harrison StreetUSOregonPortland97214
(503) 232-2447hammerandhand.com
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Rachael Holland
3 years ago
After a nightmarish experience with an unlicensed contractor, I turned to Hammer and Hand to undo a disastrous bathroom remodel. My partner and I had been without a bathroom for 6 weeks! Hammer and Hand mobilized immediately, produced an estimate and began work within a week of my first contact. We enjoyed the relationship with our project manager Kevin and lead carpenter so much that we engaged them to finish a long-delayed bedroom project as well, and are currently developing a basement remodel that will hopefully begin next month. We love our new bathroom and it’s cozy heated floor. Kevin and the crew were professional and reliable. They finished the project under budget and on-time. I highly recommend Hammer and Hand for any project, big or small. Thank you Hammer and Hand!
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Amber Jane
2 years ago
I would never use this company. Their contractor came out to give us an estimate on redoing our deck, and said he would email us within the next 4 days. Almost a month later I called them to see if maybe they had gotten the wrong email adress or something. Their receptionist said that the guy was still working on the estimate. WTF. Either they dont care about doing small (10,000) dollar jobs or their really flaky. Either way I would not reccomend them.
A Google User
3 years ago
Hammer & Hand recently completed a kitchen/powder room remodel in our 1913 craftsman-style house. This involved complete demolition down to the outer wall studs, followed by rebuilding according to a new plan. From start to finish, our experience could scarcely have been more positive. All of the H&H crew were talented, hard-working, and congenial. Mark Johnson, the crew leader, deserves special praise. He made sure the project proceeded at a steady pace, and was extremely conscientious in assuring that the work was done to our satisfaction. Working with Hammer & Hand was a pleasure; our beautiful new kitchen is a testament to their professionalism. David S.
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A Google User
4 years ago
From our first meeting in April, 2000, to the present, I have highest respect for Daniel and Sam, the owners of Hammer and Hand. They have an unsurpassed "we can do this" attitude that leads to the best results for homeowners. They have completed projects for many of my clients, in addition to building my new Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home in Oregon City, which won the Home Builders Association Excellence Award in 2009. They followed my plans to the minutest detail, creating custom details like a perfectly level and square stepped four-foot eave overhang, and crown moulding that enhances every room. It's a joy to work with Hammer and Hand; they know how to get everything done right!
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Cris Tee
3 years ago
It's clear many have had a good experience with Hammer and Hand, but I did not. The subs that worked on my project were top notch, but my project manger was HORRIBLE. I'd love to name him by name, but I'm not sure I wouldn't be sued. The project management was almost nonexistent. My emails and phone calls went days (weeks sometimes) without being answered and out of desperation to get my project done, I ended up working with the subs myself. My project was small, and maybe this is why there was so little attention or consideration giving to it and me over the five long months it took to get it done. My advice, DO NOT use Hammer and Hand for a small project (or at all). My project manager dropped the ball over and over; it was amazing how unprofessional and ineffective he was. I'm extremely resentful that I paid Hammer and Hand's huge prices and in the end, the project got done not because of them, but despite them and their mismanagement.
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A Google User
3 years ago
We used Hammer and Hand to remodel a dangerously steep stairway in our 1924 home. They helped us with every aspect of the project- from finding an architect and working with him to determine the dimensions of the project, to working with us to complete this project within a tight time frame and budget. Everyone who came to our home was courteous and tidy, and made an effort to familiarize themselves with our vision of the project. Any questions we had were answered in a timely and thoughtful manner. Everyone was friendly and helpful. This is a great company and we highly recommend them to anyone wanting to do either a large or small project.
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A Google User
3 years ago
We were introduced to Hammer and Hand through Clean Energy Works of Oregon to add energy efficient updates for our home. Kevin was saintly-patient with us as we determined our best course of action for upgrades. We decided to prioritize our updates with blown-in wall and attic foam insulation. The entire crew was knowledgeable and efficient, clean and polite. I was impressed with the finish work that I was not expecting including paint updates. The results have been cozy and the house feels more like a home. We are looking forward to working with them in the future for additional work.
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A Google User
3 years ago
Hammer and Hand recently completed an energy efficiency upgrade in our 1943 house (through CEWO). Our home, especially the upstairs bedrooms, was always chilly. We decided to do all of the recommended upgrades (furnace, water heater, insulation in attic, basement walls & crawlspace). Each of the H&H crew, and their subs, was a pleasure to work with. We knew when work would start, when it would end, when the inspectors were coming. Our house is so much warmer now. I would recommend H & H anytime! JP
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