We’re a boutique design/build powerhouse in Portland made up of a small group of builders, designers and dream-home makers with years of expertise and our very own exclusive in-house architect. We make it our mission to preserve and create history by crafting the home you’ve always imagined, paying close attention to detail, while making the renovation process as streamlined as possible. We love working with the bones of older homes, but find any home has a unique story to tell. Whether hiring us to tackle a kitchen remodel or whole house renovation, you can expect our one-on-one attention from start to finish. We don’t have receptionists or layers of administration, and you will be on a first-name basis with everyone on our small staff, communicating to us through our personal cell phones. You can even track us down on our custom client portal!
Founder / Leader of the Band
Eric has been building things his whole life. From kid forts to go-karts, to building race cars, Eric decided to turn his passion into his next career and put his enthusiasm for craftsmanship, architecture and creativity to work for others. NWHR was born! With over a decade of previous experience in the tech arena, and starting, managing, and selling two successful services companies prior to that, Eric has a keen sense of relationship organizational skills. He’s also maniacal about all things related to efficiency and value, which his clients truly appreciate.
Eric has spent seven years building and working with the best team of building professionals in the Portland market. His seasoned team has consistently delivered the highest quality finished products to very discerning clients, with a customer satisfaction rating seldom seen in the construction industry.
He knows a renovation of any size can be daunting, so he believes trust is everything and is the foundation to all relationships whether business or personal. What clients love about Eric is how comfortable they feel with decisions they make after having walked through options with him. He likes to put people at ease and enjoys being hands-on with his excavator just as much as he enjoys interacting with his clients, and remains very involved with every detail of how things come together and are formed to perfection.
Just as Eric seizes every opportunity to make a home the best it can be, he strongly believes in experiencing all that life has to offer. From traveling, skiing, and boating with his wife and two kids, to race car driving, or jet skiing in the Pacific Surf, Eric’s done it all and hopes to bring all of his infectious enthusiasm to your next project!
CHRIS BARLOW, AIA
Architect / Spacial Savant
Chris has always had a passion for art and building things. In fact, a significant amount of his childhood was spent mastering Lego sets and plastic models. Knowing Legos wouldn’t end up paying the bills, Chris thankfully decided to harness his creativity to develop architectural designs that are both fresh and innovative. Lucky for us, he’s been directing the creative design for all NW Heritage Renovations since the company’s inception.
With a broad professional and educational background spanning architecture, interior design, historic preservations and new construction and remodels, Chris is ready to tackle all projects and challenges large and small. At the very core of NWHR’s brand is a collaborative design process driven by client goals and vision. This design phase is a back-and-forth effort, and is often when clients truly see Chris’s talents shine as he guides them through his amazing hand sketches and refined presentation graphics.
Chris always goes above and beyond expectations to provide you with an exciting and inspirational design, that is always worthy of your time and hard-earned money. When not engulfed with blueprints and current market trends, he spends his free time with his wife and two young children, and likes to pack his weekends full of activities like boating, swimming, Legos (of course), and family trips near and far.
Emily first discovered her love of interiors while growing up in a house chock full of European antiques and Oriental rugs. These timeless pieces have enlightened and influenced her current classic and clean style.
Emily has been selecting finishes and designing various spaces for NW Heritage Renovations that are both functional and beautiful for eight years. She loves understanding a client's overall aesthetic and bringing that to life in a process that is all things fun, collaborative and mostly effortless. While the planning, design and building process should be pragmatic, she also feels that it should be exciting and inspiring. Emily’s ultimate goal is to take the time-honored elements of design and sprinkle in enough contemporary flourishes that a space does not become staid. She believes interiors should be full of life!
A native Oregonian, she currently lives in the hills above Portland with a husband, two kids and a dog in a 1940's ranch house that was remodeled by none other than NW Heritage Renovations! In her limited free time (see job, kids, dog above), she loves to explore the countryside near and far, eat anything and everything with marvelous friends, and of course devour a good design magazine or two!
Team Lead Construction /Dream-Maker
Garrett has been working with Northwest Heritage Renovations since the start. With a passion for wood-working and furniture making coursing through his veins and lineage, it’s no wonder Garrett exceeds in working construction from the foundation through the finishing touches.
With over twenty years of experience in the design build and renovation arena, his attention to detail and hand-crafted wizardry is unparalled, as he consistently continues to make our clients feel over the moon about their project’s end results. A certified Peace Officer who always looks towards the positive, it’s no wonder our clients inherently trust and like him.
An avid outdoorsman and father of three, Garrett is an engaging, all around good guy who is approachable and full of home building knowledge. He’ll even have a dog treat ready to share with any four-legged friends of yours!
"Eric set our expectations along the way so that our project moved forward as we expected and on the timeline we had set. There were no surprises and if we had questions or concerns along the way, Eric and his team were super responsive and always helpful. With other contractors, we didn’t always have a good sense of how things were progressing, and with Eric, that was never the case. We trusted him completely. He is very selective about the people he employs and contracts with so we felt confident about all the different trades working on our remodel. The quality and design of every detail was crafted with uncompromising craftsmanship. Our kitchen is our favorite place to be now!"
-Erin C. & Ryan K.