Howling Dog Design & Construction LLC

Faithful, loyal and good . . .



We have used Charlie twice on home improvement projects, and will not hesitate to call him again. Our last project was an upstairs bathroom remodel. Charlie designed, built and installed two custom medicine cabinets that perfectly matched the style and construction of our 1926 home. The project was finished on time and under budget. Not only is Charlie a master craftsman, he is a pleasure to have in your home.

Max and Jana, from Laurelhurst 


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The fireplace mantel and bookcases in our 1910 bungalow was in terrible shape. We wanted the replacement to reflect the period of our house.  Charlie accomplished this goal to our complete satisfaction. Precision in design and construction is one of Charlie's many strengths. In this case the mantel and new tile surround needed to be built to exactly fit the new gas insert. There was really no room for error. Charlie came to the house for our initial consultation. He was friendly yet professional and an excellent listener. Subsequently he provided via email complete design schematics for our approval. We were completely happy with process as well as the final product. Charlie completed his work on schedule and without disruption. He was always patient and professional in response to any questions we had regarding the project. When the job was finished we were sorry to see him go. Actually, we were so pleased with his work we later asked Charlie to remodel our back deck and to completely rebuild the stairs and under stairs cabinet system in our finished basement. We would not hesitate to contract with Charlie Riggs regarding future projects. 

Dirk & Patsy Ploog from Southeast Portland

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Charlie crafted a mantel for my house that was custom fitted for the not quite straight wall and sloped floor and every inch is gorgeous.  He drafted the design, selected beautiful cherry wood, crafted and installed it exactly the days he specified. We are extremely happy with his work and it was fun to see his excitement about the work.

Susan Bratton, MD 


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We hired Charlie to do a large project for us and would recommend him to anyone. We felt that Charlie gave us a first rate product at a very fair price. He did what he said he would do, when he said he would do it, and because he was willing to work with us, it resulted in little disruption to our lives. Charlie's meticulous attention to detail extended to every aspect of the job, from beginning to end he was on time, and he always left a clean workspace which was vital as we were living in the workspace. He provided assistance with difficult choices concerning materials and scope of work, without attempting to make additional work, or expense for our family. He helped us achieve a very positive change in our old home, bringing back period appropriate elements that had been eliminated in a previous remodel. It was such a pleasure having Charlie around, we would gladly have him back for any future projects.


Lyndon and Tara Ruhnke from Southwest Portland


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Thank you, Charlie, for the very positive home construction project.   

I love my new fireplace!   What a delight to walk into my living room to the "new look."  My neighbor said when he saw it, "It looks as though it has always been there,"  a compliment to how well it fit into the environment and how appropriate the design was for the space.

A few years back, I had a very frustrating bathroom remodel.  Your project, Charlie, was exactly the opposite of that experience.  Your project was completed on time and within the costs you estimated.  You were always available to me for consult, you met every scheduled appointment, and you kept the work area clean and tidy.  I asked for your advice on selecting materials and you provided that while encouraging me to pick what appealed to me.  I valued your recommendations for electrician and stainer.   You were a delight to have in my home.  Working with you on this project has restored my faith in being able to have a pleasant and positive, well-run home project.  I'm thrilled with the result and would be happy to recommend your work to anyone.  


Donna from West Portland


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What a pleasure and relief it is to have a contractor/craftsman that you can rely upon to provide quality work on your home!  Over the past 10 years we have hired Charlie to do finish work on a kitchen remodel, build a new railing for our deck, replace/repair trim work on the exterior of our home, and most recently he removed and replaced a bathroom floor that was damaged from a plumbing problem as well as supervised the work of the plumber and tile setter.   Besides being a skilled craftsman, Charlie is an honest and kind man who we greatly enjoy having in our home!


Mark & Maren from Mt. Tabor 


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Charles Riggs designed, constructed and installed a new mantel for our fireplace. The final product is a wonderful addition to our house. Initially, the fireplace was faced with used brick, without a mantel surround. Charlie designed a mantel that matched the existing woodwork in the house. His drawings helped us to visualize the final product. We selected marble tiles to cover the brick, Charlie provided a tile layer for installation of the tiles. Once they were in place, Charlie measured, fabricated and installed the mantel surround. It is really beautiful. Charlie is very meticulous. He created a wonderful mantel. The installation process was painless, with no mess. Additionally, the tile layer that Charlie provided did an excellent job. Also, when he left for the day, the work area was clean and neat. This whole experience has been extremely positive. Charlie was a pleasure to work with, his design and construction skills are outstanding. If we have further changes to make to the house we will call Charlie for the job!

Margaret of West Linn