Since the 1970s I’ve been involved in the process of designing and building spaces that speak to the needs of people in their homes. I registered with the Oregon Builder’s Board in 1978, specializing in ceramic tile setting. In 1989, I obtained a degree from PCC in architectural drafting, and in 1990 became a licensed general contractor. In the 1990’s I focused on drawing plans for builders and homeowners, while continuing my remodeling work. Tile setting, cabinet installation and finish carpentry are my favorite “prettying-up” tasks for the renovated or new home.

I particularly enjoy working with people to help them balance their aesthetics within their budget constraints. I welcome client participation in all aspects of the work, including participating in the work itself, as a way to reduce costs and engage in the project.

I work directly with homeowners, design professionals, and builders- as a designer, consultant, general contractor, tile setter and carpenter. Lilybuilds offers help with many stages of your project. Whether you are the architect, general contractor or homeowner.

On a more personal note, I am a musician with the Cedro Willie Band. If you enjoy “harmonious roots music,” check out our website at www.cedrowillie.com.

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Lily did two tile jobs for me. The first was in the 1990′s when she advised us on a bathroom and tiled our beautiful new shower. The second was several years ago when she tiled the back-splash in our current kitchen. What a great improvement in appearance and function of the bathroom and the kitchen!  … Continue reading Susan T/Portland, OR

Susan T/Portland, OR

Lily Heller is a great contractor to work with. She has design skills and is able to help clients achieve the style they are looking for. She is very resourceful, and always keeps the work reasonable, practical and good looking.

Judith R/Interior Designer

Lily Heller remodeled our kitchen about 8 years ago and we returned to her to do a bathroom remodel this year. We love the results from both projects. Lily is reasonably priced, a good communicator and does great work.

Timothy and Lynn T/Portland, OR

On time, on cost and well led. Lily and team did a great remodel of our kitchen, addition of a bathroom on our second floor and conversion of our garage to a mother-in-law. I’ve used her three times and three times she delivered.  She is very knowledgeable and efficient.

Chris S/Portland, OR

Lily Heller is a crafts-person with the highest standards.  The bathroom walls she tiled for me were done with precision, down to the smallest detail, and are still beautiful and flawless more than a decade later. She worked with me on design and materials before the job to insure that everything would look great and … Continue reading Sara/Portland, OR

Sara/Portland, OR

I want to let you know how pleased I was with the work that Lily Heller, Heller Building Design, did for me on the deck she built for me.  Her work was a high quality, it was completed in a very timely way.  We are thoroughly enjoying sitting on it in the nice weather.  I … Continue reading Art A/Portland, OR

Art A/Portland, OR