“The Tenhulzen Yard”

This year’s annual company photo is a compilation of individual head shots to replicate the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard. Dai Ross Photography directed our crew of favorite jerseys into various positions. Our 5th AVATAR (Annual Vendor And Trade Awards Recognition) and 2018 poster release will be “On Location” at JM Cellars in Woodinville. Previous AVATAR events were “In Theater” (2014), “On Stage” (2015), “In Studio” (2016), and “Backstage” (2017). Annual photos from previous years are linked from the…

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The Accessory Dwelling Unit

September 2018 If you’re reading this, your home is likely on a sizeable lot and comfortable for a family of four or more. You may be nearing retirement with your significant other, having raised your children in a 3,000+ square foot home with three garage bays full of memories, and a decaying sport court amidst a plethora of intimidating yard work. In the current housing market, it doesn’t make sense to downsize when entering the…

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Safety: The Most Important Part Of The Job

August 2018 Kam and Patricia VedBrat went through a relatively complex remodeling project to their Bridle Trails home, which included over 250 separate safety concerns. From digging, to climbing, to welding and even the use of a crane, each safety concern was repeated many times per day throughout the course of the project. If one were to calculate each potential chance for injury, the figure would be in the millions. But how is it possible…

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Green Building Options

July 2018 As a result of increasingly strict building codes, homes are becoming safer, more efficient and ultimately more costly to build and remodel. In most cases, government regulation stifles industry. But innovation and regulation are not mutually exclusive. Some of the best innovations come from adapting to such change. The Built Green program was innovated at the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties over 10 years ago. Regarded as one of the…

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The Art Of Remodeling

June 2018 When it comes to remodeling your home, our customers tend to focus on the art of the finished product, not the art of the elements found within the process. Artistic qualities can actually be found in the design phase, production scheduling, and even the execution of construction. Some remodeling customers capture the process through imagery, such as creating a scrapbook or detailed blog of the events. Most are simply fascinated with the seamless…

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Neighborhood Values

April 2018 Location, location, location. That’s the Real Estate mantra – and there’s a lot of truth to it. Where we choose to live says a lot about us. How we choose to live, defines our connectedness to those around us. It’s in our nature to live in proximity to one another. Ancient clans were stronger as they grew in numbers for protection, support and attaining resources. If you’ve ever used the phrase “it takes…

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Building Community Through Philanthropy

March 2018 As a builder, we make a living by turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Enriching each home and its occupants on the average of forty times a year – year in and year out. We build unique solutions for unique needs and improve intrinsic values of homes in our community. And we love what we do. So when it comes to volunteering our time in the community, there’s no better joy than doing…

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2017 SAFE Award

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is the national parent organization for the state Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) and local Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA-KS). Although it is nice to be recognized at our local and state levels for craftsmanship, we find that national recognition is a bit more competitive. Traci Tenhulzen manages our safety program, which is designed at its core to ensure that our field crew…

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Panelist: Past, Present and Future of Remodeling

The Remodelers Council at the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties meets monthly throughout the year to educate, network and inspire.  The January 2018 meeting was a panel of 5 owners who were asked to compare then to now and peer into what the future might hold. Dunn Lumber’s podcast of the event is an unedited audio recording of the presentation to a room of roughly 75 council members.  Michael Tenhulzen can be…

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AVATAR 2017

Our Annual Vendor And Trade Awards & Recognition event was hosted “back stage” at our office this year. The theme for the poster was based on the Magnificent Seven remake, as suggested by our carpenters. Food and beverages were western-themed as well.   Nearly 30 attendees congratulated 7 award winners in the following categories:   Creative Solution Award: Becker’s Custom Cabinets for custom vanity mirror Safety Award: CTD Excavating for trenching extra deep footings Memorable Moment Award:…

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