Do You Own the Land Under Your Home?

A recent prospective customer contacted us to remove 6-feet of their 3rd car garage to ensure the structure was 5-feet from the property line. The prior owner had built the non-permitted garage 1-foot over the neighboring line. After several months of deliberation, the title company is reimbursing expenses to ensure the structure complies with county property line regulations. Title insurance exists to compensate for disputes between land owners over property lines and for the proporty…

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Intimate Design

Mixing it up:

Most meetings are held in our conference room.

Meeting at the designer’s desk allows for on-the-fly changes with Chief Architect design software. Floor plans are easily converted to 3-dimensional perspectives to help visualize position and scale.

Our magnetic whiteboard has a projector for an enhanced experience of our interactive design process.

2014 Cost Vs. Value

The annual Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value Report is available to compare the trending relationship of home improvements relative to home sales.

This report is based on multiple data points throughout construction and real estate industries. Individual results may vary. Most categories over the past few years have been trending upwards, indicating the investment in your home has a higher likelihood of being an actual investment.

 

Time To Un-Yelp!

The consumer website Yelp.com has been receiving increasing push back from the business community for several years.It has clearly become a convenient way for an individual to humiliate a company without restraint. It’s like picketing a storefront without having to make the sign, create a clever chant, recruit friends or stand out front for hours on end. So if the reviewer had a bad experience with a business and wants place to rant, Yelp makes…

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Leading Ladies

January 10, 2104 Bellevue, WA A camera crew from VMG Studio 520 requested volunteers to read individial lines of an unpublished bedtime story. The goal being to release the story on Youtube and track it’s effectiveness. All 6 of our office staff took part, reporting that it was wierd staring into the lens of a camera. Being “on camera” is how we train our staff to perform for our customers. Thanks to VMG, this 15…

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Architectural Plans receiving Edits

To Permit or Not To Permit

That is the question we are receiving on a more regular basis than ever before. Why is that? It seems the word has gotten around that the permitting process is increasingly difficult. The combination of stricter guidelines and budget cuts have extended the review process up to 2x in some jurisdictions. Building permits exist in the interest of public safety for enforcement of the building code. TR always recommends getting the appropriate permits for compliance…

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Building @ “Brickfest” 2014

January 4, 2014

Tenhulzen Residential sponsored this inaugural event at the Kirkland Boys & Girls Club.  Michael, Traci and son Matthew enjoyed building vehicles, buildings and landscapes from roughly 20,000 bricks.

2 dozen kids from 5-14 years old enjoyed 7 tables of various Lego bricks including mechanized contraptions.

Prizes were awarded for Lego bridges that could support the most weight.

Michael Tenhulzen gets creative      Brickfest bridge building competition

Proceeds support the Keystone Club in their effort to develop community leadership.

What is “Green”?

Some believe in saving the planet. Some believe in personal responsibility. Some believe in sustainable resources. Being Green is a sum of each of these relative to improving your environment. Th practice of green building is based in sustainability. This comes from the saying “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” And that doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be expensive. A sustainable home requires little maintenance, a relatively low energy draw and good…

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