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January 10, 2104 Bellevue, WA A camera crew from VMG Studio 520 requested volunteers to read individial lines of an unpublished bedtime story.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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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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Holiday Greetings

‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the town, Homeowners were all talking about what’s going down. Tenhulzen moved to a creative, fun space, And wonder-ers were wondering what was was in that fine place. At last there are pictures, of what I don’t know, If we go there to look, it will be quite a show. Time keeps on tickin’, that much we agree, So make time to see us, or click here…

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Relational vs. Transactional

Over time, the customer interaction with business has become more transactional. This phenomenon is most likely because of more readily available information. Businesses choose their position on the scale of relational to transactional. You can tell where on the scale a business falls by their level of customer interaction.  In The Wizard of Oz, the wizard would have been far less trustworthy had he stayed behind the curtain. Our business is considered quite relational. Especially…

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Lakeside Modernization

Award-winning daylight rambler reconfiguration on constraining site. Reconfiguration of the exising kitchen/living room area yielded a more gracious entertaining space with unobstructed views and natural lighting. Intentional design programing yielded conforming the appliances and cabinetry to the occupants, rather than just for aesthetics. A combination of drawers and doors were configured to accommodate specific storage and task needs. Abiance and entertainment are viewable from the kitchen to maintain an inclusive feel. A 12-place rustic table…

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Bubble Bath

The primary goal of this project was to brighten the bathroom with a more contemporary feel.  Budget constraints maintained the locations of all the fixtures, however clever ideas were introduced to make the space feel completely different. A larger shower with soap and shampoo ledge set up the accent bubble tile that aligined with a new window.  The lower stripe carried from the vanity baksplash, past the tub and around the shower. Contrasting colors and…

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