Give The Stairs A Rest

February 2018 Most 2-story homes are equipped with a laundry room on the main floor near the garage. Since the mid ‘90’s it has been increasingly popular to move the laundry to the sleeping floor, which in most 2-story homes is the 2nd floor. When Lisa and Leo LaBranche moved to a more desirable neighborhood, they discovered only 3 things their new home needed to truly reflect their family’s lifestyle: an expanded kitchen, updated master…

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Construction Chaos

January 2018 In a region shadowed by tower cranes, our local economy is growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the country. The demand for commercial office space, retail stores and high rise housing have Seattle’s construction industry on overdrive. This may be good for our local economy, but it puts an incredible strain on resources like concrete, drywall and glass. Over the course of the last couple decades, the construction labor force…

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Heroes Among Us

December 2017 The last half of 2017 has put insurance companies on their heels. According to an October 10, 2017 article in the Insurance Journal, 22 companies reported a total of $12.8 billion in losses following three hurricanes, a major earthquake, and hundreds of forest fires. Thousands of people became heroes to their communities by exercising their humanity. As a result of this unusually high degree of infrastructure loss, local news sources are bubbling about…

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Wine Cellars

November 2017 In my experience, there are 3 types of wine consumers: Fashionable, Casual & Sophisticated. Fashionable wine drinkers don’t really know what they are drinking, and purchase on an as-needed basis. Casual wine drinkers generally belong to a few wine clubs and keep a couple dozen bottles on hand for food pairings and parties. Sophisticated wine drinkers consider themselves critics and store vast quantities as consumable art. If you consider yourself sophisticated, and free…

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Full Circle Design/Build

October, 2017 In 2007, Martin and Beth Puryear requested a 2-story addition to their home. The goal of the project was to add an office and music room to the main floor with guest suite above. Through the course of design, it was imperative that the addition become a seamless extension of the structure while improving the home’s functionality. As a result, the addition became their favorite rooms. Emma Puryear was 10 years old when…

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Featured Family

September, 2017 Tenhulzen Residential is a contributing partner based in Bellevue, WA. As a Design-Build residential remodeling company, their accountable process means they are the only responsible party you need to work with from design through construction. Michael Tenhulzen is a Redmond native, raised in a family-owned remodeling company with deep-rooted senses of integrity, professionalism, integrity and trust. He met Traci in 2001, married in 2003 and adopted Matthew in 2007. Traci joined the company…

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The Interior Addition

August, 2017 The decision to remodel is a difficult one. Determining the best solution to fit your short-term and long-term needs can be even more challenging. When considering multiple improvements to your home, is it best to do them all at once, or individually over time? It depends on the nature of the remodels, their proximity to each other, financial capacity and tolerance for disruption. Joel and Christine Cherkis came to us requesting an addition…

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Cost Controls

July, 2017 Last month’s article illustrated how budgets can translate into actual costs phased over time. Because every contractor does things a little differently, it is important to know how to avoid surprises. This month, we’re delving into construction cost controls with the Dotson Family’s kitchen remake. In my 20+ years of remodeling experience, surprises are inevitable. The best way to minimize them is through a system of accountability coupled with timely and honest communication.…

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Construction Budgeting

June, 2017 Although every project is unique, they all have at least one thing in common: a spending limit. Each household’s construction budget varies greatly by neighborhood, social status, ethnicity, age, remodeling experience and liquidity. The real trick of the Design/Build remodeling professional is to align the expectations of cost with the vision of the completed project. And then deliver on that expectation. A construction budget is simply referred to as the total sum of…

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Personalizing Your Home

May, 2017 When it comes to updating your home, there are two ways to approach the design: either prep your home for sale, or customize it to fit your needs. Customers like Curtis and Steven Johnson-Meyers tend to want to create personalized spaces, so we ask permission to get to know them on a deeper level to ensure the long-term enjoyment of their home. The master bathroom tends to be the most private room of…

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