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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Customers For Life

April, 2017 Good writers know how to keep you engaged with the story so you’ll want more, often leaving you on the edge of your seat with a cliff-hanging set up for the inevitable sequel. The result of our familiarity with the characters makes it easier to continue with a sequel than start a completely different story. The same can be said for home renovations. Brent and Jill Smith purchased a house on English Hill…

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The Bold & The Beautiful

March, 2017 What’s considered “popular” is not always what’s best. In 2014, one of our repeat customers in Redmond contacted us to renovate their kitchen. The original oak cabinetry and challenging layout provided an excellent canvas from which to create their vision for a vibrantly functional space. Budget conscious finishes were designed and implemented to unveil what has become their favorite room in the house. “Every time I enter my kitchen, I can’t help but…

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Keeping It In The Family

February, 2017 The previous renovation on this back yard deck left an elevated stone patio full of rot. It was improperly planned and executed in the early 2000’s, leaving multiple areas for water to get in and not get out. Kirk and Jann Olynyk agreed in 2007 to complete removal of the pedestal paver system and pre-cast railing system in order to permanently restore the structure. After several months of construction, the completed project included completely…

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Introducing Your Home Improvement Resource

January, 2017 Each month, the content of this page will focus on the issues that affect your home. Written by a veteran local remodeling professionals intent on providing informative, relevant content ranging from design trends, to seasonal maintenance, to jurisdictional policy and planning for a renovation. Michael Tenhulzen is a Redmond native, raised in a family-owned remodeling company with deep-rooted senses of integrity, professionalism, integrity and trust. His wife, Traci joined the company in 2010…

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