PSE Energy Assessment

If you have ever wondered how efficient your home is in comparison to the average statistical data, you should schedule an appointment with one of their professional energy advisors.  During the visit, the technician will inspect the crawlspace, attic, windows, appliances and faucets. The report you receive details the recommendations to reduce your energy usage for heating your home and water. Building codes are driving the energy efficiency of new homes and renovations by incentivizing…

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Introducing Your Home Improvement Resource

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 after several…

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Cooking During a Kitchen Remodel

During a kitchen remodel, there are few alternatives for meals. A temporary kitchen in an adjacent room or in the garage makes the process a little more bearable.  In most cases, the temporary kitchen reduces the inconvenience of the construction process. Away space is very important during any renovation. Honoring and respecting the privacy of a home is difficult to do when construction takes over. By setting and maintaining expectations of controlled chaos, most customers experience far less…

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The Other Boomerang Generation

In recent years, we have increasingly performed projects for middle-aged couples with their parents in mind. Specifically, to encourage the older generation to move in with the younger one. In most cases, the best solution for this growing demand is to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) attached to the single family residence. ADU’s generally incorporate universal design elements which make it manageable to navigate through a comfortable living area, functional kitchenette, one or two…

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Message From Santa

Happy Holidays! Not sure where your kids fit on Santa’s list? Check to see if they have been naughty or nice. Would they like a personalized message from Santa Claus? Each year, a very special jolly bearded man in a red suit visits our house to spread cheer with his reindeer bells, songs and presents. My favorite part is experiencing it through the eyes of my son….especially when he is excited about it! All the…

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The Evolution of the Home

Over the years, the home has been used for different purposes. 1940’s – 1960’s: Rooms were relatively small and secluded. Gatherings were held in the living room or on the patio, and it was not uncommon to ask your neighbor for a cup of sugar. 1970’s – 1990’s: Larger common areas for entertaining made “cocooning” the term used for home-bound activities. The 2000’s have made the home function more as a “hive of activity” where…

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Staying Put

Baby-Boomers have made it plainly obvious they do not want to spend their waning days in a retirement facility. The residential construction community recognizes this and has geared up for the Aging-In-Place phenomenon. For nearly a decade, renovation experts with the CAPS designation have been accommodating special needs while maintaining a residential sense about the home’s active areas. Flush floor plans with universal design elements are making it easier for people of all ages to…

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How much would you be willing to sacrifice in your home if your lifestyle depended on it?

When consulting with prospective clients, we often use automotive analogies like: “remodeling by cost per square foot is like buying a car by the pound”; or “your decision to buy a Mercedes instead of a Buick establishes the value you place on quality, service and warranty”. Car analogies like these can even delve further into lifestyle choices. For example, I recently exchanged a Jeep Grand Cherokee for a Mini Cooper S convertible as my primary…

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