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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2017 Chrysalis Award

This master bath renovation won the national Chrysalis Awards in 2017 for ‘Bath Remodel $50,000 – $75,000′.  Designed by Ronda Lane and produced by Cary Longmire, this project significantly enhanced this 1970’s Redmond home.  Description of the award entry is as follows: Scope: The homeowners desired a complementary bath and privacy in their master bedroom.  The vision was to create a 5-piece low-maintenance contemporary suite with grey tones, utilization of space and increased natural light. …

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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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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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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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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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Springboard for Design Careers

Local design firms differ a lot in their mission, processes, core competency and employee development. As an innovator and industry leader in the Design/Build Remodeling industry, Tenhulzen trains design staff in a proven process-driven system. This training has developed the tools necessary for some of our design staff to start their own respected design companies, including: Autumn Donavan Lynn Dillon Ellie Baker Don Larkin Terence Tung   Tenhulzen Residential is recipient of numerous local and national…

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Perspective On Design

This L-shaped room addition was deisgned to include a mud room and sunspace with retracting doors to a covered outdoor grill. More complicated and detailed improvements like kitchens and specialty rooms are more difficult to visualize.  That’s where perspective renderings like this wireframe help a great deal. Very few people can view and really understand a 2-dimensional set of plans. 3D design software helps our customers and carpenters alike. In 2012, we selected Chief Architect…

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