Green Building Options

July 2018 As a result of increasingly strict building codes, homes are becoming safer, more efficient and ultimately more costly to build and remodel. In most cases, government regulation stifles industry. But innovation and regulation are not mutually exclusive. Some of the best innovations come from adapting to such change. The Built Green program was innovated at the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties over 10 years ago. Regarded as one of the…

Details

The Art Of Remodeling

June 2018 When it comes to remodeling your home, our customers tend to focus on the art of the finished product, not the art of the elements found within the process. Artistic qualities can actually be found in the design phase, production scheduling, and even the execution of construction. Some remodeling customers capture the process through imagery, such as creating a scrapbook or detailed blog of the events. Most are simply fascinated with the seamless…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

Earth Day 2017

Dozens of volunteers descended on Woodmoor Elementary April 22nd to create a new walking path and flower beds. Among the volunteers were Michael and Matthew Tenhulzen, supplying laser level, excavation tools and the company truck, which was used to haul building materials and debris. This 6-hour event was supported by the PTSA and administration to beautify the school entrance and enhance outdoor curriculum. Volunteers included parents, students, school staff and Boeing employees. Over 2 tons…

Details

TR Crew To JLC Live

The TR Production Crew took Amtrak from Tukwila to Portland last Thursday to attend the JLC Live trade show and education conference.  Arriving mid-day Thursday and departing mid-day Friday allowed for the opportunity to absorb all the information available at the Portland Conference Center. The primary goal of this trip was for all 7 of our production crew to continually improve customer service. Educational sessions included communication, scheduling, building technology, finish carpentry and indoor air quality. Despite reports…

Details

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…

Details