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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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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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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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…

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Evolution of the “Consumer” Web Source

Last summer, TR received a bad review on Yelp from someone who is not even a customer. The complaint was about how vehicles were parked at a construction site. As with most consumer-based research sites, there is no way to resolve a dispute before it is publicly posted. Alternatively, we welcomed a ridiculous complaint on our Localloop profile page. The initial comment and response were subsequently posted on our Facebook page. Dispute resolution is just one…

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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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Parental Housing

The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a popular way to provide separate and independent living quarters for aging parents.  This project added a bedroom, 3/4 bath, kitchen and living space with separate outdoor entrances.  A common indoor entrance was shared through the garage. The overall impact on the property included upgrading the septic system to accommodate the additional bedroom.  In terms of resale, it was estimated that up to 75% of the cost could be…

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