Meet the Owners

Michael Tenhulzen was born into remodeling. His residential construction career began in the family business. Visualizing a home’s potential is one of his many talents. As Director of Tenhulzen Residential, it is Michael’s responsibility to create the environment for crew and customers to have the best experience possible.   Traci Tenhulzen has been a business owner and is just as comfortable in one-on-one conversations as she is presenting to a large group. Her expertise is…

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Voluntary Consultation

Construction site safety is one of the most important things we do. The Governor’s recovery plan has begun with the first phase allowing projects that had begun prior to the shut down, to continue within specific guidelines. In effort to verify our COVID-19 protocols are appropriate, we invited an L&I inspector to two of our job sites. During the consultation, the inspector was impressed with: Employee training Site specific safety site binders PPE use and…

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Getting Back To Work

Starting with the first reported local COVID-19 case in January, our region has experienced unprecedented shut-downs of business activity. As the science and health communities continue to stress the importance of limiting the spread of this virus, government agencies are beginning the process of opening up lower risk private sector industries. The residential construction industry is expected to be among those allowed to re-start in the first phase of Governor’s pending recovery plan. This means…

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Costs On The Rise?

We’ve been tracking lumber, labor and fuel prices for the past several years as a trend indicator for residential construction costs. The dramatic drop in lumber over the past couple months, combined with a lagging and less significant drop at the pump suggests the best deals will be limited to the next several months. If you haven’t already dreamed up your home improvement project and on track to have built before the end of the…

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Virtual Design Meetings

Thanks to modern technology, several of our current design customers have enjoyed developing their projects through the magic of online platforms. This video outlines how we can safely perform the design process for the foreseeable future. In most cases, we are scheduling a single visit to our customers’ homes rather than the 2 to 3 visits under normal circumstances. During a single site visit, 1 or 2 members of our staff photo document and measure…

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Design Center Virtual Tour

Lots of things prevent us from personal interaction: meeting conflicts, treacherous roads, illness, and social distancing to name a few. Recognized for the National SAFE award, we take safety of your family and our crew members very seriously. This virtual tour is the next best thing to visiting our Design Center in person. The green markers indicate navigation points throughout the space. Red markers for video content, blue markers for web links and yellow for…

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Contamination Prevention

There is no substitute for having extra time. Our customers are enjoying being able to focus on the improvements to their homes. Virtual meeting platforms give us the flexibility to continue the design process without risk of cross-contamination. Although most of our world is planning to shut down, we will continue to operate our pre-production process in effort to be ready to start construction when given permission to do so.   Zoom has proven to…

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Home Improvement Pandemic

While quarantined and working from home, we find lots of time to dream about what our homes could be. Whether your needs are upgrades, repairs or complete replacement, we have the experience to help with inspiration. And not just to accommodate today’s needs, but to think through how the improvements will function as the needs change over time. The planning phase can take a few months, so we recommend starting the process. For example, if…

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Raise Bridge or Lower River

Bigger is not always better. When a home starts to feel like its not functioning the way it is supposed to, the natural tendency is to add more space. But more square footage does not necessarily mean a more spacious or efficient house. Instead of raising the bridge, consider lowering the river. That is to say, instead of adding another room, try transforming existing rooms into spaces with dual purpose. ´╗┐Remodeling is a Green building…

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AVATAR 2019

This year’s Annual Vendor And Trades Awards Recognition event was hosted at McMennamins Anderson School in Bothell, WA. Jack and Pat Tenhulzen were honored with an introductory video and provided historic reference to the company, its involvement in the community and their influence on the remodeling industry. From 1979 to 2008, including leadership roles in the local, state and national builders organizations. Jack was president of the Master Builders Association in 2008. Their on-stage presence…

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