Neighborhood Values

April 2018 Location, location, location. That’s the Real Estate mantra – and there’s a lot of truth to it. Where we choose to live says a lot about us. How we choose to live, defines our connectedness to those around us. It’s in our nature to live in proximity to one another. Ancient clans were…

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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,…

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Construction Chaos

January 2018 In a region shadowed by tower cranes, our local economy is growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the country. The demand for commercial office space, retail stores and high rise housing have Seattle’s construction industry on overdrive. This may be good for our local economy, but it puts an incredible…

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Heroes Among Us

December 2017 The last half of 2017 has put insurance companies on their heels. According to an October 10, 2017 article in the Insurance Journal, 22 companies reported a total of $12.8 billion in losses following three hurricanes, a major earthquake, and hundreds of forest fires. Thousands of people became heroes to their communities by…

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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.…

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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…

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Featured Family

September, 2017 Tenhulzen Residential is a contributing partner based in Bellevue, WA. As a Design-Build residential remodeling company, their accountable process means they are the only responsible party you need to work with from design through construction. Michael Tenhulzen is a Redmond native, raised in a family-owned remodeling company with deep-rooted senses of integrity, professionalism,…

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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…

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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…

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