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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Casting Call For Trailers

A trailer is a condensed summary of a performance, often narrated to fill in the visual gaps. If you and your project are ready to be captured in a video short, this is a great opportunity to share your experience throughout the design and construction processes. Each production is no longer than 45 seconds and can be a fun way to share the experience. “This video trailer got more likes than anything I had ever…

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The Impact of Freezing Weather

We’re not used to having the temperature dip below 20 degrees. Snowmageddon is termed not only for our inability to effectively manage snow removal, but also for the effect it has on our housing stock. From heaving ground to bursting pipes to damaged roofs and drainage systems, our homes take a beating in the severe cold as indicated in this article from 2009. Most of the damage caused is invisible. Cracking foundations are perhaps the…

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Rain+Wind=Downed Trees

If you have ever added water to a potted plant, or pulled weeds after a good rain, you know that water tends to loosen the soil.Following a series of heavy rains, the top soil layer gets saturated above the dense rocky clay in our region. Trees tend to stand less of a chance against strong winds. Those that don’t blow completely over from losing their grip to the soil may break at some point up…

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