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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The Accessory Dwelling Unit

September 2018 If you’re reading this, your home is likely on a sizeable lot and comfortable for a family of four or more. You may be nearing retirement with your significant other, having raised your children in a 3,000+ square foot home with three garage bays full of memories, and a decaying sport court amidst a plethora of intimidating yard work. In the current housing market, it doesn’t make sense to downsize when entering the…

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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 stronger as they grew in numbers for protection, support and attaining resources. If you’ve ever used the phrase “it takes…

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Panelist: Past, Present and Future of Remodeling

The Remodelers Council at the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties meets monthly throughout the year to educate, network and inspire.  The January 2018 meeting was a panel of 5 owners who were asked to compare then to now and peer into what the future might hold. Dunn Lumber’s podcast of the event is an unedited audio recording of the presentation to a room of roughly 75 council members.  Michael Tenhulzen can be…

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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, 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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