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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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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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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Safety: The Most Important Part Of The Job

August 2018 Kam and Patricia VedBrat went through a relatively complex remodeling project to their Bridle Trails home, which included over 250 separate safety concerns. From digging, to climbing, to welding and even the use of a crane, each safety concern was repeated many times per day throughout the course of the project. If one were to calculate each potential chance for injury, the figure would be in the millions. But how is it possible…

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Green Building Options

July 2018 As a result of increasingly strict building codes, homes are becoming safer, more efficient and ultimately more costly to build and remodel. In most cases, government regulation stifles industry. But innovation and regulation are not mutually exclusive. Some of the best innovations come from adapting to such change. The Built Green program was innovated at the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties over 10 years ago. Regarded as one of the…

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Building Community Through Philanthropy

March 2018 As a builder, we make a living by turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Enriching each home and its occupants on the average of forty times a year – year in and year out. We build unique solutions for unique needs and improve intrinsic values of homes in our community. And we love what we do. So when it comes to volunteering our time in the community, there’s no better joy than doing…

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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 strain on resources like concrete, drywall and glass. Over the course of the last couple decades, the construction labor force…

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