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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“Bite Size” Remodeling = Featurette

In our vernacular, a featurette is to a movie, what a service repair is to a remodeling project. Featurettes include:   DECKS & RAILINGS  |  FLASHING & SIDING  |  INTERIOR REPAIRS  |  GRAB BARS  |  WINDOW & DOOR REPLACEMENT  |  SAFETY LIGHTING       This December and January, we are offering featurettes at employee pricing for new customers. It’s kind of like hiring a handyman without inheriting the limitations of a handyman. Experience the quality and care…

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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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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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2017 SAFE Award

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is the national parent organization for the state Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) and local Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA-KS). Although it is nice to be recognized at our local and state levels for craftsmanship, we find that national recognition is a bit more competitive. Traci Tenhulzen manages our safety program, which is designed at its core to ensure that our field crew…

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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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