Green Building Best Practices are incorporated into everything we do.

We’ve been doing some of these things since before it was called “Green building”. To us it is simply being smart about what we do. Be efficient with the materials, and pay attention to the details, because doing every step right is what makes a beautiful, long lasting project everyone can be proud of.

 

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New Construction

30 years of cutting wood and driving nails ensures to client and architect that details and dimensions are right, windows fit properly in openings, there is blocking where there should be blocking, and there is integrity in every aspect of the project.

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Remodels & Additions

We have achieved a 90% recycling rate, reuse what we can and send as little as possible to the landfill. From no VOC paints and finishes to roofing products that don’t pollute runoff we promote materials that maintain long lasting beauty while protecting the environment.

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Kitchens & Bathrooms

Some of our clients need or want to remodel their home in stages. We’ll work with you to put together a multi-stage or multi-year plan in such a way to maximize efficiency.

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Light Comercial

In addition, we are now able to provide Design/Build Services in conjunction with SageDesignsNW. We are certified Lead/Safe Remodelers with the E.P.A., and WAPO certified Earthquake retrofitters. We practice "Total Jobsite Containment" to ensure the health and well being of our clients and workers.

Additional Family Additional Floor

 

This “War Box” home needed to expand. Not nearly big enough for the family with 4 teenagers, the solution was a two-story addition that more than doubled the size of the original house.
Three bedrooms and a loft were added as well as a big new kitchen and an adjacent sunken family room. The kitchen features custom cherry cabinets with Richlite counters and a Island with a countertop made from a lane from an old bowling alley from the area. Great storage is provided from the pantry with full-depth pull-outs and chubbies for coats and shoes (and cleats in this case). The home is heated and cooled with a mini-split system and hot water is provided by an on-demand hot water heater so everyone gets a hot shower after coming home from a cold game or going skiing.  

 

 

 

 

Net Energy Positive Home

 

The house that used to sit on this lot was recycled into many parts of the new home. From the framing to the handrails to the front porch structure, echos can be found if you look for them. This home was built built for a family to grow into. Big open public spaces and amenities to make life easier can be found throughout the house, like the laundry chute or the central vacuum, but the super efficient systems are the real features here. Super insulation and air sealing coupled with a Mini-split heat pump that heats and cools the upper and main floor and a Sanden CO2 heat pump which heats the basement concrete slab and supplies hot water to the home. A 9 KV Solar system supplies electrical power and as there is no gas to this home; this makes it easy to regulate and track power consumption. The kitchen features locally made  custom cabinets and durable Richlite countertops. The exterior is sided with Corten steel which rusts to a certain point and then stops, which is long-lasting and maintenance free.

 

 

 

Carkeek Park

 

With two growing children this family had outgrown the constraints of this classic mid-century modern home in North Ballard near Carkeek Park.  The solution is an addition that doubles the size of their living room and adds a master suite.

 

 

Salmon Bay Community Lending

 

We were brought in to transform this space from a Salon to a Mortgage Brokerage. The plans called for the creation of multiple types of spaces, from open workstations, to meeting rooms, to individual offices. An open, comfortable feeling was intended so we used vibrant colors and textures, coupled with the warmth of Clear Fir trim and Bamboo standing desks supported by recycled doors. Cork was used for a soft, durable floor and for sound privacy.

 

 
 

Farmhouse Update

This Ballard farmhouse had the classic challenge of a chopped-up floor plan, a too-small kitchen, and no master suite. The solution was an 8 foot addition across the back of the home, and a big recycled beam opening up the interior. The new kitchen features simple yet elegant cabinets with a mix of quartz and butcher block countertops. The new bathroom features wall hung fixtures and a linear drain for the shower.

 

Craftsman Bump Out

 

Older Craftsman homes typically have beautiful living and dining rooms, and not-so-great kitchens and bathrooms, as was the case here. However, there wasn’t a lot of space to expand the kitchen due to the lot  constraints. What ended up working here was a 14 foot, 30 inch deep cantilevered bump out into which we placed most of the home’s major appliances. Beautiful soapstone counters and stained glass cabinet doors compliment the custom cherry cabinets.

 

 

 

Woodlawn Remodel

 

A complete reimagining of this property resulted in one of the first 5-star Built Green Remodels, the “Green Remodel of the Year” Award from the Master Builder’s Association, the “Judge’s Choice” Award from  “Built Green” and publication in “Fine Homebuilding” Magazine.  A new second story, super insulation of the entire structure, radiant floor heating, and extensive use of recycled materials are features in this project, but what really sets it apart is the beautiful detailing and craftsmanship throughout the home.

 

 

 

Functional, Bright and Beautiful

 

This family needed more space, wanted a larger kitchen, and had some challenges and considerations that we needed to tackle. The solution was a kitchen addition and master bedroom suite situated on the lower floor as one of the clients had mobility issues.
This project won the “Bathroom of the Year” award from the King and Snohomish County Master Builders Association.