We are underway with a good sized addition and Seattle remodeling project in north Seattle. The new portion of the house is one great room on the main floor which will include a beautiful custom kitchen that opens up to a luxurious dining/living room complete with a flagstone faced fireplace. The original 1940s era house will largely stay in tact but will get a face lift. We will swap out some of the trim, install some new built in cabinets, fix the cracks in the plaster, refinish the oak flooring and put on a fresh coat of paint. The entire exterior will get re-sided and have a cedar trellis installed with custom exterior gates for privacy. The thoughtful design of this Seattle remodeling and addition project keeps the street appeal of the original house in tact and basically hides the addition in the back. However from the back yard the addition looks quite imposing which is where the trellis and associated plantings will come to play to soften the monolith. The entire second floor of this Seattle remodeling and addition project is the master bedroom suite. The master bedroom suite is very airy with clear story windows, a Juliette balcony and 12 foot high vaulted ceilings. The master bath is quite roomy with a double vanity, and a jetted tub tucked under two corner windows looking out over the owners large park like back yard. I’ll post more pictures of this Seattle remodeling project as we move further along.
We recently completed this beautiful custom contemporary craftsman home in the greenlake neighborhood of Seattle, WA. The family has owned their home here in greenlake since the mid 90s. The original home was just shy of 100 years old and had come to the end of its useful life. There were however a few things that were worth saving for the new custom home contruction. The owners had recently replaced the furnace with a high efficiency gas furnace and a high efficiency gas hot water heater which were removed from the original structure and stored for re use in the new custom home to be built. Also some of the original fir flooring was salvaged and donated to a local used building supply company. As are most infill projects in Seattle the lot conditions were tight and with a full basement with 9 foot ceilings some creative shoring had to be implemented to maintain a safe working environment as well as protect from damaging the neighboring properties. Also when faced with tight site conditions, areas available to stage materials park trucks are at a premium, and coordination between material deliveries and tradesman activities must be well orchestrated to maintain an efficient custom home construction process.
Even thought this custom home has many “high end” components to it we worked diligently with the owners to build the house to suit their budget as well as their tastes. This always results in tradeoffs and in my opinion the owners did a great job communicating their vision to us, the custom home builder, so we could more easily steer them in the direction of cost savings where it made sense. With good communication and cooperation between owner and custom home builder we were able to finish this home under $300 per square foot which is a great value for the owners. We really enjoyed working with the owners on the project and had a great time putting this house together.
I was recently asked to speak about home remodeling on the local KIRO radio program Home Matters. If you missed it you can catch here. Happy remodeling Seattle!
Aside from painting, staining and finishing wood and drywall there are many more substrates that will receive paint and/or coatings in any given home remodeling project. Steel, aluminum, concrete, concrete block… The key is to select the right paint or coating for the job. Using the wrong paint or coating in your home remodeling project can be catastrophic to final results. A paint designed specifically to stick well to concrete may not be the best choice for painting your steel deck railing. Paints and coatings aren’t a one size fits all home remodeling project product. The factors that drive a decision on what product to use in a home remodeling project are: What’s the color and or/sheen desired? What’s the substrate? How durable does the finish need to be to last an adequate duration of time. Is the product you are considering un reasonably harmful to the environment? An example for a Seattle remodeling project might look like this: Imagine a steel railing on a 2nd floor Juliet balcony. The owner might want to use the most durable coating possible to avoid having to work off a ladder and repaint when the coating fails. This might drive the owner to consider powder coating. However powder coatings don’t have quite the color the owner wants. So because the owner of the Seattle home remodeling project values durability over getting the exact right color, powder coating is selected. The best resource when navigating the murky seas of paints and coatings for your Seattle home remodeling project is to talk to the paint and coating manufacturers as they know the most about the use of their products.
Seattle Contractors have discovered centuries-old artifacts beneath the city. While building the University Link light rail expansion, contractors unearthed parts of the city’s very first infrastructure. The items found 38 feet beneath Pine Street included a piece of the neighborhood’s 19th century boardwalk, along with newspaper clippings, a child’s cup, and a box filled with 31 pairs of shoes — which just goes to show you never know what you might come across as a Seattle Contractor.
To read the full article, please visit MyNorthwest.com.
Seattle General Contractors and General Contractors across the country will be tuning in to a webcast presented by The Associated General Contractors of America on Thursday, April 21, 2011, from 10AM until 12PM EST. This webcast will be presented from The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C and will focus on the best practices for building a greener environment.
Building a Green Future: Best Practices for Making Our Built Environment More Environmentally Friendly, will include a panel of leading architecture officials, construction officials, and officials in engineering and public policy. The panel will also address the need to encourage more investments in Green Building.
To view this live event, visit http://visiond.com/AGCwebcast/ on Thursday, April 21, at 10am.
I have a list of blogs I read for inspiration in writing new Seattle general contractor blog posts. There’s always a lot of information to sift through. Some of the information I come across is relevant to Seattle general contractors and some is not. Seattle general contractors need to continuoulsy browse for new and interesting information to remain relevant and a valuable resource for their clients.
I found this article from Englewood Construction informative. It’s on a subject that is near and dear to my heart and should be to any Seattle General Contractor. In a nut shell the article notes the time lags in large commercial construction projects and the need to anticipate construction material price fluctuations. They also make the point that planning your project without having a commercial Seattle general contractor on board early in the process will leave out a large part of the budget planning puzzle. No matter what the size of the project having your Seattle General Contractor providing cost feedback early on can save time and money. Of course with smaller projects the price of materials will have less of an impact but it still pays to work with Seattle general contractors that keeps up with construction material costs.
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