Salvaged Finishes 101

salvaged finishes 101

Get salvagey with us at this completely FREE workshop! Discover how to bring your salvage project to life with finishings including trim, surfaces, hardware and beyond! Taught by our very own, Doug Elfline.

Saturday, October 21 | 11am-12:30pm

Second Use Building Materials | 3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

RSVP to adj@seconduse.com to reserve your spot.

 

Tips for a Beautiful Backsplash

The Seattle Times recently published an article highlighting the ways that simpler, subtler backsplashes are becoming more and more popular. Here are some of their best tips, alongside a Mighty House spin.

From The Seattle Times:

  • It’s worth hunting for high quality ceramic or porcelain.
  • Choose a neutral color or coordinate it with your countertops – you won’t get tired of it and neither will buyers down the road.
  • Get creative with shape or arrangement instead of color, like choosing hexagonal tiles or laying them vertically instead of horizontally.
  • If you cook a lot, be sure to stay away from big grout lines and marble so you won’t have to waste time scrubbing them down.

Additional thoughts:

  • A backsplash is not always required in a kitchen – depending on how you cook and clean. It’s also a feature that’s easy to add on later!
  • Glass tile is another great option and it’s even better if you can find it as recycled material or salvaged!
  • Natural stone, such as marble, is a mined non-renewable resource, so we discourage using it whenever possible.
  • Stainless steel behind the stove is easy to clean and has a simple, minimalist look.

Check out more backsplash inspiration on our Mighty House Flickr page and read the full Seattle Times article here.

Worthwhile Events: Fall 2017

This fall is packed with great events and workshops across the city. We look forward to seeing you around town!

Join us in Supporting Hurricane Relief Efforts

Over the past month, extreme weather patterns and record breaking storms have devastated countless families, friends, and neighbors in our hemisphere. As the climate changes, we will see these impacts worsening and continuing to hit the most vulnerable communities the hardest. Linked below are organizations that work to reach and support the most vulnerable in these trying times:

 

Power Tools 101 at Second Use

Doug with power tool

There is nothing better than having the right tool for the right job! Join us to discover the who-what-where-and-why of power tools with our very own, Doug Elfline!

This workshop is absolutely FREE and will teach you how to assess which tool is the right tool, how to plan your tool use, what safety considerations to be aware of, and how to troubleshoot potential problems through a short presentation followed by live demonstrations of popular power tools, a conversation on where to find them, and Q+A with the pros.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 11am-12:30pm
Second Use Building Materials
3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
Save Your Spot: email adj@seconduse.com

 

Join us for the Remodeled Homes Tour: October 21-22

We will be showcasing this gorgeous West Seattle Kitchen, Dining, and Deck Remodel on October 21st and 22nd during the Master Builders Association’s 2017 Remodeled Homes Tour. Join us!

This family of four is constantly on the go! From work and school, to sports and coaching and lots of around and about activities – any obstructions to their flow have a heightened level of annoyance. Re-orienting and opening the kitchen to the dining and living room along with a more gracious access to the expanded deck provides the flexibility and function they need … the updated aesthetic was icing on the cake!

This project included removing a wall that separated the kitchen and living spaces, reworking the kitchen layout to add an island and improved functionality, and updating finishes with sensible and sustainable solutions such as: locally-produced Canyon Creek cabinetry, no-VOC Ceaserstone countertops, patching and re-finishing the wood floor instead of replacing it, and locally-sourced and produced recycled glass tile that allowed for the homeowner’s creativity to shine. 

Working in tandem with the home’s existing assets, a desire for new and functional results, and a conservative budget, we were able to maintain the goals of minimal impact for maximum affect in how they live, play, and grow in their home.

We hope to see you there!

October 21-22, 2017

10 AM – 5 PM

4137 49th AVE SW

More Info I Get Free Tickets

Second Use Fall Fest: 9/16

Join Second Use in celebrating their 23rd anniversary with their largest event of the year! Fall Fest is a free, family-friendly festival that features free food, all ages games, local beer, DIY screen printing, an Art & Design Competition, the Handmade & Reclaimed Market, and a storewide sale.

The Handmade & Reclaimed Market at Second Use will include 35+ local vendors that work with reclaimed materials who want to sell their upcyled work. Plus, almost everything in the store will be 20% off during the festival!

Saturday September 16. 2017
12:00 – 5:00 PM
Second Use Building Materials
3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

 

CoBuying as an Affordable Housing Solution

As housing prices in the Puget Sound Region continue to climb, folks are coming up with innovative ways to put homeownership within reach. CoBuying involves unmarried couples, friends or family members buying a home together and sharing a mortgage payment. And it’s on the rise! There are even services like GoCoBuy.com that will help you through the process. More here.

 

NASA: Viewing the Solar Eclipse Safely

Seattle will experience a 90% solar eclipse. Are you planning to view it? Be safe! Check out this guide from NASA on how to do so without damaging your eyes. And remember, that the eclipse is only safe to look at when the moon is totally blocking the sun or if you are wearing certified solar glasses. You can pick up a pair from your local library branch! More info here.

News in the Solar Industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it Sunset for Solar Incentives?

The solar industry has relied heavily on government rebates and incentive programs to put the costs of purchasing and installing a system within reach for many homeowners. However, federal incentives are set to start declining in 2019. Initially Washington State programs were scheduled to follow suit in 2020, but now many solar companies are breathing a sigh of relief that the state legislature recently passed a bill extending those incentives through the year 2030. Hopefully, this extension will allow customers and businesses to “wean off” the incentives instead of having to jump off a cliff just three years from now! Read more from The Seattle Times.

Solar Roof Tiles now Available from Tesla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tesla is no longer only in the business of electric cars. Their recently released solar roof tiles provide homeowners with the ability to create an all around carbon reduction in their home. While these solar tiles are expensive, the overall cost of a solar roof will likely be less because of the significant energy savings over the lifetime of your roof. Additionally, Tesla is offering a guarantee that they will replace /repair any tiles for lifetime of your home or infinity (whichever comes first). Taking these factors into account means that a solar roof can cost as little as $21 per square foot. Check out the Solar Calculator here.

Support Solar with your Checking Account

Did you know that you can promote solar energy in Washington with your debit card? Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union is now offering a Green Rewards Checking account, which is free to sign up for, earns cash rewards for you, and helps fund their socially responsible banking actions! This year, the credit union will be donating to Puget Sound Solar. More info here.