Free Workshop: Salvaged Cabinets 101

Salvaged cabinets are one of the most popular ways to incorporate reclaimed materials into a remodel. Like most salvaged material, working with salvaged cabinets presents many rewards, as well as a few challenges.

Join our very own Doug Elfline on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Second Use Building Materials SODO to gain an understanding of how to shop for salvaged cabinets, prevent common installation mistakes, identify the different types and parts of cabinets, and determine what type of cabinets are the best fit for your project.

Please RSVP to at your earliest convenience to reserve your spot.

Saturday March 10, 2018


3223 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134

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In Support of the Duwamish Tribe

Those of us lucky enough to live and work in the Greater Seattle area have the Duwamish Tribe to thank as the original owners and stewards of this land. The Duwamish were finally granted federal recognition by the Clinton administration only to have it revoked by the Bush administration and therefore have been denied the resources given to many other tribal communities. The Real Rent Duwamish Campaign encourages individuals and businesses in our community to give back and offer our support to the Duwamish. Please consider joining Mighty House and others in our community in saying thanks.
Join us! And read more from The Stranger here.


Worthwhile Events: February + March

Save the date for these upcoming workshops, tours, conferences and more!

Weekly: Neighborhood Farmer’s Markets 

February 9: Green Infrastructure Summit

February 10: Tile 101 Workshop @ Second Use

February 10: Ask an Architect: Navigating Your Building Project

February 10: NE Seattle Hands On Skills Fair

February 10: Solar in Seattle Workshop – Beacon Hill

February 13: February Greendrinks

February 14:  Valentine’s Day

February 15: Roundtable: Better Health through Better Building

February 15: Passive House Windows Workshop

February 21: Radiant Heat Open House

February 22: Designing Backyard Cottages

February 29: NWEBG: Rethinking Housing

Save the date: April 28-29: NW Green Home Tour


Self Deploying Pop-Up Homes

A company called Ten Fold Engineering is now offering pop-up structures that build themselves with the touch of a button! They can be folded back up and moved on a truck bed just as easily. Read more here.

Have you ever wanted to live with mobility, add an office space, or go off-grid? We are happy to help in thinking through the utility installation, foundation, and how one of these (or any other type of prefab unit!) might work on your site. Just let us know!

Free Tile 101 Workshop

Join Second Use on Saturday, February 10 for a free Tile 101 Workshop from 11-12:30 PM at the Second Use SODO store. Our very own Doug Elfline will walk you through the best practices for working with tile, from choosing the best tile for your space, to handling tricky spots. He will demonstrate how to use equipment such as tile saws, mortar, trowels, and spacers as well as how to maintain your tile. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how to cut, set, grout, and seal tile as well as 10% off their day-of Second Use tile purchase.

This workshop is free and open to the public, but limited to 30 attendees. Please RSVP to as soon as possible to reserve your spot. 

Saturday February 10, 2018
11 AM – 12:30 PM
3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134



Tips for Mold Mitigation

Mold and moisture mitigation is essential in the Pacific Northwest. The tips below can help you improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) and keep you and your family healthy! Mold needs moisture and warmth to grow. Here are some ways to mitigate its growth:

  • Vacuum and clean regularly with a vinegar solution (more green cleaning tips here).
  • Check plants, furnishings, or stored items for mold before bringing them into your home
  • Properly ventilate kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas with exhaust fans or opening windows.
  • Promptly clean up spills, condensation, wet surfaces or any other source of moisture.
  • Make sure the walls and attic of your home are properly insulated.
  • Regularly inspect your home for leaks, discoloration, or wet spots and repair them.
  • Increase warm air flow by moving large objects a few inches away from the inside of exterior walls.
  • If you do see mold growth, clean the area with detergent, mild bleach, or call a professional cleaning service.


Free Passes to Remodeling Expo!

Mighty House and our sister company, Mighty Energy Solutions, will be hosting one extra-mighty booth at the NW Remodeling Expo! You’ll find us at booth #1014 on January 5-7, 2018. Just print out the file below for your free tickets and join us at one of the best opportunities to connect and learn from contractors, suppliers, and designers. Not to be missed if you’re considering a remodel project!

The show will also feature:

  • Home Improvement Seminars There’s a huge range of topics to learn about this year! Some that we’re particularly looking forward to are “Solatube vs. Traditional Skylights,” “Solar Works!” and “Designing a Healthy Home on a Budget.” Check out the full list here.
  • “Designer Matchmaker” These sessions will allow you to take advantage of FREE consultations with northwest designers. We’re especially excited to have our booth stationed next to Entero Design and Living Shelter Architecture. More info on the matchmaker sessions here.
  • Artisan Showcase Local artists will be showing and selling unique items for your home. You can preview some of the artwork here.


Friday January 5, 12pm – 7pm

Saturday January 6, 10am – 7pm

Sunday January 7, 11am – 7pm

Washington State Convention Center

Halls 4EF 800 Convention Place

Seattle, WA 98101


Project Spotlight: Aging in Place in a Split Level

Sometimes sustainability is about enhancing the longevity of what you already have. This couple wanted to stay in the home, garden, and neighborhood they love as they look forward to aging. With modest updates and practical design by Sheri Newbold of Live Work Play, we were able to create an accessible space that will enable these homeowners to continue to live in and enjoy their home for many years to come.

A widened window in the master bedroom creates a comfortable sitting area to enjoy their garden and bird watch.

In the bathroom, we added grab bars, a fold down seat for bathing, and created a zero threshold shower. All light fixtures are energy-saving LED with dimmer switches.

Most important was how to get from the garage to the main floor of their 1960s split level home. The existing stairway would not work with a chair lift, so they chose to add a Garaventa elevator to make accessing the second story easy. They also wanted to widen the hallway and increase the width of two doorways to 36″ to access the master suite.

Check out more photos in our Flikr gallery.

Prepare Your Home for Winter

Before the weather gets too harsh, make sure you check the exterior of your home for any repair needs:

  • Gutters – clean them and ensure downspouts are effectively moving water away from your house.
  • Foundation – gaps in window caulking, cracks in masonry, or cracks around doors could signal the need for foundation repair.
  • Crawl space – check the condition of your moisture barrier and close crawl-space vents.
  • Hoses – detach outdoor hoses, drain the water, and move them inside before the first freeze.
  • Roof – make sure no shingles are missing or loose, look for dips, and consider an inspection if your roof is over 20 years old.
  • Don’t forget to check to see if your neighborhood storm drains are clear of debris.

Get Your Drains Ready for Rain

We can all do our part to help prevent flooding in our neighborhood by making sure street drains are clear of leaves and other debris. Here are a few tips from the folks at Seattle Public Utilities:

  • Avoid piling yard waste near the street where they can wash into drains. Put them directly into your yard waste bin instead!
  • Use a rake to clear leaves from storm drains to keep them from getting clogged.
  • Watch for traffic when clearing drains. Work from the curb, not the street and make sure children who want to help are supervised.
  • Report clogged drains and flooding to SPU at 206-386-1800.

More information and resources here.