Win a 2016 Chinook Book + App

chinook book and mobile phone app

We have a surplus of 2016 Chinook Books and 12 month app subscriptions in our office, and since 2016 will soon be coming to a close, we are raffling them off to you for FREE! The book and app contain hundreds of coupons to local, sustainable businesses. All you have to do is sign-up for our email newsletter before Wednesday, September 28 and your name will be automatically entered to win!

Sign up HERE

*Winners must be available for pick-up at our West Seattle Office.

Remodeled Homes Tour Oct 8-9!


Join us! We will be showcasing our North Beach Artist Lofts on both Saturday and Sunday during the Master Builders Association’s 2016 Remodeled Homes Tour. These homeowners decided they needed an on-site studio after having their first child and wanted to find a sustainable solution that would have minimal impact on the property.

Check out this awesome 360 virtual tour of the space:

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A few of the most exciting features of this DADU (detached auxiliary dwelling unit):

  • The ability to keep it simple in the original smaller home and have a separate space for artistic pursuits
  • Two stories, meaning that the structure has a small footprint on the property (in terms of building codes) and the planet
  • Taking advantage of reused materials! A salvaged circular staircase, repurposed barn wood siding, and barn door with a custom sliding track
  • A slot in the second story floor gives them the ability to slide large paintings through to the first floor
  • A finished bathroom, without a kitchen, but a fully functional kitchenette would be an easy upgrade

We hope to see you there!

October 8-9, 2016

10 AM – 5 PM

8907 31st Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

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Save Water and See the Salmon!

When you work to conserve water at home, not only are you saving money on your bill, but you are also keeping water in our rivers for the salmon. This is especially important during the summer and fall, when our fish friends start their annual migration home. Want to bring your family to witness the salmon returning to spawn this fall? Visit the King County website to find out where!

Streamlining Mighty House

As our business continued to grow over the past year, we began to find it more challenging to keep up with the detail-intensive processes of home remodeling projects. Since client satisfaction and quality are our top priorities, we decided to implement Co-Construct to help us better manage projects.

This software lets us keep track of schedules, budgets, subcontractors, and change orders. And it lets our clients see everything all in one place.

You can watch a full video demo of their software here.

Time to Replace Your Old Toilet?

toilet full of dollar billsDid you know that older, leaky toilets can use more than five gallons for each flush? That’s a real dent in your water and money-saving efforts! Newer, more efficient models use less than half that amount.


If you are a Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) customer, you are eligible for a $100 rebate toward the cost of a Premium toilet that uses 1.1 gallons per flush or less. See qualifying models and learn more here.


Choosing Safe Cleaning Products

You would hope that keeping our homes free of bacteria and dirt would be simple. But it turns out that there can be a surprising number of toxins in the products that we use to keep our homes clean!

The EPA has just made it easier than ever to choose products in the store that are free from harmful chemicals. This rating also takes into account a product’s impact on the environment in terms of packaging waste, water use, and more!

Check out more from Buzzfeed

Clean Energy Initiative

This year we have the opportunity to pass an initiative that will fight climate change, promote clean energy, and lessen the tax burden on working families. Here’s what I-732 will do:

  • Charge polluters a tax on carbon emissions from fossil fuels
  • Reduce the state sales tax by one percent
  • Provide tax rebates for low-income families
  • Eliminates B&O tax on manufacturing – keeping jobs in WA
You can find out more by visiting the campaign website and don’t forget to VOTE in the November election!


Workshop: Power Tools 101

Doug with power tool
Saturday July 9, 2016
11-12:30 PM
Second Use Building Materials
3223 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134


There is nothing better than having the right tool for the right job! Join our very own Doug for a presentation on the four w’s (who, what, where and why) of power tools. Learn how to assess which tool is the right tool, how to plan your tool use, safety considerations, and troubleshooting potential problems. There will be a demonstration of some of the more popular power tools and a conversation on where to find them. See you there!

More info here.


Garage Doors Re-Envisioned

Garage doors aren’t just for your car anymore!

Whether you are planning on converting your garage or looking for a creative addition to an existing room, glass a garage door can let you create a more open space that lets in substantially more natural light as well as blow for a better indoor/outdoor living connection.

As this Houzz article discusses, non-traditional garage doors maximize space by rolling up onto the ceiling and extending the room to the outside. This design choice also offers an exciting opportunity to use salvaged or re-purposed materials. And with the right materials and insulation techniques you can maximize the energy efficiency of this design feature.