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 maryanne@seconduse.com 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 mitigation efforts are essential during Pacific Northwest winters. In fact, the only way to stop the spread of mold spores (that exist everywhere at low levels) is to control moisture in your home. The tips below can help you prevent mold from growing, improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) and keep your family healthy!

  • 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.

Mighty House Presenting at Green Building Slam Nov. 3!

Join us on November 4th for an evening of inspiring stories at the NW EcoBuilding Guild’s annual Green Building Slam.  Not to be missed, there will be 10 projects, each with 10 minutes, and 10 slides! Mighty House is honored to be presenting our jury selected project alongside Parie Hines of LD Arch Design. Our presentation, Growing Pains: Creating a Sustainable Future for a Sweet Little Home, will be showcasing  our Westwood Addition that there are high impact green options for a variety of project types and budget sizes.

November 3, 2017

5:30pm – 10:30pm 

University of Washington – Kane Hall 

Get Tickets Sign up to Volunteer

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!