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, reused corrugated metal 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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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

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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.

Planning Your Tiny House

Our very own Laura Elfline has a published article in Natural Awakenings!

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“With awareness and advance planning, building your tiny home can be a great experience and can result in enjoyment of your home for years to come.”

Tiny homes have never been more popular. Whether they are built to be mobile or as permanent accessory dwelling units, individuals are increasingly interested in building their own small structures as a way to provide affordable housing, guest quarters, rental income, or simply a lifestyle unencumbered by the caretaking required by a larger home and the objects that fill it. Considering a few key issues before setting out to build a tiny house can help support a successful outcome and increase satisfaction with the finished dwelling. Check out the full article: Planning Your Tiny House pdf

Free Windows 101 Workshop

Join us for a FREE workshop at Second Use Building Materials on Saturday June 25 from 11-12:30pm. Mighty House’s co-founder, Doug will be leading the session and going over the basics of using salvaged windows in home remodeling projects.

Saturday, June 25

Second Use Building Materials
3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134
11-12:30 PM


Nonprofit Spotlight: Bike Works

This month we’re highlighting Bike Works! Last year, this fantastic nonprofit celebrated 20 years of their work to create more sustainable communities through youth education and promoting bicycling. The shop and warehouse reuse and recycle bikes and parts that would otherwise be unused or sent to a landfill. They also offer a variety of youth education programs and even provide free bicycles to those who otherwise can’t afford them.

See how you can get involved and stop by next time you’re in Columbia City!