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.

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.

Is Hydroponic Produce Organic?

As reported in the PCC Sound Consumer, there is a currently a heated debate on whether or not hydroponic produce (grown without soil) should be considered organic. The argument is that while hydroponic produce can be grown less expensively and with fewer inputs, many proponents of organic farming believe that soil is a central part to maintaining biodiversity and promoting healthy plants, animals, and humans.

We found the debate interesting – read more here.

Contemporary Wedgwood Kitchen @ NW Green Home Tour

Join us for the 2017 NW Green Home Tour! This year we will be showcasing multiple sites on both Saturday and Sunday. A Westwood Addition, a Wedgwood Contemporary Kitchen Remodel, and a Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen.

Sunday April 30, 2017 | Contemporary Wedgwood Kitchen at 4008 NE 86th St

Saturday April 29, 2017 | Westwood Addition at 9323 31st Place SW

Saturday April 29, 2017 | Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen at 3726 SW Austin St

11am – 5pm | FREE TICKETS

While this kitchen was never the prettiest of kitchens, what really drove these homeowners to Mighty House was how severely it lacked any sort of functionality – from layout and cabinet style to lack of working outlets and poor storage, the homeowners found it nearly impossible to cook solo (never mind as a collaborative effort) in their kitchen! With a substantial shift in layout and only a few inches of change in footprint, their designer provided a concept that has revolutionized how they nourish themselves and socialize in their home.

Updates include: New, locally-produced, sustainably manufactured cabinets, colorful marmoleum flooring, innovative and cost-saving LED lighting solutions, Trea composite paper countertops, two Solatubes for enhanced daylighting, new, more weather-resistant door, no-VOC paints, and re-purposed glass from windows for cabinets doors.

Modern Retro Westside Kitchen on the NW Green Home Tour

Join us for the 2017 NW Green Home Tour! This year we will be showcasing multiple sites on both Saturday and Sunday. A Westwood Addition, a Wedgwood Contemporary Kitchen Remodel, and a Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen.

Saturday April 29, 2017 | Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen at 3726 SW Austin St

Saturday April 29, 2017 | Westwood Addition at 9323 31st Place SW

Sunday April 30, 2017 | Contemporary Wedgwood Kitchen at 4008 NE 86th St

11am – 5pm | FREE TICKETS

Once awkward and dimly-lit, this Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen was creatively altered for improved use, better socializing, a place to sit, and enhanced storage in an inviting and lovely space. This project showcases stunning and colorful sustainable solutions for big functionality in small spaces.

Updates include:

  • Locally produced Canyon Creek cabinets
  • Salvaged Ceaserstone countertops – from Second Use, with zero VOCs
  • Re-used materials that already existed in the home – such as kitchen appliances, butcher block, and tile on the walls in the bathroom
  • Blue Marmoleum flooring, that is non-toxic, anti-microbial, and durable
  • Creative plan to open and lighten up the space
  • Maximized amount of natural day-lighting entering the room
  • All around non-toxic and healthy finishes
  • Rather than a full bathroom remodel, these homeowners chose to make modifications to the existing room, saving money and materials from the landfill

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New Year, New [Healthy] Kitchen

You wouldn’t know it just by looks, but this kitchen is about to receive a Mighty House treatment! Beyond better integration of the dining and pantry area… Beyond value-engineering that please the eye and the pocket book… we’ll be using several products that are manufactured healthfully with the intent to do less harm to environment and humans, for the products full life cycle.

One of those such products is a countertop made of compressed paper and resin. Luckily, the top three composite paper counters are locally manufactured with locally-sourced paper. Paper countertops like Trea are super dense and strong, making them as durable and luxurious as stone, but warmer and simpler to manufacture. They simply need wiping and oiling to be maintained and can be evenly sanded to look completely new. They are a beautiful capstone to any kitchen and a multitude of other solutions.

Call us to learn more or stop by one of our supplier partners, Greenhome Solutions, to take a look at all the solutions in one place! Plus, stay tuned for photos of the finished project!

NW Remodeling Expo: Jan 13-15

Join us at the Northwest Remodeling Expo on January 13, 14, and 15th! Mighty House will be hosting a booth (alongside our sister company, Mighty Energy Solutions) at the Washington State Convention Center. This is an incredible opportunity to connect with designers, contractors, and suppliers whether you’ve got a project underway or are just considering future possibilities!

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 “Solar Works! The truth about costs and benefits in the Pacific Northwest” and “Emerald in the Rough – Discovering Green Remodel Opportunities.” Check out the full list here.
  • Artisan Showcase A new highlight at the show this year! Local artists will be showing and selling unique items for your home. You can preview some of the artwork here.
  • “Designer Matchmaker” These sessions will allow you to take advantage of FREE consultations with northwest designers. More info here.

We hope to see you there!

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

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.

 

Designer Spotlight: Greenhome Solution’s Design Team

Greenhome Solutions is a local business that supplies eco-friendly and healthy building products. They are passionate about the environment, conservation, design, and sustainable building practices. In addition to having a showroom and online store for their products they also offer design services.

Meet the retail sales team:
Tess Robins: showroom manager and all around designer
Cara Davis: kitchen, bath, and cabinetry designer
Drew Billings: woodworking design specialty
Stephanie Borden: design specialist

All of them plus their wholesale sales team work with homeowners, contractors, and builders in the showroom to help choose materials that not only look good but also perform well and are appropriate for each specific situation.

We appreciate the passion the Greenhome Solution’s staff brings to the work – not only in “selling” but also helping people to choose products that are non-toxic and durable, from local, renewable, reclaimed or recycled resources. They are careful about appropriateness of the materials, how they’re installed, and maintenance.

One of Mighty House Constructions and Greenhome Solutions collaborative projects is being featured on the NW Green Home Tour.