Free Workshop: Salvaged Cabinets 101

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 maryanne@seconduse.com at your earliest convenience to reserve your spot.

Saturday March 10, 2018

11am-12:30pm

3223 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134

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In Support of the Duwamish Tribe

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.

 

Self Deploying Pop-Up Homes

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!

Tips for Mold Mitigation

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.

 

Aging in Place in a Split Level

Aging in Place in a Split Level

Sometimes sustainability is about enhancing the longevity of what you already have. Ralph and Jeanette 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 small, cantilevered addition for a sitting area along with a widened window in the master bedroom creates a comfortable sitting area to enjoy the garden and bird watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most important was how to get from the garage to the main floor of the 1960s split level home. The existing stairway would not work with a chair lift, so we 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.

Tiled shower with grab bars and fold down seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the bathroom, we installed grab bars, a fold down seat in the shower for bathing, and created a zero threshold shower stall. A dressing table for resting while getting ready for the day was also added. All light fixtures are energy-saving LED with dimmer switches. The designer also collaborated closely with Ralph and Jeanette to create a custom tile layout using neutrals with blue accents for a handsome design that works in tandem with other fixtures.

Check out more photos in our Flikr gallery.

Prepare Your Home for Winter

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.