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.
Get Your Drains Ready for Rain

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.

Tips for a Beautiful Backsplash

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.

Join us in Supporting Hurricane Relief Efforts

Join us in Supporting Hurricane Relief Efforts

Over the past month, extreme weather patterns and record breaking storms have devastated countless families, friends, and neighbors in our hemisphere. As the climate changes, we will see these impacts worsening and continuing to hit the most vulnerable communities the hardest. Linked below are organizations that work to reach and support the most vulnerable in these trying times: