In the realm of “sometimes you do need radical change to make a radical shift” was this bathroom remodel in Madrona (pictured below). The layout was odd, awkward, and not functional. We were able to leave the toilet in the same location (off to the left of the new shower), though the rest really had to shift in order to have substantially more functional – and more lovely – space.
Clean air in the home is crucial for the health and well-being of our families. To combat smoke particles finding their way in through tiny cracks and crevices in walls and windows, and to minimize your chances of breathing viral particles and standing smoke we have come up with a few suggested approaches:
- Attaching furnace filters to box fans.
- Window fans blowing outward to expel stale or polluted air.
- Avoid unconditioned spaces.
- Improve central air filtration.
- Ventilation and filtration provided by heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems can reduce the airborne concentration of SARS-CoV-2 and thus the risk of transmission through the air WITH the right filtration (that is a whole science on it’s own!)
- Wear a mask, yes even in your home or vehicle.
- Air purifiers work by creating finer and finer filters.
- Whole house ventilation and air cleaning.
- Avoid activities that create more fine particles indoors, like:
- Using gas, propane or wood-burning stoves and furnaces.
- Spraying aerosol products.
- Frying or broiling food.
- Burning candles or incense.
- Vacuuming, unless you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
We are happy to consult with you on what installed or stand-alone solutions might be best for your home.
A few weeks ago we notified neighbors that there would be some construction noise this month at one of the houses in their neighborhood. Kids growing out of space is the official reason to get this project underway, but actually getting started was a dream that was a long time coming. The expanded views that this remodel second story accesses are stunning and that extra space is nice with a good sized family. What has been just imaginations figment is starting to take shape and form. It is amazing how fast the projects get going once all the mise en place is done.
Photos courtesy of neighbor, Larry!
We’re not suggesting you scrap the central air (or we might, though that is a different article). Another way to cut your energy use dramatically and simply is by installing pure, natural, wool carpeting. True our first flooring suggestion is for hard surfaces, though when carpet is queen, wool is an incredible insulator from cold as well as a natural air conditioner – really! Wool has an ability unlike any other natural or man-made fiber to absorb moisture from the air — absorbing up to 30% of its weight in water without even feeling damp. Absorbing moisture during periods of high-humidity and releasing it when conditions are dry helps keep the indoors comfortable any time of year, naturally.
Many carpets, even those made with recycled fibers, claim low toxicity though most are highly processed and are highly likely to off-gas in your home for years to come. Wool carpets don’t need the chemicals and processing to be fabulous. Just like with foods, stick with whole “ingredients” and you can’t go wrong.
Mighty House challenge: take your commitment up a notch and insulate your home – or at least bedroom walls – with wool insulation. Contact us to learn more!
Image from Major Brands Floors
As you have probably heard, Punxatawney Phil has seen his shadow and we have another month and a half of winter assigned to us. Great. It is actually quite a pleasure to be following innocent, non-news about a groundhog and not another emergency.
The sun setting later and later, is a reminder that the season is changing. The dogs appreciate the extra walking time and increased focus on getting outside. Of course, February is also good at reminding us it can still pack a wintery punch. No days off for remote workers or scholars this year, though the snow is still nice to transform the landscape for a few days.
We had the opportunity to get up to the mountains for some snowshoeing a couple weekends back. Getting a break from everyday rushing around, and being enveloped in a world covered in white was the balm our family’s collective souls needed to embrace another busy week, finishing up a 2nd-story addition, continuing work on a basement ADU while preparing to start another, all the while working away on a kitchen while talking about all the potential in store for our company in coming months. It’s a lot to juggle sometimes though we wouldn’t trade the work (nor the play) for the world.