Finding the sweet spot between budget – aesthetics – and function

Finding the sweet spot between budget – aesthetics – and function

Bathroom in Magnolia remodelIf you have seen or heard Laura give a presentation, you’ve heard her talk about how Mighty House is skillful at finding the sweet spot between budget – aesthetics – and function and that you do not necessarily need a radical change to make a radical shift in how you live, play, and grow in your home. However, as she says, sometimes you do! Here are two examples in a bathroom remodel.
 
The first is a bathroom in Magnolia (pictured below) that already had a great layout for the most part but the finishes were worn out and in some places starting to fail. Certainly there were updates to the layout that *could* have been made, but the function of the space was solid and the cost of moving things around substantial. Not spending money on systems and structure changes gave them flexibility to make the finish choices to modernize their primary bathroom. And we kept the tub – it is huge and would have been painful and expensive to replace, plus it was still in great shape and worked perfectly. To do so, took some finessing of the new fixtures with the old holes, but knowing the right trades partners gave it a seamless finish.
 

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.

Carlson Bathroom Remodel - Before Carlson Bathroom Remodel - After
 
Click here to see more bathroom remodels we have completed over the years and let us know if we can help you decide what level of remodel is right for you and yours.
Summer Smoke Season is Upon Us

Summer Smoke Season is Upon Us

Indoor Air Quality - Wild Fire SeasonThings you can do to reduce your family’s exposure to smoke.

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:
  1. Using gas, propane or wood-burning stoves and furnaces.
  2. Spraying aerosol products.
  3. Frying or broiling food.
  4. Burning candles or incense.
  5. 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.

Getting Back to Normal

Getting Back to Normal

As we draw closer to summer and the Seattle weather reminds us all the reason that we all live here — the gorgeous and abundant natural environment and community. We are excited to see our community work so hard to get the region opened up again. And while we are jubilant about being able to hug and actually see the smiles of our friends and family again, the re-opening also is a little nerve-wrecking… Seeing the crowds collect at sporting events (especially indoors!) fills us with a sense of concern. Being in confined places unmasked has us uneasy. Time will help us all move forward – together.
We have also made some positive strides toward impacting our climate. So much more to discover about socializing in this new reality.
In a similar vein, we think it will be a bit before figuring out to best live, play, and grow (and maybe work or school!) in our homes is still shaking itself out. Sure there was an immediate need; though now people are getting to make decisions about which path forward is the right path for their family and how that is reflects in their housing needs. The knee-jerk reactions of spring 2020 are giving way to future-proof planning. Tough conversations for most of us with most everyone I know is having them (including Doug and myself!)
And while we can’t make the decisions for you, we are here to help to answer questions, consult with you, or give you referrals to partners to help you gather the information you need to move your housing thoughts forward.
Seattle ADU/DADU 101 – Presented with Second Use

Seattle ADU/DADU 101 – Presented with Second Use

The City of Seattle recently changed the rules on Accessory Dwelling Units (Detached and Attached Accessory Dwelling Units) for single-family zoned lots. The options for these ADU/DADUs are only limited by the imagination. These units could be used as homes to house renters or extended family, but also home offices or other bonus spaces. Come learn a few basics on what an owner needs to think about before jumping in on an ADU or DADU project, and why building material reuse is a perfect resource for when you decide to move forward with a new dwelling or bonus space on your property.

Laura Elfline of Mighty House Construction leads this discussion on how you might take advantage of the new zoning changes in our city. This is a recording of a live workshop that occurred on April 10th, 2021.

MHC at the 2021 NW Green Home Tour

MHC at the 2021 NW Green Home Tour

Mighty House Construction is gearing up for the 2021 NW Green Home Tour and is excited to share two projects that we built with design partners ld arch design and ming | architecture and design. Additionally, we are sponsoring two small home social equity projects: a BIPOC Sustainable Tiny Art House Community and an alternative housing group, Facing Homelessness. Facing Homelessness seeks to leverage communities and backyards throughout Seattle to build spaces for people facing homelessness. By integrating these homes into our neighborhoods, Facing Homelessness seeks to remove the stigma of “other” from people in need of help.

The Garden Kitchen Project, designed by ld arch design, demonstrates the impact that a targeted remodel can have on the functions of a home and the lived experience in it. Lightening and brightening a shared space and opening up how that space is accessed outside has improved ventilation, light and opened up a world of entertaining possibilities. This project will be shown online on the first day of the tour, May 1, 9-11:30 am.

Growing on the Green belt, designed by ming | architecture and design, is a project that sought to preserve the look and feel of a neighborhood, while still allowing for space for a family to stretch out in.

With a lower profile roof to minimize change to the property, living space was expanded while maintaining the original feel of the house and leveraging available unused green belt-bordering space. Come visit the project on Saturday, May 8, 9– 11:30 am.

 

We are excited to see you and help you find new ways to make your home more sustainable!

Get your FREE Tickets at the NW Green Home Tour website.

 

 

MHC and 2nd Use Present: Salvaged Cabinets 101 with Doug.

Thinking about starting a kitchen remodel this year? 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 Doug Elfline of Mighty House Construction 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. This is a taped workshop that was presented live via Zoom on Saturday, February 27th, 2021. This workshop was presented by:
Second Use Building Materials – https://www.seconduse.com/
Mighty House Construction – https://mightyhouseconstruction.com/
For information on how to shop reuse for your design – 0:30. 1:12:30 General design terms – 2:00 Kitchen remodels with salvaged cabinets examples – 4:30 Info on painting cabinets – 11:20 Staining – 29:20 Info on installing cabinets – 16:30, 36:20 Info on creating kitchen islands – 33:45 Info on unique countertop integration – 44:15, 52:55 Info on cabinet hardware: hinges & drawer glides – 47:45, 1:02:30 Tips on shopping for Cabinets at Second Use – 1:15:20