This Isn’t Your Nana’s Backsplash!

Back in the 60’s, homes had few backsplash choices. Usually they just came with a 4″ laminate border to match the countertop, and it was considered “good-to-go.”

These days, customers have a myriad of choices – from keeping it simple by choosing the same material as the countertop to making a statement with a custom-designed tile mosaic, or even not installing one at all.

We are currently making over the kitchen of a fantastic 1960’s house and are excited to be working with beautiful recycled glass tiles made by Bedrock Industries. Although these tiles are a little more expensive than if our clients used non-recycled tiles, the impact they make in the design of the space and for the environment is tremendous.

 

Save the Date – The Green Home Tour is ON!

For the 4th year, Mighty House Construction will be participating in the NW Green Home Tour; this year we will be sponsoring and hosting two homes!
The tour is a great opportunity for the public to check out green and sustainable building options in use, talk to homeowners and builders, and prove to themselves once and for all that it isn’t all straw bale and hemp!
Mark your calendars for April 26, 11am-5pm. nwgreehometour.org.

Fall Transitions

We hope that the fall season has been treating you well. The early part of this season was filled with clients looking to capitalize on the final weeks of the Community Power Works Program, v 1.0 (v 2.O is underway!) We helped several families batten down the hatches for winter with new insulation, new or refurbished windows, and new heating options- saving energy and money.

More recently, our focus shifted to kitchens – From uplifting a 1960’s kitchen to updating the kitchen in a wonderful craftsman style home, and totally reinventing the kitchen in an amazing view home in View Ridge. While all of our projects have an element of fun that comes from making something new for our clients or updating something that has been worn out, our projects are made even more fun when we get to pass forward our knowledge of sustainable building. Helping our clients make choices that meet their needs, are beautiful, functional, and are healthy for them and the planet is the sweet spot of our business.

When we see articles like this from the Seattle Times, it simultaneously deflates us that sustainable choices are not the forefront of the building conversation AND invigorates us to work harder to get them there. We are pleased that our clients are choosing solutions that are more sustainable (and are the way of the future). The super great news is that the real estate market is already showing this in Seattle. Real estate agents we know report that even back a couple of years ago when the market was tough for sellers, beautiful, eco-friendly, healthy and efficient upgrades created a lot of interest and sold quickly for top dollar.

It is never too early to begin thinking about renovating your kitchen for the 2014 holiday season. The kitchen probably has the most decision points of any other room (see our article about this topic). Call us if we can answer questions about getting started.

Small Changes, Big Curb Appeal

When most people initiate a remodeling job, they have spent a fair amount of time considering the balance between wants and needs and how much return on their investment they will get back out of the remodel when they go to sell.

Many realtors will tell you that modest kitchen and bathroom remodels offer the best return on investment – offering you an opportunity to live more comfortably in your home while increasing the resale value.

However, you do not need to take on a full kitchen or bathroom remodel to make your home more inviting both now and down the road, as this article about curb appeal from houzz shows. Adding a pop of color to the front door and getting cracks in the driveway repaired go a long way toward making your home look happy and cared for.

Caveat: This article uses SPECTACULAR homes in its pictures, making the small changes seem a bit silly in relation to how cool the homes are in spite of this one feature. However, the messages still hold true and these are good things to consider to add sizzle to your curb appeal. Contact us to discuss what solutions might be best for your home.