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Taking Care of Your Neighbors During a Remodel

Part of being a good neighbor is to understand that no matter the size of the project, it's likely to impact those around you during a remodel. It's not just the noise, or extra cars in the neighborhood, it's the general disruption that occurs when one house is under construction. See our tips for doing your best at being a good neighbor.
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How to Know if Your Roof Needs Replacement

Ensuring that your roof is healthy is step one in lessening the risk for leaks and other avoidable household problems. Read on to find out what signs are concerning in a roof.
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Save the Dates of These Upcoming Events

These are just a few community and industry-related events that we think clients might like to know about.
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Not All Windows Are Created Equal

Our preferred window vendor, Dave Cromwell, breaks down all of the frequently asked window questions. With 30+ years in the business, Dave's seen the evolution of window offerings and can help guide our clients to the right choice for them. Read more to see what you should consider.
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See Our Houzz Reviews

Houzz is just one of the places you can check for past client feedback, but if you'd like to see our most recent reviews, this is a good place to look.
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Signs that Your Foundation May Be in Trouble

If you think you might have a foundation issue, here are the top signs to look out for.
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July Home Chores

Regular home maintenance keeps a home healthy and beautiful. Here are tasks we recommend for the month of July.
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Brighten Your Exterior

Don't forget to ensure your home is properly lit when undertaking an exterior remodel. A full lighting plan is recommended so that you can ensure your home looks beautiful and is optimized for safety.
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Should I Hire an Architect or a Design-Build Firm?

If you've ever asked yourself this question, you're not alone. Design-Build firms aren't as well-known as the traditional architectural model. In this article we discuss the reasons why one might benefit from hiring a design-build general contractor, vs. an architect and then a contractor.
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Grass Cutting & Lawn Aesthetics

If having an attractive lawn in part of your summer home maintenance plan, check out these tips on keeping your lawn in tip-top shape.
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Pre-Design Meeting Prep

If you've ever been so tired of your home's aesthetic or function that you just need a remodel RIGHT NOW? Wait until you read this article. Rushing into a remodel without the appropriate planning is not a good use of funds or likely to get you what you want.
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Mosquito Warfare

Don't let these pests ruin your backyard. Here's some tips to make the most of your spring.
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To Stay or Go. The Question to Ask Yourself Before You Go Through a Kitchen Remodel

Some people opt to stay in their home when they plan to remodel, others can't move out fast enough.
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Spring Yard Maintenance

Summer's coming! Here are a few things that will help you have your backyard in tip-shop shape in time.
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Wood vs. Composite – Which is Best?

There are pros and cons to using either material. Much of your decision is going to come down to your budget, style preference and goals.
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Office Closed on Friday, April 26th

Missing us? We're only closed one business day. We'll reopen Monday as usual.
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Six Times a Full-Service Remodeler Makes Dollars and Sense

There are times where it's really worth paying for the expertise and quality. We think your home is worth it.
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Favorite Kitchen Remodel Features

There are so many great tools to use in a kitchen remodel, it's hard to pick just a few. We worked hard to limit the list to our top 10 favorites.
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Creating a Restful Bedroom

Most people are looking for ways to increase the amount of sleep they get. Your bedroom's design can help! See our tips for a more restful night.
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Tips for Crafting the Perfect Home Bar

If you'd like a home bar created during your next remodel, consider these design tips for crafting the perfect cocktail in the comfort of your home.
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Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

Don't be caught in the midst of a remodel having to make snap decisions. That's not going to feel great for anyone. Instead, consider these points before your house is torn up.
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This Year’s Hottest Bath Features

Don't miss out on what's hot in 2019 for bathrooms.
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Best Of Houzz 2019

We're honored to receive the Best Of Houzz 2019. See the related press release.
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2019 Cost-vs-Value Report

Remodeling Magazine publishes an annual report by region outlining the average remodeling costs by project. If you’re looking for information on investment ranges to expect, specific to the project you’re looking to do, this is a great place to start. When you’re ready to start your remodel, we’re looking forward to talking with you. See the 2018 Cost-Vs-Value Report here.
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Traditional White Sammamish Kitchen

If you're a fan of traditional style rooms, you'll love this white Sammamish kitchen.
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Your Home is Screaming for a Deep Cleaning

Ready to start fresh after the holidays, but aren't sure where to begin? We've targeted the areas hardest hit after hosting.
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Pant-Dropping Pantry

If weight loss or healthy eating are part of your 2019 plan, you may find these pantry organization tips helpful in meeting your goals.
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Christmas Office Closure

Wondering when we're open around Christmas? Here's the details.
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Dad’s Moving In, Help!

Multi-generational homes are more common than ever before. Here is one client's story for how they made it work for their family.
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Check Your List Twice

December is a busy month. Don't forget these few home to-dos in your list this month.
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Accessibility For All

Interested in Universal Design ideas for your remodel? Here are some of the top asks.
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Kirkland Kiwanis Tree Lot – Opens 11/23!

Get ready for Christmas and help others in our community. See how here.
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Bringing Large Beams into a Woodinville Home Addition

How do you support a two-story addition when you remove the support posts? Bring in massive beams, of course!
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Gutter Cleaning 101

It's gutter cleaning time. If you're unsure of where to begin, or what tools you'll need, look no further.
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Get a Charge Without Zapping Space

If you'd like to be sure you have lots of charging options in your newly remodeled space, you may find these suggestions a good fit for your design.
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Creating a Stellar ‘Great Room’

A 'Great Room' is one larger space that is dedicated to both family time and guest entertaining. Advance planning is key to making this room function well.
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Fall Lawn Maintenance Tips

Don't ignore your lawn, just because the season's changed.
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Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closure

Mark your calendars!
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Bathtubs are Making a Comeback

The luxury of bathing is back and better than ever.
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Signs Your Driveway Needs Some TLC

If you're driveway is cracking, sinking or chipping, it may be time to replace it. Learn recommended tips for replacing.
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Ants on the Move

Finding pests around your home is no picnic. If you're noticing more and more ants, it's time to curb the problem.
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Outdoor Living for the Outdoor Loving

If you’re like many Pacific North-westerners, you love the outdoors and have your white legs out the second the sun is shining and the temperature is above 65 degrees. A covered outdoor living space, and well-planned design can really help you integrate this desirable feature into your existing home design, while ensuring that your lifestyle preferences are accounted for. Read more to determine what features you should consider.
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Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Remodeling

If you think you're ready for a remodel, you may want to review these questions before getting started.
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Kitchen Organization Tools that Really Count

When beginning a kitchen remodel, it’s hard to know everything to consider, which is why if you employ a quality design-build firm, they can help you determine what items might be helpful for your lifestyle. Read on to find what many of our clients choose.
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Semi-Annual Refrigerator Clean-Out

It may seem silly to have an article dedicated to refrigerator cleaning, but this hardworking appliance is used every day. It’s amazing how this time of year comes around, and most people we talk to say they haven’t touched it since the prior year. Read on to find the tips you need to have a squeaky clean refrigerator
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Trendy Color Scheme Meets Japanese Simplicity

This client's master bathroom remodel was born out of a desire to upgrade both the aesthetics and functionality of her space. She was also planning for the future, as she intended to age in her home and wanted to include accessories that would accommodate that.
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Putting Your Best Foot Forward This Spring

If you're wondering what to tackle on your home this month, continue reading to find out our recommendations for keeping your home in tip-top shape.
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Practical Bathroom Planning for the Well-Thought Out Remodel

It's always helpful to start out a remodel with a good grasp on your lifestyle and how you use your space. The enclosed tips will give you some additional things to consider.
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Remodeling Woes are Real

We attempt to minimize the disruptions and challenges for our clients as much as possible by protecting the rooms staying intact, keeping our clients apprised of the schedule, and possible dates that they may need to relinquish the house, and generally attempting to be thoughtful about how we leave your home each day. The reality is that remodeling while living in your home, is going to come with challenges. Learn what to expect here.
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Make Your Design Time Count

To help your design process be as efficient as possible, it's helpful to know what questions you should discuss with other decision makers in your family, prior to your design meeting.
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Cost vs. Value Report 2018

If you're curious about what a remodel could cost, and want an objective source, this cost-vs-value report might help.
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The Waiting Game

Sometimes the hardest part of a remodel is waiting for things to happen. Read on to see items that can take some time to receive prior to starting construction.
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Starting Fresh in the New Year

With the ringing in of the new year, comes the desire for most homeowners to re-evaluate their spaces and reduce the clutter that they’ve gathered over the past year. The build-up of detritus can drag you down, zap motivation, make you depressed or impede your productivity. Find out how you can make your 2018 a little lighter.
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2018 Remodeling Trends

It’s always fun to start off a new year hypothesizing what trends we see with clients and where we think the design landscape will head. While clients sometimes come to us with specific ideas of what they’re looking for, often they’re seeking ideas of what the possibilities for their space are. Here are some things we think may gain traction in 2018 and some that will remain.
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Upfront Planning Brings Peace

A good home design should work for everyone in a home. Read on for some ideas on how to create that harmony in your space.
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A Clean Dishwasher Equals Clean Dishes

A sparkling clean dishwasher doesn’t just look good, it's also an important element to ensuring your dishes are clean. We recommend cleaning your dishwasher every 4-6 weeks to keep it working optimally. Learn more about what is recommended.
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The Top Five Home Turn-Offs

The things we hear the most are the items that turned homeowners off when they bought the house, and the things that they’ve grown to hate since living in the home. If you’re in the market for a new house, or considering remodeling the one you have, here are the top things we’ve heard from clients looking for a change.
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Somerset Kitchen Remodel

Repeat Somerset clients came back for a refreshed kitchen, one that would meet their current needs. Learn more about what they requested.
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House Prep for an Easy Holiday

Especially with the holidays quickly approaching, it’s key to make sure certain elements are ready for your family and guests. Are you ready?
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Redefining Your Reflection

Bathroom remodels start to feel complete once the tile’s set, toilet has been placed, and the vanity is in. Don’t underestimate the value of your bathroom mirror to complete your newly remodeled space. Choosing the right one though can be a bit of a puzzle. Enclosed are some tips we recommend.
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Remodeling Tax Tips

Are you considering a remodel, but wonder what tax advantages you might have? Here are some ideas to ask your tax professional.
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Pocket Doors – A Hidden Gem

Pocket doors can be a great hidden gem of room design, or they can be a pain. Read on to find out the pros and cons of choosing them in your home remodel.
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Holiday Office Closures

Mark your calendars!
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Create a Homework Zone

Getting your child to do their homework is a challenge that most parents are familiar with. While the kitchen table or counter can be great, having to move things at dinner time, may not be worth the fight. Gather some ideas on how to create a good homework zone for your child.
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Quality Takes Time

If you're hoping for a project start-date in three weeks, we're likely to disappoint. If you're looking for quality, we're worth the wait.
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Fall Back Into a Routine

Here are some simple things to do this month to ensure you're ready for fall.
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Labor Day Office Closure

Our office will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday.
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Noise Pollution – How to Combat it at Home

A home is not just a place to lay your head at night, it's also a refuge from a busy life; a place they connect with friends; and a point of pride. Sometimes though, extra noise can turn that refuge into an annoyance. If you’ve noticed or found yourself fed up with noisiness in your home, there are many ways to address the issue depending on where the problem originates from.
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To Plug the Leak, You Must First Find It

Did you get notified that your water had been running continuously? Don't know what to do? Read on to find out how our marketing specialist managed this problem at her home.
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Custom Remodels for One-of-a-Kind Clients

We specialize in creating the space that works for your family, based on your needs. See some of the cool features our clients requested.
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Office Closure – 8/10 & 8/11

We'll be out of the office on August 10th & 11th. Learn why here.
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Declutter the Garage

Decluttering the garage might seem like an activity that would be better in the winter, when the weather is poor. However, if you’re like most, you store much of your patio or deck furniture in your garage during the poor weather months, so trying to reduce the clutter is an impossible task. Instead, if you tackle this project during the summer months, there are less items in the way to get to the things that can be gifted or thrown away. Find out how to best tackle this daunting task.
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The Six C’s of Making a Great Outdoor Living Room

Most pacific northwesterners can agree that our summers are the best. From July 5th through the end of September, our area can’t be beat. That’s why having an outdoor living space that you can enjoy then, and possibly all year long, is so great. Future buyers and existing owners alike can really benefit from a well-designed outdoor living space. If an remodel or addition to your outdoor living space is on the horizon, consider the following six C’s in your design.
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A-Door-n Your House

Doors are a major focal point of your home’s exterior and are also a significant component to keeping your home’s interior intact and beautiful. See how to make the best decision for your home.
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Reinvigorating a Duvall House in the Woods

Whole house remodels are always fun because we get to upgrade multiple spaces into one, cohesive design. This Duvall house was set deep into the woods and had many happy memories to share. After an upgrade, the renewed interior was bright and ready for another family and more adventure.
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Keeping it Trim

The right trim can really finish off a well-designed room. Learn the basics about home trim here.
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Retaining Home Value with Pet Ownership

Love your pets, but don't let them cause a lowered home value. Read on for tips for retaining your home's value.
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Beautiful and Storage-Boosting Master Bedroom Remodel

If your master bedroom feels cluttered and disorganized, you may want to consider a remodel that can help you better manage your stuff. Additional storage in a bedroom can be functional and beautiful with the right design. See how this couple created a space that worked for them.
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Two Views of the Same Space

Sometimes you want to see an alternative design for a space. Click in to see how two different clients remodeled their kitchen using the same initial footprint.
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The Design-Build Difference

Are you a design-build novice? We find some clients seek out a design-build resource specifically, while others don't know what the term design-build means, and others don't care. Since we think design-build firms are pretty great, we thought we'd tackle defining the design-build concept and why it should be important to you.
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Not All Windows Are Created Equal

In the market for new windows, but don't know the first thing about how to judge the good from the bad? Our go-to window guru answers your questions inside.
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Oh Weather, Oh My! Repairing a Bellevue Condo Complex.

It's amazing what rain can do when your exterior isn't prepared to slough it off appropriately. See how we helped repair the exterior of this condo complex in Bellevue.
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Making Selection Decisions Easy

It can be easy to get overwhelmed when choosing the various items for your remodel. As a design-build remodeler, we try to simplify that process for you.
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April Showers Bring…a Mess

April is a good time to check a few house items off your list.
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Pike Place Condo Kitchen and Bath Renovation

Renovating a kitchen or bathroom is always an adventure, but in a condo, requires a lot of planning and excellent execution. We really enjoyed taking this Pike Place Market condo from a closed off version to one that showed off its fabulous view.
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Bi-Annual Deck Maintenance – Strip, Wash, Stain!

Getting your deck ready for entertaining should be high on your priority list now. See the product our team recommends.
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Age Makes a Difference in a Kid’s Bathroom Remodel

If you're interested in remodeling a bathroom that will primarily be used by your children, we provide a list of things to consider, depending on the age of the user.
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Mercer Island Great Room Remodel Time Lapse Video

See this great room remodel from beginning to end in one minute. Ready, set, go!
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Heated Tile Makes Toes and Towels Happy

Are you wondering if heated tile is right for you? Review the pros and cons and see if it fits with your lifestyle.
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Maximize Your View With Deep Bottom Drawers

Want to maximize your view, but increase your storage? It can be done! We've been hard-pressed to convince clients that doing away with upper cabinets and retaining their view in favor of full-extension deep bottom drawer cabinets are not only a great solution, but a smart choice!
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Remodeling With Intention

The Kabata family had lived in their home for 25+ years. They'd raised their family in it and intended to stay for the long-term. After having previously remodeled a bathroom and had all of their exterior siding replaced. Being a very practical couple, they'd waited to be fiscally ready to update the kitchen, thus it hadn't been updated since they purchased the home and it needed some TLC! See what they did.
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Laundering in Style

Few think of a laundry room as being their top room to remodel, yet laundry is a regular chore for us all. Having a nice space to clean our clothes, iron and otherwise organize our wardrobe is undervalued. Here's what we recommend to create the most functional and beautiful laundry space.
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Whole House Remodeling – How To Do it Right

Scope creep is a real thing during a remodel. We recommend considering the following before you get started so that you're remodel is well-thought out and designed from the start.
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Elevate with New Paint

If your home needs a paint job, read this painting Q&A before hiring a painter.
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Custom Bathroom Dreaming

Have you thought about what your dream bathroom would contain? Read on to what our design team recommends.
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Cost-Vs-Value Report

Curious about what your remodel could cost, but not yet ready to contact us? That's okay, we understand. Doing a remodel requires a lot of trust and resources. If you're just in the fact-finding stage, this cost-vs-value report might help.
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Adding the Charm Back into the Craftsman

Do you have a craftsman that needs some work to make it more functional for your lifestyle? This homeowner added 320 square feet to her craftsman and upgraded the garage. The results gave her more space, an upgraded bathroom and a much needed laundry room.
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Why We Love Water Everywhere

Wet rooms can be a great solution when remodeling a bathroom. Read on for when you should consider before implementing a wet room and when it might not be the ideal solution for your home.
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To Dos to Tackle in February

Addressing a few key tasks each month can keep your home in great shape and stressors at bay. Read the full post to see what you should focus on this month.
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Keeping it Glassy in the Shower

If you've been wondering what types of glass doors you've been considering for your shower, read on to find out the benefits of the different options.
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Post Remodel Must-Do Check List

Once the final construction walk-through is done and the punch list complete, a homeowner feels like the remodel is really done and the family can go back to life as normal - now with a beautiful home. That’s mostly true but here are a few more recommendations.
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Top Tips for Managing Frozen Pipes

In many cases, the words “frozen pipes” strikes fear into the hearts of homeowners everywhere. Visions of broken pipes, water running amok throughout one’s home, and the associated mess and cost, can make you downright crazy with worry.
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Creating Function in a Warm Sammamish Kitchen

These days, white kitchens are a common request, so it was fun to do something a little warmer. A recent client was interested in redoing his kitchen to capture more of his view of Lake Sammamish and make the kitchen better suited to his needs.
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Laundering in Style

Few think of a laundry room as being their top room to remodel, yet laundry is a regular chore for us all. Having a nice space to clean our clothes, iron and otherwise organize our wardrobe is undervalued.
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Year-Round Entertaining on a Bothell Covered Deck

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Don’t Get Burned By Your Fireplace Renovation

If curling up in front of a toasty fire with your favorite beverage sounds like the perfect way to spend the day, you want to have an attractive and functional fireplace. We recommend you consider the following when embarking upon a fireplace remodel or adding a net-new fireplace.
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Don’t Under-rate Backyard Privacy

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Big and Beautiful White Kitchen on Lake Sammamish

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The Perfect Fall To-Dos

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Remodeling a Tear Down – Does it Make Sense?

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Refinish or Replace Hardwoods

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Bi-Annual Deck Maintenance

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Classic White Kitchen with Industrial Flair

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Entertaining Mercer Island Style

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Resurrecting the Barn

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Bathing in Color

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Whole House Remodeling – How To Do it Right

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Elevate With New Paint

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Decks Galore – Is a Multi-Level Deck a Good Solution for my Home?

There are circumstances where a multi-level deck may be perfect for your home. Read more to see if one makes sense for your situation.
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McAdams Remodeling & Design Honored With Best of Houzz Customer Service Award

Only interested in hiring an award-winning firm? No problem!
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Creating a Gluten Free Zone in a Woodinville Kitchen Remodel

Do you have a food need that leaves you wishing you had a special place in your kitchen just for your items? Whether you're looking for a gluten free area or food-allergy safe space, we can help you create the kitchen that works for you and the rest of your family.
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