Sponsor spotlight: Secure your home for the winter cold

While snow or extreme cold may not be frequent for us in the Pacific Northwest, when we experience even moderate snow falls or brief cold snaps during the winter, these temperatures can take a big toll on your home. Winter weather can also knock out heat, power and other services to your home, sometimes for…

Sponsor spotlight: Five simple and stylish home design ideas

Do you spend lazy Saturday afternoons browsing online, wishing you had the budget to hire an interior designer to replicate their artistic interiors? Well-designed rooms don’t always have to come with a huge price tag; designing on a budget may be easier than you think. Many times, by changing small things, a room can take…

Sponsor spotlight: Five ways to jump-start your home remodel

After spending more time at home, over the last several years, you may be ready to change the look and feel of your house. Perhaps you are ready to upgrade your kitchen or add more space. Whatever the impetus, the thought crosses your mind: Maybe it’s time to start a home remodel. If you are…

Sponsor spotlight: Five trendy ways to update your bathroom

Although they serve a specific function, bathrooms don’t need to conform to a utilitarian design. If anything, this space benefits from personalization. From simple contemporary designs to chic, luxurious fixtures, today’s bathroom trends are about creating a relaxing personal retreat. Merge the Indoors with the Outdoors. Blurring the lines between inside and out can create…

Sponsor spotlight: Top five overlooked careers in high demand

There are many jobs in the skilled trades that are in high demand. Rewarding career paths such as carpentry, plumbers and HVACR technicians do not require a four-year degree and have the earning potential of more than $50,000 a year. In fact, many skilled trades offer apprentice opportunities so students can earn while they learn….

Sponsor spotlight: Do you know how to make your home more livable?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a resounding effect on the way people live — not only in how they interact with those around them, but potentially in how they view their homes as well. More time at home may be changing the way individuals think about how tangible elements such as increasing their capacity to…

Sponsor spotlight: Tips for hiring a reputable remodeler

Register to attend the Remodeled Homes Tour and see remodeling trends, speak with experts in design-build, at www.remodeltour.com You can tour the home in this video – remodeled by Irons Brothers Construction — on Oct 22. We look forward to seeing you there. After spending more time at home for a couple of years you…

Sponsor spotlight: Irons Brothers Remodel Showcase — going up in Madison Park

This custom home overlooking Lake Washington was overdue for an update. Fortunately, the client contacted us before the water damage on their top deck got too bad. The entire home underwent a facelift inside and out. The new design included framing in the old leaky deck and building a larger, more functional home office.  Additional…

Sponsor spotlight: Pro tips for virtual homebuying and remodeling research

If you’re planning to buy or remodel a home but you’re not quite ready to view several dozen homes in person, start by looking at homes online. You’ll be surprised by the number of online showrooms, photos and 3D videos/virtual tours available to help you narrow down your search. For new homebuyers, Realtor.com, Redfin.com, Trulia.com and…

Sponsor spotlight: Five essential fall maintenance tasks for your home

With the summer season in the rear-view mirror, now is the time to focus on a few simple home maintenance projects to prepare for the fall weather. Not all maintenance projects require a significant of time or money. Instead, seasonal projects are low or no-cost DIY projects that can also help you save money on…

Sponsor spotlight: Organize your home for the school year

It’s back-to-school time and that means all over town, parents are vowing that this year, they’ll finally be organized. There will be no more tears, threats, or lost field-trip permission slips. The kids will walk out the door with their completed homework and a healthy lunch snug in their backpacks. Here are some hints to…

Sponsor spotlight: Transform your home with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Sound

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives (OLP) of North Sound specializes in providing professional-grade exterior lighting for homes, commercial properties, HOA entrances and special events. In addition to their permanent fixtures, bistro string lights, color-changing LEDs and holiday lighting packages are also very popular with their clients. Their service area spans from the King County line up to…

Sponsor spotlight: Houses are aging — is it time to remodel?

America’s housing stock is aging. And following the Great Recession, residential construction grew at a modest pace. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), many homeowners across the country occupy dwellings that are not new or modern. A closer look at the housing stock data reveals that many properties may be due for…

Sponsor spotlight: A new shade of ‘green’ — today’s standards for home efficiency

Anyone who’s been car shopping in recent years knows that modern cars come with a seemingly endless list of options and features to consider. But if there’s one characteristic that most car shoppers rank as high as price, performance and style—it’s fuel efficiency. Much like car shoppers compare miles-per-gallon (mpg) estimates, an increasing number of…

Sponsor spotlight: Maintenance tips for first-time homeowners

As a first-time homeowner, you now have a place to call your own. Routine home maintenance will help you enjoy your new home for years to come. Maintaining your home not only helps ensure your home is working at an optimal level but helps to identify or fix problems before they become a larger issue….

Sponsor spotlight: Remodeling projects that add value to your home

Remodeling your home has many benefits. A home improvement can modernize your living space, enhance your comfort level, and add to the resell value of your home. However, not all remodeling projects are equal when generating the greatest resell value for homeowners. Zonda, a housing market research firm, recently released their annual Cost vs. Value Report,…

Sponsor spotlight: Keep unwanted summer guests away

Social distancing this summer may be a barrier for having visitors at your home. There are some guests, however, that you should never allow into your home — pests such as ants, roaches, rats and termites. Not only are pest infestations a nuisance, its critical to protect your family from disease due to food contamination…

Sponsor spotlight: Midsummer home maintenance checklist

After the dust settles from your latest barbecue or home gathering, you may have noticed that your home has begun to show the signs of an active summer – both inside and out. Take the time now to do a few maintenance tasks to keep your home humming through the rest of the summer. Keep…

Sponsor spotllight: A Mukilteo home remodel aimed at maximizing the view

Northlight Custom Builders, LLC is based in Mukilteo while serving the greater Seattle area. Northlight specializes in remodeling commercial and residential space, building additions, and designing a space unique to you. They have a staff of 15 working behind the scenes and in the field to make sure you are taken care of. What makes…

Sponsor spotlight: That fixer-upper could be your dream home

Boost your buying power with a HomeStyle Renovation Loan In today’s tight real estate market, limited inventory means finding the ideal home for your budget can be tough. But what if you could create the home you want? If you find a house in a location you love, updating an outdated interior or creating a…

Sponsor spotlight: Irons Brothers receives excellence award for outdoor living remodel

From kitchens and bathrooms to decks and entire homes, the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) celebrated the best in remodeling at the 2022 Excellence in Remodeling Awards June 6. A highlight of the association’s summer board meeting, the awards recognized the top remodelers across 25 different categories. Winners faced fierce competition, with 57 entries vying…

Sponsor spotlight: Protect the air quality in your home

The ongoing pandemic has put a renewed focus on the air we breathe. If you are spending more time at home this year, keeping the air in your living space as fresh and as free of pollutants is critical. Common indoor pollutants are from sources that release gases or particles into the air such as…

Sponsor spotlight: Turn your backyard into an oasis

Now more than ever, homeowners are utilizing their home’s indoor and outdoor areas. In a recent survey conducted by the New Home Trends Institute (NHTI) in collaboration with Pro Builder nearly two-thirds (65%) of family home owners say that their home’s outdoor spaces are very important to them. The survey also revealed that a third…

Sponsor spotlight: Homeownership benefits our community

After years of decline, homeownership is gaining momentum across the country. According to the latest data from the Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey the U.S. homeownership rate is 65%. Homeownership endures as the foundation of the American dream, and that’s why the home building industry is celebrating National Homeownership Month in June. Home ownership builds…