Sponsor spotlight: 10 toolbox essentials for small home repairs

The joys of homeownership are numerous, from providing comfort for you and your family to building up equity in your financial profile. If you are a new home owner, it is important to be ready to encounter home repairs. Fortunately, not all home repairs require the help of a professional or come with a big…

Sponsor spotlight: Five ways to prepare your home before a freeze

The cooler weather conjures up images of fireplaces, holiday gatherings and hot chocolate. While it may be easy to prepare your lifestyle for the winter months, as a home owner it is important not to neglect essential pre-winter home maintenance. To keep you and your home safe and ready for cold temperatures, consider taking the…

Sponsor spotlight: Trends from this year’s Remodeled Homes Tour

If you’re planning a future remodel or just curious what current trends are being used in home remodeling, then don’t miss Irons Brothers and 11 other Master Builders Association members at the 2019 Remodeled Homes Tour this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Click here for tickets This event will take place…

2019 Evergreen Award winners recognized for exceptional properties

Community members filled the Mountlake Terrace Senior Community Center to recognize exceptional properties across the city Wednesday night at the annual Evergreen Awards Ceremony. Inspired by the City of Everett’s Monte Cristo Awards, the Evergreen Awards began in 2009 to recognize well-kept properties in town and the owners/renters that maintain them. This year, 24 winners…

Reminder: Rain garden workshop set for Sept. 28 in Mountlake Terrace

A free rain garden workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Senior Community Center (Ballinger Clubhouse) at 23000 Lakeview Drive. Come learn all about rain gardens and other techniques to reduce your lawn and make your landscape more resilient at this free workshop sponsored by the…

Irons Brothers Construction Project Showcase of the Week: Bothell kitchen and bath remodel

From drab to fabulous. This spectacular kitchen, with pops of blue, is now a bright and cheery living, eating and entertaining hub. The reimagined kitchen has reinvigorated our clients’ lifestyle, allowing them to spread out along their new 12-foot quartz-topped island with custom-painted cabinetry in Regatta Blue, taking the place of a traditional table and…

Irons Brothers Construction Project Showcase of the Week: Master bathroom remodel

This three-story Capitol Hill urban home was ready for its master bathroom to transition from its ’80s Miami Vice motif to a 21st-century modern masculine look. Masculine, modern, and warmth were the priorities, so the new fixtures, paint color, tile, cabinetry, and countertop were selected keeping this in mind. The homeowners were on a budget, but…

Irons Brothers Construction Project of the Week: Bothell outdoor living addition

Outdoor living makes your home’s square footage and livable space feel much larger. These homeowners desired to create an outdoor structure on the back of their home to help them enjoy the outdoors year-round under cover. Ultimately, the addition to their home has brought them so much more than this. This 1980s home was living…

Sponsor spotlight: Irons Brothers wheelchair-access ramp during annual Rampathon

Led by “Ramp Captain” Joseph Irons, employees of Irons Brothers construction and skilled volunteers will be building a free wheelchair-access ramp Saturday, May 18 for a Shoreline resident who currently has trouble entering and leaving her home. Irons, the general manager of Irons Brothers Construction and past president of the Master Builders Association of King…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Taking interior design online

The internet is forever evolving how we access goods and services, so why should home décor be any different? Homeowners have a plethora of resources they can look to when searching for décor inspiration online, including blogs, online magazines, and YouTube channels — but the newest fad is online interior design consultants. These online businesses…

A springtime reminder from SnoPUD: Plant smart, be safe

With the arrival of spring, it’s time for many of us to get outside and start tackling outdoor projects. Safety is Snohomish County PUD’s No. 1 priority for its employees and customers and that includes time spent out in the yard planting trees or bushes. To avoid getting limbs or trees caught in power lines,…

Spring cleaning tips for your home and yard

Spring is finally here, and it’s time to put away the sweaters, scarves, and boots and get your home in tip-top shape. Here are some spring-cleaning tips to help you get the most out of your chore list: First, inspect your home from top to bottom. Now that the weather is temperate, you will want to…

National home builders group names Joseph Irons Young Professional of Year

Joseph Irons of Irons Brothers Construction was recently named by the National Association of Home Builders as one of five 2018 Young Professionals of the Year. The awards were presented at the 2019 International Builders’ Show last month in Las Vegas. They acknowledge the winners’ hard work, successes, performance, dedication and outstanding potential as they begin to serve…

Sponsor spotlight: March is National Ladder Safety Month

Ladders are not only found in construction, landscaping and other work environments, but also in your own home. Here are some safety tips from the American Ladder Institute that we suggest you consider. Changing light bulbs around the house? Trying to get that glass down from the top shelf in the kitchen? Ladders are constantly used…

Sponsor spotlight: Love your home again

Irons Brothers Construction helps its clients love their homes again in these two award-winning projects (as awarded by the Master Builder’s Association Remodeling Excellence Awards in 2017). A big thanks to our photographer, Vivid Interiors – Tom Redner, for capturing the beauty of these finished spaces. Before and after bathroom remodel Old-world charm was updated…

Tips for feeding birds in cold weather

A reader asked us to share information about maintaining bird feeders — and especially hummingbird feeders — in cold weather. We posed the questions to our experts, and received this column from Candy Brown, a member of the Pilchuck Audubon Society. Songbirds Provide plenty of dry, nutritious seed. I only feed black oil sunflower seed…

City offers tips for protecting pipes in freezing weather

Cold, freezing weather can lead to frozen water pipes. Here are some basic tips from the City of Mountlake Terrace on how to prevent freezing pipes and what to do if pipes do freeze or burst. For outside plumbing, disconnect garden hoses, and use a molded foam cover, available at hardware stores, to protect the…

Your kitchen: Likely the most important room in your house

Join Irons Brothers Construction at the Northwest Remodeling Expo, set for Friday-Sunday, Jan. 18-20, at the Washington State Convention Center, Halls 4EF, 800 Convention Pl., Seattle. More information is available here. Your kitchen is most likely the most important room in your house: where the kids do their homework, where your friends come for coffee,…

Sponsor spotlight: Visit Irons Brothers at the Northwest Remodeling Expo Jan. 18-20

Join Irons Brothers Construction at the Northwest Remodeling Expo, set for Friday-Sunday, Jan. 18-20, at the Washington State Convention Center, Halls 4EF, 800 Convention Pl., Seattle. More information is available on the Irons Brothers events website. Discounted tickets are available via email at office@ironsbc.com. NW Remodeling Expo Jan. 18: Noon-7 p.m. Jan. 19:11 a.m. to 7…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Five hidden renovation costs

Renovations never seem to go as planned. There’s always a cost you didn’t anticipate, or a problem that didn’t reveal itself until the project was underway. Here are five common costs to look out for. 1. Higher utility bills: If contractors and builders are working in your home all day, there’s a good chance they’re…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Dealing with scratched hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use from kids playing with toys and chairs being shuffled around, it may be time for some DIY fixes. Hiding scratches: If you’ve…

Sponsor spotlight: More older Americans desire to ‘age in place’

Older Americans largely prefer to stay in their current homes as they age rather than downsize or relocate. And that is a major driver in the continued growth of “aging-in-place” remodeling. This technique involves making home modifications — big or small — to help homeowners live safely in their home for many years to come,…