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, it’s critical to protect your family from disease due to food contamination…

Sponsor spotlight: Housing trend — Interest growing in accessory dwelling units

While single-family homes remain the most desired type of dwelling among home buyers, alternative living spaces are making headway. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as “granny flats,” “mother-in-law suites” or “secondary dwelling units,” are ideal for individuals seeking out a non-traditional living space. ADUs are self-contained living units with their own kitchen, bedroom and…



Sponsor spotlight: All the buzz about electronic doorbells

Homes with technology features are prevalent now more than ever. From large appliances to smaller gadgets that connect to your mobile device, there are plenty of opportunities to stay connected to the activity in your home. One key home accessory gaining in popularity is electronic doorbells. These devices can be personalized to fit your needs…

Sponsor spotlight: Wet rooms are today’s choice for beautiful, usable bathrooms

Inviting, accommodating and a feast for the eyes — wet rooms are showing up in more and more homes and wowing visitors at new-home showcases. Wet rooms — essentially open-concept or barrier-free bathrooms — are tiled continuously from floor to ceiling and across the floor surface, giving a sleek, unified appearance. The shower is open…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for July 2021

How did your garden fare through the heat wave? The Ballinger Organic Garden (BOG) did pretty well, with only the tips of some rhubarb leaves a bit crispy and a bit of leaf curl on some plants.  The high water table at Ballinger Park may have helped keep everything hydrated. Many folks weren’t so lucky…

Sponsor spotlight: Much ado about ceilings

A ceiling with a pop of color, a stylish ceiling fan or detailed trim work can give a room personality and character. Ceiling décor also can add drama to an otherwise dull space, give the illusion of height in a compact room, or increase the feel of intimacy in a large one. Making a ceiling…

Once the location of Alderwood Mall Sears, Avalon Apartments taking shape

The changing face of Alderwood Mall: Gone is the Sears store; in its place will be this 328-unit apartment complex. Avalon Apartments will have two buildings, each six stories high. The ground floor will be reserved for retail. Completion is scheduled for 2022. — Photo and video by David Carlos

Sponsor spotlight: Mid-summer home maintenance checklist

Have you noticed that your home has begun to show the signs of an active summer already – 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 hot air out. Hopefully you’ve already had your air conditioner/mechanical system serviced…

Landsverk Quality Homes purchases townhomes development

Mountlake Terrace developer Landsverk Quality Homes has purchased a planned 12-unit townhomes development project located on the northeast corner of 216th Place Southwest and 50th Avenue West. Work has already begun on the Altair Townhomes subdivision, at 4907 216th Pl. S.W., which will feature units of approximately 1,650 square feet with three bedrooms plus an…

Sponsor spotlight: Assessing online reviews when looking for a remodeler

If you visited a dozen websites and read hundreds of reviews just to decide on which toaster oven to purchase, then how about when it comes time to select a home remodeler? That remodeler will be doing a significant amount of work to your biggest investment: your home. So choosing the right one is a…

Sponsor spotlight: Simple ways to brighten your home’s exterior

With longer and warmer days ahead, now is the perfect time to brighten up your home’s exterior. Keeping your lawn trim and yard tidy is a good start, but there are other opportunities to boost your home’s curb appeal. For example, adding new exterior lighting options or putting a fresh coat of paint on your…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT Gardening Tips for June 2021

In a rare turn, June actually feels like summer this week. Most garden veggies can be planted now without extra protection. Basil, cucumbers, and both summer and winter squash can all still be direct sown early in the month, and can even outpace seeds sown last month that may have stalled in cooler weather. With…

Sponsor spotlight: Top kitchen features that promote cleanliness

The pandemic renewed a focus not only on our personal hygiene, but also on surfaces throughout the home. In the kitchen, there are many areas that are touched frequently that are more likely to stay dirty and have many different types of germs. While experts say the transmission of viruses on surfaces is low, there…

Sponsor spotlight: How to plan for a kitchen remodel

Kitchens are not only for cooking, but the kitchen is also a popular place in your home where you spend time with friends and family. If your kitchen is dated or no longer fits your lifestyle, you may want to consider remodeling. An upgraded or modern kitchen also can increase the value of your home….

Sponsor spotlight: Outdoor living design ideas

With more time spent at home this year, getting some fresh air and spending time outside the home is growing in popularity. Even before the pandemic, the demand for outdoor living space has been growing. A majority of home buyers (87%) ranked “patio” among the top essential features in a home, according to a recent…

1st Security Bank adopts new home mortgage closing program

Mountlake Terrace-based 1st Security Bank said Wednesday it has adopted a new Hybrid/eNote program to increase the efficiency of its mortgage closing process while decreasing its environmental impact. The platform enables home mortgage clients to conveniently sign most of their closing documents from any location with web access, resulting in a faster, more secure process…

Work begins on new 49-lot residential development near Brier

Work recently started on the 49-lot Echo Park planned residential development near Brier. The subdivision project is located on 7.9 acres of property along Atlas Road and Barker Road in an urban growth area of unincorporated Snohomish County. Its rezoning application and site plan from developer Pacific Ridge Homes were approved in November 2020. Plans…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT Gardening Tips for May 2021

  We’re in for a rollercoaster of May weather this week, with rain, heat and maybe even lightning! I plan to nip outside between storms to tend my young plants. Mother’s Day is the “all clear” to plant most things in our area. The 50°F low mark is the signal to transplant tomatoes and direct…

Sponsor spotlight: Choosing the right professional to help you stay in your home

While some homeowners might dream of retiring to a private tropical island, more and more are choosing to “age in place” and live independently, comfortably and safely in their own home, regardless of age or ability. As the Baby Boomer generation embraces this stage of life, many are searching for builders and remodelers who can…

Irons Brothers recognized among top customer service leaders in residential construction industry

Irons Brothers Construction has received a 2021 Guildmaster with Distinction Award from GuildQuality “for their unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction.” This is the design-build firm’s fourth year in a row receiving this award for their company’s distinguished customer service. Since 2005, GuildQuality, an Atlanta-based third-party customer satisfaction software surveying company, has sponsored the Guildmaster Award…