Sponsor spotlight: How to find and hire a remodeler right for you

Are you tired of cooking in a dated kitchen or spending time in cramped living space you’ve outgrown? If you are a homeowner ready to make upgrades to your home rather than selling and buying a new home, it may be time to remodel. If your remodel involves structural, electrical or plumbing work, you should…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for October 2021

Fall came out of nowhere and now seems to be here to stay, with lots of rain and cooler days. Get outside during one of the breaks in the rain to cut down, rake up and generally dispose of anything that is past its prime, including tomatoes, squash plants and bolting greens. Now is the…



Sponsor spotlight: Full clean-outs done right — Ginny’s Girls has your back

Have you recently inherited or become responsible for a loved one’s household full of stuff? Or maybe you are ready to part with your lifetime of belongings as you jump into the next chapter of your life? So many individuals in this position don’t know where to start! This is exactly where Ginny’s Girls Estate…

Sponsor spotlight: Keep unwanted guests away from your home

Social distancing may be a barrier for having visitors at your home. There are some guests, however, that you should never allow in — 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 and your property from…

Sponsor spotlight: Ideas for modernizing your home office

The pandemic transformed the way Americans lived and worked. While public health restrictions are lifting, many people may continue to work from home at least part of the time. More than half (54%) of employed adults whose job responsibilities can be done from home say they’d want to work from home all or most of…

Sponsor spotlight: Tips for hiring a reputable remodeler

After spending more time at home this year, you may be one of the many home owners motivated to modernize your home and hire a remodeler. Depending on the scope of your project, you’ll likely be sharing your home with the remodelers’ crews for weeks or even months. It’s critical to find a reliable professional…

MLT’s Taluswood Apartments sold for $168 million

Taluswood Apartments located at 4208 236th St. S.W .has been sold for $168 million. That’s according to a report in NextMLT. At 512 units, the sale comes out to about $328,000 per unit. The property was built in 1986 and last sold in 2019 for $136 million. The new sale price reflects an annual appreciation of…

Sponsor spotlight: Renovations that add value to your home

Making home improvements will enhance your home’s comfort as well as add to its value. But not all home improvement projects are created equal. If you plan on selling your home in the near or long term, take the time now to focus on those projects that offer the best return on your investment. While…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT Gardening Tips for September

I’m not ready for summer to end, but the garden has already begun the season change. Many plants can benefit from a pruning now. Tomatoes and squash plants may continue to flower long after the deadline for fruit to ripen before frost.  Pruning the growing tip can cue the plant to spend energy ripening existing…

Sponsor spotlight: Tips for transforming small spaces in your home

With more time spent at home this year, finding space for everyone to work, play and relax may be a challenge. A re-organization or remodel of a small area in your home can make the difference if you are looking for more space. A solid plan with carefully selected design elements can turn any unused…

Sponsor spotlight: How to plan for a hassle-free home addition

One of the benefits of home ownership is the ability to customize and improve your living space to fit your needs. If your family is growing or if you need a little extra space, you may be thinking about a home addition. An addition can be a single room built onto the side of a…

Sponsor spotlight: Living In your home after retirement

As baby boomers age, many are opting to stay in their homes instead of moving after retirement. If you are among the growing population of aging adults, it is important to make sure your home has both long- and short-term solutions to ensure your safety and comfort throughout your golden years. Here are several tips…

Irons Brothers Construction, Inc. named to Qualified Remodeler TOP 500 for 2021

Qualified Remodeler, a leading publication serving remodelers and home improvement companies in the U.S., has ranked Irons Brothers Construction on its 43rd annual TOP 500 remodelers of 2021. Since 1978, the QR TOP 500 has tracked the industry’s largest and fastest growing companies. In 2021, the TOP 500 represented $13 billion in remodeling sales volume…

Sponsor spotlight: Top five benefits of hiring a general contractor

If you’re ready to build your dream home, one of the first steps is deciding if you should manage the project on your own or hire a general contractor. With books, online videos and articles, you may feel ready to dive right in and construct your own home from the ground up. Before embarking single-handedly…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT Gardening tips for August

The orange light from wildfire smoke in the atmosphere seems like it is becoming the new normal, but the garden is still producing. This week I harvested zucchini, chard and tomatoes, in addition to giant bouquets of herbs and flowers. The garden is abuzz with friendly pollinators. To keep the garden producing, make sure to…

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