Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for March 2021

March and the sun are here!  Not much gets a gardener’s blood pumping like the first days with 50-degree highs! What should you do this first week of March? Weed. What should you do next week? Weed. And the next and the next?  WEED! Get those pesky plants out now before they have the chance…

Introducing new advertiser Pinnacle Roofing Professionals

We’re happy to introduce our new advertiser, Pinnacle Roofing Professionals. They are local and specialize in both residential and commercial roofing. The weather has taken its toll this year, and many homeowners and businesses have had roofing needs that have arisen this winter. Be assured, when you call Pinnacle Roofing Professionals, they are very particular…



Sponsor spotlight: Much to celebrate about home remodeling

Homeowners remodel their homes for many different reasons, with an eye toward their own enjoyment as well as the eventual resale value. Some want to give new life to a house with an out-of-date floor plan. Baby boomers who want to stay in their homes as they age — as well as younger home owners…

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…

Welcome to our new advertiser: Kings Heating and Air Conditioning

We welcome Kings Heating and Air Conditioning as new advertisers. They are local! And they’ve been providing heating and cooling solutions to homeowners, builders and contractors since 1993. Homeowners love that they’re always looking to offer more value to clients through a wide range of services, from new installations to retrofitting, maintenance and repairs. Cutting…

Irons Brothers Construction wins Remodeling Excellence Awards

The Building Industry Association of Washington has announced the winners of its 2020 Excellence in Remodeling Awards, and Irons Brothers Construction, Inc. took top honors in two categories. The Excellence In Remodeling awards program recognizes outstanding remodeling projects across Washington, ranging from additions and historic renovations to kitchen and bath updates to entire home transformations at a…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for February 2021

Most of the gardeners I know are getting antsy to start their 2021 garden. If you haven’t yet, it’s time to finalize your planting plan so you can purchase seeds and mark your calendar with start dates. It’d be terrible to get so excited about tomatoes that you forget to start your onions! If you…

Sponsor spotlight: Remodeling your home safely during COVID-19

The pandemic has upended many activities; however, contractors are continuing to work to modernize homes across the country. Professional remodelers are taking on extra safety precautions to help meet the needs of homeowners during the pandemic. If you’re interested in remodeling your home, consider the following steps to help put your mind at ease, so…

Sponsor spotlight: Consider the benefits of off-season home improvements

Spring and summer are high season for home improvements. Winter, especially after the holiday season has passed, seems more like a time to hunker down and get cozy. But the professionals who do home improvements and the suppliers who sell the materials are in business year-round. And during their off-seasons, these businesses will often lower…

Sponsor spotlight: Fight the winter blues by bringing the outdoors in

People are spending significantly more time at home as a result of COVID-19, which has led to shifts in habits and a renewed focus on how their homes live and breathe. With winter in full swing, healthy habits and homes will become increasingly important: Approximately 20% of the population suffers from seasonal depression. Here are…

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

The cooler weather conjures up images of fireplaces 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 following steps….

Studio 6 Property sold to Bellevue-based LLC

The only motel in Mountlake Terrace, the 119-unit Studio 6 motel in Southwest Mountlake Terrace has been sold to a Bellevue-based LLC for $5.4 million, NextMLT reports. The new owner, Old West 6017 LLC — which purchased the property in December 2020 — is associated with a company called PMF Investments. According to the company website:…

Sponsor spotlight: Home remodeling terms you should know

If residential construction terms like “punch list” and “draw” sound unfamiliar, you are not alone. Most home owners are not aware of the different terms remodelers and builders use to describe a project. To help you have a smooth remodeling experience, here’s a glossary of some of the common terms used by builders and remodelers…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for January 2021

This month is looking awfully wet. The water level in Lake Ballinger is very high and walking through the park is often like walking on a sponge. Is your lawn the same way? Avoid walking on it too much, as the compaction can harm the soil structure. January is a great time to take care…

Sponsor spotlight: Tips for hiring a reputable remodeler

After spending more time at home during the past year, you may be one of the many homeowners 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…

Sponsor spotlight: Best bets for happy pets in your home

Eating a good meal, taking a nap or playing outdoors are just a few of the simple pleasures in life that most pets and humans both appreciate. There are several ways you can show your pet how much they mean to you by incorporating certain design elements into your home. Many features will not only…

Sponsor spotlight: Tips for preventing kitchen fires during the holidays

As you prepare your holiday meals this year, it is important to keep you and your family safe. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the number-one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. There are simple ways homeowners can make sure their family and loved ones are safe in and…

Welcome to our new advertiser: Clean and Simple Cleaning

We’re proud to announce our newest advertiser, Clean and Simple Cleaning, a residential and commercial cleaning company based in Lynnwood. Stacie Sutton founded Clean and Simple Cleaning in the early 1990s. All she had at the time was a broom, a bucket, a mop and the vision of simplifying people’s lives. Since then, Clean and…

Sponsor spotlight: Emergency preparedness at home

Recent natural disasters remind us that our lives can quickly be turned upside down with little warning. Now is a perfect time to prepare your family and household for emergency situations that are most likely to impact our area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Ready.gov website provides information on how to be prepared for…

Wescott Homes considering 52 townhomes for MLT 228 property

A pre-application has been submitted by Wescott Homes considering a 52-unit townhome project on the MLT 228 property, NextMLT reported.The property at the Southwest corner of 228th Street Southwest and 44th Avenue West has had several development concepts over the years. (See related posts at the bottom of this story.) The current concept by Wescott…

Six-story building being considered next to Veterans Park and MLT Transit Center

A pre-application has been submitted for a project on four parcels abutting Veterans Memorial Park and the Transit Center in Mountlake Terrace, NextMLT reports. The proposal describes the project as a six-story multi-family building. A pre-app is intended to present a development concept to the city and obtain initial feedback. Plans almost always change, and…

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 December 2020

For most gardeners, December will be spent looking at seed and tool catalogs and dreaming about spring. Given the recent increase in interest in gardening due to the pandemic and potential seed shortages as the gardening industry adjusts to the demand, it could be a good idea to get seed orders in as early as…

U.S. Postal Service extends its lease on North City Annex in MLT

A planned two-year stay in Mountlake Terrace will now stretch into a third year for the USPS North City Annex as the postal service has renewed its lease of the former Office Depot building in the city’s Gateway District. “The lease on the North City Annex has been extended through Dec. 14, 2021,” announced U.S….

Sponsor spotlight: Spot home damage before it’s too late

Homeowners are well advised to conduct regular checks around their homes. By keeping their eyes peeled, they have a better chance at preventing a small leak from becoming major water damage, an improperly sealed window from turning into a significant mold issue, and so on. Here are some general tips for keeping your home in…