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  • Why prepare for a disaster?
    I confess: it took me a while to embrace the idea that our household should have supplies and a plan in place in case of an emergency.
  • Home and Garden Improvements That Will Benefit Local Wildlife
    (StatePoint) When it comes to changing the world, your own backyard is a great place to start. As you make home improvements, consider their potential to benefit local wildlife that travel in and around your property.
    Here are a few important steps you can take.
  • A major remodel requires the right pro — and lots of patience

    How long does a major remodel take from start to finish?

    In Seattle, whole-house remodels can take a year or more.
    Whether you want to renovate a home you just purchased or one you’ve lived in for decades, you may be shocked to find out just how long it takes. To make the process faster and easier, let’s break it all down.

  • After the blizzard
    It was beautiful. Characteristically, the city turned the event into a party It will be interesting to see if there is a spike in births come next November. My nephew, who was staying with me, ever the organized, well prepared soldier, rushed to the grocery store to stock up. The place was mobbed.
  • Montlake Market preservation plan emerges

    Contractor works out preliminary design for SR 520 project that could spare neighborhood grocer

    It will take longer and cost more money to save Montlake Market during construction of the Montlake phase of the State Route 520 Bridge Replacement Project, but residents at a January WSDOT meeting remained steadfast in their desire to keep their small neighborhood grocer.

  • Revising the Fort Lawton Redevelopment Plan
    Updated legislation comes out this month ahead of council consideration

    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has released her draft plan for redeveloping the Fort Lawton site on Magnolia Bluff with affordable housing and added parks space.

  • Bills heard in House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee to protect tenant rights
    Evictions a growing problem that disproportionately affect state’s vulnerable populations
  • Achieve the look and feel of solid stone with this budget-friendly option
    The value of a good remodeling project is undeniable, particularly in a hot real estate market like Seattle. People wanting to sell their home often look for cost-effective improvements that will add to both the home’s curb appeal and value. And for some homebuyers, high prices might mean settling for a home to remodel, rather than buying the ideal home at a higher price.
  • How can I make my small ‘box’ home feel larger?

    Q: I live in a small home — less than 900 square feet — that was built post-World War II. The design, also known as a “War Box,” has no entryway, three small bedrooms, one bathroom and little storage. What can I do to make my space feel larger and more functional?

    A: It’s easy to dismiss a War Box home as a tear-down, but at the time they were built, these structures were built to last, making them ideal candidates for a remodel. With thoughtful renovations, you can make your home feel modern and functional.

  • This Holiday Season: Protect Your Family by Recycling Old Batteries
    (StatePoint) The holiday season can be just the motivation you need to finally declutter your junk drawers, closets, attic and basement in time for friends and family to visit. If these areas of your home contain used rechargeable batteries, you’re in good company. One in five consumers store some or all of their used batteries from the past year, according to a recent Nielsen study conducted on behalf of Call2Recycle.
  • Like so many middle-aged folks still in the work force and retirement age looming, the question of whether or not to sell your home and move will become a hot topic. There are seven factors that you should consider when choosing the home you will retire in:
    Affordability - Would moving to a complex with homeowner association (HOA) fees actually be cheaper than having to hire all the contractors you would need to maintain your home, lawn, etc.? Would your taxes go down significantly if you relocated? What is your monthly income going to be like in retirement?
  • I believe it is important to shed some clarity upon the charges leveled by Justin Allegro in his Op-Ed, “Embracing zoning changes to welcome more family-sized accessory residences.” Justin has attended meetings of the Queen Anne Community Council (QACC) and respectfully voiced his opposition to our appeal of the city’s Environmental Impact Study (EIS) issued in early October. However, in doing so he ignores the foundation of the appeal and instead mischaracterizes the appeal itself and the QACC in particular.
  • Sound Transit narrows down possibly lite rail extensions in Interbay
    In the world of public transportation planning, time moves a bit faster than it does for the rest of us. While opening a needed transportation project in 2035 may seem like a long wait for regular Seattle commuters, for the planners at Sound Transit it seems like they are rushing to meet a deadline. 
    In the past month, Sound Transit has transitioned to the next step on the new West Seattle and Ballard Link extensions, which will narrow down the best option for Queen Anne, Magnolia, Interbay and Ballard. 
  • How to design a kitchen that ‘WOWS’
    The kitchen is the heart of the home and the room you likely spend the most time in, which makes it the ideal place to invest in your home. Scouring photos of dreamy kitchens online is helpful to determine your taste, but the idea of designing a kitchen from the ground up can be overwhelming. It’s complex—there are dozens of choices to make and even more options from which to choose. A design-build contractor or an architect is usually hired to help with the planning and decision-making. They will guide you, lend their expert advice and help you with permitting, building codes and inspections. 
  • Seattle Parks Heating Up Pipes For Foster Island Trail Vegetation

    Seattle Parks and Recreation completed a de-winterization project for a water line running from the Foster Island Bridge to under the State Route 520 Bridge last month.

    SPR is being reimbursed for the roughly $60,000 cost of the project, which was requested by the Washington State Department of Transportation for its State Route 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV program.

  • A Few Things To Consider When Creating An Office Design
    Designing an office space is important because we spend many hours of time growing our own business or building the company who employs us.
  • Dreaming of a  Home Remodel?

    Meet the Pros Who Make It Possible Oct. 27–28 

    The annual Remodeled Homes Tour is an open house exploration of our region’s most spectacular remodeled homes.

    Get ready for a fun and inspiring weekend exploring some of the Puget Sound region’s top remodeling projects at this year’s Remodeled Homes Tour. Presented by the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the Remodeled Homes Tour invites visitors to experience firsthand—for free—some of the finest craftsmanship and most innovative ideas in home remodeling.

  • The Office of Economic Development is making $1.4 million in business district improvement funds available through its annual Only in Seattle initiative.
  • Home Buying with Remodeling in Mind
    Painting walls a new and exciting color is a quick and affordable way to update a space and give it a fresh look. But how do you find the right tone? When faced with a hundred color samples, it can be pretty daunting. In fact, even the experts sometimes get it wrong.
    Here are some of the best designer secrets to help you with the process.
  • Despite what you may have read or heard, the Seattle real estate market isn’t crashing. The sky isn’t falling.

    It is, however, a market in transition beyond the usual seasonal slowdown. It’s not the bubble bursting; there’s no need to panic. But all signs point to a normalization of the real estate scene compared to the last few years, and especially the crazy environment of this past spring. As I am writing this article, there are 67 active listings and 19 pending properties in our designated market areas. We are looking at an absorption rate of 2.8 percent. Effectively, a little over 2.5 months of inventory.

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