Get High-End Looks For Your Kitchen Without The High Price

Real Estate Seattle Each Year, House Beautiful Magazine Builds Its Highly Anticipated Kitchen Of The Year, A Showplace For What’s Hot In The Kitchen.

Designed around the latest trends, the annual Kitchen of the Year is the epitome of high-end style. But let’s face it. The majority of us don’t have the luxury of a 1,000-square-foot kitchen designed by a celebrated designer. Nor do we have the budget.

Don’t give up on your kitchen design dreams just yet. There are several ways to bring a high-end look to your home without the high price. With a little inspiration, research and proper planning, you can have a picture-perfect kitchen that will look as though it’s been lifted from the pages of the top home design magazines. Get started creating your dream kitchen with these tips. [Read more…]



Homeowners Tackling More Home Improvement Projects Themselves

Real Estate Seattle On any given weekend, homeowners can be found climbing around in attics to add insulation, repairing shingles on the roof, installing new floors in kitchens and bathrooms, and handling many other home improvement projects that, with a little elbow grease, they are able to do themselves.

This trend is crossing many generations. Forty-four percent of millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) and 57 percent of Gen Xers (born between 1960 and 1980) prefer to do home improvement and renovation projects themselves, according to Iconoculture researchers.

“Small updates can make dramatic improvements to the look and feel of your home, like adding a fresh coat of paint, replacing an exterior door or installing new flooring,” says Kathy Krafka Harkema, Pella Windows & Doors spokesperson. “Renovations can also help increase energy efficiency, which may save money on utility bills.” [Read more…]



Clean Water Act Celebrates 40 Years Of Water Improvements

The Clean Water Act was established 40 years ago with the goal of protecting waterways and ensuring homes and offices receive clean drinking water.

As the legislation marks its 40th anniversary, water officials and water consumers alike are looking back on the accomplishments and planning for new ways to continue water quality improvements.

“The Clean Water Act touches every source of water and establishes a goal for protecting our waterways and systems in the cities and communities where we live and work,” says Mike Musgrave, director of program development for MWH Global, a water-focused engineering consulting firm that has helped organizations and municipalities meet demands of the Clean Water Act. [Read more…]



Clearing The Air: What An HVAC Cleaner Should Really Do In Your Home

Foreclosed Homes Seattle Those Statistics About Indoor Air Pollution And It’s Relation To Respiratory Problems Convinced You It Was Time To Get Your Heating, Ventilation And Air Conditioning System (HVAC) Cleaned.

You were even looking forward to the increased energy efficiency that a clean system can provide. But $49 and one very noisy service call later, you’re still sneezing and you haven’t seen any dip in your energy bill.

What Happened?

“A very low service charge may indicate the service provider isn’t performing a thorough cleaning and maintenance of your home’s entire HVAC system,” says Matt Mongiello, president of NADCA, the HVAC Inspection, Maintenance & Restoration Association. “He or she may have done nothing more than blow air through the ducts and clean off vent grills inside the home. A cleaning performed to NADCA standards – which are cited by the EPA as a best practice – encompasses much more than just the ductwork.”
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Beautiful Rooms Are Meant To Be Lived In

Foreclosed Homes Seattle Fall Is The Time Of Year When Thoughts Turn Back Toward The Home.

With kids back in school and the holidays approaching, many homeowners look for ways to make their rooms more stylish, but struggle to find the balance between beautiful and livable.

“Of course your home should be stylish. But if you can’t enjoy living in it, what’s the point?” says Erinn Valencich, a Los Angeles-based interior designer and blogger for HGTV’s Design Happens. “I believe in creating beautiful spaces that are fun, elegant and livable.” [Read more…]



Home Remodeling Tips For Baby Boomers Entering Their Golden Years

Seattle Real Estate As America’s 77 million-strong baby boomers reach retirement age, one thing is absolutely clear — they are not going to quietly retreat into their golden years.

The most active generation in America’s history wants homes that will support their active lifestyles, and homes that will accommodate the challenges boomers will face, from bad knees, to working from home, to taking on grandchildren.

That’s why building and remodeling homes for aging baby boomers represents one of the biggest trends in the home improvement industry today. It’s primarily in response to how baby boomers view themselves, many of whom don’t believe ‘old’ starts until a person turns 80, according to a Del Webb survey. While many boomers see themselves running, cycling, downhill skiing for many years to come, the reality is that aging creates physical challenges, ranging from arthritis to stiffness to balance issues that could result in debilitating falls. Expecting so much of themselves, many are starting to rethink the design of their homes to accommodate their changing lifestyles. [Read more…]



Selling Your House Begins With Making Essential Home Improvements

Seattle Real Estate BlogIf you want to sell your house in this economy, good luck! Selling any real estate is going to be problematic at best.

You may be wondering if certain home improvement projects might add value to your home. This is often the case, but you have to carefully analyze each possible project to make sure it’s really a good investment. This article will present some home improvement projects and repairs that can definitely help you sell your house much more quickly. [Read more…]