New Book: Remodeling Advice from an Architect

New Book: Remodeling Advice from an Architect

Are you thinking about remodeling your home but feeling unsure of where to start? A new book by our friend + colleague Stephanie Wascha of Wascha Studios, summarizes what she’s learned from 18 years as an architect, on two key subjects. First is how to prepare for your project – information you’ll need to give your architect, how to establish your priorities and save money. Second, she outlines how to avoid major conflict when you and your partner have different ideas in mind.

Unlike any other book on remodeling, Stephanie shares not only project challenges but emotional challenges commonly associated with remodeling as well. You will be privy to her years of observations, learn how others have managed typical stresses, mistakes, and challenges of this complex process both successfully and unsuccessfully. Avoid the avoidable, get inspired, and confidently navigate your way through your remodel to your new amazing home haven.

More info here. Available from Wascha Studios as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the like.

p.s. Designers and Contractors, this is a great book to share with your clients!

Northwest Green Home Tour: April 29-30

Northwest Green Home Tour: April 29-30

We’re getting  excited for this year’s NW Green Home Tour from the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. The 2017 tour will be the seventh annual event that brings together thousands of visitors, helps educate the public on green building, and lets you get into homes and experience real-life sustainable solutions in person!

We will be co-hosting a site on the tour with LD Arch Design. The Westwood Addition project features DEEP GREEN solutions and infrared radiant ceiling panels.

April 29 – 30, 2017 | 11 am – 5 pm

Join us! FREE Tickets Here

Read more on our blog!

Radiant Ceiling Panels Featured in Built Green Case Study

Radiant Ceiling Panels Featured in Built Green Case Study

This DADU (Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit) in Columbia City was designed by Sheri Newbold of Live-Work-Play Architecture and to maximize low-cost, efficient solutions. Built by Model Remodel, the project consists of a studio apartment with a deck situated above a new garage. The structure achieved a Built Green 4-Star rating and exceeds the required 20% energy savings compared to 2012 Washington State Energy Code.

Infrared Radiant Ceiling Panels were installed to provide efficient, cozy heat throughout the space from an aesthetically pleasing source. The panels warm people and objects in the rooms quickly, while also providing effective zone control.

This project also took advantage of rainwater catchment, moisture protection, and recycled materials! Read the full case study from Built Green here.

 

Phinney Home Design & Remodel Fair: Jan 29

Phinney Home Design & Remodel Fair: Jan 29

We are excited to sponsor this year’s Phinney Design & Remodel Fair. Join us and over 70 other local contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscapers, and nonprofits. This year’s focus is “Let’s Get Ready! – for family additions, accessibility for aging, earthquake preparedness, and downsizing.

Our very own Laura will be doing a presentation on “Heating Simply for a Small Footprint.” She will focus on living in a smaller or modified footprint with hybrid heating solutions that are a super comfortable and healthy solutions while saving space, being less expensive to install, and treading lightly on the environment.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

11am – 4pm

Phinney Center Blue Building | 6532 Phinney Ave N

Want a 2 for 1 ticket? Email us!

 

Four Days of Renewable Energy in Portugal

Four Days of Renewable Energy in Portugal

Large array of solar panels with a hilll behind it

Earlier this year Portugal reached a major energy efficiency milestone. As reported on by The Gaurdian, the country was entirely powered by renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and hydro power for four days in a row or about 107 hours. And in 2015, 48% of Portugal’s energy came from renewable sources.

Looks like we’ve got some efficiency strides to make if we want to keep up with the Iberian Peninsula!