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Lake House Remodel: Construction Progress

Following up on our last update, we’ve finished our framing inspection and are making final, minute adjustments to our HVAC, electrical, and plumbing before we can start insulation and drywall. Insulation requires that the house be “closed in”, a term that means all weather proofing is installed – windows, sheathing, building wrap, siding, doors, and roofing – to achieve a water-tight interior. The HVAC, electrical, and plumbing each need their own separate inspections as well, as the batt insulation will be covering up most, if not all, of the pipes and wiring. Once all of the house's “innards” have been inspected, there will be a flood of work from drywall to flooring to painting and cabinetry, as many of these subs can overlap each other and all of them want to finish quickly. Below, the primed siding (yellow) is in place, and then a week later, is being painted! At right, the

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CTA's Second Story Additions

As the market keeps getting hotter, many Seattleites are investing in their homes, and one of the biggest investments one can make in their home is a second story addition. Typically this encompasses (and has room enough for) a master suite and an extra bedroom or two. We also like to give the the top of the stair a little breathing room to allow for a light-filled stairwell and a small nook or play area, all to make the addition seem as expansive as possible. The Little to Big House project's Phase 1, above, allows for our clients to convert the space above the porch into a balcony off the master when they're ready for Phase 2. The Greenwood Addition home, below, recently finished - and at almost double the square footage! Beyond increasing the raw square footages, a second story addition is an especially prudent investment when you can "add" a view to your home. Many of our second story clients

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The Secret Life of a Job Site!

Between all of the subcontractors, carpenters, architects and so on coming in and out of a house during construction, you would think not much stays still at a job site... At our latest walk through of the Lake House Remodel, we found quite a few details here and there that hinted at the hustle and bustle of the job, but had remained, hidden throughout construction (and will stay within the walls once it's complete!) This is our ever growing collection of the little things - the notes, systems, and methods that help our carpenters and subcontractors do their job best.  (above) "Right" on the money! (above) Our carpenters Sam and Robert hard at work on the Lake House exterior. (above) Although it looks like a face, it's actually the various iterations of the location of the kitchen cable light system with our lighting consultant and electrician! Trellis details, Corten sill details, and siding: all examples of job site problem

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DADUs, Backyard Cottages and Small Living in Seattle: Can you DADU too?

The greater Seattle area is growing! Are you up to date on what you're able to build in your backyard? We’ve had a lot of interest lately in small buildings from clients and several that we’d like to discuss. These have been garages, studios, and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs), sometimes called backyard cottages. In each municipality and in single-family zones, there are specific rules governing these structures, as they are on the same lot as the principal structure (usually a single-family residence). The benefit of an additional occupancy unit is three-fold: for homeowners who rent out these units to another family, it's extra income every month. It's also a place for elderly family members to stay and retire, as size requirements can make DADUs great for aging-in-place. And beyond rental benefits, having a DADU can significantly increase the value of your home and the investment can provide generous tax benefits depending on your personal

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