What a year! Covid impacted the residential construction market in ways that took many of us by big surprise. After a month of paralysis in March 2020 when the magnitude of the pandemic settled in, builders quickly figured out safe ways to keep working, and home-owners starting acting on their need to add space to their homes. Demand has spiked for additions, remodels, and even for people building new homes in outer areas now that they foresee working remotely over the long-term. This increased demand along with historically low interest rates has fueled a boom in residential construction that doesn’t show any sign of abating any time soon. At the same time however, temporary shut-downs of factories and lumber mills in the early days of the pandemic caused a shortage of building materials. This, followed by increased demand on these same materials, has caused a huge rise in costs….most notable is the extreme increase in lumber costs. Availability of materials has also slowed down: factories have slowed production, and component parts are back-ordered, creating frustrating delays in construction schedules.
As our Queen Anne Craftsman project is finishing up, we thought this an opportune time to write about what the closing days of a construction project look like. The job
We are thrilled to have been featured in the June 2nd Pacific NW Magazine found in the Sunday edition of the Seattle Times and online! This is a project we
One of CTA’s ongoing projects is an addition and remodel to a Wallingford craftsman – conveniently right up the street from our office! We’ll describe the process of this house
Our last post on the Bainbridge Island House was an early look at our ideas for the farm house-inspired home. Just under a year later, we have our first pictures of
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.
Home Architecture Tips: #1 in a Series of Design Tips from a Seattle Architect. One of the big advantages of living in the Puget Sound area is that just outside
With our permits approved, we have started to dig at the Big View House site! We’ve started construction on the Big View House, but there was an intensive design process entailed