Model Remodel in 425 Magazine

425 magPick up the spring issue of 425 Magazine and turn to the Luxury Living section, and you will see three Model Remodel projects in print. They are the winners of the Remodeling Excellence (REX) Awards from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish County.

The awards and consequent magazine clips include

The full-page spreads include color photos, a before shot, and a description highlighting the special features of the project. Proper credit was not given to our wonderful architects, listed above, without whom the projects and recognition never would have been possible.

Sammamish Bath Goes Zen

Between their corporate jobs and their two kids, this Sammamish couple is busy. However, with some help from Model Remodel’s in-house designer, Morgan Ennis, they were able to seamlessly remodel their dated guest bathroom.

How do you make a remodel as quick and straightforward as possible, for two busy people? The couple first described their vision to Morgan and asked her to present two different bathroom designs. Then they cherry-picked their favorite features from each. The chosen aesthetic was clean, modern and with simple detailing.

Morgan got creative to make the bathroom appear larger than it started. First, she picked tile planks with long grains that gave the illusion of an elongated room. Second, she chose a vanity open at the bottom, to give the illusion of more space in the entire room. Last, she chose a mirror with a deep frame that acted as a built-in ledge. This gave a little extra depth in the room and allowed for extra storage for small items, such as a tooth brush or hair brush.

The project boasts other nice changes, too. The toilet is dual flush, the faucet is low-flow, and a sleek new shower replaced the old builder-grade tub. The use of dark and light tile created clean lines and broke up any monochromatic feelings. The tile is definitely a conversation piece, even more beautiful in person than in pictures.

Now, the couple can return to life’s many other to-dos and enjoy their new, luxe bathroom.

Photo credit: Cindy Apple Photography

All About Wine in Kirkland

These Kirkland homeowners love wine. When their 800-bottle-capacity wine fridge in the garage stopped cooling properly- coupled with the fact that their kitchen was long in need of an upgrade- the family decided it was time for a remodel.

First, Model Remodel in-house designer Morgan Ennis made plans to remove the half-height wall in between the two structural columns. This quickly improved the flow from the kitchen to its adjacent rooms, in addition to making the kitchen feel more connected to the living room. Then, she examined why the current kitchen wasn’t functioning well. After sketching multiple options, the best solution was to modify their existing layout. By pushing out the counter a few extra feet and moving the range, it allowed more than one person to work in the kitchen comfortably and vastly improved the space’s functionality.

Morgan and the clients collaborated to customize the new kitchen—adding a bread drawer, a pull-out bin for trash, textured tile, a three-sided pull-out pantry, an air switch for the garbage disposal, outlets hidden under the cabinets, a Nest thermostat, and a dual-drawer dishwasher.

Of course the main conversation piece of the house is the new and improved wine storage. The space now comprises three wine fridges that can store a total of 239 bottles of wine. (Because the family didn’t want the wine storage to feel too commercial or overwhelming to the rest of the house, they opted for creating storage for fewer bottles.) A modern waterfall countertop encloses the two short fridges. Above them is a sleek upper cabinet with an awning door to store the family’s beautiful glassware. As a bonus, the space doubles over as a staging area for parties and entertaining.

The family loves their new kitchen and even threw a party to show off the new space (and drink off the extra bottles of wine). Now that the hard work is over, the couple can sit back, relax and have a glass of wine.

Photo credit: Cindy Apple Photography

Wallingford Family Kitchen

The young, professional couple in this turn-of-the-century craftsman home loves to cook and had a clear sense of their priorities when they decided to remodel their kitchen. First, the family is highly committed to sustainable building and having a healthy home. Second, the couple wanted a design that would respect the traditional character of their home. Finally, they wanted a kitchen with increased functionality and storage space. As the couple had a baby on the way, they knew they would be spending a lot more time in the kitchen in the coming years.

Model Remodel in-house designer Morgan Ennis laid out a space that helped the family hit their priority list. For sustainability and a healthy home, she helped the couple pick all wood cabinets with no urea formaldehydes, LED lights, low-VOC finishes, backsplash tiles with a recycled glaze, and cork floors. In addition, they were sure to pick durable materials that would stand the test of time.

To be true to the character of the craftsman home and avoid something that felt too modern, the couple chose antique-looking cabinet pulls and light fixtures, as well as traditional inset Shaker-style cabinets. The kitchen looks as if it had always been part of the home but with all of the latest modern conveniences. At one of the first design meetings, the couple showed Morgan an image of a kitchen with turn-of-the-century Parisian influence. Morgan used that inspiration to create a warm space where she imagined the couple enjoying a lazy weekend morning together– French press coffee, flaky pastries and the Sunday Times.

Finally, for the all-important increased functionality of the kitchen, Morgan created more storage space with a walk-in pantry and custom-cabinet solutions. Everything can now fit behind a closed door, which leaves the counter free of clutter. The Model Remodel crew took out a half-height and a full-height wall to open the space up to the dining room and let in light. Two of the kitchen outlets even have USB hubs, so the couple can plug their iPad in while cooking off of an online recipe.

Photo credit: Cindy Apple Photography

Model Remodel Office in South Lake Union

Model Remodel’s regular photographer, Cindy Apple, recently shot the office, complete with pictures of our office pug, Wally. It has been fun to share the images of the office, as Model Remodel has been very deliberate about creating a space that matches both the company’s aesthetics and values.

When Model Remodel made plans to move away from its former office in Queen Anne, the company was drawn to the space at 1287 Westlake Ave. N. in South Lake Union. First, it provided a space where the warehouse and office would be connected. Second, the location was central to most projects.

However, the building needed some work. Lucky for Model Remodel, it employs a lot of great builders.

Staff scraped off the tile to fully expose the concrete floors and removed the t-grid ceiling to open the space up. Then, they used a bunch of salvaged materials to keep the remodel sustainable, inexpensive and interesting. The desks are door slabs from a salvage company; the partitions and trim come from salvaged concrete form boards; the barn wood accents come from a deconstruction job on Whidbey Island; and owner Jason Legat salvaged the signs from a throw-away pile off of Nickerson Street. For the Model Remodel logo on the front of the building, the company brought in the same local mural artist who did work on Easy Street Records.

To get a better sense of the Model Remodel office, flip through the pictures above. Or, just stop by!

Photo credit: Cindy Apple Photography

Accepting Applications for a Sales Director

we-are-hiringModel Remodel is a small company with more than a decade of success built on the ideals of craftsmanship, quality, and personal and professional excellence. Model Remodel believes it is their people that are the foundation of its exceptional company. Integrity, deep expertise, a solutions approach and a passion for excellence are the tools and characteristics the MRM staff and crew members bring to the job every day.

You are a sales professional with a minimum of 5 years of experience in closing big ticket projects within the home remodeling and construction industry. You are known for your honesty, integrity and customer orientation but at the same time have the ability to be creative and help customers make the correct decision when it comes to their construction or remodeling projects. You have always been one of the top sales people in the organizations with which you have been associated. In addition to your closing abilities, you bring to the table significant experience in prospecting, generating and negotiating contracts.  You are capable of working closely with our estimating and marketing departments and are willing to attend networking and trade show events. You thrive in an atmosphere of collaborative effort, knowing that the people you work with are as professional as you. You are seeking an opportunity in an organization that values you as a contributing member of a team within a family-style culture.

For the right individual who can help us achieve our next level of success, Model Remodel will provide a total compensation package commensurate with your skills, abilities and contributions. Come join us and let us achieve even greater success together!

For consideration, please submit a cover letter (required) and resume to employment@modelremodel.com. Please, no phone calls or third party recruiters. We will review applications in late February and early March.

Visit www.modelremodel.com to learn more about our dynamic and award winning company.

MRM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. This is a full-time position. A detailed job description will be provided at time of interview.

Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe

The intention of the clients and owners Danielle and David Hulton; architect Jeff Pelletier of BOARD and VELLUM; and the Model Remodel crew was to preserve the character of this 1920s craftsman home and the Capitol Hill neighborhood, while creating a space that customers would want to pass the hours.

The Model Remodel crew transformed the house into the bookstore you see today by removing the interior walls and ceiling of the house and opening the space up. In addition, the crew expanded the space with a 2,500-square-foot addition in the back. In the process of opening up the space, Model Remodel salvaged the lumber from the original design of the house. The crew used it for the point-of-sales shelving, book-shelving units, and cabinetry. Los Angeles-based artist Nicholas Hernandez used some of the remaining salvaged wood for a hanging sculpture of the space needle outside the building. The crew also salvaged the old paneled doors from the original space, which turned into a creative demarcation between the books and the café.

The space has an interesting history. Horizon Books turned the residential house into a bookstore in the early 1970s. The used bookstore closed in 2009. In a story by the Stranger, one Seattleite in the comments section remarked that he couldn’t think of a better replacement for Horizon Books than Ada’s. In between Horizon and Ada’s, the house had a colorful shell of yarn bombings.

The new store has received glowing press in the Capitol Hill blog, the Stranger, the Daily Journal of Commerce, the Puget Sound Business Journal, CityArts and Seattle Met’s Shop Talk blog. All involved are especially proud of the opening line from the Stranger, “This could very well be the new most beautiful bookstore in Seattle.”

Photo credit: Cindy Apple Photography

Model Remodel’s Jason Legat Gives Back

red presentMost would agree that one of the best parts of the holiday season is giving gifts to loved ones, rather than receiving. Through so many worthy charities, many people also know how rewarding it can be to give gifts to those who may have otherwise gone without. For the holidays, Model Remodel would like to highlight the leadership of giving by the company’s owner, Jason Legat.

Jason grew up on Whidbey Island in the small town of Coupeville—population 1,500, graduating class of 40 people. At the age of 2, he met Dan Nieder and began a friendship that has continued to this day.

Ten years ago, the men decided to heighten their civic engagement in Coupeville. They developed a scholarship fund for a Coupeville High School student who lacks resources but wants to go into the trades, to a vocational-technical school, or to a community college. Jason and Dan work with the school’s scholarship committee to narrow down the pool, and then they select the student based on a written piece, letters of recommendation, and the student’s extracurricular activities.

“We both have strong ties to the community,” Jason says. “We want to do something that will continue the same generosity that we felt growing up.”

Every year, Jason and Dan drive up to Whidbey Island, go for a hike on the scenic Ebey’s Landing, have dinner with their families, and attend the scholarship ceremony.

“Each time, we’ve been really proud of the people we’ve chosen,” Jason says. “It’s really satisfying to see their faces as we hand them a scholarship certificate. It’s just a really great day and a reminder of how much we appreciated growing up there.”

This holiday season, we at Model Remodel hope you enjoy the warm feeling of giving, whether it is to friends, family or charitable organizations.

Towering Alki Home

The homeowner fell in love with this West Seattle location, drawn to the expansive views of the Puget Sound, Alki Point and the Olympic Mountains. He purchased the property a few years ago and later brought in Model Remodel, who worked closely with Rene Architecture, to produce the outstanding home it became.

The first challenge was excavating 1,800 cubic yards of soil from the steep slope in an environmentally critical area. This was during the onslaught of winter, no less! The crew strategized to repurpose the exported soil on local residential projects as much as possible, which helped save the client money. Staff then built a 25-foot-tall, three-sided retaining wall and placed 25 feet of shoring below the ground.

From there, the Model Remodel crew was put in charge of realizing Rene Architecture’s vision. Rene designed the home to fit the lifestyle of the young, professional homeowner. The aim was to create ample space for entertaining and take advantage of the stunning views. In the words of supervisor Jim Frank, “It’s not necessarily the biggest house I’ve ever worked on, but it’s one of the tallest!” It is roughly 50 feet tall, with several outdoor patios for anything from a grill to an entertainment center to a hot tub. The bedroom and bathroom parlor are set up to maximize the views.

Matching Model Remodel’s ethos, the Alki home received a 4 Star Built Green certification. In fact, it was only 50 points shy of a 5 Star rating. Sustainable features include dual-flush toilets; low-flow faucets and shower valves; extensively insulated concrete walls; framing from local Douglas fir lumber; air sealing techniques that resulted in air-changes-per-hour exceeding Washington state energy codes; lots of natural light; and a hydronic floor heating system that also provides indirect hot water for the domestic hot water supply.

Photo credit: Cindy Apple Photography

Model Remodel Wraps Up Job, Ada’s Technical Books and Café Now Open for Business!

Adas prelim photoBook lovers and techies unite! Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe has swung open its doors, and the space couldn’t be more welcoming.

It is warm with salvaged wood, colorful books and a fireplace. The café serves hearty, seasonal foods, along with beer, wine and of course coffee. Perhaps the biggest standout, though, are the interesting tables. The compass table, in particular, is a Model Remodel staff favorite.

Architects BOARD and VELLUM are responsible for the welcoming design of Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe. Jeff Pelletier worked hard to design a store that respected the original space, the neighborhood, the owners’ vision, and the interests of customers.

On top of that, the bookstore needed to be accessible. “Ada’s is the quintessential ‘third place’ that every neighborhood needs,” Pelletier says. “It [feels] comfortable inside and out and [helps] provide a diverse retail mix for the street.”

The Model Remodel crew built Ada’s out of a 1920s craftsman residential house, which Horizon Books turned into a bookstore in the early 1970s. The used bookstore closed in 2009. In a story by the Stranger, one Seattleite in the comments section remarked that he couldn’t think of a better replacement for Horizon Books than Ada’s. In between Horizon and Ada’s, you might have seen the house with a colorful shell of yarn bombings.

The Model Remodel crew transformed the house into the bookstore you see today by removing the interior walls and ceiling of the house and opening the space up. Site supervisor Matt Everett says it dramatically changed the space from one that felt like an ordinary room to one that was far more airy and monumental. In addition, the crew expanded the space with a 2,500-square-foot addition in the back.

In the process of opening up the space, Model Remodel salvaged the lumber from the original design of the house. The crew used it for the point-of-sales shelving, book-shelving units, and cabinetry. Los Angeles-based artist Nicholas Hernandez used some of the remaining salvaged wood for a hanging sculpture of the space needle. The crew also salvaged the old paneled doors from the original space, which turned into a creative demarcation between the books and the café.

The store officially announced its presence in Capitol Hill on Nov. 2, when the hospitable owners Danielle and David Hulton welcomed a crowd of people for the grand opening. The couple provided snacks from the café, raffled off door prizes from local businesses, and granted sales on books.

The new store has received glowing press in the Capitol Hill blog, the Stranger, and the Daily Journal of Commerce. All involved are especially proud of the opening line from the Stranger, “This could very well be the new most beautiful bookstore in Seattle.”

Customers can buy books from Ada’s ranging in topic from “Einstein: His Life and Universe” to “The Genius of Japanese Carpentry: Secrets of an Ancient Craft.” The store is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

For professional photos of Ada’s Technical Books and Café, keep your eyes glued to Model Remodel’s portfolio page.

Photo credit: Cindy Apple Photography