Adorable Green Lake ADU

With her long-term renter moving out, this Green Lake homeowner decided it was time to remodel her accessory dwelling unit on her home’s second floor, to make it more stylish, functional and a stronger investment.

The biggest challenge was creating a beautiful, functional, airy ADU kitchen, in a roughly 90-square-foot space with a sloped ceiling. Luckily, the homeowner and Model Remodel’s in-house designer clicked, and the two began a dialogue to transform the space. The designer listened carefully to the homeowner’s goals– an important distinction from the homeowner’s initial ideas– and selected materials that matched the client’s aesthetic and budget.

The crew took down the wall that divided the kitchen from the living space and effectively flipped the original layout. Though removing a wall lost some upper cabinet space, the designer planned a peninsula to maximize base cabinet storage, along with countertop space. In the peninsula, she added a sleek, flat-top range and a bar-top seating area. To get the most out of the small space, the designer recommended slightly-smaller-than-standard appliances and creatively added shelving in the nooks along the sloped ceiling.

The result was a bright, open kitchen—the complete opposite of the dark, closed-in look from which it began. The white cabinets, blue walls, and light grey quartz countertops create the effect of more soft, natural light. Model Remodel replaced all the fixtures with more modern ones, keeping with the cool, calming color palette.

Another design choice was keeping with the home’s 1920s character. The lines in the French doors are craftsman, the hardware on the cabinets is oil-rubbed bronze, the backsplash is a glass subway tile, the overhead light fixture is vintage, and the crew exposed the old chimney bricks. The handy homeowner- who is no stranger to construction and even filled in the brick masonry hole herself- also decorated the home with refurbishing projects from Seattle’s salvage stores.

In addition to the remarkable kitchen transformation, the team replaced the ADU’s inefficient French doors and window; added new flashing and railing to the balcony, which had fallen victim to rot; installed new durable, stain-resistant carpet for future renters; updated the electrical work; safely removed the second floor’s asbestos; and insulated the entire space. The unit now feels far less drafty and far more welcoming.

To top off a wonderful partnership, a Model Remodel friend decided to rent the beautiful Green Lake unit. It is no surprise why!

Model Remodel in Alaska Airlines Magazine

2015-07-01 Alaska Airlines Built Green photo spread

Frequent flyers can find the magazine on Alaska Airlines flights during the month of July

If you’re traveling by air this month, and you’ve chosen Alaska Airlines, give that in-flight magazine another look. Flip to page 124. Alaska Beyond Magazine’s July issue features Model Remodel, partners CAST Architecture, and the two companies’ wonderful Laurelhurst clients who chose green building.

The story highlights the area’s Built Green program. The article opens with a two-page photo spread of the beautiful, 4-Star Built Green Remarkable Laurelhurst Remodel project—a second-story addition to accommodate the home’s growing family. The spread pinpoints the project’s sustainable features, such as refinished floors, radiant heating and natural lighting. The piece also covers the process of remodeling or building within the Built Green program; the financial and environmental benefits of sustainable design; and the cool features of this Built Green home.

So, if you’re on an Alaska Airlines flight, instead of wishing away the minutes, read up on green building! For everyone else, view the story online here.

We’re Busy, and We’re Hiring!

we-are-hiringWith the busy season in full swing, Model Remodel is hiring and hiring fast! The positions will be integral to the success of the company, through the summer and beyond. Please pass the job postings along to any interested parties. We thank everyone in advance for their interest and look forward to the new additions to the team!

Supervisor
We are seeking a detail-oriented, responsible, trustworthy, punctual, dedicated and hardworking team player. Green/Sustainable building experience a major plus! This position involves regular interaction with clients and therefore requires a high standard of professionalism. This position is responsible for maintaining a safe and compliant job site.

Our ideal candidate must excel in multi-tasking, which includes framing, finish carpentry, drywall, painting and all aspects of residential remodeling, from start-to-finish. They should be able to track budgets and project schedules with regular reporting to management and clients. Strong computer (including smartphones/tablets) skills, including knowledge of MS Office are required.

Requirements
•    Must have at least 7 years of leader experience in remodeling.
•    Must have the ability to learn new skills, problem solve, follow protocols, take initiative and lead by example.
•    Must have general personal tools including: nail bags, hand tools, saws, hammers, etc.
•    Must have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record AND reliable transportation for self and tools.

Please send a resume, cover letter and references to employment@modelremodel.com with position title in the subject line. Benefits of working at Model Remodel include medical, dental and vision insurance, along with paid vacation/sick days and holidays and retirement contributions. Please, no phone calls or third party recruiters. Model Remodel is an equal opportunity employer.

Administrative Assistant
Model Remodel is looking for a new member of the team. We are seeking a full time administrative assistant/receptionist who plays a key role in daily operations. This person is often the first point of contact with clients and colleagues, both in person and on the phone, and is responsible for making all guests feel welcomed and attended to. We are a fun-loving, progressive company that works in a fast-paced environment, and we take great pride in the work we do.

The ideal candidate is/has

•    3-5 years of administrative/receptionist experience in an office environment
•    Punctual, highly organized, and able to multi-task
•    Proficient with MS Office Suite, including Excel, Word and Outlook, QuickBooks experience a plus
•    Attention to detail
•    Able to work independently, as well as part of a larger team
•    Great communication skills, a great sense of humor, and positive attitude
•    Ability to follow strict confidentiality and privacy guidelines
•    An interest in sustainable building

A few examples of this individual’s primary responsibilities include

•    Assisting president, vice president and bookkeeper
•    Handle and screen incoming calls and visitors
•    Maintaining clean office common areas
•    Facilitate meetings
•    Data entry and filing
•    Create spreadsheets
•    Purchase supplies
•    Run errands
•    Reconcile bank/credit card statements
•    Assist with booking travel, create itineraries
•    Assist with party planning, events, all-staff meetings/socials

Please send a resume, cover letter and references to employment@modelremodel.com with position title in the subject line. Benefits of working at Model Remodel include medical, dental and vision insurance, along with paid vacation/sick days and holidays and retirement contributions. Please, no phone calls or third party recruiters. Model Remodel is an equal opportunity employer.

Production Coordinator
The perfect candidate for this position will be intimate with the residential remodeling and new construction production process, from pre-construction all the way to project finish. The Production Coordinator is responsible for the scheduling and monitoring of projects and crew schedules, facilitating the sales-to-production process, and serve as project manager when necessary. Generally speaking, this position is focused primarily on maintaining the momentum of the company while keeping the flow of multiple projects moving smoothly from start to finish.

In addition to production coordination, this person will maintain and manage the company’s safety program, as well as fleet schedule and maintenance.

Job Requirements
•    3-5 years’ experience in production coordinator/management
•    Must have experience with project scheduling
•    Must have experience scheduling production crew members
•    Experience in remodeling, green building and new construction
•    Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, responsible, trustworthy, dedicated and extremely hard working
•    Ability to work with the different personalities within the office, as well as tradesmen, contractors, clients and architectural/design professionals
•    Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
•    Outstanding organizational skills
•    Must be proficient with computers/tech. Working knowledge of Excel, Word, Outlook, and MS Project. Experience using QuickBooks or UDA ConstructionSuite/ConstructionOnline a plus
•    Must be well presented, conduct oneself professionally at all times, be willing to adapt and learn new skills, follow instructions, take initiative, and lead by example
•    Must have reliable transportation

A detailed job description will be provided at time of interview.

Please send a resume, cover letter and references to employment@modelremodel.com with position title in the subject line. Benefits of working at Model Remodel include medical, dental and vision insurance, along with paid vacation/sick days and holidays and retirement contributions. Please, no phone calls or third party recruiters. Model Remodel is an equal opportunity employer.

Carpenter
Job Requirements
•    Minimum 5 years’ experience in remodeling required
•    New construction and green building experience a plus
•    Must be detail-oriented, responsible, punctual, dedicated, well presented and extremely hardworking
•    Must excel in multi-tasking
•    Must have the ability to take initiative and offer support and hands-on skills to each project Supervisor in a lead role
•    Must be able to assist with the management and flow of the jobsite. Responsible for checking in/checking out subcontractors and visitors and upholding safety standards and quality control
•    Must be able to comprehend architectural drawings
•    Must have general personal tools including nail bags, hand tools, cordless drills, saws etc.
•    Required to have a valid driver’s license, good driving record AND reliable transportation

Tasks include but are not limited to rough carpentry, framing, finish carpentry, drywall, painting and all aspects of residential construction, remodeling, and maintenance.

Please send a resume, cover letter and references to employment@modelremodel.com with position title in the subject line. Benefits of working at Model Remodel include medical, dental and vision insurance, along with paid vacation/sick days and holidays and retirement contributions. Please, no phone calls or third party recruiters. Model Remodel is an equal opportunity employer.

Model Remodel Snags Two More REX Awards!

For the fourth year in a row, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties has recognized Model Remodel in its Remodeling Excellence (REX) Awards! These are the company’s 10th and 11th REX Awards in the company’s history.

Model Remodel’s 2015 wins include

  • Major Remodel Excellence for a Partial House/Addition of More than $250,000, for the Redmond Revamp, shared with Coates Design
  • Major Remodel Excellence for a Partial House/Addition of Less than $100,000, for the Fremont Houseboat

Owner Jason Legat attended the awards ceremony Saturday at the Bellevue Arts Museum and accepted the awards on the company’s behalf.

“It is always great to complete a project that makes the homeowner happy and represents Model Remodel’s attention to detail,” Legat says, “but having industry-wide recognition on top of that is icing on the cake.”

Among the crowd in Bellevue were other builders, architects, subcontractors, publishers and friends.

Model Remodel congratulates all of the night’s winners and also thanks the judges who supported the company’s work. Most importantly, though, Model Remodel recognizes all of the carpenters and subs who made the projects worthy of the awards.

Model Remodel Wins its First Chrysalis Award

ChrysalisModel Remodel is the proud winner of a nationally recognized Chrysalis Award, for the company’s work on Ada’s Technical Books and Café! The company won the award for the western region, in the commercial category.

“This was the first year Model Remodel has entered the awards,” says the director of the Chrysalis Awards Ken Kanline, “and to take home top honors on the first attempt is impressive.”

Model Remodel shares the award with architects Board and Vellum, who gave the company a beautiful vision to execute.

The Chrysalis Awards this year recognized roughly 90 companies from across the country, in 15 different residential and commercial building and remodeling categories. Judges picked winners based on design, creative use of space, materials selection, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure. One of the many talented winners is Silent Rivers, a friend of Model Remodel through Remodelers Advantage, who won in the kitchen category.

All the Chrysalis winners will have features on Porch.com in late June.

The Chrysalis Award is one of many forms of recognition that Ada’s has received. The project also garnered a Remodeling Excellence (REX) Award in the category of green remodeling; a Residential Architect Design Award (RADA) citation in the category of light commercial work; and a Historic Seattle Award for preserving neighborhood character. The project has also been featured in the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Stranger, Seattle Met Magazine, Gray Magazine, and the Seattle Times. Finally, staff presented the project at the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild 10x10x10 Green Building Slam and the American Institute of Architects – Seattle Sustainability Slam.

Congratulations to all the 2015 Chrysalis winners, and Model Remodel looks forward to participating in the awards again next year!

Backyard Shed in Seattle’s Greenwood Neighborhood

Model Remodel met this artistic Greenwood client at the Phinney Neighborhood Association Home Design and Remodel Fair in January. She wanted to turn her underwhelming, minute backyard shed into one that would have the ambience of an escape—a place to gaze at the garden, paint and just relax. The project was a team effort by Model Remodel’s new in-house designer, Cat Schmidt, and new supervisor, Lincoln Skrypeck. The crew added new siding, roofing, insulation and windows. Now, it does just the trick for this homeowner!

Inviting Sunset Hill Den

This Ballard couple tasked their cute niece and nephew with swinging a hammer into the wall, to kick off this fun remodel. With that, the demolition began, and Model Remodel got to work creating a basement where the couple could enjoy laidback Seahawks games with friends or classy cocktails with one another.

The clients first wanted to open up the basement space. Starting with the stairway, Model Remodel shored up the house above, installed new posts and beams, and were then able to take out the door and wall. In its place, the crew installed an open railing system. They salvaged the rustic lumber for the railing, trim and posts’ casing from another jobsite—a cabin remodel on Camano Island. The cabin’s siding was functional for the basement project, but it also matched the clients’ aesthetic, which centered on exposing various kinds of wood grain.

The three track doors in the basement also came from salvage. The multi-colored door next to the stairs is truly unique. A crew member grabbed from a local salvage company crating material that lined a shipping container. He glued and screwed the pieces together to make the door. The basement’s other two doors also came from the salvage company, but the crew member put extra work into the door adjacent to the kitchenette, to give the wood a distressed look.

The custom wine storage stands out in this basement. The project supervisor, with a background in architecture, designed the wine rack to maximize space and take advantage of the salvaged wood. Rather than just install a square rack under the stairs, he designed an angled rack with a pull-out mechanism—perfect for the wine-loving couple.

Of course, there were more fine bottles to be stored, so Model Remodel planned a kitchenette and bar area in the basement. The crew removed another wall and door to connect the space with the living room. From there, they built the kitchenette from the bottom up, installing cabinets, plumbing and lighting. The clients chose Paperstone countertops, in a color appropriately named Cabernet, and a live-edge juniper for the bar top. An upper awning cabinet stores the clients’ beautiful glassware. The rustic light fixtures match the motif of the rest of the basement.

The sweetest part of the remodel was seeing just how much the crew was making the house a home, when the couple got engaged on site after hours. The pair had bought the home months earlier, with the intention of moving in after Model Remodel finished the remodeling. The soon-to-be husband lured his now-fiancée to the home, saying they needed to make a decision on paint colors. Instead, there were candles, rose petals, champagne, and an even bigger decision to be made! Model Remodel was touched that the company could play a small role in setting the couple off on a long life together in their new home.

Now that the remodel is through, the couple can focus on an even bigger undertaking—wedding planning!

Model Remodel at the Sustainability Slam

sustainability slamJoin us Wednesday, April 22 for the AIA Committee on the Environment’s Sustainability Slam. Celebrate Earth Day with presentations about green design and building, including Model Remodel’s presentation on Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe with architects Board and Vellum. Speakers will present in the dynamic, short, PechaKucha-style of 20-second PowerPoint slides, limited to 18 slides total. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with light food and drinks, and presentations begin at 6 p.m. The Sustainability Slam will take place at the Waterfront Space in downtown Seattle at 1400 Western Ave. The event is free. For more information about the Sustainability Slam, presenters and to RSVP, click here.

Contemporary Downtown Condo

Drawn to its proximity to the opera house, art museum, and all else vibrant downtown Seattle has to offer- not to mention its stunning views of Seattle’s waterfront- this mature couple decided they would like to hang their hat in an urban condo, as their forever home. They chose SkB Architects and Model Remodel to convert the dated, 90s-style unit to one that felt contemporary and interesting. The work focused on creating a more intuitive, open layout in the kitchen and living room, which lent itself to the couple who would spend most of their time between the two areas.

After gutting and resetting the footprint of the kitchen, Model Remodel installed all new cabinets and appliances. The cantilevered kitchen island countertop posed a real challenge for the company. Its unique design required steel supports underneath. That meant carrying an extremely heavy piece of metal up the building’s elevator and carefully maneuvering it through the hallway. During the installation of the wine fridge, the crew used a remnant piece of the kitchen’s quartz countertops on top of the wine fridge, to tie it to the rest of the space. The crew also built in a lovely bench niche- matched to the kitchen’s cabinetry- for the couple to gaze at the clouds, waves and ferries in Elliott Bay. Perhaps the most beautiful part of the kitchen, though, is the unique orange and grey backsplash tile. It gives a retro pop in the ultra-modern environment.

Throughout the rest of the home, Model Remodel put down exquisite hardwood floors; exposed the plumbing piping, concrete beams, and concrete columns for a modern, industrial look; installed a sleek fireplace insert, to comply with the building’s HOA guidelines; dropped the ceiling to add overhead, recessed art lighting; revitalized the unit with fresh paint; and turned a bland den into a dynamite entertainment room.

The couple is utterly pleased with their condo choices and are relishing the years ahead they will spend relaxing in their new home.

We’re Hiring!

Superintendentwe-are-hiring
We are seeking a detail-oriented, responsible, trustworthy, punctual, dedicated and hardworking team player. Green/Sustainable building experience a major plus! This position involves regular interaction with clients and therefore requires a high standard of professionalism. This position is responsible for maintaining a safe and compliant job site.

Our ideal candidate must excel in multi-tasking, which includes framing, finish carpentry, drywall, painting and all aspects of residential remodeling, from start-to-finish. They should be able to track budgets and project schedules with regular reporting to management and clients. Strong computer (including smartphones/tablets) skills, including knowledge of MS Office are required.

Requirements
•    Must have at least 7 years of leader experience in remodeling
•    Must have the ability to learn new skills, problem solve, follow protocols, take initiative and lead by example
•    Must have general personal tools including nail bags, hand tools, saws, hammers, etc.
•    Must have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record AND reliable transportation for self and tools

Please send a resume, cover letter and references to employment@modelremodel.com with the position title in the subject line. Benefits of working at Model Remodel include medical, dental and vision insurance, employer-matched retirement plan, and paid vacation/sick days and holidays. Model Remodel is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Carpenter
We are looking for experienced carpenters to complement our great team at Model Remodel. This person is a motivated, honest and reliable individual, who will bring professionalism and building experience to the company.

Requirements
•    Carpenter with minimum five years of experience in remodeling required
•    New construction and green building experience a plus
•    Must be detail-oriented, responsible, punctual, dedicated, well-presented and extremely hardworking
•    Must excel in multi-tasking
•    Must be able to comprehend architectural drawings
•    Required to have a valid driver’s license, good driving record AND reliable transportation
•    Must have general personal tools including nail bags, hand tools, cordless drills, saws etc.

Tasks include, but are not limited to, rough carpentry, framing, finish carpentry, drywall, painting and all aspects of residential construction, remodeling and maintenance. This person must have the ability to take initiative and offer support and hands-on skills to each project supervisor in a lead role. They must be able to assist with the management and flow of the jobsite. They will be responsible for checking in/out subcontractors and visitors, in addition to upholding safety standards and quality control.

Please send a resume, cover letter and references to employment@modelremodel.com with the position title in the subject line. Benefits of working at Model Remodel include medical, dental and vision insurance, employer-matched retirement plan, and paid vacation/sick days and holidays. Model Remodel is an equal opportunity employer.