Delightful Wallingford Basement

In this fun project, we finished a shell of a basement that had been used for storage, turning it into a complex of entertainment and living spaces. Our in-house designer worked with the clients to create a place where they could relax and their kids would feel welcome.

One main feature of our design was a bright playroom complete with a mini rock wall in the corner and monkey bars installed on the ceiling. A new shelving wall with colorful organizers helps to keep the play den in order. The sliding door that connects to the media room provides easy supervision when needed.

In the new laundry room, the team creatively worked to hide a freezer underneath a faux cabinet. The workers carefully calibrated the springs of the lid so that it would come down gently around small hands.

Our crew spruced up two more rooms that became a new bedroom and bathroom. Bright paint colors and bright blue tile in the bathroom make these rooms pop. The curbless shower is another handy feature that provides easy access for the family.

The new media room made use of an open strip of space between the playroom and bathroom. Original exposed beams in the media room give it a rustic touch. The door that adjoins the media room to the playroom was repurposed from the family’s church. Bricks were also brought in from a relative’s house and used to create a brick façade. Coupled together, these features make a unique centerpiece in the basement.

Overall, the project took a lot of planning to fit so much utility into the space. The basement went from a dark, unfinished space to a bright and livable entertainment area.

 

 

Wallingford Whole House Remodel

Sometimes, all an older home needs is a little TLC. We updated this 1920’s home with mechanical and electric work, new plumbing, finishes, and lead abatement, to give it the fresh appearance our clients were looking for.

We started by converting the underutilized attic space into a beautiful master bed and bath. In the process, our crew reframed the aging ceiling to improve the appearance and save the owners money in the long run. Sleek new cabinets and wood finishes added texture, while new VOC-free white paint and recessed lighting brighten the room.

One of the most unique new features of the house is the master bath in the attic, which is complete with a standalone tub and a steam room. The steam area has fold-out wooden benches for the couple to sit and melt the stress away. A hanging glass sculpture complements the elegance of this at-home spa.

On the main floor, reconfiguring walls was a big part of the space planning. Our crew took out walls between the kitchen and living room to create a better flow and transform a dark, closed space into a refreshing, open plan. Textured finishes and new paint in the kitchen and bathroom were key to modernizing the main living area. The Mason jar lighting is a creative play on the old-school style of the home.

We took on a few whole-house updates as well. Insulation was a big one for making the home more energy efficient. The unique metal siding presented a challenge as well, but our team successfully managed to blend new metal with the old to save on material costs and keep the home’s aesthetic.

All this was done under a strict deadline— the homeowners were expecting a baby and wanted to make sure the house was safe and healthy before the due date. The growing family was delighted with the quality and speed of the remodel. Our team worked well under the time pressure and completed the project ahead of schedule.

 

Camano Island Dream Cabin

Working in a unique location is always a treat for the Model Remodel crew. This past year, we worked with Baan Architects to create a one-of-a-kind, upscale cabin on the shores of Camano Island to act as a meeting place for a globetrotting family.

The beachfront cabin, which sits at the North end of the island, is brand-new right down to the foundation. It boasts an enormous La Cantina 23’ x 12’ sliding glass wall and an open plan kitchen and loft to take advantage of the spot’s gorgeous views of Puget Sound’s Skagit Bay and Whidbey Island.

The designer made some appealing choices in the finishes. The white appliances and surfaces, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, help to maximize the light in the house. But then a two-story dark gray wall and matching fireplace insert add some sophistication. The airy interior has a distinct wood against steel aesthetic that you can see in the stair and railings combination in particular. Aside from that, the homeowners decorated with a global flair, matching pieces they’ve brought back from their travels.

The new cabin took the place of an older house that was previously on the lot. To cut down on waste, our crew salvaged beams from the preexisting house to use in the new cabin. We also transported some of the old materials for use in other projects that Model Remodel was working on. In addition, a demolition salvage company was hired to divert materials away from the landfill to be repurposed elsewhere.

Model Remodel rose to the challenge of working with a busy international client. Concise communication was needed to make sure the project was meeting the client’s expectations with limited opportunity for input. There was also the challenge of strict environmental codes for the island—there was lots of scrutiny to make sure that the project was environmentally sensitive and wouldn’t impact the protected local wildlife.

The clients are excited to install some landscaping on their own as they put their personal finishing touches on their home away from home. They are looking forward to decompressing and spending quality family time here by the water for many years to come.

Home Renovations to Brighten Your Home

Bright Room

Nicer weather is upon us, and with that it’s a good time to consider home updates to bring out the lighter, fresher side of your home.  Here are some ways to open your home to a brighter look, all budgets considered.

 

Using Glass to Your Advantage

Glass is an obvious choice for bringing more light into the home. New, bigger or reconfigured windows can have an immediate impact on not just lighting, but also the efficiency of your home. Besides adding windows, you may also want to consider adding skylights to capture that precious, direct sunlight. Super-efficient Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs) can help you harvest the most natural light possible to cut down on artificial lighting. Last but not least, interior and exterior French doors can improve the flow of natural light from space to space and connect you to the outside.

 

Choose Reflective Surfaces

Reflective surfaces are perfect for amplifying your lighting. For example, marmoleum or wood flooring echoes your ceiling lights, and strategically-placed mirrors are a natural counterpoint to windows.

 

Knock Down a Wall

There are few quicker ways to let a room breathe than to knock down a wall. Creating a single room out of two can improve the flow of not only space, but also light.

 

Declutter

For a more open feel and clean lines, a uniform cabinet system also works wonders. Glass-front cabinets are becoming popular for decluttering and creating an airy look. Add in some under-cabinet LED lighting to give them an even greater wow factor.

 

Paint Wisely

Sometimes a simple repaint is all that’s needed to lighten up a home. There are two trains of thought in choosing paint colors for darker spaces. On one hand, warmer colors can create a livelier feel in the space. But balancing them out with neutral or dark colors creates some needed contrast that brings out the brightness. Of course, we always recommend No-VOC paint to reduce toxins and unpleasant odors.

 

If these ideas have sparked some inspiration, contact us today to start the process of brightening up your living spaces! Our in-house designer can walk you through some ideas to create the look, feel and comfort that you may be craving for your home.

Sales Associate Wanted

Business is booming! We are looking for a Sales Associate with a minimum of 5 years of experience in estimating, selling and 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 estimating and in prospecting, generating, and negotiating contracts.
  • You are capable of working closely with others in our estimating, design and marketing departments, and 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.
  • Interior design experience a plus!

 

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.

Bitter Lake Bungalow Master Suite

The homeowners of this Bitter Lake bungalow created a lot more bang for their buck when they decided to transform their attic into a glowing master suite.

Prior to the remodel, the attic was a bare, dated single space. It offered limited insulation, and the couple had to travel downstairs to use the bathroom. So, they called Model Remodel to transform the attic into a beautiful master suite.

The project began with Model Remodel’s in-house designer reimagining the whole space. First, she exposed the collar ties and consequently raised the ceiling line, making the relatively small space feel instantly larger and more open. Further improving lighting, she added skylights and strategically positioned one so the homeowners could stargaze from their bed. Finally, she added a closet, a TV nook, and a wall to close in the new bathroom.

The biggest transformation came with the new bathroom, which the Model Remodel crew built from the bottom up. It entails marble hex tile, a bathroom vanity of warm sapele wood, a doorless shower, and a modern track door. The designer also installed a laminated detail behind the vanity mirrors, to add visual texture to the space.

The designer had some interesting challenges in this master suite remodel. For one thing, she had to make the space work for two people of very different statures. On top of that, she had to design into slanted ceilings. Take the vanity mirrors, for example. In order for them to be functional for both the clients and the space, the designer chose a circular model that angled against the wall. The taller homeowner can tilt it up, despite the fact that the mirror is mounted lower. A similar challenge also came into play with the showerhead. Codes require any plumbing fixture to be mounted at a certain height. As a result, the designer had to enlarge the shower, in order to place the showerhead at the right spot, all while keeping the existing window in place.

Despite the extra tweaking needed for the project, the Model Remodel crew executed the designs beautifully, and the clients and designer loved the final product. The space is now warmer, more functional and has a fresh, modern look. Model Remodel was happy to hear the clients say about the space, “It is absolutely a dream.”

Seeking a Marketing Professional

Model Remodel is a small company with more than a decade of success built on the ideals of sustainability, craftsmanship, quality, and personal and professional excellence. Model Remodel believes it is our people that are the foundation of this 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.

Model Remodel is looking for a Marketing Associate to promote the company’s strong customer service and high construction standards, via the web, printed materials, events and business analysis. The Marketing Associate will be responsible for marketing materials, award applications, social media, traditional media, advertising, the website and the newsletter.

Required Qualifications
•    1-3 years in marketing, English, communications, journalism, public relations or business
•    Website maintenance, specifically with WordPress
•    Social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Houzz
•    Strong verbal and written communication skills and experience with content creation
•    Strong organizational and follow-up skills
•    Ability to work independently and develop compelling projects, with minimal supervision
•    Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook and Excel

Desired Qualifications
•    Experience in the A/E/C industry, with an interest in sustainability and green building
•    Planning company events and trade shows
•    Managing a marketing budget
•    Staying current with client needs, competition and industry trends
•    Managing promotional materials and usage strategies
•    Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
•    Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings for networking events
•    Experience with media relations and story pitching

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. Modelremodel, LLC 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.

Three Cheers for Subcontractors!

TREX Awards with Modern Hardwood Floor

Owner Jason Legat poses with Minh Pham of Modern Hardwood Floor

In June, Model Remodel won two Remodeling Excellence (REX) Awards from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. Judges granted the awards for the Redmond Revamp and Fremont Houseboat. Of course, Model Remodel did not earn the awards by itself.

As a result of the team effort that goes into a project, REX Award organizers put together another awards ceremony. The T-REX Awards honor the trades people who contributed to the REX-Award-winning projects. For Model Remodel, that included Coates Design, Langford Plumbing, Maple Valley Electric, Modern Hardwood Floor, and Whitelaw Plumbing.

Model Remodel owner Jason Legat attended the awards ceremony in downtown Seattle Sept. 16. He presented the subs with their awards and thanked them for their quality work over the years. Without a doubt, no project would be possible without them.

Bellevue Back Addition

To fully take advantage of their love for gardens, gardening and grilling, this Bellevue couple called in Model Remodel to build a 280-square-foot addition off the back of their home.

Waiting as long as possible to open the home up to the elements, Model Remodel carefully constructed the addition. The team of carpenters and subs excavated by hand and shovel the dig-out for the foundation, set the foundation forms, poured the concrete, and then began erecting the framing. From there, the team installed internal gutters, roofing, windows, doors, siding, drywall and finally, they meticulously matched the new trim and flooring to the existing ones.

CAST Architecture designed the addition, creating a space that generated cool, welcome breezes via the new room’s French doors. The doors- on both the north and south side of the room- are the perfect recipe for air movement. When the doors are wide open, the addition gives the feeling of a covered patio, while maintaining all the advantages of indoor living.

A cedar deck complements the addition, allowing the homeowners an outdoor living space for meals and gazing at their beautiful tulips. As soon as the deck was done, despite the remaining construction, the homeowners fired up their grill. As icing on the cake, they plan to install pavers from the deck to their hot tub.

The homeowners enjoyed the Model Remodel crew so much that at the end of the project, the couple bought the guys local craft beers to say thank you.

 

Photo credit: Cindy Apple Photography

4-Star Built Green ADU in Seattle’s Columbia City Neighborhood

Pre-construction meetings have just wrapped up for this modern Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in one of Seattle’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. The Columbia City unit will be a photography studio and guest house, with a smart, modern aesthetic.

Sheri Newbold of live-work-play is designing the ADU, with construction going from the ground up. (For the companies’ previous partnership on ADUs, see photos from the Ballard Backyard Cottage.) The lower level will be a garage, with the living area designed above that. Sheri has created a space that is much more than a box; it incorporates an interesting mix of textures and angles. The siding will comprise boral and Hardie lap, with a standing seam metal roof. The materials are resistant to rot and provide “a fortress to the Northwest weather,” according to Model Remodel sales director Mark Lowe.

Model Remodel is especially happy to team up with the clients and designer, as all three parties highly value sustainable remodeling. With features like Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) framing lumber, salvaged items for finishes, and fortified insulation, the project is trending toward a 4-Star Built Green Rating.

For progress photos and project updates, keep your eyes on the Model Remodel blog!