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!

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.

•    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 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.


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.

•    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 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.

New Renderings for Historic Queen Anne Tudor

Board and Vellum has done it again and envisioned an entirely new look for this grand Tudor estate in Queen Anne. Model Remodel is teaming up with the firm on a full gut and whole-house remodel this year. The rendering shows an impressive contemporary addition on the east, a new driveway from the street on the west, a garage, and two porches. The outdoor living spaces will take advantage of the south-facing breathtaking views of the Space Needle, Seattle skyline and Elliott Bay. All this will happen while preserving unique Tudor-style roofline.

Though the Model Remodel crew is only in the deconstruction phase now, by the end of the project, the home will also feature a three-story staircase on the west side of the house, a DADU in the yard, and countless changes to the interior. The work kicks off in May!

Setting Up the New Office

A month ago, Model Remodel made its new home down the road at 1111 W. Nickerson St. The old office on Westlake is slated for demo, and the site will soon house 725 apartments and a bowling alley, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. While the staff was sad to say goodbye to the old space, everyone is happily getting settled into the new one!

Among the clicking keyboards and document scans, the office is filled with hammers swinging, drills screwing, and ladders unfolding. While the crew put the essentials in place several weeks ago- desks, computers, bathrooms- now they are putting the finishing touches on the things that make the office feel like Model Remodel. The salvaged items and project photos are finding their way to the walls, and the Model Remodel aesthetic is starting to show.

To see how the space comes together, stay tuned to Model Remodel’s Twitter feed, Facebook page and blog. Or, come on over to 1111 W. Nickerson St. to say hi!

We’re Moving!

mrm-moving-postcard-outlinesAmong the many positive changes of the new year comes a big one for Model Remodel. We’re moving! As of Feb. 1, 2015, you will find the Model Remodel office at 1111 W. Nickerson St., just southeast of the Ballard Bridge. The location is also across the street from our good friends, Greenhome Solutions.

While staff has greatly enjoyed the Westlake location for the last three years and will miss its proximity to the lake and all the booming businesses of South Lake Union, the move was out of our hands. Developers plan to knock down the old Model Remodel office, the West Marine building, and National Sign, in order to replace them with mixed use buildings.

While we are very sad to see the buildings go down, Model Remodel plans to salvage whatever we are able from the office. To match the company’s aesthetics and values,  the crew built the Westlake office from salvaged door slabs, form boards, barn wood and signs, so it’s only appropriate that they would be the first thing to travel with us to the new location. However, since the whole building will come down, we will also have access to things like windows, doors, ducting, cabinets and lighting.

We look forward to making the new office homey and welcoming for clients, subs, vendors and friends. Please update your records Feb. 1 so you know how to find us, and stop by to say hello and see the new space!

1111 W. Nickerson St., Seattle, WA  98119

Retro Capitol Hill Condo

When this young professional moved from Chicago to Seattle, she bought her first condo in Capitol Hill. Working in Seattle’s theater community, Capitol Hill’s proximity to the city’s entertainment culture was a good fit. However, the dated appearance of the condo wasn’t. Before moving in, she called on Model Remodel to give the unit an overhaul and incorporate her fun retro taste.

In the kitchen, as the project progressed, the team together made an executive decision to remove one wall. This relatively straightforward change made a world of difference, creating a space that felt more open, welcoming and modern. Then, the crew took apart the kitchen and replaced the sink, countertops and appliances. The cabinets, though, got recycled. Instead of ditching them for new ones, the crew removed the old cabinets, sanded them, painted them, and reinstalled them in a slightly different layout. The grey color fell in line with the client’s retro style, and the reuse matched Model Remodel’s environmental values.

The crew incorporated reuse in other parts of the condo, too. They framed the old bathroom mirror with trim salvaged from a previous job. They also removed one of the mirrored sliding doors from the bedroom and framed it for another part of the home. The crew installed more of the leftover trim as trim itself throughout the unit.

In the rest of the condo, the crew added can lights throughout, set up new electrical systems for safety, and installed floating oak flooring. In the bathroom, they put in a heated floor, new tub, shower controls and retro floor tile. The fireplace is the centerpiece of the living room, reconstructed with 50s-inspired thin white brick—very different from the original gas insert and drywall surround.

Model Remodel’s project manager says the best part of the project was working with such a vibrant, enthusiastic client. Any time the crew presented a question or problem, she was quick with decision. Team work was the standout of this remodel.

MRM Seeking Administrative Assistant

we-are-hiringModel 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 provide a cover letter and resume via email to Please, no phone calls or third party recruiters. We are 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.

Thank you for your interest!

Model Remodel to Present at the 10x10x10 Green Building Slam

green building slamThe Northwest EcoBuilding Guild for the second time has selected Model Remodel to be a presenter at its 10x10x10 Green Building Slam. The concept—10 companies give 10-minute presentations, comprising 10 PowerPoint slides. All of the presentations are about area sustainable building projects.

The Guild chose Model Remodel and architects Board and Vellum to discuss the salvage and historical preservation of Ada’s Technical Books and Café. Jason Legat and Jeff Pelletier will discuss the motivation for remodeling Ada’s in a sensitive and respectful way, in addition to highlighting the more interesting aspects of the project. It will be Model Remodel’s second time presenting, the first time being in 2012 for the Eastside Harvest House.

The Green Building Slam will take place Saturday, Nov. 15, from 5-10 p.m. at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall. Tickets are $20 for Northwest EcoBuilding Guild members or $25 for the general public. We hope to see you there!