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 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!

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