The Future of Sustainable Building: Built Green Conference 2016


On Tuesday, several members from the Model Remodel team attended the Built Green Conference held at Cascadia College in Bothell, WA. We send a few members to every green building conference each year so that we can stay current on trends and remain an active part of the discussion on the future of sustainable building. As Leah Missik, Built Green Program Manager, wrote in the event brochure “though understanding how green building is connected with complex issues such as equity, health, and climate change can be daunting, it is incredibly heartening to know that as we improve in one area, we also rise in others.” As a builder, we are committed to building in a way that is structurally sound, but also environmentally-friendly. We do this because we believe it to be right, it is a shared-value of our entire team, and it is the only way to build for the future. This is a view we thankfully share with a large community of advocates in the Puget Sound area, and it was a pleasure hearing from and speaking with some of these great minds. As Shannon Affholter, Executive Director of the local Master Builders Association, said “It’s about being a good neighbor.”


The future is looking bright for green building in the Seattle-area. Roughly one-third of new homes built in King County last year were certified Built Green, and the goal is to have 100% enrolled in a green program by 2030. The Built Green team also shared preliminary data that shows [Read more…]

Three Cheers for Subcontractors!

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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.

One Final Award for Model Remodel

The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) Award is Model Remodel's fourth award this year
The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) Award is Model Remodel's fourth award this year

The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) Award is Model Remodel’s fourth award this year

Model Remodel is closing out its awards season with a final one from the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW)! The Redmond Revamp has won an honorable mention in the Entire House category. The award is shared with Coates Design, the architects of the project. See the full list of winners here.

The BIAW Award is the company’s fourth award of the year. The others came from the Chrysalis Awards and the King and Snohomish Counties’ Remodeling Excellence (REX) Awards. Other 2015 winning projects include Ada’s Technical Books and the Fremont Houseboat. See a full list of Model Remodel’s awards and award-winning projects on the company Recognition page.

This is the first year Model Remodel entered the BIAW Awards, but it won’t be the last. Congratulations to all the winners this awards season on all the beautiful completed projects!

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!

Model Remodel to Present at the 10x10x10 Green Building Slam

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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!

Model Remodel Scores a Record Four REX Awards

Model Remodel is on cloud nine after winning a personal record of four Remodeling Excellence (REX) Awards from the Master Builders Association. The company was so proud to represent at the ceremony the architects, clients, subs and of course crew, who all brought the project together.

Model Remodel’s awards for the night included

Upon accepting the awards for Ada’s and the Wallingford Family Kitchen, Model Remodel remarked how much the company appreciated the sustainability elements of the projects—a core value of the company.

The awards ceremony took place in South Lake Union and included subcontractors, developers, remodelers, architects and friends. Everyone was extremely supportive and congratulatory to Model Remodel for winning the most awards that night. The comradery and positivity were wonderful.

Model Remodel would like to congratulate all the winners and participants at the REX Awards, in addition to thanking the judges and the Master Builders Association. In addition, we cannot overstate the importance of our architect partners, who we thank sincerely. Finally, a very special thanks goes out to all the Model Remodel staff- project managers, supervisors and carpenters- who worked on these projects directly. The awards never would have been possible without them!

More Recognition for Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe

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Historic Seattle group shotBook and coffee lovers keep pouring into Ada’s Technical Books and Café for its wonderful atmosphere. However, customers aren’t the only ones giving Ada’s attention. The bookstore and café has now garnered recognition from a number of sources near and far.

Ada’s on May 13 received honors at the Historic Seattle Preservation Awards in the category of Preserving Neighborhood Character. The organization was impressed by the old craftsman house’s transformation. Present at the event were Danielle and David Hulton, Ada’s owners; Jeff Pelletier, Ryan Adanalian and Robert Mech of Board and Vellum, the architecture firm; and Jason Legat, Ricky Bribiesca and Matt Everett of Model Remodel. The Model Remodel staff expressed what good company they were in, both in the nice group that attended the ceremony and in the company of the other project winners.

Ada’s also received a citation from the prestigious Residential Architect Design Awards (RADA) in the light commercial category. One juror said he liked the “playfulness and quirkiness” of Ada’s, and another said it was “a very fully considered space at all levels of design.” It was a high honor for all parties involved.

Finally, the Gold Nugget Awards has recognized Ada’s, too. The project received a merit award in the category of rehab commercial/industrial project. Merit winners received the top votes by judges and are the finalists for the Grand Award, which the organization will announce June 26.

As time goes on, we at Model Remodel look forward to more industry professionals and everyday customers discovering the beauty of Ada’s Technical Books and Café.

Model Remodel in 425 Magazine

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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.

Model Remodel Hammers Out Award

Model Remodel has earned Built Green’s Green Hammer Award in the category of custom builder for the Eastside Harvest House!

Judges selected the project due to its extensive sustainability features. The home boasts triple-glazed windows; an impressive photovoltaic system; Energy Star appliances; an expansive permaculture garden that produces the majority of the organic produce the homeowners consume; a 98-percent waste-diversion rate; and a rainwater harvesting system that provides 60 percent of the home’s gray and potable water needs. The Model Remodel crew built the entire house with Forest Stewardship Council lumber, from the largest structural beams down to the smallest wood shims.

As a result of all these measures and many more, the Eastside Harvest House received the highest honors of a regional Built Green 5 Star rating, along with the national honor of LEED Platinum.

Jason Legat accepted the Green Hammer Award at the Built Green Annual Conference last night. It was an educational day at Woodinville’s Brightwater Center, with sessions on marketing sustainable homes, the viability of sustainable homes in the current real estate market, optimizing healthy homes, green jobs, and many other topics. The conference included like-minded professionals in real estate, architecture, government and building.

Our sincerest thanks to go out to VELOCIPEDE architects, the terrific homeowners, and our long list of subcontractors. Last but certainly not least, the project never would have been possible without the Model Remodel supervisors, project managers, carpenters and painters. We share the award with all of you. Congratulations to the night’s other winners, too!