How Model Remodel Got Its Name


Every person and company has a story to tell. We’re excited to share with you our unconventional story of how a Seattle remodeling company was born from a cosmopolitan modeling career and a deep-rooted love for the state of Washington.

Modeling and Remodeling

Two occupations you don’t often find on the same resume: fashion modeling and home construction. Yet, those are two you’ll see when you look at the resume of our founder, Jason Legat. In junior high he started working for a family friend, Rick Newell, who owned a general contracting business on Whidbey Island. It’s a place Jason, his family, and many of the staff in our office still frequent. After high school, Jason spent a few years traveling the world to model designer clothing including: Nike, DKNY and Pierre Cardin. His heart was always back in Washington and within an industry that provided a more tangible and permanent product. So eventually he moved back and the roles reversed—Jason began leading the business. He officially launched the company in 2002, and retired from modeling shortly after, but retained the history of his career within the name of the business: Model Remodel. It was a little known fact, until now! [Read more…]

Model Remodel’s Jason Legat Gives Back

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red presentMost would agree that one of the best parts of the holiday season is giving gifts to loved ones, rather than receiving. Through so many worthy charities, many people also know how rewarding it can be to give gifts to those who may have otherwise gone without. For the holidays, Model Remodel would like to highlight the leadership of giving by the company’s owner, Jason Legat.

Jason grew up on Whidbey Island in the small town of Coupeville—population 1,500, graduating class of 40 people. At the age of 2, he met Dan Nieder and began a friendship that has continued to this day.

Ten years ago, the men decided to heighten their civic engagement in Coupeville. They developed a scholarship fund for a Coupeville High School student who lacks resources but wants to go into the trades, to a vocational-technical school, or to a community college. Jason and Dan work with the school’s scholarship committee to narrow down the pool, and then they select the student based on a written piece, letters of recommendation, and the student’s extracurricular activities.

“We both have strong ties to the community,” Jason says. “We want to do something that will continue the same generosity that we felt growing up.”

Every year, Jason and Dan drive up to Whidbey Island, go for a hike on the scenic Ebey’s Landing, have dinner with their families, and attend the scholarship ceremony.

“Each time, we’ve been really proud of the people we’ve chosen,” Jason says. “It’s really satisfying to see their faces as we hand them a scholarship certificate. It’s just a really great day and a reminder of how much we appreciated growing up there.”

This holiday season, we at Model Remodel hope you enjoy the warm feeling of giving, whether it is to friends, family or charitable organizations.

MRM Interviewed for Remodeling Expertise

On May 29th, Model Remodel’s Jason Legat and Walter Goodwin were interviewed on KKNW’s Brasheconomics talk radio show. The show focuses on trends in real estate, mortgages, finance and the local economy.  Radio host Ben Brasher selected Jason and Walter because of their industry expertise, reputation and engaging personalities. Both Ben and producer Heather Moore were great to work with as we developed a one-hour segment that would be really relevant and interesting to their listeners.

Ben’s questions explored remodeling trends as well as triggers, the value of green remodeling, and the “roundtable” topic of customer service – fundamental to any successful business.  Ben also commented on Jason’s PSBJ’s  40 Under 40 award and what an distinguished honor that is to achieve.  Two other segment participants – a biologist and property manager – focused on identifying and mitigating a home’s key health hazards and the value of working with a commercial manager who understands ROI and owner liability issues, respectively.

We think the show turned out great. Have a listen for yourself by clicking on the YouTube version of the radio program above featuring Jason and Walter.

Want to interview Model Remodel for your project, contact us anytime, to schedule a free consultation at your home or at our South Lake Union office.

MRM Ushers in Earth Month with Green Tour

MRM Ushers in Earth Day with a Eastside Harvest House Green Building Tour

On March 29th almost 100 participants personally experienced the nearly completed Eastside Harvest House project.  The home’s design team hosted design / build professionals, realtors, city staffers and interested neighbors – all eager to see what’s been happening at this new construction site on the eastside of Lake Washington for the last year.

This green building educational tour was among several offered throughout the project’s development, not only to built environment professionals and enthusiasts, but also to several Environmental Science and Sustainability Design students from local junior and senior high schools.

Key features of this net zero energy concept home are:

  • Use of energy efficient and renewable resources, including a highly insulated enclosure, energy simulation to optimize design, and 17Kw solar array to provide all of the home’s electrical energy needs, extensive battery back up and on-demand, energy use management systems
  • On-site, high-capacity stormwater management and rainwater harvesting will provide 60 percent of the home’s needs; harvested water will be filtered to municipal standards for potable use
  • Permaculture design with extensive edible and functional landscaping including fruit and nut orchard, berry bushes, bee fountain and terraced vegetables beds
  • Materials and finishes included using 100 percent FSC lumber, low or no toxicity materials and finishes; minimum PVC used; highest standards set for indoor air quality; recycled content nails used in construction; recycled content counter tops and materials chosen for durability and low maintenance properties
  • Waste management deconstruction plan recycled over 98 percent of previous onsite structure; advanced framing techniques reduced waste
  • Design dedicated only a quarter of the expansive, one-acre site to the home and garage footprint while the balance works to harvest the sun, soil and rain
  • Neighborhood attributes include a walkable community with nearby trails and lakeside walking promenade; located on main Metro bus routes

The home is targeting both Built Green 5 Stars, LEED for Homes Platinum and may be a candidate for a future net-zero-energy certification.

If you want to know more about building a new high-performance home or remodeling green, contact us anytime. — MRM Family


* All images provided by Cindy Apple Photography


MRM Authors Green Remodeling Article

Built Green, the non-profit arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, invited MRM‘s Jason Legat, to author the green remodeling article currently featured in this season’s Home Matters publication. If you didn’t get your copy at the 2011 Seattle Home Show this past weekend, download this resource-rich publication here or copy and paste link into your browser. ( and check out Jason’s article on pages 16 and 17.

If you are considering an update to your home, give us a call. Together we can discuss green remodeling options with a broad range of benefits that include healthier materials and finishes, reductions in energy use and costs, and enhanced environmental stewardship.

Model Remodel Owner 40 Under 40 Honoree

Here’s some exciting news to pass along — Model Remodel founder Jason Legat was selected by The Puget Sound Business Journal as one of its 2011 40 Under 40 honorees.

For 13 years, the PSBJ has been spotlighting the area’s top business leaders under the age of 40 who excel in their industries. Our robust business community is globally renowned for its innovation and creativity, and this year’s list is no exception. Jason and the other recipients will be profiled in the publication’s September 9th special edition and honored at an event later that week at The Showbox Sodo. Click here to see Jason’s profile and slideshow.

Jason is thrilled to be included on this prestigious list saying, “What an incredible honor for me and my talented team. It’s terrific recognition for Model Remodel’s decade-long commitment to our expanding portfolio of quality projects, repeat customers and ongoing referrals.”

Jason’s staff and crew consider him a visionary leader. When the recession hit, he immediately saw an opportunity to learn about and teach eco-building practices. He also connected with area architects who deliver 21st-century green homes.

Jason grew up in Coupeville, WA, where he learned his trade as a contractor’s apprentice for a local construction company. Jason also loves to play the drums, hike and practice yoga with his wife and young son.