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Looking for Lurking Dry Rot

Dry rot is something that often sneaks up on unsuspecting homeowners. Everything is going great until you decide to take on some home improvement task or remodel your kitchen or bathroom. Then suddenly your contractor informs you that they’ve found significant dry rot due to a leak that has gone unnoticed for a very long time. Sometimes it’s completely undetectable until it gets bad. Other times the homeowner just doesn’t really know what to look for; we want to fix that and show you how to recognize, repair, and prevent dry rot.

Before You Remodel Your Kitchen…

Decades ago, the kitchen was simply a place where meals were prepared, and design and layout were not all that important. Over time, it gained prominence as a central part of the home. Style and function became bigger issues as the kitchen became the spot that helped to strengthen the family bond. Although trends evolve relatively quickly, you should still think long term, that is, a kitchen remodel that will hold up for ten to twenty years. With that in mind, here are five points you should definitely keep in mind when you start to plan a project. 1. Size influences layout. With a kitchen, you want to make efficient use of the space you have and still leave enough room for comfort. People who have small kitchens have to be really careful about their choices. The size of the space will determine whether you can add an island, the choice of lighting fixtures, the size of the counter and appliances and the amount of storage you can create. Some kitchen projects require wall removal for a realistic plan. 2. The available budget. An easy way to address budget concerns is to select the items and areas you will splurge on. Avoid making big changes while the project is ongoing. This is an easy way to lose control of the

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Resized window (after)

We reframed the existing window , lowering it to 44 inches from floor. We installed a new Milgard Montecito window with an offset slider vent that provides a clear opening of 22 inches to meet bedroom egress code. The reason for egress code is to allow firemen to crawl inside during fire.   

Chronicles of Dry Rot

  The above video shows a beautiful mansion overlooking Lake Washington. It was previously remodeled with no regard for proper flashing paper and water drainage. This dry rot went down three stories top to bottom. The owner didn’t know about the rot until he had an infestation of black ants inside the home. Snowridge installed a complete new wall envelope, including new structural framing, house wrap, properly installed flashing,  with a composite, no-rot trim, and cement-board siding.

A Dark Kitchen Lightens Up

A Dark Kitchen Lightens Up Our Kirkland client and her husband wanted to remodel a kitchen in their rental property. Having done previous remodels on other homes, she had a great eye for materials and colors, and working with her was a wonderful collaboration. This was one project where the homeowner was actively involved in researching and finding the best quality and price for cabinets, countertops and appliances. This once dark and outdated kitchen is now a warm, inviting space. However, not every homeowner has the experience or time to be so actively involved in their remodeling project. How to Get the Most Bang for Your Remodeling Bucks Here are some questions we frequently encounter in the initial stages of a home remodel project: 1. Do I need an architect or interior designer? Generally, hire an architect for projects that involve moving structural elements (like the support framing for walls). If the project involves enlarging a home (either up or out), an architect will provide you with the blueprints necesary to meet your city’s building code requirements. Architects can also come up with space-saving or multi-use designs you may not have considered. An interior designer will help with rearranging your existing space, and minor remodeling strategies, such as knocking out walls. Whether you go with an architect or interior designer, ask about

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Deck and Rain Escape System

Craig and Ryan bought an Eastside home with a magnificent view of the Cascades.  But enjoying the view is an uneasy proposition when you’re standing on a rotting deck. They contacted Snowridge via the Eon decking website. I met with them to discuss building a new deck system. They had already done some research on Eon decking, the only 100% plastic decking with a wood grain finish. I also told them about the Rain Escape system, a new undercover deck system that channels rainwater and keeps the area under the deck dry. With RainEscape (and other under deck systems on the market), you can install lighting and ceiling fans, turning under deck areas into outdoor living areas. After stripping off the old wood decking, our crew rebuilt the entire system– piers, joists and beams. We then installed the RainEscape system over the joists. Craig and Ryan chose Eon’s Redwood color for their deck. The Eon decking system installs with special hidden clips so there are no screws on the deck surface.  We used an aluminum railing system to give the multi-level deck a sleek look, while the glass panels offer an unobstructed view. Finally, we installed 12-volt accent lighting in the deck, stairs and hot tub area for both safety and decoration. Craig and Ryan will enjoy their new deck not only for the increased space but for its good looks and low maintenance. They have the look of wood on their deck but will never have to sand, stain or

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