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    September 21, 2023

    Chimney Maintenance 101: Don't Let Your Chimney Become a Fire Hazard

    Sitting by a warm and inviting fireplace on a chilly day is a cherished experience that adds charm and coziness to any home. However, neglecting the maintenance of your chimney can lead to serious hazards like fire and ...

    metal roof: is it worth it?

    September 07, 2023

    Is a Metal Roof Really Worth It? Discover the Pros and Cons

    As homeowners seek more durable and energy-efficient roofing options, metal roofs are emerging as a compelling choice. While traditional shingle roofs have long been the go-to option, metal roofs offer a range of ...

    August 24, 2023

    Unveiling the Culprits: The Top 7 Causes of Mold Growth in Your Home

    Most people are familiar with mold growing on your food. While it’s easy to throw away a loaf of moldy bread, it’s not as easy to eliminate mold within your home’s indoor environment. You can’t properly get rid of mold ...

    August 10, 2023

    The Ultimate Bathroom Renovation Checklist: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Designing Your Dream Space

    Many homeowners often prioritize bathroom remodeling projects due to the high level of usage they experience and their desire for these spaces to serve as a tranquil retreat for relaxation. Enhancing your bathroom not ...

    seasonal home maintenance

    July 27, 2023

    What Items Should Be On a Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist?

    Part of being a responsible homeowner is taking care of your investment. One of the easiest and best ways to do this is by performing seasonal inspections necessary to determine the regular maintenance and home repairs ...


    July 17, 2023

    How to Increase Home Value: Answer These 5 Crucial Questions

    Remodeling for resale value is a tricky evaluation. The amount of the increase will depend on the area of the home, the quality of the remodel, and the upgrades added. For example, projects like kitchen renovations will ...

    home wiring

    July 13, 2023

    Replacing Knob and Tube Wiring: 5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Professional

    Do you prioritize the safety of your home and family? If so, replacing the outdated knob and tube wiring is crucial. This type of wiring poses a serious fire hazard and cannot support modern electrical devices safely. ...

    basement better builders

    June 29, 2023

    How to Address a Wet Basement: Identifying the 4 Common Causes and Solutions

    Most people don’t recognize the signs of water intrusion in the basement until they can see or smell it. Discovering water intrusion in your basement is a cause for concern as it can lead to various issues, such as mold ...

    fireplace better builders

    June 15, 2023

    What Are the Best Types of Heating Systems, and When is the Right Time to Upgrade?

    When it comes to your heating system, deciding between repair and replacement can be challenging. Whether you're driven by necessity or a desire to update, various factors need careful consideration before deciding. ...

    pressure wash house

    June 08, 2023

    Pressure Washing Like a Pro: A Step-by-Step Guide to Safely Clean Your House

    Are you considering power washing your home's exterior but wondering if it's a task you should tackle yourself or leave to the professionals? While the idea of washing your home using a power washer may seem easy, there ...

    June 01, 2023

    7 Signs That It's Time to Replace Your Home's Electrical Panel

    Electrical panels are out of sight, out of mind, so most homeowners aren’t considering when their breaker boxes need to be replaced. However, it’s essential to keep this in mind because outdated circuit breakers can be ...

    coastal building materials

    May 25, 2023

    The Top Exterior Coastal Building Materials That Can Withstand Salt Water

    As a homeowner in coastal climates such as the Pacific Northwest, it is crucial to consider the unique environmental factors and weather conditions that your property may face, including heavy wind, rain, and saltwater ...

    mini-split air conditioning

    May 18, 2023

    Installing Air Conditioning in Seattle: Is it Worth it?

    For many years Seattle was a mild climate that didn’t require air conditioning. However, as time has passed, the summers are getting hotter, and more and more homeowners wish they could cool down their homes (over the ...

    cracked foundation repair

    May 11, 2023

    Cracked foundation? Here's How to Tell if it's Time For a Repair.

    The foundation is aptly named as the base that supports your entire home. When issues arise with your foundation, you risk compromising the entire structure. Many homeowners don’t realize that cracked or damaged ...


    May 09, 2023

    Is a House Addition Right for My Property? A Guide to Planning the Perfect Project

    Are you considering adding extra space to your property? Whether you're expanding your family or just in need of some extra room, a home addition can be a great solution for your quality of life and add to the value of ...


    May 05, 2023

    Move or Renovate? Expert Advice to Help You Make the Right Home Makeover Choice

    Every day, homeowners are faced with the dilemma of outgrowing their homes. Whether it is due to the need for additional space for a growing family or needing different functionality to age in place, your needs and ...


    May 04, 2023

    Brick, Stone, Stucco, and more? Discover the Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Exterior Material for Your Home

    When it comes to choosing the best exterior material for your home, one of the first steps is to establish your budget. Although there are low-cost and low-maintenance siding options available, they may not offer the ...

    How to Track Down a Home Water Leak

    April 20, 2023

    How to Track Down the Root Cause of a Home Water Leak

    Often water leaks in your home are caused by two things: a lack of maintenance in an area where a product has broken down and has created water to leak, or there’s been a catastrophic event such as hail, tree branches ...

    Home Window Repair vs. Replace

    April 13, 2023

    The Ultimate Guide to Determining Whether to Repair or Replace Your Home's Windows

    Before you decide whether you're going for window repair or window replacement, first, you must zero in on why you think the windows need to be changed. Once you know why you’re looking to make a change, the cause will ...

    kitchen lighting design

    April 06, 2023

    The Top 5 Elements of Beautiful Kitchen Lighting Design

    You may find yourself asking, what is the importance of lighting design in the kitchen? Your lighting sets the mood for an eat-in kitchen, as well as illuminating the areas you’re working in. It’s important to properly ...

    roof failure when to repairs vs replace

    March 30, 2023

    Detecting Roof Failure: How to Know When to Repair vs. Replace It

    Often, homeowners don’t notice problems with their roofs until things are so severe that leaks come through the ceiling. When it gets to this point, this has become a major issue. If homeowners stay up on roof ...


    March 28, 2023

    How to Identify Your Home Renovation Design Aesthetic in 4 Easy Steps

    Homeowners often underestimate how many decisions need to be made during a home renovation project. For example, there are approximately 150 decisions that need to be made for a full kitchen redesign. Every last detail ...

    gas vs. electric stove

    March 23, 2023

    Gas vs. Electric Stoves. An Expert's Guide to Help You Choose

    It’s no secret that burning natural gas isn’t good for our health. Studies have recently revealed that 12.7% of childhood asthma cases in the United States are linked to gas stoves in the home. A study from the ...

    March 16, 2023

    Exterior Paint Maintenance: How Often Do I Need to Paint my Home?

    Your home is one of the largest and most important investments you’ll make during your lifetime. This means it’s critical to protect this investment by maintaining your home’s exterior and ensuring the siding and trim ...

    Design Secrets for a Clean Kitchen

    March 09, 2023

    Clean Kitchen Design: 10 Secrets to Ensure Your Space Stays Clean Always

    Most people want their spaces to be clean and sanitary, but this has come even more to the forefront in the past few years. With this increasing concern, more materials and products have become available to make keeping ...

    March 02, 2023

    The Top 4 Problems With Poor Kitchen Cooking Ventilation and How to Solve Them

    Inadequate kitchen cooking ventilation is more common than many people realize, even in recently built homes. Generally, the hoods are not sufficient for the stove size, or they are improperly vented. The accumulation ...

    February 23, 2023

    The Top Appliances Technologies and Trends That Will Make Your Kitchen Fun

    From intuitive design to wirelessly connected appliances, a “smart” kitchen is often a priority in a modern home. Blending efficiency and a fun cooking experience, tech-savvy kitchens are more popular than ever. Below ...

    Eat-in kitchen dining table

    February 16, 2023

    How Much Space is Needed for an Eat-In Kitchen? Creative Ways to Dine In Style

    The modern-day eat-in kitchen is a more intentional alternative in place of pulling out the folding card table and placing the ‘kids' table’ in the middle of the living room during holiday dinners. Eat-in kitchens can ...

    February 09, 2023

    How Much Space is Needed for a Kitchen Island? Top Things to Know About Space Requirements

    Kitchen islands provide many benefits including additional storage, prep space, design appeal, and possible addition to your home’s dollar value. Significant value is added if the island includes seating for a more ...

    Capitol Hill Kitchen Storage

    February 02, 2023

    How to Design the Perfect Pantry for Your Kitchen

    Gone are the days of limited food storage options. Modern technology has eliminated the need for traditional food cellars with newer storage, like under-cabinet beverage centers and chilled refrigerator produce drawers. ...

    January 26, 2023

    Are Open Kitchen Shelves a Good Idea? Here's a list of 12 Pros and Cons.

    The average kitchen remodel will have homeowners making between 60 - 150 decisions. Open shelving vs. traditional cabinetry is just one of these choices, and unbeknownst to most people, there’s a lot to consider when ...


    January 19, 2023

    Top 6 Design Ideas for a Timeless Kitchen that Won't Go Out of Style

    If you're starting to think about a kitchen remodel, often one of the first steps is finding inspiration. We're here to share timeless ideas to help you create a space that won’t go out of style.

    kitchen layout design

    January 12, 2023

    What is the Best Layout for a More Functional Kitchen Design?

    Answering the question, “how do you use your kitchen” is where to start. Is it a gathering place connected to the rest of your home? Is it separate from the other living space? Is the kitchen a place to entertain or ...

    kitchen countertop material

    January 05, 2023

    Countertop Materials Pros and Cons: How to Choose the Best Material for Your Kitchen

    When working through selections for a new kitchen remodel, you eventually find yourself asking, “What is the best countertop material to use in the kitchen?” While there are many materials to choose from, all countertop ...

    dark wood kitchen cabinets

    December 15, 2022

    The Top 6 Kitchen Storage Ideas for Culinary Bliss

    When it comes to kitchen storage, it seems like there can never be enough. While upper and lower cabinets are obvious choices, what hides behind the cabinets and drawer faces can be an entirely different story. Avoid ...

    Roosevelt Historic Kitchen

    December 08, 2022

    What is the Best Flooring for a Kitchen? 4 Things to Consider for a Kitchen Remodel

    Choosing the right flooring is one of many decisions you’ll face in a kitchen remodel. There are so many options and so little time to research what will look and feel the best while standing the test of time. Choosing ...


    December 01, 2022

    Creative Storage Ideas to Make Better Use of the Home's Lesser-used Space

    At one point or another, everyone talks about needing more space in their home. But, it’s amazing how much more space you have when you have an organized way to store all of your clutter. Here’s a list of unique ways ...

    November 17, 2022

    16 Creative Ways to Make Your Home’s Multipurpose Spaces More Functional

    The term “functional” is defined differently by everyone. What may be functional for you and your family could present serious challenges for someone else. When looking at multipurpose spaces in your home, it’s ...


    November 10, 2022

    What are the Legal Requirements for a Bedroom in Seattle?

    Perhaps your family is growing, you’re considering adding a guest room in the basement, or you simply want to add an additional bedroom to your home. Whatever the reason, it’s important to understand what is considered ...

    November 03, 2022

    4 Ways to Increase Space in Your Home Without Adding Square Footage

    Changing the interior space planning of your home to be more functional can look very different for each person. Increasing the space within your home can mean major changes, like taking down interior walls to open the ...

    open floor plan

    October 27, 2022

    How To Design an Open Floor Plan That Actually Works: The Pros and Cons

    Before deciding you want to remodel your home to include an open floor plan, it’s essential to ask yourself the ‘why’ behind your renovation goals. Open floor plans can be great for many reasons, but they’re not a ...

    structural modifications

    October 20, 2022

    How to Safely Make Structural Modifications to Your Home

    While home modifications like adding a window and removing a wall may seem simple, structural modifications require the existing structural loads to transfer to other areas within the structure. To properly do this, the ...

    universal design bathroom

    October 06, 2022

    Home Renovation Design to Comfortably Age in Place: Everything You Need to Know

    When you are choosing to invest in your home, you want to create a design that will meet your function and needs, not just now but for many years to come. Typically, the cost to make changes to your home will be less ...

    September 29, 2022

    What are the Pros and Cons of Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

    Auxiliary or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are referred to as many things: backyard cottage, in-law apartment, granny flat, you name it. The various names are related to the fact that an ADU can take on many forms. ...

    Space for An ADU or DADU

    September 22, 2022

    Do I Have Space for An ADU or DADU? What You Need to Know for Perfect Planning

    An ADU is known by many names; The “backyard cottage,” mother-in-law suite, guest house, apartment, etc. These buildings have become increasingly popular and sought after by many homebuyers in the greater Seattle area. ...

    September 15, 2022

    How to Determine the Cost of a Home Addition

    This is a very common first question for homeowners to ask. What many people don’t realize is that this is both a very vague and complex question to answer. A similar scenario would be going to a car dealership and ...

    September 08, 2022

    How to Get the Right Building Permits in The Seattle Area

    A common question from homeowners considering a remodel project is, “can I pull my own permits?” Yes, homeowners can purchase their permits and a benefit is you will not be charged sales tax. A risk is that you may not ...

    August 25, 2022

    How to Make Your New Addition Fit Seamlessly with Your Home.

    Have you ever walked down a street and asked yourself, “why does that addition look the way it does? Was it a bad design, or does it look completely separate from the old home on purpose?” No matter what architectural ...

    August 11, 2022

    What Does a Typical Timeline Look Like for a Home Renovation?

    Before you dive into the process of custom home building or remodeling, it’s important to remember each step takes time. It is best practice to engage with a contractor as soon as possible. Better yet, work with a ...

    August 04, 2022

    Is My Lot Large Enough for a Home Addition? 6 Important Things to Know

    So, your family is growing and you’re running low on space. You may find yourself asking, “is my lot large enough for a home addition?” Whether you’re considering expanding out or expanding up, this is an extremely ...

    Basement Renovation Ideas

    July 21, 2022

    Considering a Basement Renovation? Creative and Affordable Ideas to Increase Your Home’s Value

    Basements are full of potential to become usable spaces that are warm and welcoming for the whole family to enjoy. A basement remodel can add a significant amount of usable space and value to your home. There are many ...

    Best Home Building Team

    July 07, 2022

    A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Best Home Building Team

    Selecting a general contractor to work with is a big decision. You are choosing a company that you will trust with your home, your family, and your money. With so much on the line, you want to make sure you are ...

    8 Things to Consider When Living on Site During a Home Renovation

    June 30, 2022

    8 Things to Consider When Living on Site During a Home Renovation

    For many people, staying in the house through a major project sounds unimaginable. While the process is never easy, we have 8 tips for living through a remodel to help make the experience a little more bearable and help ...

    Top Reasons to Involve Your General Contractor in the Home Design Process

    June 23, 2022

    Top Reasons to Involve Your General Contractor in the Home Design Process

    Taking on a home remodeling or new build project can be a daunting task. The first hurdle to cross is figuring out where to start. Oftentimes, homeowners decide to dive straight into the home design process because it’s ...

    March 11, 2022

    Ideas for Creating a Backyard Entertainment Space

    Imagine summer days basking in the sunshine, watching the kids play. Imagine friends around a cozy fire pit, sharing stories and creating memories. Imagine having a space to enjoy all the seasons in the Pacific ...

    February 25, 2022

    Routine Home Maintenance to Avoid Emergency Repairs

    If you’re a homeowner in 2022, you have some seriously valuable property on your hands. You probably mow your yard, pull your weeds, and keep everything looking good – especially if you’re in an HOA. The cosmetic ...

    August 27, 2021

    Common Kitchen Design Selections

    When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, there are tons of kitchen design selections to make. Many people underestimate just how many decisions are involved in a kitchen remodel. If you are looking for a complete ...


    July 30, 2021

    Better Builder's Design and Estimating Process

    When you’ve officially decided you’re ready to pursue a home remodeling project, design and estimating is often the first step. The design process involves so many little details and important decisions we encourage ...

    July 16, 2021

    Bathroom Refresh on a Budget

    Doing a bathroom refresh on a budget can be hard work, but it’s definitely rewarding! While we would love to help you completely remodel your bathroom, sometimes a major project just isn’t within the budget. While you ...

    June 04, 2021

    2021 Kitchen Cabinet Crazes

    When it comes to planning for a kitchen remodel, kitchen cabinet selection is often one of the biggest decisions. Cabinets are a big chunk of the investment in a kitchen remodel and there are seemingly endless selection ...

    May 07, 2021

    Full House Remodel and Addition: Project Spotlight

    To say these homeowners needed a full house remodel and addition is an understatement. Picture this: a loving couple with two growing kids, all living in a lofted one bedroom, one bathroom house. You read that ...

    April 23, 2021

    Bathroom Basics: Must Know Floor Plans

    Whether you are looking to remodel an existing space, or create a new bathroom from scratch, layout makes a big difference. From water closets to extravagant spa master bathrooms, any space can be luxurious with the ...

    March 26, 2021

    5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2021

    Coming to the end of our first quarter, we have noticed some strong kitchen design trends for 2021. If you're starting to think about a kitchen remodel, often one of the first steps is finding inspiration. We're here to ...

    March 12, 2021

    Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Remodel

    Choosing the right flooring for your remodel can be challenging. There are so many options, and so little time to research what will look and feel the best while standing the test of time. Here we’ve shared some do’s ...

    February 12, 2021

    5 Bathroom Design Trends for 2021

    We are two months in to 2021 and we are noticing some definite bathroom design trends for the year. When you are planning a bathroom remodel, one of the first steps is finding some inspiration. No matter what your ...

    January 29, 2021

    Do You Need a Permit for a Kitchen Remodel?

    One of the most common questions from homeowners when wanting to remodel the kitchen is: do I need a permit?


    January 29, 2021

    How to Design the Perfect Kitchenette in Your Basement

    Basement remodels are more popular than ever. And the basement kitchenette is growing in popularity as more cold unfinished basements are being transformed into cozy living areas. Whether you are turning your basement ...

    January 15, 2021

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Taking on a home remodeling project is a major commitment. You’re investing a lot of time, money and energy into creating the perfect space for you and your family. With such a big decision, it is no surprise that ...

    December 18, 2020

    How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Tub with a Shower

    Turning a bathtub into a shower is growing in popularity with many homeowners right now. But what should you think about before making the move from a tub to a shower and how much should you expect it to cost?

    December 04, 2020

    Project Spotlight: Brand New Bathroom

    Imagine two teenage daughters sharing a tiny 6’ x 8’ guest bathroom, a single sink and mirror and limited storage for accessories and appliances. They had managed for many years but had finally reached a “tipping ...


    November 06, 2020

    Tips on How to Transform Your Master Bedroom into a Master Suite

    When you’re a kid, your bedroom design revolves around what color your parents will let you paint the walls and how many posters you can cram into any given space. You need a bed, somewhere to keep your clothes, and ...

    October 16, 2020

    Ideas for Luxury Walk-In Showers

    Walk-in showers can create a roomy and luxurious feeling as a result of a bathroom remodeling project. The open sight lines create a seamless transition to the rest of the bathroom making the entire space feel much ...


    October 09, 2020

    Steering Clear of Kitchen Countertop Confusion: Quartz or Granite?

    When remodeling a kitchen, you have dozens of decisions to make. From major picks like cabinetry and appliances to little details like knobs or pulls, there’s a lot to think about. One of the biggest design choices ...

    September 25, 2020

    Designing a Bathroom for Aging in Place

    If you’ve already found your forever home, it is wise to consider long term factors when designing for a remodel. When designing a bathroom for aging in place, safety and accessibility are key. Planning space that ...

    September 11, 2020

    Creating the Ultimate Basement Home Gym

    A home gym can be a great convenience year-round; especially during this time of the pandemic when public gyms have been closed for months. If you’re someone who regularly hits the gym, why not use that spare room or ...

    August 28, 2020

    Bedroom Paint Colors that Encourage Sleep

    Assuming the average person sleeps 8 hours a day, over time you spend approximately one third of your life asleep. And that’s not counting the time you spend laying in bed before and after sleeping. With at least one ...

    August 14, 2020

    Small Bathroom Remodel, Big Design

    Designing the perfect bathroom to fit your style and needs can be a challenge. This can be especially tough when you are limited to a small space. A small bathroom remodel doesn’t necessarily mean a small project, and ...

    August 07, 2020

    The Importance of Project Management

    Project Management is a large part of the service you receive when working with Better Builders. We establish a relationship founded on trust far before your project starts. We also back this up with transparency and ...

    July 31, 2020

    5 Things to Consider Before Remodeling

    Unless you built your home from the ground up, odds are there are some changes you’d like to make. We’ve all thought about the little things that would make our home picture perfect, but it’s important to think about ...

    July 03, 2020

    Patio or Deck: Which One is Right for You

    Summer is upon us and we are ready to enjoy the beautiful weather. While it’s great to have wonderful public outdoor spaces nearby, nothing beats having the perfect outdoor space at your own home. Whether you’re ...

    June 12, 2020

    Meet Gustavo: Architect

    Being a design/build General Contractor, we are frequently asked about the Architect that we work with. One of the talented companies we work with is PRDG architecture + design in Seattle. We have been working with the ...

    May 22, 2020

    Backyard Remodeling Projects to do Before Summer

    This article is a guest publication by Matt Lee, Copy-editing by Marin Ryles. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer will look a bit different for many people. Safe-at-home precautions will have many people ...

    March 23, 2020

    Better Builders Covid-19 Policy

    Updated: April 30, 2020

    March 13, 2020

    Meet Amanda: Interior Designer

    Being a design/build General Contractor, we are frequently asked about the designers we work with. One of the wonderful companies we work with is Housewarming Seattle. We have been working with Housewarming for six ...


    February 28, 2020

    Green Home Building Ideas

    This week’s blog, Green Home Building Ideas, is guest written by T-Square Properties. Building a green home is no longer an “alternative;" it is now mainstream. Pollution is at an all-time high, resources are dwindling, ...


    January 31, 2020

    Othello House: Five-Star Built Green

    Better Builders has been a proud member of the Built Green ™ program for years. Homes constructed with Green Building in mind are more energy efficient, use fewer toxic materials, and minimize the environmental impact ...


    December 06, 2019

    Sunroom, Solarium, or Greenhouse: Which Is Right for You?

    We may be diving headfirst into winter, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about sunny days. Begin planning projects for sunshine-focused spaces now so that they're ready to enjoy when the warm weather ...

    November 22, 2019

    A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: Pinterest vs. Houzz

    So, you’re finally ready to start pursuing that remodel you’ve been dreaming of for years. Or maybe you bought a new home that needs some serious fixing up. Or perhaps, you’re ready to build your dream home from scratch.