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August 18, 2022

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

Before you begin the work to decide if an addition is right for your property, the first step is to determine your ‘why.’ Why do you think you need an addition outside of the current footprint? Is an addition the best ...

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 ...

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 ...

July 14, 2022

Moving vs. Home Renovation: Tips to Help You Decide What's Best

Every day, homeowners are faced with the dilemma of outgrowing their homes. From needing more space for a growing family to requiring different functionality to age in place, your needs and wants change over time and ...

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 ...

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 designing 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

The 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 in the budget. While you save ...

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 26, 2021

Seattle Backyard Cottages (ADUs, DADUs) Requirement Changes (2019-2021)

The “backyard cottage,” mother-in-law suite, guest house, accessory dwelling unit (ADU), etc., have become increasingly popular and sought after by a large number of homebuyers in the greater Seattle area. Mayor Jenny ...

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

Planning for a Basement Kitchenette

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

Mastering Your Master Bedroom Design

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 23, 2020

Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas

When it comes to storage in a kitchen, it seems like there can never really be enough. Upper cabinets and lower cabinets are obvious choices, but what hides behind the cabinets and drawer faces can be an entirely ...

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

Avoiding Countertop Confusion: Quartz vs. 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 ...

September 04, 2020

How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost

Next to the kitchen, many of us look to remodel the bathrooms in our homes. We dream of a spa-like oasis where we can envision ourselves relaxing and unwinding or being eager to get ready for the day ahead. Not only ...

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 24, 2020

Auxiliary Dwelling Units: ADU vs. DADU

Auxiliary Dwelling Units 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. Whether you’re looking ...

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

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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.

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 they’re ready to enjoy when the warm weather returns!

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.