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Grilling Season

August 23, 2017 - Hosting an outdoor barbeque is a favorite summer tradition. However, more people increasingly find themselves barbequing...
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Attic Venting

June 21, 2017 - Most people do not think much about attic space in their home. In the old houses of yester-year that we often work on, t...
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Molding New and Old

May 30, 2017 - This is a short transcript of a lecture on moldings and trim that Janette, our architect, and I gave to the Spokane Pres...
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Members of Spokane Preservation Advocates

May 10, 2017 - This past year Hanson Carlen became a sponsor of the Spokane Preservation Advocates whose goal is, “To preserve and enha...
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Darn Grout!

April 19, 2017 - Darn Grout! I do not like to swear. But one thing that takes me to the brink is trying to scrape out filthy, dirty grou...
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Color Stories

March 22, 2017 - Color stories is a newer paint from Benjamin Moore that I have found interesting. These colors are called “full spectrum...
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Azek Decking

January 04, 2017 - Many of the historic homes from the early 1900s were constructed with covered outdoor porches. The surface of the porch...
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How to patch a drywall hole.

December 14, 2016 - Patching techniques vary depending upon the size of the hole. For a golf ball sized hole, the “Pumpkin Patch” works quit...
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Plan first - then build!

November 23, 2016 - This week I was in a beautiful old building that is on the historic register of Spokane. The owner had decided a firepla...
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How to choose a paint color.

November 02, 2016 - How do you choose the right paint color for your room? First, you will need to look at the size of the room and how much...
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Today's Murphy Bed

October 12, 2016 - I like the name, “Murphy Bed”! Nowadays they call this, “Wall Bed” but I still stick with the old name. The bed was i...
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Legacy

September 21, 2016 - Legacy: something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past; heritage. Some of the...
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Night Lights For All Ages

August 31, 2016 - When I was a youngster, I remembering always wanting my mother to leave a night light on when I went to bed. Somehow the...
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How to deal with a sloping site?

August 10, 2016 - One challenge we frequently face as architects and builders is how to deal with a building site’s slope or grade. It see...
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How Do You Light Your Face?

July 20, 2016 - The older we get, the more light (or illumination) we seem to need. Once I turned 50, it seemed my eyesight was not what...
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How to build a custom tub that doesn't leak!

June 29, 2016 - One thing we enjoy is a challenge! This past year we had a bathroom where the client wanted a tub that could be used as...
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Lighting Up A Stone

June 08, 2016 - This was a cool idea! We found a lovely piece of onyx, which is a gemstone found in various parts of the world. The word...
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Decorative Lighting

May 17, 2016 - Last month we discussed how decorative lighting can be described as being the “Jewelry of the Project”, in particular, t...
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Bling Lighting

April 27, 2016 - There are two types of lighting we put into our jobs. First is the task or general lighting. This type of lighting is wh...
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Designing a Kitchen - Types of kitchens

March 15, 2016 - One thing we have noticed over the years is that the kitchen space tends to become the center or the ‘hub’ for the home...
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What's in Your Drawers?

February 24, 2016 - We have found that almost every kitchen has a “junk drawer”. In this drawer you will find some paper clips, a hammer, br...
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LED lights have changed

February 03, 2016 - Over the years, many clients have asked us about bulbs and what is the latest technology. Several years ago, we were one...
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Moat

October 28, 2015 - Some days are hard! We are currently building an addition on a lake front property. We dug the trenches for our footing...
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Higher or Lower

October 08, 2015 - When I was young carpenter, I remember “Grandpa Mike” made his own homemade water level. He used a couple of yardsticks...
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Kitchen Cabinet Hinges

September 17, 2015 - Do you remember the accordion style appliance garages doors of the 90’s? The doors never rolled up properly or where alw...
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Kitchen Circulation

August 26, 2015 - Kitchens have become the central gathering place in most homes today. So how do we design a kitchen that allows the cook...
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Darn Crooked Studs

August 05, 2015 - Last week I was in Home Depot watching a couple of guys who obviously were not carpenters buying some studs. They were h...
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Old Brick Addition

July 16, 2015 - Recently, we have had a couple of clients ask us about old brick. When you drive around the South Hill, you see a multit...
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