Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane: Blog https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog en-us (C) Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) Wed, 28 Mar 2018 20:17:00 GMT Wed, 28 Mar 2018 20:17:00 GMT https://www.hansoncarlen.com/img/s/v-5/u1038328606-o656945943-50.jpg Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane: Blog https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog 120 93 Faux Barn Wood https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/8/faux-barn-wood Faux barn wood?

 

This is a cool product!  It is from Coronado Stone and it looks authentic.  It is made from the casting of real boards taken off of old barns. Ok you ask, “Why not just get some real old barn wood, or the real thing?” Well, there are several reasons. Old wood like this is increasingly difficult to find. Secondly, this product is sustainable and is made from clay and not taken from old growth trees.  But for this job, the reason was different.  We wanted to put a product that is adjacent to and touching the fireplace. This meant it had to be non-combustible.   

 

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Voila’- a perfect fit!    

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) coronado stone custom kitchen custom residential architecture & construction custom residential construction faux barn wood residential https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/8/faux-barn-wood Wed, 01 Aug 2018 20:15:00 GMT
Lift and Slide Door https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/7/lift-and-slide-door Lift and Slide doors are a way to make large wide portions of a wall open to the outdoors all at once.  They bring the outside indoors by making a much larger opening.  Lift and slides are quite energy efficient. When the panel is not open, it is stationary and not on wheels like a traditional slider door.  When the doors are in the open position, they can be stacked on one or both sides of the room or alternately, doors can be put into a pocket that makes them go away completely from the ascetics of the space. 

 

The project below is in a townhouse where the maximum opening was desired. The door was finished with a quarter sawn oak trim and header.

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) and closed custom custom kitchen custom residential architecture & construction custom residential construction door lift residential slide spokane https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/7/lift-and-slide-door Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:00:00 GMT
Astronomical Timers https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/6/astronomical-timers We have been using Intermatic astronomical timers like gang busters as of late.

 

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We use them mostly in accent lighting such as art or niche lighting or bathroom toe kicks lights. Lights come on at dawn or dusk or most any other scheduled time that suits you. Our customer’s love the way these lights work - not only to beatify, but also as a night light. Once you set them up you can forget them.

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However, set up is best accomplished by watching the YouTube video.  Click here

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) astronomical timer custom custom residential architecture & construction custom residential construction niche lighting residential spokane toe-kick lighting https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/6/astronomical-timers Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:00:00 GMT
Heat Loss https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/5/heat-loss When I was a young man I liked the original Star Trek. Do you remember that Mr. Spock had a Tricorder that could detect anything?   These days are similar; you can buy a little box that will see what the eye cannot see - it can do all kinds of wonders!   My latest purchase was an infrared camera. This little device is useful in construction to help determine cold spots in buildings.  We recently had a project in which condensation showed up. It had an annoying drip every now and then coming from the siding. I took my ‘Tricorder’ and determined exactly where the missing insulation was inside the walls of the house.  An area in the attic was not properly blown-in with insulation. This was easy to see with my new infrared camera. Now if they would only invent transporters it would sure save a lot of time traveling.

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) custom custom kitchen custom residential architecture & construction custom residential construction infrared heat loss detector residential spokane https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/5/heat-loss Wed, 30 May 2018 21:45:00 GMT
ModularArts Wall Panels https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/5/modulararts-wall-panels Instead of hanging art on the wall, how about if the wall becomes the art?

This can work really well for certain situations.

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For several years we have been using a product from ModularArts. This company designs panels to make a very unique statement to a room. The panels are made from (mostly) Gypsum on to fiberglass-based backer board. We have used both the Dune and the Glyph panels.   They go in pretty easily however, making them look seamless takes a little more work. The dune panel took more work to install than the Glyph panel. Lighting is important to consider with this product.

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) custom kitchen custom residential architecture & construction custom residential construction dune spokane https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/5/modulararts-wall-panels Wed, 09 May 2018 21:45:00 GMT
Spring Garden https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/4/spring-garden I love to garden.  Some of my happiest gardening memories are early in the spring when the sun has just risen. The sky is a beautiful orange hue, the birds are singing and the air is silent. I love the smell of the fresh earth trying to burst forth with new life as it sheds the winter’s cold.

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After a long winter, I love tilling the soil and planting various seeds. I like to stand back and look at the stakes with burlap strings which mark the rows; I think how soon a miracle will happen and these little seeds will sprout into the tiniest, most fragile plants. I particularly like to watch the first peas of the season. Peas are usually the first thing that comes up in my garden. I get a thrill standing at the vine and eating the first pods. Oh, the sweet, fresh taste!

 

A little later in the season, I enjoy hoeing weeds around the tomato plants. The unique smell is hard to resist - sometimes I pinch off a little leaf and rub it between my fingers. Why don’t they make women’s perfume from tomatoes?

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Late summer is when I like to pick cucumbers and turn them into pickles. I buy some dill, garlic and vinegar. Sometimes my daughter and I preserve pickles together. It’s easy, fun and they keep very well in the pantry. One of the last things I do in my garden before the Autumn takes over is to dig up potatoes. It’s extremely satisfying to dig up large hunks of tubers and store them in burlap sacks in a cool part of our barn or garage.

 

~Kim 

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) custom custom kitchen custom residential architecture & construction custom residential construction residential spokane https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/4/spring-garden Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:00:00 GMT
Tuscan Tile Leveling System https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/3/tuscan-tile-leveling-system I remember an older bully in our neighborhood when I was a young boy in Minnesota. He would say to me, as a third grader, “Don’t give me no lip” and then he would give me a snake bite on the arm.

I chuckled at this memory as we were setting a floor these past few weeks. You see, floor and wall tiles are getting bigger. Gone are the days of the 4”x 4” tiles we used in the 70’s and 80’s in shower walls. So one problem with these giant tiles is lippage meaning the tile edges between the two adjacent tiles are not aligned.  With these large tiles, oftentimes you get one corner perfectly set only to find the opposite side is not even. The solution for this is to use a leveling system. 

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We like the Tuscan Leveling System shown here as it is fast and gives you “No lip”! 

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) custom residential architecture & construction custom residential construction residential spokane tuscan leveling system https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/3/tuscan-tile-leveling-system Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:15:00 GMT
Ditra Heat by Schluter Systems https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/3/ditra-heat-by-schluter-systems It is hard to beat walking on warm floors.  I believe that having hydronic or water heated floors is the ‘cat’s meow’.  Several years ago, we wrote an article about heated floors that was featured in Journal of Light Construction.  Not everyone is able to afford this in a new house or remodel.   We use a lot of Ditra Heat by Schluter Systems. It is easy to use and works as an uncoupler to help reduce tile cracks. Here are a few photos:

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) custom custom residential architecture & construction custom residential construction ditra heat heated floors schluter systems spokane https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/3/ditra-heat-by-schluter-systems Wed, 07 Mar 2018 21:00:00 GMT
Rotten Rim Joist https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/2/rotten-rim-joist Do you ever think, “Man! Those guys were idiots—what were they thinking?”

This was the case for a recent project. This home had a concrete porch (from the 1970’s) poured against the house for a walk-out concrete patio. 

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The problem was, absolutely no consideration was given to the rainwater hitting the porch and running between the framed wall and the new concrete. The results were catastrophic and devastating to the home.

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We were able to remove the rotten box sill and/or rim joist in sections and replace the deteriorated floor joist members.

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However, it is a very good lesson -

be absolutely sure to hire someone who understands construction to work on your home!

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) custom custom residential architecture & construction custom residential construction residential spokane https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/2/rotten-rim-joist Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:00:00 GMT
Qualified Remodeler’s 2017 Master Design Awards https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/1/qualified-remodeler-s-2017-master-design-awards Hanson Carlen is happy to announce

the achievement of a bronze design award

in the Residential Specialty category

from Qualified Remodeler’s Magazine.

 

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     The 2017 Master Design Awards program recognizes the nation’s best work in sixteen general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The Master Design Awards are open to any professional remodeler and design professional in the United States.

 

PROJECT SUMMARY:

The owner of a 1981 home asked for a dramatic entry. Their desire: to showcase a

grand entrance to their large vaulted living room, which could also serve

as an open stairway to the basement. Located in the center of the house, the entry

width limited the number of options for a stair configuration. The exterior of the

entry competed for aesthetic space with the vaulted

garage but could not be out of scale upon entering the house.

 

Our solution? Outside, a 24-foot high vaulted entry rises above the large

adjacent garage roof. Inside, a ten foot by 14-foot entrance between the front

door and existing living area balances the volume within the home. A small

addition to the front of the house allows guests to move about freely without

feeling confined. A dramatic 15-foot cascading light fixture with multiple

translucent globes hangs above the semi-circular basement stairway to

welcome visitors. The gorgeous stairway rail was uniquely

hand-crafted with special metal.

 

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Check out more pictures of this modern entry at http://www.hansoncarlen.com/p339604643#hf9314d0

 

Pictures of the 2017 award-winning projects can be seen at www.qualifiedremodeler.com

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) custom residential architecture & construction custom residential construction qualified remodeler's 2017 master design awards qualified remodeler's magazine spokane https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/1/qualified-remodeler-s-2017-master-design-awards Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:15:00 GMT
"No Curb" Shower https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/1/-no-curb-shower A lot of people would prefer a ‘no curb’ shower where the floor flows in evenly from the bathroom. However, from the builder’s point of view this can be difficult.

Question: Why do showers have a curb in the first place? 

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You most likely answered, “To work as a dam; to keep the water in.”

You are correct; however, the answer is more complicated. That clumsy looking toe-catcher called the curb hides the fact that the shower floor is higher than the bathroom floor. Why? The reason for this is that to obtain the slope needed to drain the water, the perimeter of the shower floor must be raised. So, just how is a shower pan sloped?  In the olden days, my father said this was often done with a cement gravel mixture called a mud set. Nowadays it is accomplished with a pre-made pan on which tile can be directly applied.  Either way this sloping makes for a difference in floor levels which needs to be covered by a curb.

So how do you make a shower curb-less?  First, you need to lower the floor in the shower area before you build your shower. But this is problematic in the fact that the floor joists are normally installed at the same level with each other. This means to lower the floor in the shower something must to be done with the floor joist. We have worked on many older homes in which they simply just cut off the top 2 inches of the floor to lower the floor. Was structural integrity considered? Probably not! These same homes had old growth lumber where a 2” x 10” actually was a 2”x 10”. Nowadays a 2”x10” measures 1-1/2” x 9- ¼”. So it is unlikely you can just cut off 2” from your floor. The key to this is conundrum is to consider the shower floor during the planning phase of your project and lowering the joist for the shower area when the home is being framed.  See photos. 

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) custom residential construction no curb shower residential spokane https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2018/1/-no-curb-shower Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:30:00 GMT
What's a buck or two? https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/12/what-a-buck-or-two It’s only a buck or two!

 

When we use European hinges on our cabinets, we have come to exclusively use the Grass Tiomos hinge system. It is only about $1.00 more than the flagship hinge from Blum or Salace.   We think it’s worth it for several reasons. 

 

  • It drops or sags less under load than other cheaper hinges- this is important after say, 5000 operations
  • The soft-closing speed is adjustable.  Very cool and can be done by homeowner if needed
  • It is beautiful – no visible screws.  We use the Immpresso model which is just plain sexy for a hinge
  • It has super smooth movement 

Beautiful Hardware !

 

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) beautiful hardware https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/12/what-a-buck-or-two Wed, 27 Dec 2017 21:45:00 GMT
Are your pictures level? https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/12/are-your-pictures-level Does it drive you crazy when things that are supposed to be level are not?  Nice artwork on the wall does not look quite as nice when it is a half-inch out of level.  Do you have your spouse stand back and say, “Move it down on the right a bit”?   I have a secret tip.  Use a crossline laser level to hang your artwork.  You can easily make every photo in the room spot-right in seconds.  These tools also help with planning on deciding, “What am I going to hang there?”

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Best of all, laser levels are inexpensive.  You can buy a homeowner’s model for $40-$60 which will work just fine.  See: https://www.amazon.com/Suaoki-Self-Leveling-Cross-Batteries-Included/dp/B01MYABSZR/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1501540980&sr=1-2-spons&keywords=laser+level&psc=1

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Or, if you would like a high-end model like the “Old World Craftsmen” use, take a look at this:

https://www.amazon.com/Laser-PLS-60521-PLS180-Tool-Yellow/dp/B000QSGRTY/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1501540980&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=laser+level&psc=1

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) custom custom residential architecture & construction custom residential construction spokane https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/12/are-your-pictures-level Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:45:00 GMT
Cast stone hoods https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/11/cast-stone-hoods Cast stone hoods

This past year Hanson Carlen became a dealer of Euro Cast hoods.  These hoods are made from genuine crushed travertine stone using a cast and mold process that creates surface variations found in real stone. We believe these hoods bring beautiful elegance to many kitchen designs.

Take a look at the photos:

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Warm walls https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/10/warm-walls A Better Mouse Trap with Less Money

 

Most of the homes my dad and grandfather built used primarily 2x4 studs for the outside walls.  In the early 1900s hardly anyone used insulation in the walls.  I remember once tearing apart a home built in the early 1940s that was very unusual. It had one single layer of aluminum foil put meticulously in the center of the stud bay held in place by small little lath strips. This might have been a good air barrier but provided little R-value and the time involved putting it in was huge!  

 

In 1945 after the war, my father recalls building 2x4 walls and using a product called balsam wool as insulation. Several years later, dad built our home in 1958 (the home in which I was born) using R-11 fiberglass.  R-11 was quickly replaced by R-13 which fit in the same 2x4 walls. 

 

When I was a very young man in 1976 our company built mostly with 2x4 walls; however, Dad was using insulated sheeting on the exterior walls to boost the r-value.  This stuff looked like it was made from horses hair so we called it, “Punk board”. 

 

By 1980 we began using 2x6’s for walls.  With the added 2 inches, we could get an R-19 insulation batt in the walls.  We thought this was really great! By the 1990s, R-19 insulation was mostly replaced by R-21, a high-density batt that would fit into a 2x6 cavity. Today the building code in our area still allows for R-21.However, homes that contain what I call, “Good bones” and built by superior builders do not stop insulating at code minimum. There are countless ways to increase insulation values and stop air movement in a home.  Thicker walls, foam on the outside walls and so on.

 

So the first question now becomes, “What about longevity and systems that do not allow for wet walls and mold to grow?” and, secondly, how do cost and value play a role?  Like anything, there is a law of diminishing returns on insulation, meaning an R-11 wall will not save twice as much money on energy bills as an R-22 wall.  If I spend $10,000 more and save $200 a year, does this make sense?  You need to look at your goals. If you are looking for a “Net zero-energy home” you will want to go further than someone who wants a comfortable home with reasonable energy bills. 

 

Below is a photo of an R-30 wall that goes well beyond the code minimum R-21. It is quite inexpensive and a good “Bang-for-the-buck”. We are using here 2x6 construction and adding 1-inch of foam followed by a ¾” fir strip.  The foam acts as a thermal break for the stud and the 7.25” cavity allows for an R-30 Bibs system to be installed.

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Below is slightly better at a significant more expense with a double 2x4 wall that gives a thermal break on the studs and allows for a 9-inch cavity for an R-38 value.

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Many builders are using an XPS or EPS foam on the exterior walls to achieve high insulation values. My main concern with foam systems is in the detailing of the windows, doors and roof- to-wall areas under wind-driven rain conditions.  

 

Design and theory are great, but the important thing in any system is good craftsmanship and care in the assembling of the wall you are building.

 

 

 

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) warm walls https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/10/warm-walls Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:00:00 GMT
Ironing tips and boards https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/10/ironing-tips-and-boards I like to iron. Do you? Most folks I talk to would rather have a toothache than iron, but I like it! There is something clean and relaxing about smoothing out wrinkles and breathing the warm, moist air as the iron shoots out steam. And the ironed product looks brand new when it is hanging all pressed and ready to wear.

 

Following are a few tips I have found to be helpful:

  • Be sure to use distilled water when directions call for it, otherwise the inside of the iron will rust.
  • Cut down on ironing by removing the clothes from the dryer while they are still damp. Then hang them up to finish drying. I keep a large, wooden clothes rack handy for this task.
  • After washing your ironing board cover, let it dry on the ironing board- then starch it! It will stay cleaner longer.
  • To help remove creases in hems, sponge them with a solution of white vinegar and water. Then iron flat.
  • Never use circular strokes — you can stretch the fabric. Iron lengthwise and eliminate wrinkles by blasting the area with steam.
  • When ironing large items, such as a tablecloth or curtains, set up two chairs next to the ironing board and fold the piece carefully onto the chairs as you work on it. You could also iron large items on a tabletop padded with a towel, provided that the table won’t be harmed by the steam or hot temperatures.
  • Iron sensitive fabrics with a pressing cloth — a clean cotton cloth, handkerchief, or napkin. I like to iron fabrics inside out (such as a dark pair of David’s pants) to protect them from becoming singed or shiny. Be sure to iron the legs right side out so the crease is correct (not inverted).
  • If you must use an extension cord with your iron, use a 12-ampere cord. Lighter-weight cords could overheat, causing fires. Make sure that you arrange the cord so you won’t trip over it. I always unplug my iron when I am finished, even though my iron has auto-shut off.
  • Press pleats starting from the bottom, working from the inside of the pleat to the outside. Set pleats with a shot of steam.
  • Let clothes sit for a few hours after you’re finished ironing to allow the creases to set.

Here are a photo of ironing boards we have done

 

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Handmade Truss https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/9/handmade-truss Roof systems in homes basically fall into two categories: stick frame and manufactured trusses.   By far the majority of homes today are built with manufactured trusses.  However, 75-years ago most homes were stick framed.  Stick framed houses could be very good or very bad depending upon the knowledge and experience of the carpenter.  I have seen homes in Spokane with 2x4 rafters spanning 15 feet and was amazed that the roof did not collapse (a 2x10 @ 16” on-center would be correct size). On the other hand, manufactured trusses are specifically engineered for roof loads. 

In our early years my Dad showed Tom (my brother) and I how to build our own roof trusses.  This was time consuming and did not have any ‘certified engineered’ design.

Once in a while we still build a timber truss or two for projects, which is fun.  On this project, we are making trusses from glue lam beams and metal gusset and bolts. We cut the parts on the ground and test that everything fits correctly then haul it up to the roof and assemble in place.   What a fun job!

 

 

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Grilling Season https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/8/grilling-season Hosting an outdoor barbeque is a favorite summer tradition. However, more people increasingly find themselves barbequing year-round.  I can remember as a kid spraying lighter fluid all over the Kingsford charcoal and enjoying throwing the match on the coals to hear a satisfying ‘whoosh’ sound. 

Most young couples start marriage barbequing with an old used Hibachi grill. However, as we progress in life so do our taste for fancier grills. The most luxurious outdoor cooking involves a built-in appliance which allows a place for everything handy to the cook. This outdoor area includes a grill which can produce a whopping 54,000 BTUs on three burners. Drawers to store utensils come in handy, as well as outdoor refrigerators that are built in under a spacious quartz counter.   

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) custom residential architecture & construction custom residential construction spokane https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/8/grilling-season Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:45:00 GMT
Closet organize https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/8/closet-organize So, you’re engaged?   Then next question to follow would be, when is the big date?  Wait a minute - I am talking about closet storage and organization, not marriage!

Tag Hardware has come up with some nifty products that we have been using for our custom closets called, Engage.   What is great about these products is that they give a soft or comforting feel to the closet environment. Most of the products are fabric covered and offer a richness that is hard to beat. This same fabric also tends to protect clothes from snags and dirt.  Dividers make organization quick and easy. There are lingerie drawers, deep drawers, jewelry organizers, folding stations, pant holders and even shoe organizers in the collection.

So, how about becoming Engaged?

 

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) closet organize luxury closet https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/8/closet-organize Wed, 02 Aug 2017 21:15:00 GMT
Is that Oak? https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/7/is-that-oak Often when you say to a client, “How about using oak?” they will look anything but impressed.   Why is this? Maybe this is because they were around in the 1980s when everything from furniture to cabinets was made of poorly crafted oakwith a sickly golden stain.  Or better yet, how about hollow core ‘oak’ doors where you can actually see owl eyes in the grain; or O’Sullivan plastic furniture with simulated oak. 
O Sullivan yuk oak  These are not good examples of oak. So when I show these same clients some samples from our showroom, they say, “Is that oak?”  

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The reason for this is in the cut of the wood and how it is fabricated.  Quarter sawn oak does not look anything like the rotary cut that is typically in people’s minds. It is made from a different process. Look at some of our photos of quarter sawn oak.

 

So how about oak? Even if you do not like it, be sure to say it in such a way as to not hurt my feelings; after all our office has oak in it. 

 

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office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) custom designed bathroom quarter sawn oak https://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/7/is-that-oak Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:15:00 GMT