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No More Squeaky Floors!

May 24, 2021 - Everyone hates squeaky floors… such a nuisance! Have you ever wondered just why a floor squeaks? Well, one of the reason...
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Sewer Distribution- Pressure System

April 05, 2021 - When building a new home oftentimes you need a sewer system to be installed along with a sewage distribution system. Th...
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Sewer on Your Newly Purchased Land

March 19, 2021 - In our previous blog we talked about site work and how there are three parts to the process of building a new home. We d...
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The Driveway to Your New Home

February 26, 2021 - When you have a home built there are three parts to the process. Purchasing the property, the actual construction of the...
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Cheap Cabinets

January 18, 2021 - In case you have not noticed, there is a HUGE cabinet company based out of Liberty Lake that ships cabinets all over the...
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Tips and Tricks to an Air Tight Home

December 04, 2020 - There are a few tricks we learned while installing the Zip System Sheathing. It is critical to make sure it is sealed in...
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Ensuring Your Home is Tightly Air Sealed

November 16, 2020 - In our last vlog, we looked at the benefits of using ZIP System Insulated R- Sheathing on a home. This type of insulati...
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Gatekeeper to Your Cozy Home

October 19, 2020 - In our last conversation/blog we talked about Sierra Pacific windows- and we have a bit more to comment upon. Not only a...
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Mitsubshi Indoor Unit

June 22, 2020 - A few weeks ago, in the last blog I talked about HVAC ductless systems I wanted to show you an indoor air handler unit.
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Mitsubshi Outdoor Unit

May 15, 2020 - When I was a kid my parents’ house had hot water baseboard heat. This idea (popular in the late 60’s) was thought to be...
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Look Mom, No Hands! (no handles)

March 23, 2020 - Look Mom, no hands! (no handles) Well in this case it should be… look mom, no handles! Notice the large drawers have...
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Smart Lights that are Simple

February 17, 2020 - Do you ever get into bed to read… and when you are done reading you don’t want to get up and turn the lights out? I have...
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Hunter HC Pro or the Rainbird Smart Wi-FI Sprinkler Controller

July 10, 2019 - Everything has an ‘ APP ’ anymore. This past summer on a rental property we were building, the landscape contractor inst...
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Wood Countertops

June 19, 2019 - One of the oldest and most beloved countertop surfaces ever is...wood! In fact, as I write this I am writing on a woo...
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Booster Pump

June 19, 2019 - “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” claims the Declaration of Independence. In a society where everyone claims,...
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Terminus

May 29, 2019 - We use what we call a terminus fairly often. A terminus is defined as, “A final point in space or time.” In archit...
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The Grove

May 29, 2019 - Back twenty years ago we learned from Spokane architect Glenn Davis to put shadow lines on a project in areas where ther...
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Hiding The TV

May 07, 2019 - A few months ago I wrote about, “hiding the TV” This past summer we used a product called Wallpaper TV. This TV is s...
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We find some strange things in construction!

April 16, 2019 - I remember one day when I was a younger man, my brother, Tom and I climbed through a crawl space in the Corbin Community...
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Glyph

March 26, 2019 - Do you use the word “Glyph” very often? I do not. In fact, I did not know it was a word until this past job. So here is...
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Scale Matters #2

March 06, 2019 - This home started out as a ranch type style of home. Several additions were added onto the home, including an addition o...
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Ceiling Heights

February 13, 2019 - Did you know that higher is not always better, especially when it comes to ceiling heights? Ceilings need to be proporti...
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Magic Drawers!

December 12, 2018 - Hands full? No problem…. These drawers open all by themselves! Just simply push on it with an elbow or a knee and the dr...
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Where to put the TV?

November 21, 2018 - A television set above a fireplace? You see this often, however oftentimes it looks odd. In my mind there is something t...
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Exposed Beams

October 31, 2018 - Exposed beams in the ceiling can often add a nice element to a room. Oftentimes they are structural and sometimes they a...
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Ode to a Capenter

October 10, 2018 - Ode to a Carpenter By Kim Hanson A carpenter has a keen passion and intimate relationship to the building on which he...
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Kitchen Appliance Lift

September 12, 2018 - “That Kitchen Aid mixer is sure cool and fun to use, but it is so darn heavy!” If you have one of these, you can probabl...
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Lower Kitchen Corner Cabinets

August 22, 2018 - I hate things that slither! Snakes and worms and creepy used-car salesmen come to mind. That being said, I like this sli...
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Faux Barn Wood

August 01, 2018 - Faux barn wood? This is a cool product! It is from Coronado Stone and it looks authentic. It is made from the casting...
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Lift and Slide Door

July 11, 2018 - 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 ou...
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Astronomical Timers

June 20, 2018 - We have been using Intermatic astronomical timers like gang busters as of late. We use them mostly in accent lighti...
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Heat Loss

May 30, 2018 - When I was a young man I liked the original Star Trek. Do you remember that Mr. Spock had a Tricorder that could detect...
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ModularArts Wall Panels

May 09, 2018 - Instead of hanging art on the wall, how about if the wall becomes the art? This can work really well for certain situat...
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Spring Garden

April 18, 2018 - I love to garden. Some of my happiest gardening memories are early in the spring when the sun has just risen. The sky is...
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Tuscan Tile Leveling System

March 28, 2018 - 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...
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Ditra Heat by Schluter Systems

March 07, 2018 - It is hard to beat walking on warm floors. I believe that having hydronic or water heated floors is the ‘cat’s meow’. Se...
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Rotten Rim Joist

February 21, 2018 - Do you ever think, “Man! Those guys were idiots—what were they thinking?” This was the case for a recent project. This...
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Qualified Remodeler’s 2017 Master Design Awards

January 31, 2018 - Hanson Carlen is happy to announce the achievement of a bronze design award in the Residential Specialty category fro...
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Are your pictures level?

December 06, 2017 - Does it drive you crazy when things that are supposed to be level are not? Nice artwork on the wall does not look quite...
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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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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 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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