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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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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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"No Curb" Shower

January 10, 2018 - A lot of people would prefer a ‘no curb’ shower where the floor flows in evenly from the bathroom. However, from the bui...
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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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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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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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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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