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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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Innovative Insulation

January 29, 2021 - Recently, for one of our projects we had the opportunity to try out a new product- Rockwool Comfortbatt. Wow…what a prod...
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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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It's the Details that Count

December 18, 2020 - In the last few vlogs, we have discussed the Zip R Sheathing and liquid flashing we used on this new home to make the ho...
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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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Good "Bones" to a Home Start Here

November 02, 2020 - One of the things that we always tell our customers when we first meet with them is the importance of the “bones” of the...
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August Smart Lock Pro + Connect

April 27, 2020 - August Smart Lock Pro + Connect These days there are many different types of smart locks. Recently we installed the A...
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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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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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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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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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