Aaron Falk


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10 Smart Ideas for Your Laundry Room Remodel

Make washing and drying easier and more comfortable by considering ergonomics, storage and special features Full Story
     Comment   July 23, 2014
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Rosemary Hughes
I'm sure there are designs for laundry chutes that prevent them from being an easy way to give a fire from your hot water heater, dryer, furnace and other things that are close to a basement laundry chute. It is my experience that such changes in code usually come from a national organization that has the statistics to back up their recommendations.
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guscook66
When our children were little, they left the upstairs door to the laundry chute open. Our curious kitty tried to jump up on its ledge but overshot and had an unexpected tumble two floors down. Thankfully, she landed on a pile of soft clothes and was not hurt.
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Lawn Gives Way to a More Natural Lakeside Garden

Meadow grasses, beach pebbles and driftwood replace turfgrass in a nature-friendly landscape on Lake Washington’s shore Full Story
     Comment   July 23, 2014
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sidneyisle
Although definitely an improvement on the wide expanse of lawn, I was brought up short by the comment "even an otter has made a visit". That is something you definitely don't want to encourage: they're incredibly destructive and their odor is invasive. Let's see how long it will be before the homeowner is fencing off the yard from the 'wildlife'.
on Tuesday at 6:26pm   
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bellesum
This is absolutely gorgeous........if this is a hotel with dedicated maintenance staff. I would love to stay in a resort hotel with landscaping like this. However, for the house owner, I can't imagine this is less work than before. A lawn can be useful for little kids to let off steam or play games.
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Hiring a Home Inspector? Ask These 10 Questions

How to make sure the pro who performs your home inspection is properly qualified and insured, so you can protect your big investment Full Story
     Comment   July 21, 2014
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Great Atlantic Pools, Spas and Patio
We loved our home inspector. It took about 4 hours to go through the house but he was incredibly knowledgeable. He also carried a small tool bag for minor fixes. He took close to 100 photos even though in the report we got about 60. At the end of the report we were handed a checklist with the overview while he sat on the front porch and copied his notes into the company home inspection booklet. We were also emailed a copy and can access our report with the photos online anytime. The booklet included a mini copy of every inspectors license, dates of certification, references, and schools they've completed. It also has as list of all of the city's licensed contractors and what fire/police/ems station services our area.
July 20, 2014 at 1:02am     
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What Is a Living Building?

Part philosophy, part advocacy, the Living Building Challenge is pushing designers and homeowners to rethink how we live Full Story
     Comment   July 21, 2014
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Hammer & Hand
Our office is in Seattle's Bullitt Center, a commercial Living Building. We wrote a few posts about what it's like working in a Living Building Challenge building on our blog. You can start our "tour" here: http://hammerandhand.com/field-notes/our-tour-of-the-bullitt-center-an-intro/
July 22, 2014 at 8:01am   
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detailaddict
Nice ideas on paper, though like others I do wonder how practical they will be as implementation progresses, especially for private residences. One red flag for me was the idea that I would be required to invite strangers into my home once construction was complete.
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Houzz Tour: Reading Shapes a Seattle Home

Written words drive the design of a house for aging in place, from a plethora of bookshelves to a personal word wall Full Story
     Comment   July 16, 2014
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meiniac
Love the word wall!!!
on Sunday at 7:09am   
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lessismoore
Love the way this place looks, but it's a bit hard to see how seriously they took the "aging in place" aspect of the remodel. Yes, they have a second bath that is universally compliant and an apt for caretakers and the elevator - but the step down into the LR could easily make that room less accessible, and the Kitch banquet seems like it would be difficult to navigate - who knows about the kitchen proper? The current master bath, while ideally located, could end up being useless. Oh well, the views alone could provide consolation for most anything.
on Sunday at 7:51am   
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Houzz Tour: Having Fun With a Half-Buried House

Layers of dirt help create energy efficiency and an unusual look on a steep slope in Washington state Full Story
     Comment   July 16, 2014
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Pacific Home Source LLC
This is really cool. I bet the temperature stays nice and consistent year round.
July 18, 2014 at 1:52pm     
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nanapower2
Impressive design, very compact look ... It has less flexible for expansion and remodels ... That is what it's for though! Great!
July 20, 2014 at 12:32pm     
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Grow a Garden of Succulents for Easy Beauty

Low-water plants in a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes? Sign us up — and check out our faves here Full Story
     Comment   July 7, 2014
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TRU Landscape Services
Great ideas for using succulents. They're great for our environment here in Orange County. Here's a vertical succulent wall the homeowners put up on one of our latest projects. They are assorted varieties, but the customers also had pots of jade throughout the yard.
July 18, 2014 at 2:02pm     
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Kathy Dunn
I would love to have a succulent wall planter on the side of my garage, but have some concerns about dampness between the planter and wall that might cause mildew or even deterioration of the wall surface. What is your experience with this??
July 18, 2014 at 7:56pm   
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