Plan now for summer projects

November 10, 2009

A recent client of Darwin Webb Landscape Architects transformed this Sammamish backyard into a resort style outdoor living space. Darwin Webb Landscape Architects

A recent client of Darwin Webb Landscape Architects transformed this Sammamish backyard into a resort style outdoor living space. Darwin Webb Landscape Architects

Picture this — the extended family has gathered for a big get-together. The sun is shining; the kids are out of school for summer. Everyone’s having a grand time in the new outdoor living space and the accompanying landscaping is drawing rave reviews.

However, the above scenario could remain just a dream if the process to bring it to fruition isn’t started now.

Architect Dar Webb, of Darwin Webb Landscape Architects, said some homeowners wait too long before upgrading their house’s appeal and value with an outdoor project.

“If someone calls me in early April to have something ready by June 1 in time for summer, unless it’s something very simple, it’s too late,” Webb said. “Winter is a good time to start, more often than not, to have something usable by summer.” Read more

Follow these steps to perform your own home energy audit

October 13, 2009

Here’s an easy checklist of areas to inspect and problems you might find. This list will help you prioritize your energy efficiency upgrades

Locating air leaks

First, check for air leaks (drafts). Energy savings from reducing drafts range between 5 percent and 30 percent per year. Check for indoor air leaks, such as gaps along the baseboard or edge of the flooring and at junctures of the walls and ceiling. Check to see if air can flow through these places: Read more

Working with what you have can create a beautiful atmosphere

April 13, 2009

Whether your motive is to save money or save the earth, recycling, reusing and refurbishing what you already own are all affordable and creative ways to beautify your home and feel good doing it. Read more

Should you do it yourself or call in a contractor?

April 13, 2009

In terms of both the challenge and saving money, home improvement projects can be a temptation to many homeowners. But when should the do-it-yourselfer call a professional?

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Local designer to be on television show ‘Designer’s Challenge’

January 3, 2009

NEW — 5 a.m. Jan. 3, 2009

Fans of the HGTV series “Designer’s Challenge” can tune in Monday to spot a familiar face.

Cathy O’Neill filmed an episode three and a half years ago that is finally being aired at 3 p.m. on channel 68 on local Comcast stations. Read more

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