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6 Extreme Interior Paint Makeovers

Today we’re looking at how paint has changed your rooms, from the kitchen to the bedroom, from the living room to the laundry room.

 

Makeover 1: Stephanie Van Dyke, original photo on Houzz

 

AFTER: Houzz user Stephanie Van Dyke’s newly dark living room walls.

 

Makeover 2: Before Photo, original photo on Houzz

 

BEFORE: Van Dyke wanted to switch up these light walls. The new colors are Ralph Lauren’s Smoked Glass and Tibetan Jasmine. “The Smoked Glass is a beautiful, dynamic color that changes throughout the day,” she says.

 

Makeover 3: Before Photo, original photo on Houzz

 

BEFORE: Houzz user and blogger c2marsha did not have much love for this pale green color in her bedroom. “The old pale green color just felt really stale and boring; we wanted something bolder but not bright or harsh,” she says.

Related: Add Style and Function With a New Bedroom Bench

 

Makeover 4: c2marsha, original photo on Houzz

 

AFTER: “We chose Behr Bitter Chocolate for our master bedroom, which sits on the second floor of our Dutch colonial in Minneapolis,” she says. “We didn’t want our room to feel too feminine or masculine, and we wanted it to feel like it fit us well, which made it very difficult to pick a color!”

The rich brown brought in a modern touch that works with their mix of vintage and traditional pieces.

 

Makeover 5: Before Photo, original photo on Houzz

 

BEFORE: Maple trees surrounding the house and the colors on the walls made Houzz user hellovijp’s home in Quebec City very dark inside.

 

Makeover 6: hellovijp, original photo on Houzz

 

AFTER: Because one room flows into the next and the spaces were lacking cohesion, hellovijp painted the entire floor the same color, SICO’s Portobello #6185-41. It really lightens things up while keeping the look warm.

 

Makeover 7: Before Photo, original photo on Houzz

 

BEFORE: Amanda Haytaian wanted a fresh look for her living room; pink walls and a dated fireplace were no longer working.

 

Makeover 8: Amanda Haytaian, original photo on Houzz

 

AFTER: She brought the pink into the room via smaller accents. A beautiful new coffered ceiling and marble fireplace surround freshen up the space. The walls are Benjamin Moore’s Etiquette in matte, and the trim is Benjamin Moore’s Steam in semigloss.

 

Makeover 9: Before Photo, original photo on Houzz

 

BEFORE: Becky, of the blog this is happiness, had been dreaming of a whiter kitchen.

 

Makeover 10: Becky, original photo on Houzz

 

AFTER: “It’s still a work in progress, but we took our very dark kitchen to a cheerful, bright white,” she says. Kwal acrylic paint in Pure Snow did the trick.

Tip: She recommends having the cabinets spray painted to avoid brushstrokes.

 

Makeover 11: Before Photo, original photo on Houzz

 

BEFORE: “This laundry room is a great example of white not making a poorly lit, windowless room light and airy; it just made it gray, dingy and scuff-marked,” says Cathy Zaeske.

 

Makeover 12: Cathy Zaeske, original photo on Houzz

 

AFTER: Going for an industrial chic look, she chose a new pendant light and Sherwin-Williams’ high-gloss 6076 Turkish Coffee. The new room is much better at inspiring the homeowners to want to do their laundry.

 

By Becky Harris, Houzz

November Home Maintenance Checklist

 

November brings a transition to shorter days, colder weather and spending more time indoors.  It also brings anticipation, planning and preparation for Thanksgiving and the upcoming winter holidays.

Our checklist this month includes small, quick and easy tasks you can do now to get a jump start on your holiday hosting preparation so you can enjoy friends and family when they arrive.

Replace chair floor protectors. Prevent damage to your hardwood floors by adding or replacing floor protection pads to the legs of your chairs.  Hardware stores sell felt self-adhesive protectors that are easy to use.

Clean garbage disposal. Run a few pieces of lemon rind with some ice cubes through your garbage disposal to keep it smelling fresh. The ice chunks scour the blades and scrape away debris. Products that clean and deodorize garbage disposals can also be purchased in retail stores.

Repair plumbing issues. Fix a slow drain or a stuck garbage disposal now rather than wait until you have a full house of guests.

Check bathtub caulk. Use diluted bleach to clean caulk that is moldy or mildewed. Avoid water damage to your home’s framing by replacing worn-out caulking as soon as possible.

Stock up for winter. Buy winter supplies like shovels and ice melting products now so you’ll be ready when the first snow falls.

Silence squeaky door hinges. Spray some cooking oil or other lubricant on door hinges. Be sure to first place a drop cloth on the floor to protect it and also blot the hinge with a rag to remove excess oil.

Clean kitchen exhaust fan filter. Remove kitchen exhaust fan screen and scrub with a mild detergent or run through the dishwasher.

Check fire extinguishers. Locate your fire extinguishers and be sure their gauge shows enough pressure.

Set aside a November afternoon to do the items on this home maintenance list, then sit back and enjoy a cup of hot apple cider. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

This blog was reposted with the permission of Long & Foster.

Windermere Hosts Chinese Real Estate Leaders During Four-City U.S. Tour

 

Last week Windermere hosted 16 members of the China Alliance of Real Estate Agencies (CAREA) during a daylong tour of Seattle and Bellevue, WA. CAREA is a coalition of the largest regional and national real estate companies in China, representing over 60 percent of all Chinese real estate sales. Their stop in Seattle was a part of a four-city tour that also included Chicago, New York, and Dallas. The cities were identified because of their popularity amongst Chinese investors/buyers, and the CAREA member’s desire to better understand the residential real estate markets in those areas.  

 

The group’s interest in Seattle stems from the growing number of Chinese foreign national buyers in the area, especially in neighborhoods like West Bellevue where real estate brokers say buyers are drawn to the newer homes, top-performing schools, and proximity to high-end restaurants and shopping. This year, Seattle surpassed San Francisco as the second place in the world where Chinese millionaires want to purchase property (according to Shanghai-based Hurun Research).

 

 

Windermere took the group on a tour of three luxury homes in West Bellevue that are on the market for between $5 and $10 million. The tour started with a new construction home priced at $6.8 million in Clyde Hill, represented by Windermere broker Shawna Ader. The second stop was a more traditional home in Medina for $5.3 million, listed by Windermere broker Wendy Paisley. The last home was the show stopper, an incredible manse priced at just under $10 million on Yarrow Point, represented by Windermere broker Anna Riley.

 

Along for the ride were also several members of the media who were drawn to the story about Chinese interest in the Seattle-area housing market. KING 5 News, KOMO 4 News, Q13 News, and the Seattle Times all spent time touring the homes and interviewing representatives from CAREA and Windermere about the reasons why Seattle is an increasingly popular location for international buyers. 

 

 

Following the luxury home tour, the Chinese guests and Windermere executives gathered for lunch and a presentation by Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, who provided an overview of the greater Seattle area housing market and economy. The day was then capped off with a seaplane tour of Seattle by Kenmore Air. As CAREA vice president Yi Lui stated after the tour, “A float plane is the way to sell Seattle.”

Utah Real Estate Market Update

 

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

The State of Utah added 37,300 non-agricultural jobs over the past 12 months, a growth of 2.6%. Although this represents a slowing in employment gains, it is not a cause for concern because the economy is running at full employment and only so many new jobs can be created. That said, my latest forecast model is suggesting that the pace of employment growth is likely to kick back up during the last quarter of the year.

In August, the unemployment rate in the state was 3.5%, up from 3.3% a year ago. The increase in the unemployment rate is a function of a burgeoning labor force, which has risen by almost 56,000 over the past year.

 

HOME SALES ACTIVITY

  • There were 9,907 home sales during the third quarter of 2017, which was a drop of 5.3% from the same period in 2016.
  • Sales rose in just one of the counties analyzed in this report: small Morgan County saw sales grow 60% year-over-year. It’s worth noting though that this equates to an increase of just 18 units. There were more marginal sales increases in Summit and Wasatch Counties. Sales fell marginally in Davis and Utah Counties, with a more severe drop in Salt Lake County.
  • Home sales slowed due to very low levels of available inventory. Listing activity continues to trend at well below historic averages, with the total number of homes for sale in the third quarter 26.6% below the level seen a year ago.
  • The takeaway here is that unless we see a drastic increase in listings, sales growth will remain at below-average levels.

 

 

HOME PRICES

  • Because of considerable competition for the few available homes, prices continue to rise. Average prices in the region were up 10.2% year-over-year to an average of $340,031.
  • There was substantial price growth in Summit and Weber Counties, where prices rose by double digits. That said, all counties saw higher home prices in the third quarter than a year ago.
  • Appreciation was strongest in Morgan County, where prices rose by 32%.
  • There is clearly an ongoing imbalance between supply and demand, with home prices continuing to appreciate at above-average rates. This is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

 

 

 

DAYS ON MARKET

  • The average number of days it took to sell a home rose by five days when compared to the third quarter of 2016.
  • It took an average of less than a month to sell a home in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, and Weber Counties.
  • During the third quarter, it took an average of 43 days to sell a home in the region.
  • Although demand remains robust, it appears as if buyers are being a little more “choosy,” which may be the reason why the time on market rose in four of the six counties in this report.

 

 

CONCLUSIONS

This speedometer reflects the state of the region’s housing market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors.

In the third quarter of 2017, I have placed the needle well into seller territory. The supply of available homes remains at very low levels, which continues to create competition for well-priced and well-located homes. An increase in the time it takes to sell a home may suggest that the market is either getting weary of all the competition or that would-be buyers are possibly putting off buying until they see more choices in the number of homes for sale. All of that considered, it remains a seller’s market.

 

Matthew Gardner is the Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, specializing in residential market analysis, commercial/industrial market analysis, financial analysis, and land use and regional economics. He is the former Principal of Gardner Economics, and has more than 30 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

 
 
 
 
 
If you are in the market to buy or sell, we can connect you with an experienced agent here.

11 Ways to Uncover Your Personal Color Palette

Where do you find the colors you love? And just because you love a hue, does that mean it’s right for your walls? Let’s take a closer look at color inspiration. Here you’ll find tips for how to get your creative juices flowing and zero in on the color palettes that speak to you.

 

Colors 1: Lear & Mahoney Landscape Associates, original photo on Houzz

 

1. Be inspired by a landscape you love. Choosing your paint colors based on hues that occur together in nature takes some of the guesswork out of paint picking. The beach is the quintessential example of taking the landscape to a color scheme — the hues of sand, water and sky work beautifully as paint colors, as well as on furniture and accessories.

2. Snap pictures of colors that inspire you on walks and travels. Carry a camera and capture those little details that inspire you as you see them. Taking quick snapshots with your camera phone is fine — the point is more in the noticing than in the quality of your pictures. Sometimes the spirit of a place really shines through in the colors used there, so mine those old vacation photos for inspiration, too.

 

Colors 2: Holly Marder, original photo on Houzz

 

3. Notice the subtle hues that move you. Not everyone is drawn to bold, clear colors; that is only one small slice of the spectrum. Pay attention to the subtle hues and particular shades that move you, as these can become great color palettes. Perhaps you are drawn to the rich browns of worn leather and old wood. If you love blue, is it midnight, pale aqua or French blue? Get specific.

4. Try doing a color-a-day experiment. This practice is a workout for your creativity and visual sense. Look for shades of one color to photograph each day, until you have covered them all. Keep your eyes peeled for pretty veggies in the produce bins, graffiti on a brick wall, a row of colorful binders in your office — nowhere is off-limits.

Related: Energize Your Home Office With Bold Color

 

Colors 3: Envi Interior Design Studio, original photo on Houzz

 

5. Look to the branding of good restaurants, shops and other businesses. Shops are often great places for finding color schemes, since great care was taken to design them in an appealing way. The next time you walk into a shop or restaurant and find yourself really enjoying the atmosphere, stop and ask yourself why. Take a closer look at your surroundings — is it the paint color that makes you feel good? Try to begin naming what really works for you.

6. Pay attention to shop displays. When you’re inside a shop, pay special attention to beautiful displays of objects and flowers — especially color combinations that catch your eye. Notice which color was used in a larger swath and which color punctuates the arrangement. For instance, you may be drawn to a display of sunshine-yellow mugs, but upon further thought realize it’s the deep blue tile wall in the background that really makes it for you.

 

Colors 4: Shannon Malone, original photo on Houzz

 

7. Consider the architecture of your home and the region you live in. What colors are typically used to play up the sort of house you have? Noticing doesn’t mean you have to follow suit, but it can help guide you in your process. Southwestern homes, for instance, tend to feature rich earth-tone colors, which complement the landscape beautifully.

8. Aim to complement what you already own. Look at what you already have in your home — do you tend to be drawn to bright, statement-y furniture with bold colors and patterns? If so, you may want to stick with neutral walls that won’t compete. If your furniture taste runs to white, white and more white, perhaps a subtle (but not white) neutral would add interest to your clean aesthetic. Assess the finishes in your home (floors, counters etc.) as well, since you can use them to find complementary wall colors.

Related: Find the Perfect Complementary Neutral Colors to Use Here

 

Colors 5: Eclectic Books, original photo on Houzz

 

9. Cast a wide net in what you read for inspiration. Decorating books are wonderful, of course, but also consider looking to graphic design, photography and garden books, and all sorts of magazines for inspiration. Save images that call out to you and begin a collection.

10. Experiment with inspiration boards. A board that works for another person may not work for you — so try out different methods until you hit on something that feels fun. Some may love the physical act of cutting and tacking up tear sheets to a board; others may find that fussy. Collect items in a tray or basket, create an ideabook on Houzz, slide your finds into a binder or stuff everything into a big folder.

Related: Store Paint Swatches in a Brand New File Cabinet

 

Colors 6: Cynthia Lynn Photography, original photo on Houzz

 

11. Learn to translate what you see. Picking colors for your walls is a highly personal process. The best way to learn about what works for you is to start paying more attention to color … everywhere. Whether you are choosing colors on your own or working with a pro, this will hone your color sense and make picking paint a better experience all around.

 

By Laura Gaskill, Houzz

Show Us Your #SeahawksFanCave To Win Tickets To The Seahawks!

 

Are you the ultimate Seattle Seahawks fan? Do you have the ultimate Seattle Seahawks fan cave? And do you want to win tickets to an upcoming Seahawks home game? If so, Windermere and the Seahawks want you to show us your #SeahawksFanCave!

 

As the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks, Windermere is proud to present the #SeahawksFanCave Instagram photo contest. Between November 7 and December 1, 2017, post a photo of your #SeahawksFanCave on Instagram, tag it with #SeahawksFanCave, and tag @windermere. Fans must also follow Windermere’s Instagram page @windermere to be eligible to win (see below for official contest rules). The winner will receive two tickets to the December 31 Seahawks game against Arizona.

 

So come on 12s! Show us what you got. We’re looking for the ultimate, decked-out fan cave, dripping in Seahawks love.

 

No purchase necessary. Contest ends December 1, 2017.

 

Windermere Social Media Contest Official Rules

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

 

1.  SPONSOR: Windermere Real Estate Services Co., a Washington corporation doing business as Windermere Services Co., with a principal place of business at 5424 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA  98105. The Sponsor is referred to below as “Windermere.”

 

2.  Giveaway Period:  The Giveaway entry period begins at 8:00am PST on Monday, November 6, 2017 and ends at 5:00pm PST on Friday, December 1, 2017.

 

3.  Giveaway Entry:  To enter the Giveaway, Follow Windermere Real Estate’s Instagram page (www.instagram.com/Windermere), post a photo of where you root for the Seattle Seahawks, tag @Windermere, and use the hashtag #SeahawksFanCave. If you don’t already have an Instagram account, visit http://www.instagram.com for directions on how to create one.  It is free to create an account. You also must have a mobile device that supports the Instagram application on or before December 1, 2017. Entries are limited to one entry per person/Instagram account. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Multiple entries will be disqualified. If there is a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the Instagram account used to register will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an Instagram account by Instagram. Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder with state-issued identification.

 

4.  Eligibility:  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.  This Giveaway is open only to legal U.S. residents who are 21 years of age or older as of December 1, 2017. Entrants must possess valid state or government-issued identification or other proof of identity and residency, as determined by Windermere. Windermere, in its sole discretion, will determine the eligibility of any and all contestants. Employees, agents, and franchise owners of Windermere Real Estate, the NFL Entities (as defined below) and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, siblings, children) are not eligible to win.

 

5.  Winner Selection:  Each qualifying entry will be judged by a panel selected by Windermere. Winners will be chosen around 5pm PST on Friday, December 1, 2017, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Rules. The selected winner must have a valid Instagram account where they can be notified and Windermere will attempt to notify winner via that account. If winner is unreachable within 24 hours of first attempted contact, if winner is determined to be ineligible, if winner is not in compliance with the Rules, Windermere reserves the right to award the prize to another winner selected from the pool of remaining entries (time permitting).  If Windermere cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.  All results are unofficial until winner is verified.

 

6.  Prize: Two (2) tickets to the Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field, December 31, 2017 1:25pm PST. Approximate retail value of prize: $600. Prize cannot be redeemed for cash, transferred, traded, resold or offered for resale, or substituted for any other items by winner. Windermere reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash for prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation, parking, souvenirs, refreshments and accommodations, where applicable, and any other cost not specifically included in the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. Properly claimed prize will be awarded, but in no event will Windermere award more prizes than provided for in these Rules.

 

7.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:  Winner is subject to verification by Windermere of the winner’s name and age. In order to claim his or her prize, winner must sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity. Failure to do so will disqualify the winner. Winner must pick up prize the day of the event on December 31, 2017 at CenturyLink Field. Winner must have valid photo ID upon arrival. No entry is permitted without ID.

 

8.  GENERAL CONDITIONS:

a.  Except where prohibited by law, entrants agree to allow Windermere to use, announce and display their name, voice, photograph, likeness and any information provided on their Instagram account, in any medium of communication, including print, Internet, radio and/or television and for any purpose related to the Giveaway, without additional compensation.

 

b.  ANY ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE FAIR AND LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS GIVEAWAY WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE GIVEAWAY, AND WINDERMERE reserves the right to seek prosecution of the offender to the fullest extent of the law.

 

c.  Windermere is not responsible and shall not be liable for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by Entrant’s participation in the Giveaway or Winner’s or his/her guest’s receipt or use of the Prize. All entrants agree to release, indemnify and hold harmless Windermere, the NFL Entities (as defined below), and each of their franchisees, affiliates, respective employees, representatives, sponsors and advertisers, from any and all liability, loss, damage, costs, causes of action or claims related to any allegation regarding participation in the Giveaway and as to the Winner and guest any travel therein, the award, the receipt, or the use of any part of the prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, property damage, defamation, infringement of intellectual property rights, and claims based on the rights of publicity or privacy.  Neither the failure of Windermere to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Official Rules or the failure, delay or omission by Windermere in exercising any right with respect to any term of these Official Rules, will be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent Windermere’s right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance.

 

d.  Windermere reserves the right to delay Giveaway announcements, postpone or reschedule all or some of the Giveaway events, and/or modify Giveaway deadlines at its sole discretion. Any such changes will be announced and posted on Windermere’s website at https://www.windermere.com/blogs/windermere/posts/2017-windermere-fan-cave-giveaway-official-rules

 

e.  Windermere is not responsible for human errors or for any damaged, tampered with, delayed, illegible, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled, late, lost, forged, misaddressed, misdirected, mutilated, mass machine-generated, unintelligible, incomprehensible, or entries otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, difficulties in Internet transmission or the functioning of the Instagram service. In addition, Windermere is not responsible for any typographical errors in these Official Rules, Giveaway or any advertising materials for the Giveaway, or for any kind of computer, electronic, hardware, software, Internet, network, technical or telephone failures and/or problems caused by Windermere, a third party or the user, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Giveaway, or by any human, typographical, electronic, network or other error that may occur in receiving and/or processing of the entries in the Giveaway, or by infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical failure.

 

f.  These Official Rules shall be governed, construed and enforced pursuant to the laws of the State of Washington, without regard to the choice of law provisions thereof.  Venue for any disputes arising from this Contest or these Rules shall be in the Superior Court of the State of Washington in and for King County.

 

g.  This Giveaway is subject to the privacy policy of Windermere, as posted on the Windermere website at https://www.windermere.com/company/privacy.

 

9.  OFFICIAL RULES AND WINNERS LIST:  For a copy of the Official Rules or the name of the winner, send a self-addressed envelope to Windermere Real Estate, ATTN: #SeahawksFanCave Instagram Ticket Giveaway, 5424 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, by November 30, 2017.  Rules are available at https://www.windermere.com/blogs/windermere/posts/2017-windermere-fan-cave-giveaway-official-rules

 

This Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Instagram.

 

The National Football League, its member professional football clubs (including the Seattle Seahawks), NFL Ventures, L.P., NFL Ventures, Inc., NFL Properties LLC, NFL Enterprises LLC, NFL Productions LLC, NFL International LLC and each of their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees (collectively, the “NFL Entities”) will have no liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in this promotion or any prize awarded. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored this Giveaway in any way. 

Windermere Foundation Has Raised over $1,500,000 So Far This Year!

 

Thanks to the generosity of Windermere agents and the community, the Windermere Foundation collected over $1,537,000 in donations through the third quarter of 2017. This is an increase of nine percent compared to this time last year! Individual contributions and fundraisers accounted for 62 percent of the donations, while 38 percent came from donations through Windermere agent commissions. So far, we have raised a total of $34,643,324 in donations since 1989.

 

Each Windermere office has its own Windermere Foundation fund account that they use to make donations to organizations in their communities. Year to date, a total of $1,179,202 has been disbursed to non-profit organizations dedicated to providing services to low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S.

 

One organization that has been the recipient of Windermere Foundation funds is SafeHouse of the Desert. Safehouse of the Desert provides a “safe” residential environment for children between the ages of 11 to17 years of age. These young people are the victims of physical and emotional abuse, homeless runaways, victims of human trafficking, emotionally unstable home environments and various other unsafe situations. The facility shelters the children from perpetrators and offers education, therapy, artistic expression, coupled with training for future jobs, skills and coaching in being responsible and making wise choices.

 

The 16 Windermere Homes & Estates offices  in Southern California (Alpine, Big Bear, Del Mar, Escondido, Fallbrook, La Jolla, Palm Desert, Palm Valley, Plaza at Aviara, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Bernardo-The Plaza, Santaluz, Scripps Ranch, South Carlsbad-Aviara, Temecula, and Trilogy) pooled their funds together and donated $5,000 for SafeHouse’s emergency shelter. They presented the donation check to SafeHouse on October 11, where they also spent the day cleaning, landscaping, organizing storage rooms, and providing breakfast and lunch at Harrison House, the 15-unit complex located behind the shelter and houses its transitional living program.

 

When asked why they chose this organization to help, Selina Sullivan, Regional Administrator for Windermere Homes & Estates said, “We recognize that the youth of today represents the future adults of tomorrow. Asking ourselves what we would want that future to look like, we realized that by contributing to this organization, we were impacting that future and contributing to the welfare of ALL children. In a world that is often covered in darkness, we wanted to serve as a beacon for others and to contribute to future generations.”

 

Generous donations to the Windermere Foundation over the years have enabled Windermere offices to continue to support local non-profits like SafeHouse of the Desert. If you’d like to help support programs for low-income and homeless families in your community, please click on the Donate button.

 

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation,

visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation.

How to Decide Where to Put the Toilet in Your New Bathroom

From the beginning of your bathroom renovation, your plumbers and framers need to know where your toilet should go — whether it’ll be mounted on the floor or wall and where the water supply should be positioned. If that’s not complicated enough, wall paneling, tile installation, shower doors and baseboards will all factor into the equation for your toilet location, too.

Don’t feel overwhelmed — finding the right professional can help you get through the technical stuff, and having a handle on these tips and tricks can help you find a spot for your toilet that works for you and your bathroom’s design.

 

Toilet 1: Enviable Designs Inc, original photo on Houzz

 

Take Note of Wall Panels and Baseboards

Most toilets are roughed-in 12 inches from the finished wall. This works well for most floor-mounted toilets.

Tip: Some toilets require floor anchoring clips — another limiting factor because it can interrupt radiant heating. Talk with your floor heating contractor before choosing this type of toilet to make sure that the anchors won’t mess with water lines or heating cables.

 

Toilet 2: kbcdevelopments, original photo on Houzz

 

What a classic bathroom — I love it. The look and feel of the toilet fits in with the baseboard and crown molding perfectly. I would guess the baseboard wraps behind the toilet for a seamless look.

Tip: It’s very hard to paint behind toilet tanks like this. I suggest painting the wall and installing the baseboard before putting the toilet in.

 

Plan Out Your Shower First

If you’re planning on having a barrier-free shower near your toilet, consider installing a wall-mount toilet to make waterproofing measures simpler for your contractor.

 

Toilet 3: Beyond Beige Interior Design Inc, original photo on Houzz

 

Shower doors also play a role in your toilet’s location. To meet building codes, a shower door needs to open both in and out, so you’ll want to take the door swing into account when choosing your toilet spot.

Tip: Work with your contractor to play with different toilet and door locations when finalizing your shower’s size. Use a piece of string and a marker to draw an arc on the floor to show the door swing. This will help you visualize where a toilet can fit comfortably.

 

Decide on a Wall Mount or Floor Mount

Installing a wall-mount toilet is a chore. All of them require a wall carrier to support the toilet, and some have very exact water supply positions, which allows for little flexibility in location. However, the look is seamless and modern and has some functional benefits as well.

Tip: A standard toilet is 14 to 15 inches high from the finished floor to the top of the bowl (excluding the fold-down seat). Consider a higher measurement of 16 to 18 inches for your wall-mounted toilet if you plan on aging into your golden years. It may seem high now, but you’ll be thankful for the added height later.

 

Toilet 4: kbcdevelopments, original photo on Houzz

 

Wall-mounted toilets are great for smaller spaces because the tank is inside the wall. In this installation, you can see that the builder brought the wall forward for this wall-mounted toilet’s water carrier to create a ledge above the sink and toilet for the flush activator. Usually these ledges are larger, and I love the smaller version here.

 

Toilet 5: Fixture Universe, original photo on Houzz

 

During installation, most toilets are dropped in over two bolts and the bolts are trimmed and capped to keep the toilet in place. Many clean line toilets (which are great for easy cleaning) have separate mounting blocks, and the toilet is screwed into place from the two sides. This Duravit toilet has those great clean lines, but the same easy installation as a regular toilet.

Tip: We have a 10-flush rule with any new toilet. After it’s installed but before using any silicone, we flush the toilet 10 times back to back to make sure everything’s functioning properly.

Note that floor-mounted and wall-mounted toilets come in regular and elongated versions. If you’re tight on space, look for a regular or smaller model.

 

Toilet 6: Bill Fry Construction – Wm. H. Fry Const. Co., original photo on Houzz

 

Pay Attention to Any Recesses or Compartments

In this photo, the recessed shelves above the toilet allow for more headroom and save space. This clever use of space was no doubt made possible by good planning. Make sure your entire building crew knows about spaces like this ahead of time for a successful build.

Tip: Check that your builders spray paint the framing around these niche locations before any wires, pipes or insulation is installed.

If you are planning a toilet compartment, the NKBA recommends a space about 36 by 66 inches, with a 32-inch-wide doorway. The absolute minimum would be 30 by 60 inches, which leaves just 15 inches of space on either side of the toilet rough-in.

Tip: If you’re worried about the bottom of your toilet scratching your floor tile or hardwood during installation, consider using scraps of Kerdi waterproofing membrane on the bottom of the toilet. Anything that will stick to the toilet bottom — extra peel-‘n-stick tiles, scraps of linoleum, etc. — can work.

 

By JW, Houzz

When Things Go Bump in the Night

It’s almost Halloween; the time of year when people decorate their homes with haunting embellishments and spooky décor. Bats, spiders, and rodents are all good and fun when they’re made of plastic, but when you have the real thing taking up residence in your home, it’s no treat. Here are some tips for making sure these frightening critters don’t make your house their permanent home.

 

Blood Suckers

While they may not turn into vampires in real life, preventing a bat infestation is actually good for your health. That’s because bats are a known carrier of rabies and an accumulation of their droppings can cause lung problems in humans. Bats can enter your home through holes less than an inch wide, and when they do, they often find the attic to be very accommodating to their needs. So, how do you keep them from settling in? Start by checking your roof and siding for any gaps. Check your attic for any signs of infestation, including: brown stains around any openings in your siding or roof (from oil on their skin), droppings, or strange sounds coming from the attic. Ghosts aren’t the only ones who like it up there.

 

To prevent or rid your home of bats follow these tips:

  • Get rid of the bats now, so they can find alternative shelter before hibernation season in the winter.
  • Check with local pest control companies; in some states it is illegal to exterminate bats.
  • Locate the point of entry.
  • Hire a professional to evacuate the bats.
    • As mentioned above, bats can cause health problems; hire a professional who has experience and the right equipment. There are humane options available.
  • Prevent re-entry by sealing any openings.
  • Use mothballs to prevent re-nesting. Bats have a tendency to return to previous nesting sites, so this may need to be repeated.

 

Creepy Crawlies

In lists of common phobias, more than thirty percent of adults report fearing spiders, right behind public speaking and death. Most spiders that you find in your home are perfectly harmless; however, that doesn’t mean you want to share your space with them. To be on the safe side, there are some measures you can take to protect yourself from our little eight legged friends. Even a bite from a harmless spider can cause infections with itchy, red skin. In most cases, it can be treated by washing it with cool, soapy water, elevation, and an ice pack. Of course, if it shows signs of getting worse, your next step should be calling your doctor. Spider varieties that you should avoid include: Hobo spiders, Black Widows, Brown Recluses, and the Yellow Sac spider. These spiders are poisonous and can cause a number of symptoms from vomit to necrotic lesions. According to experts, spiders very rarely cause death in humans; however, if you are bit by a venomous spider you should seek immediate medical attention (and bring the spider remains with you, if possible).

 

Here are some tips to reduce spiders in your home:

  • Kill spiders on sight.
  • Place non-poisonous spider traps with non-toxic attractants and glue in areas where spiders are commonly found and in corners.
  • Be careful with common insect repellent and spider sprays, these can be toxic and harmful to children and pets.
  • Spiders can be deterred with essential oils: lavender, chestnut, clover leaf, and coconut.
  • Use ultrasonic devices.

 

Rodents:

The most effective way to prevent mice and rat infestation is to keep them out of your home in the first place. Mice can get through a gap as small as a quarter of an inch, so thoroughly inspecting the foundation and interior of your home for entrance points and sealing any cracks or holes is a great way to start. Rodents are also excellent at tracking food sources. Keep all food, including pet food and pantry items in secure bins and jars.

If you have found evidence of mice or rats (generally droppings or urine) take caution. Rodent secretions can be hazardous, and can spread salmonella or hanta virus. There are multiple methods for removing rodents from your home, including traps, poison bates, electronic and sonic devises and, a house cat, or professional exterminator.

 

If you are getting rid of the critters on your own you will want to follow these steps:

  • Identify their food source(s), entry points, and common routes around and through your home.
  • Remove food source with secure packaging that cannot be chewed through, such as glass containers.
  • Seal all entry points with wire mesh.
  • Place sonic devises, traps, poison, or other deterrents in the pathway of the rodents.
  • Use caution, make sure poison or exposed traps are not accessible to children or pets.
  • If you find urine, droppings, or a dead mouse you will want to spray the surface and mouse with a bleach/water solution. Using gloves and a face mask, remove the rodent and wipe all surfaces.
  • If you have identified a large quantity of rodents, contact a professional for removal and clean up.
  • You may need to take extra measures to ensure the removal is permanent by changing components of your back yard, replacing siding, or upgrading building materials to prevent outdoor nesting and re-infestation.

 

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Help Us Keep Homeless Youth Warm Again This Winter

 

All of us at Windermere are very excited to be in the midst of the second season of our partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, and continuing our campaign to help #tacklehomelessness. For every home game tackle made by the Seahawks, the Windermere Foundation is donating $100 to YouthCare, a non-profit that provides critical services to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound area.

 

As proud as we are of our #tacklehomelessness campaign and the money we’re raising, we know we can do more. That’s why we’re hosting another Windermere “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive to benefit YouthCare. Each night in the greater Seattle area, nearly 1,000 young people are homeless. And with the winter months quickly approaching, YouthCare is in dire need of survival supplies to keep homeless youth warm and dry during the long, wet winter.

 

Here’s what we are collecting:

  • Warm socks
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves/mittens

*New items only please

 

From October 16 through November 10, you can drop off donations to participating Windermere offices in King and Snohomish Counties**. Our friends at Gentle Giant Moving Company are generously donating their time and trucks to pick up all of the donations from our offices. Donations can also be dropped off directly to YouthCare, Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, at 2500 NE 54th St, Seattle, WA 98105.

 

We hope you will consider making a donation to our “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive. Feel free to contact your Windermere agent or local office for more information, or email justask@windermere.com.

 

       

 

**Windermere Winter Drive Drop-Off Locations

Bellevue

Bellevue Commons

Bellevue South

Bellevue West

Burien

Chelan

Issaquah

Kirkland Central

Kirkland Yarrow Bay

Lynnwood

Maple Valley

Mercer Island

Monroe

Property Management – Bellevue

Property Management – South

Redmond

Seattle-Ballard

Seattle-Eastlake

Seattle-Green Lake

Seattle-Greenwood

Seattle-Lakeview

Seattle-Madison Park

Seattle-Magnolia

Seattle-Mount Baker

Seattle-Northgate

Seattle-Northwest

Seattle-Queen Anne

Seattle-Sand Point

Seattle-Wall Street

Seattle-Wedgwood

Seattle-West Seattle

Services-Marketing

Snohomish

Woodinville