New Report Details Downtown Seattle Construction Growth

(Photo credit: Downtown Seattle Association website and SLU web dev) Seattle continues to be in the midst of a development boom. The Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) recently released their guide measuring this and reporting on 2016 development activity. You can…

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Backyard Entertaining? Three Must-Have Elements

What is more fun in the spring than a backyard party? The trees are budding, the birds are singing, and the glorious sun is shining! It’s time to emerge from the house and celebrate with family and friends. But before…

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Remodeling? 4 Projects Where the Beauty of Brick Shines

Brick, it’s not just for construction anymore. How would you like to transform your kitchen or bathroom from ordinary to extraordinary? Or to upgrade your current home office with an industrial loft look?  Or increase your home's curb appeal without…

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Permeable Parking Lot Wins a Hammer Award

Congratulations to Fairwinds Development, who recently won a Hammer Award in the Small Business category from the Master Builders Association Built Green program. Through the use of Eco-Priora permeable pavers from Mutual Materials, Fairwinds was able to reduce stormwater runoff…

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What Tools Do I Need to Install a Retaining Wall?

Summertime is backyard improvement season for homeowners and it seems that many people enjoy the cost savings and sense of satisfaction of completing a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) landscaping project.  Building with retaining wall block is a popular choice for DIY landscaping projects ranging…

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Create Outdoor Zen with Pavers

 Contemporary Landscape- Houzz Here is a great example of a small yard transition area designed into a zen-like nature path. We found this on Houzz and the project was done by Avalon Landscape Northwest using Mutual Materials product. Their design incorporates multiple hardscape materials…

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Fred Meyer Redesign in Portland Earns Mayors Award

For most of us, when we think of a Fred Meyer store, we think of a big box suburban grocery store constructed of painted block. But when the owners decided it was time to remodel the decade’s old store on the edge of downtown Portland, the…

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