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Project Spotlight: Greenlake Bungalow

We’ve been holding back the images of this project because it was our 2011 REX Award entry.  Unfortunately, we weren’t crowned “winner,” but that doesn’t make this project any less spectacular. A classic Seattle bungalow sought to update the look and increase functionality while maintaining the spirit of the neighborhood aesthetic. An efficient floor plan

Vuecrest: Video Testimonial

A new website is on the way. I’ve been told that we should include video testimonials, if possible.  If possible?  Lakeville has a slew of fantastic projects and the clients that come with them. So with much excitement, please check out our first of several video testimonials… [vimeo w=400&h=300] Lakeville: Vuecrest Video Testimonial from

Sales Tax Deduction Continued

My sales tax blog from a couple weeks ago garnered more “hits” to this blog than I’ve ever had.  I think it’s an issue that impacts those of us who live in Washington State financially directly, and therefor matters. Senator Maria Cantwell has introduced legislation that would make the deduction permanent.  As the laws currently

…Another Man’s Treasure

We’ve seen it.  And you’ve maybe experienced it.  You are remodeling at least part of your home and hate to see perfectly usable _____ (fill in the blank: cabinets, light fixtures, appliances) go to waste.  They work and look fine, they just aren’t to your taste. Until recently, it appeared the only option was to

So Now What?

As you know, the 2009 Washington State Energy Code went into effect on January 1, 2011.  The forecasts were that this would increase the cost of building a house (while also improving the energy efficiency of new homes) by a building industry estimated $10,000. Depending if you are a glass half-empty or glass half-full person,

Requirements in Motion

So although the Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC) just decided to push the 2009 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) into effect after the first of the year, there is already backtracking to adopting it wholesale. I just received an email from the Master Builders Association (MBA) of King and Snohomish Counties that read as

Our Area: Economic Forecast

The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce puts on an annual economic forecast breakfast.  The keynote speakers have continually been insightful, focusing on the global economy or our regional/local economy respectively.  I’ve particularly enjoyed hearing about what Joseph Quinlan, who has spoken on the global economy for the past 4 years, has to say. As part of the

Social Media

Obviously (and understandably) Marketing is a big part of what I do for Lakeville Homes.  Especially in a down economy, Lakeville has worked very hard to control our overhead but still maximize our exposure as excellent remodelor and increase our market share.  One of the major avenues for exposure during the economy’s downturn, perhaps because