Tag: craftsmanship

A Simple Farmhouse

A Simple Farmhouse

Simplicity has a timeless allure. Perhaps farmhouses derive their popularity from that simplicity that piques memories of a simpler time and place called home. But as Chris and Julie Anne Madson discovered, simplicity takes a serious commitment. They made choices, sat with them … read more

Internationally Known Sculptor Mardie Rees

Internationally Known Sculptor Mardie Rees

Enter the brightly lit studio of Gig Harbor artist Mardie Rees and you might find her working on a larger-than-life sculpture honoring the founder of a Canadian school, a World War II memorial to U. S. Marine Raiders or some other high-profile commission. … read more

Cozy Craftsman Bungalow

A Cozy Craftsman Bungalow with All the Modern Conveniences

High school sweethearts Mark and Gail Westin enjoy the views of both the snow-capped Olympics and the waters of Hood Canal from the oversized windows of their forever home. Having recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary, they describe the contentment they feel in … read more

This rusty metal piece found at a vintage market inspires the use of ornate plant hangers or similar objects. Line it with moss to create a cozy space for the birds to find and build their nests.

Art is for the Birds

At the end of March, birds hunt for suitable nesting sites to raise their brood. It is the time of year to clean out the birdhouses and make them livable, or erect new ones for the next bird couple. Until humans decided to … read more

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A Kitchen That Works
Builder/Designer Spotlight

A Kitchen That Works — Finding the ‘Sweet Spot’ Between Cost and Value

In our second video in the series featuring West Sound’s home and design professionals, WestSound Home & Garden takes a look at A Kitchen That Works, LLC. We met with the two people behind the company, Molly McCabe and her husband, Clive Pardy, … read more

Kitchen Islands
Design|Build

Designing a Kitchen Island — A Kitchen Oasis… without the Palm Trees

Do you have kitchen island envy? You are not alone! The majority of homeowners who have recently or are currently contemplating a kitchen project have or would like to incorporate an island in their project. What makes a kitchen island alluring? There are … read more

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How to Find a Quality Contractor in a Strong Market

We are fortunate to have been in a strong building economy for the last year, and it appears that it will continue for some time. The downside for consumers is the availability of quality contractors and tradespeople. The economic downturn wreaked havoc on … read more

Designing a Forever Home
Design|Build

Designing a Forever Home

The arrival of an AARP invitation in the mail can be a trigger that sends a person off like the proverbial dog looking for its forever home. It may come as a shock —”What?! I’m nowhere near old enough for retirement!” — but … read more

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