Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kitchen Thoughts

My kitchen is need of some updating so I've been reading articles about kitchen remodels and design. I realized there are some other criteria to consider other than just what kind of counter tops I want and should I paint my custom oak cabinets white.

It never occurred to me that the type of hood fan I choose might be dictated by the local building code. I sure wouldn't want to have a violation and have to redo my hood fan.

I also am thinking about drawer pulls or knobs because right now I don't have any. I do love the look of my unadorned cabinets but I know that new hardware will update the look. I just never thought about the fact that I might need two or three different types or sizes to work on all the different types of door and drawer fronts.

Then there are the counter tops. I assumed that I would just replace the counter tops with granite or quartz and straight edges like I currently have but now I'm thinking they should be an eased edge or slightly softened corners. I think that's more in style with my kitchen than the bull nosed or very rounded look.

I have thought about the sink. I already know that I want an undermount sink so it's easier to keep the area clean. It also looks so neat and tidy.

The last thing I can think about today is the toe kicks. Hmm.. I guess these don't need to match the cabinets especially if they're white. Maybe stainless steel would be good, especially with the stainless appliances.

What about you? Are you thinking about making changes or updating your kitchen. What kinds of materials are you thinking about?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Daylight Saving Time 2017

This weekend is the change to daylight saving time.  Yes, we get the pleasure of moving those clocks ahead an hour. For so many this can be a challenge. Who likes to crawl out of bed an hour earlier? It certainly can take a few days to make the adjustment.
This semi-annual ritual however is also the perfect time to change the batteries in the smoke alarms and the CO alarms in your home. As you put fresh batteries in these safety devices, you can also look forward to the sunny warmer days that are just around the corner.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Best Time To Sell Your Home?

When is the best time to sell your home?

For many sellers this is question of the day. The number of homes for sale in Seattle is near a 10 year low. When there are fewer homes for sale there are more buyers competing for each home. Currently the interest rates are also rising which makes buyers nervous about finding a home and wondering if that home will even be affordable. This has created a fervor in the market place with buyers wanting to make their purchase quickly. The end result is homes that are selling far about the list price.

So where does this leave buyers and sellers? Spring and the second quarter of the year is typically when we see the most inventory in the market. If you don't have your home ready to list, or are still thinking this might be a good time, now is a great time to find out. Call me today and let me create a Market Analysis to help determine the current value of your home. We can talk about the best time for you to sell your home. Maybe summer or even fall is a better time for you and in this market where the inventory is low, any time will be a good time if your home is well priced.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Smart Homes

Smart Homes are all the rage these days and not without good reason. It can be nice to be away from your home and look at an app on your phone to check in on the security cameras. It might feel a bit creepy inside your home if you're there and you know that someone is watching you but  what a great way to monitor the exterior if you're on vacation or even just away for an long day.

There are also thermostats like the Nest. This thermostat will learn your habits and you can even turn on the heat remotely when you're on the way home.

Samsung has a "Smarthings"  product list that features many products with smart sensors. Water leak sensors, small appliances and lights can all be controlled with your smart phone.

Let's not forget the Amazon Echo and Google Home.  These devices can do many amazing things such as playing games, ordering items from the internet and controlling items in your home.

I'm not sure that I need a device in my refrigerator to tell me what I need to buy at the store but I know there will be many new uses of  this technology.  It's hard to remember life before smart phones and that was only 10 years ago. What changes will the next 10 years bring?

Friday, February 17, 2017

More About Maps

Another conversation about maps this week. Road maps can get you around the roads but is this really the best way for pedestrians to get around? UW’s Taskar Center for Accessible Technology has developed Access Map. This is a map that is designed to get people through the city in the easiest way. This map will not only tell you the easiest route but also tell you which side of the road is the easiest to walk down. Sometimes bad curbs, sidewalks and construction can mean that the shortest route isn't the safest. 
Give the map a try. If you use it, I'd love to hear your thoughts.  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

City of Seattle Building map

Seattle Buildings
It's interesting to see what is changing in Seattle. We've seen tremendous growth in the city in the last few years as more technology firms are expanding their businesses in Seattle. We have new  buildings that are both residential condos and buildings that are primarily office and business space. The City of Seattle has released a new mapping tool that identifies the status of proposed changes as well as the timeline, documents that have been filed, comments on the project and even planned meetings  that you can attend. Take a look at the map and see if there is a building that you are interested in and watch to see what kinds of changes are being proposed and planned.

City of Seattle Building Map

Friday, February 3, 2017

Interesting People

We all love to meet interesting people. Just what is it that makes one person more interesting than another however?

There have been many conversations about this topic. Some people are just naturally interesting but you can also learn to become more interesting.

Several things that I love about interesting people is their passion about specific subjects and their quirkiness.

Usually interesting people have interests in something outside of my expertise or experience. Maybe it's old sewing machines, or new technologies. It might even be something like how many different kinds of Hummingbirds there are in Washington. I had no idea there were four different types that called Washington home.

I also love their quirkiness and their willingness to not hide the fact that they are unique. So many people try to hide the things that make them different. This can be with clothes, ideas or even lifestyles. I know a woman who got tired of her hair color and although she is well about the age of senior citizen, she now sports a short vibrant purple hair style.

As I'm learning new things this year, I'm going to try and meet more interesting people and listen to their stories.  I'm sure that I will have some things to share with my friends as we move through the year.