Tami Michaels: Inside Out

Tami Michaels

Home Improvement Expert

Tami Michaels
Tami Michaels
Home Improvement Expert
Tami Michaels has been the #1 home improvement expert and personality in the western Washington market for over 15 years. Her show is on KOMO Newsradio from 10am-Noon every Saturday.

Recent stories by Tami Michaels

Life & Style Buying and Selling a Home
Today on my KOMO 4 TV Home & Lifestyle segment, I talked about two issues that most real estate buyers and sellers should be more aware of.

First, the complexity of Form 17, the real estate disclosure form that must be filled out by every seller of property and should be read very carefully by every buyer. Second, the common belief of buyers that a home inspection protects them as a consumer when they purchase a home.
Life & Style Storage Solutions Storage Solutions
My first rule of design is that form must follow the function. Function comes first, and its shape and appearance are second. There are a number of ways to rethink available storage space, not only to locate new and innovative ways to store items in their homes, but also to show how technology makes storage more functional.
Life & Style Outdoor Kitchens Outdoor Kitchens
I recently attended the National Kitchen and Bathroom Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas. The surprising feature that drew the attention of designers from around the world at this year’s show was the innovation that has taken place for outdoor kitchens. Outdoor kitchens have continued to grow in popularity and the grills, outdoor dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, etc have become more elaborate and expensive despite the slow economy.
Life & Style Choosing an exterior paint color
Choosing an exterior paint color can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips-

1. When looking at a small paint chip recognize that your home will appear two to three shades lighter than the paint chip. If the home is painted too light it will look as if it has disappeared.

2. Ask neighbors of homes you like that have a similar architectural style. Be specific, such as identifying the paint brand, the descriptive name and color numbers.
Life & Style And the Flooring is... And the Flooring is... (Video)
Konecto! I believe that most people want functional and affordable flooring. The floor I recommend quite often for budget minded people is made by Konecto. (I recently mistakenly called it Kartak).
Life & Style It's Time to Hit the Deck! It's Time to Hit the Deck! (Video)
Now that winter is solidly behind us, it is time to prep our outdoor spaces for summer. For many of us the foundation for all the future barbequing and entertaining is the deck. Here are some tips that you can use to maximize your enjoyment while minimizing your maintenance!
Life & Style Emergency Preparedness Emergency Preparedness (Video)
In light of the recent and terrible earthquake in Japan, I want to give you a great reference to help prepare you and your family for various emergencies. Of course, earthquakes are a serious risk in our area, and some precautions are strongly advised.
Life & Style The hazards of asbestos The hazards of asbestos (Video)
As most people know, asbestos is extremely hazardous to workers handling it and to others in the area when it gets into the air and is inhaled. Asbestos is a carcinogen that causes lung cancer and mesothelioma and is very dangerous.
Life & Style Carpet Recycling Carpet Recycling (Video)
In the US, six billion pounds of carpet go to the landfills annually, with one hundred million pounds ending up in King County’s landfill. There is a strong environmental concern being raised by legislators, consumers, manufactures and retailers that share a desire to work together to find an environmentally friendly solution.
Life & Style Washington Interior Design Practice Act is Back
Like zombies, these bills just won’t stay dead!

The Interior Design Coalition of Washington and the ASID Washington chapter (aka “the Cartel”) have once again duped a couple of legislators into sponsoring their extremely restricitive practice act. Their amended version which only restricts the title “registered interior designer” is just a smokescreen in their efforts to divert attention away from the language of the bill which would prohibit the majority of the design community from practicing. Once again they are trying to put other interior designers out of work for their personal gain, thus a 'Cartel'.
Life & Style New Energy Saving Products New Energy Saving Products (Video)
I always enjoy the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and each year I identify the latest technology that I think represent a major leap forward and is particularly note worthy for my audience. This year I was struck by the advances in energy saving products. This is especially relevant for Washington residents as the cost of electricity is expected to double in the next three years.
Life & Style Sturdy structures
On today's Inside Out show I have a special guest, Jeremy Fellows, who is one of this areas best structural engineers. Seattle has the second highest number of landslides (see blog below), major La Nina rains are forecasted through the winter, and in Jan/Feb landslides peak in our area.
Life & Style The Wedding Suite The Wedding Suite
It is my pleasure to welcome Gayle O'Donnell, who will be an events contributor to the komonews.com website. Gayle has been coordinating various events and celebrations for many years and is recognized as one of this areas finest in her craft. January is the start of the wedding planning season.
Life & Style Landslides Landslides (Video)
Seattle is unique in that it has a rich record of landslides that dates back as far as 1890. A database was created with 1,326 landslides, revealing that landslides are more likely to occur in the month of January. People in our area should be aware of what they can do to mitigate the risk of landslides.
Life & Style Hanukkah Hanukkah (Photo Gallery) (Video)
I think there is a lot of confusion about Hanukkah and I thought it would be helpful and interesting to do a quick story on it. This year Hanukkah begins at sundown on Dec 1.

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.
Life & Style Roof Maintenance and Repair Roof Maintenance and Repair (Video)
Winter is upon us. We have a few sunny days left in our forecast and we need to look at the necessary roof maintenance and repairs that are essential for saving the home owner major headaches from a roof failure during a major storm
Life & Style Alert: New lead surface laws Alert: New lead surface laws (Video)
In April of this year the EPA implemented laws with regard to RRP (Renovation, Repair, and Paint Program) that are designed to protect us from lead based paints. Failure to comply with these laws can lead to a $37,500 per day fine.

Lead paint is among the most dangerous neurotoxins known today especially to children under the age of six. Most people aren't aware that lead remains a top environmental health hazard for US children. More than one in 25 American children have blood lead levels high enough to lower IQ or cause learning disabilities, violent behavior, attention-deficit disorder or hyperactivity. (Ref. Dr. Greene.com)