Master Builder

Master Builders Association is the nation’s oldest and largest local homebuilders association, serving the Greater Seattle area and all of King and Snohomish counties. If you're looking to buy, build, remodel or maintain your home, we’re your source for qualified, local professionals and practical information on getting the job done right.

Master Builder Insulation Tips for Older Homes Sponsored: Insulation Tips for Older Homes
Here in the Pacific Northwest we have exquisite old Craftsmen style houses, many of which have been standing for a century or more. Older homes have a particular charm and elegance, but keeping an old house warm can be tricky.
Master Builder Fall Maintenance Made Easy Sponsored: Fall Maintenance Made Easy
In the fall we frequently get sunny, warm days and as summer wanes it’s easy to forget that cold and rainy days are on their way. But early autumn is the perfect time for a several home maintenance tasks.
While the weather is still decent, inspect your roof or hire someone to do it for you.
Master Builder Tips to Keep Energy Costs Down Sponsored: Tips to Keep Energy Costs Down
A key component of energy efficiency is proper maintenance. Even if you can’t afford to make energy upgrades to your home, the following suggestions will help you lower your energy bills.

Heating is one of our biggest energy expenses.
Master Builder Getting Ready for Your First Home Sponsored: Getting Ready for Your First Home
Many people think they should time the purchase of their first home based on what’s happening in the housing market. In reality, first time homebuyers are better off basing that decision on their personal lifestyle choices and financial situation.
Master Builder Trends in Home Building Sponsored: Trends in Home Building
In the last several years there has been a significant shift towards reducing energy costs and carbon emissions by incorporating green principles into home design, building and operation. Homes that consume less energy and have a lower carbon footprint also generate lower energy and operating costs.
Master Builder Is Your Garage Making You Sick? Sponsored: Is Your Garage Making You Sick?
Short answer: If you have an attached garage, the answer could be yes. As convenient as attached garages are, there is mounting evidence that they can be responsible for negatively affecting indoor air quality.
Master Builder Grow Your Garden in the Shade Sponsored: Grow Your Garden in the Shade
It’s rare that a garden or yard is fully engulfed in sunshine. But if you have shady areas in your yard where nothing seems to grow, you don’t have to give up those dreams for color, drama and vibrant blossoms. There is a suprising variety of plants that actually thrive in the shade.
Master Builder Home Repairs You Can't Afford to Ignore Sponsored: Home Repairs You Can't Afford to Ignore
When it comes to home repairs, it’s important to weigh short-term savings against long term value, because cheaper is not always better in the long run. Acting quickly when you notice problems is the smartest way to reduce home repair costs.
Master Builder  Sustainable Building Trends Sponsored: Sustainable Building Trends
“Going green” isn’t just a flash in the pan. For more and more Puget Sound homeowners, sustainability is an important part of planning a dream home. Here are some of the popular sustainable features currently on trend.

Ductless Heat Pumps are continuing to gain in popularity.
Master Builder Summer Cookout Caution! Sponsored: Summer Cookout Caution!
There are few things we cherish more than being able to get outside and enjoy the summer season with a great barbecue. But combining explosive fuels with food, hot metals, and large groups of people can be a recipe for disaster if you ignore important safety rules.
Master Builder Choosing Your Next Home: Old or New? Sponsored: Choosing Your Next Home: Old or New?
For some potential homebuyers an older home holds charm, history and character. For others the idea of a brand new home that has never been lived in is much more appealing. The rule of thumb used to be that new homes were more expensive than older homes, but that is no longer always the case.
Master Builder The Truth About Brick Homes Sponsored: The Truth About Brick Homes
Brick has been a popular building material for centuries and for good reason. It is energy efficient and relatively maintenance free, but many first-time brick home owners are unfamiliar with the signs that their brick home is in need of repair or maintenance. Here are a few things to watch for.