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 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  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 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 Keeping Your Older Home Cool Sponsored: Keeping Your Older Home Cool
In most cases, older homes are poorly insulated. Energy codes have gone through much iteration over the years, helping to make homes more energy efficient. A well-insulated home holds in warmth during cold weather and keeps out the heat on hot days.
Master Builder What to Expect When Planning an Addition Sponsored: What to Expect When Planning an Addition
Many homeowners love their neighborhood and their home and have no desire to move, but due to changes in the size of their family, they really need more space. A home addition can provide extra living space and add resale value to your home.
Master Builder Call Before You Dig - It's the Law! Sponsored: Call Before You Dig - It's the Law!
You have decided to put in a new fence. Or, maybe you think your yard could use some sprucing up by planting a few new trees. Whatever the reason, you plan to dig on your property. But before you break ground, put down the shovel, and call 811 first.
Master Builder The Language of Color Sponsored: The Language of Color
Color should be rewarding both visually and emotionally. The right shades can make rooms appear larger or smaller and even subtle tones can add warmth or create a soothing feel. Instead of worrying about which colors are trending, utilize colors you love; colors that make you feel happy or relaxed.
Master Builder Recovering from Storm Damage Sponsored: Recovering from Storm Damage
Powerful storms are a part of living in the Northwest, so it’s important to know what to do if a storm has damaged your home.
First, stay calm. Do not touch anything until you are sure there are no fallen power lines or other hazards on your property. Evaluate the structure.
Master Builder How Smart is your Home? Sponsored: How Smart is your Home?
One of the big, emerging trends in remodeling is smarter, less costly automated controls. It is becoming more and more affordable to control your home’s systems – temperature, security, electronics, lighting and more – through a single device, even from an iPhone, iPad or iPod.
Master Builder The Garage: Not Just for Cars Sponsored: The Garage: Not Just for Cars
If you are thinking about replacing your old garage you may be wondering if you can use the original concrete slab. The viability of an old slab depends on how the slab and foundation were built and whether you are staying in the same footprint as the old garage.