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Top 10 Places to Take Your Dog in and Around Seattle

Categories: Lifestyle, Seattle, Uncategorized | Posted: February 8, 2019

If you live in Seattle it’s almost a given that you own a dog, big or small, this is a dog city. People will love you for it. Hopefully you love four-legged, big mouthed, slobbering friends. If not, avoid dog bars. Dogs don’t usually drink at these bars, but they are allowed in with their human pets.

During winter cold snaps and the rainy months, it’s nice to have an alternative to an outdoor dog park where you can take your cooped-up friends to run out some energy. Each location has rules, most of which involve dogs to be spayed or neutered if they’re over the age of six months. They also must be well behaved and socialized, with up to date vaccinations and flea less.

A city of dog lovers brings wonderful dog parks inside and out. Here is a short list of the best places for your pooches to play, not in this order.

Inside Bark and Play Ideas:

  1. Dogwood Play Park Lake City, Dogwood has an indoor and outdoor space for your dogs to run wild. A large concrete room is open for pooches to play, with arches and tunnels, to jump and crawl through, giant tires provide hiding places. There are two spaces, one for shy little dogs and another for the large and rambunctious. A beer for you and a Barkery treat for your friend, freshly made on the premises. Private rentals are available for your dog to invite all of her favorite friends to her birthday party. Before coming, email proof of rabies, Bordetella & DHPP before you come. Membership or door fees are required for your dog or dogs. Open M-F 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  2. House of Ruff Lounge Seattle, concrete floors, exposed brick walls and industrial plumbing over-head make up the indoor doggie play area. For only $40 your first year of visiting the Ruff Lounge is covered. Local beer and cider are available with a large screen TV. You’ll never know what to expect on it. The staff gets to choose corny old movies or football games, so come with an open mind. Call for an initial meet and greet where your dog’s temperament will be evaluated. If your puppy is over six months he must be spay or neutered, flea treatments and vaccinations will be checked initially, open M-F 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sun 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  3. Voff Bark and Brew Seattle, is a low-key indoor, outdoor space with a bark play area (no pun intended) it’s actually covered in bark keeping your dog’s paws mud free, and offering a heated, enclosed patio. Come to be entertained by Trivia Tuesdays, outdoor movies and sports. Be aware that Voff isn’t as stringent on the rules as some of the other dog friendly spaces. It’s possible that some dogs might not be vaccinated, but no one checks vaccinations at a dog park either, so there’s that.
  4. Pawz n Play Woodinville, come enjoy an indoor swimming pool with your dog! You can coax them in from the stairs. If you’re dog has a fear of water, this is a stress-free place to let them test it out before jumping right in. Pawz n Play has an outdoor agility course for experienced agility pet parents and a green grassy, private dog park for those who aren’t. Play and swim times must be reserved and scheduled a head of time with an orientation swim for first timers.

For Outdoor Days, when the sun is shining and it’s not too rainy there are dozens of parks to take your little one, below are some of the best.

  1. Martha Washington Park Seattle, this is an unofficial wink, wink off-leash dog park. Bring your paddle boat or board for your pup to float on. He’ll enjoy 50 feet of shoreline to swim off and you’ll enjoy views of Mt. Rainer, Lake Washington and happy doggie smiles.
  2. Seward Park Seattle, 300 acres of land jut out into lake Washington on the Bailey Peninsula. A 2.4-mile paved loop for dogs, bikes, skateboards etcetera loops through the park. Hiking trails and beaches create an outdoor playground oasis for you and your pup.
  3. Westcrest Park Seattle, has a huge off leash area set aside for your darlings. The dog park is fenced off and contains an obstacle course. Dogs can run through large concrete tubes and climb on wood bridges and tunnels. Trails and concrete paths run through the park to tire out your furry friends. If you have children of the two-legged variety a playground will keep them happy too.
  4. Marymoor Park Redmond, is arguably one of the best dog parks in the world. 40 acres of off leash play is had here allowing your dogs to come home wet, muddy and happy. Hundreds of dogs play every day, it’s a mucky, messy version of Westminster. Shoreline opens to the river allowing dogs to retrieve and play in the water, large open spaces allow for fetch and smelling butts. Marymoor has so much space you’ll forget you’re right in the middle of a city.
  5. Jose Rizal Park Seattle, Rizal Park has the best view in the city. A phenomenal lookout and four acres of park land with a large off-leash dog area. You’ll appreciate spectacular downtown and Puget Sound views with colorful sunsets over the water. Look at the freeway below and revel in the fact that you aren’t sitting in the traffic with the rest of them. But be aware, there are sometimes people living here in tents, and dog parents aren’t as vigilant about cleaning up after their dogs as they are at most Seattle Parks. That being said, it is the prettiest lookout in town.
  6. Warren G. Magnuson Off-Leash Dog Park Seattle, Magnuson has a massive, 8.6 acres of an off-leash dog park. A covered enclosure keeps your dogs dry on rainy days. A small dog area for shy pups is available and generally dog owners are clean and courteous, picking up after their dogs. Multiple shoreline access points are available for your dogs to jump in and cool off. Gravel paths create a nice, clean space to run with doggie pick-up stations along the way.

No matter what size pup you have in Seattle there is a place for him here. Dogs are an easy ice breaker if you’re new to town. They come complete with a community of other dog lovers and friends. Try out a new space and in the mean-time, you might find they’re people parks too.

Tips for Choosing the Right Floor Plan

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 12, 2018

The process of choosing the design for building a new home is exciting but can also be overwhelming. There are lots of decisions to make that will have a lasting impact. As you browse the home designs, here are some tips for choosing the right floor plan.

Make sure it measures up. You might have a certain square footage figure in mind as you look at homes. However, some floor plans are smartly designed and can make better use of the space. You might be able to “live large” in a home that’s slightly smaller than you expected.

Follow the flow. When you’re looking at a floor plan, imagine yourself walking through the home. Go from the laundry room to putting the clothes away. Is it convenient? Does the flow of the kitchen to the dining area feel right? Will the bedrooms afford privacy for the occupants? When you’re coming in with an armload of groceries, will you have an easy path to the kitchen?

Level it out. How many levels will suit your lifestyle? Do you need a two-story home to accommodate everyone in your household, or is a single-level ranch more to your liking? A single-level home certainly fits the household that doesn’t want to deal with stairs. You can also integrate a first-floor owner’s suite if you need more space but want to do most of your living on the first floor.

Consider the wide, open spaces. Many floor plans feature the open concept. It’s a popular layout because the lack of walls between the kitchen, living room, and dining area allow for more socializing. The cook is no longer cut off from the activity outside the kitchen. As you look at the open floor plan in the home designs, think about how the rooms connect. It might be one big space—long, square, or rectangular—or an L-shape with the kitchen as the pivotal point. Do you prefer one style over the other? How will your furniture fit in the layout? With an open floor plan, you can create separate spaces, like a reading area or study space. Envision how you will use the main living area so you choose a floor plan that fits your family’s lifestyle.

Don’t underemphasize the functional places. Features like a mudroom and the design and placement of the laundry room might not seem as important in the big picture, but small details often spark a big change. The mudroom, for example, is a threshold that protects your home from the great outdoors and keeps the clutter under control, if you plan it that way. Cubbies or cabinets are a smart choice here. Establish a system for organizing shoes, backpacks, school stuff, leashes, and everything else that often gets lost when it’s allowed to meander into the main living area.

Some homeowners prefer to have the laundry room closer to the master suite, while others want it near the kitchen. Which location do you prefer?

Do you need more function for your laundry room, like storage or a utility sink? Maybe you’d like a space to bathe and groom the family pet. Or possibly you would like a laundry room with a countertop to fold laundry and cabinets to store more supplies.

Explore the undiscovered needs. As you browse the floor plans, think of alternative uses for rooms that might seem like a “bonus” right now. A formal dining room or living room could seem extraneous but you consider repurposing it for a playroom, hobby studio, game room, library, or other function. A bonus or flex room can work as a guest room or home office, too.

Ask a lot of questions—of yourself and your builder—when reviewing home designs to be sure you’re choosing the right floor plan!

What’s in your dream kitchen?

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 6, 2017

Kitchens have evolved from the functional space of earlier generations to more creative and aesthetic areas. Thanks to today’s technology, storage options, and design details, the kitchen is grown exponentially in its functionality. With so many choices for flooring, countertops, cabinetry styles and materials, sinks, plumbing and lighting fixtures, there’s no end to what you can do with your kitchen design.

So, what’s in your dream kitchen?

From the food preparation perspective, plenty of counter space is essential. Whether those counters are made of natural stone, stainless steel, wood, or a combination, today’s homeowners want elbow room.

Under the counter, the dream kitchen should have drawers—deep ones, partitioned ones, and heated ones. Pulling out a drawer is preferred over opening a cabinet door. In fact, many of those cabinet doors are hiding pull-out drawers. In this dream world, there would be double drawers and divided drawers, so everything from a wooden spoon to a pot lid would be easily within reach, without the hassle of shuffling things around.

A top-notch kitchen would feature cabinetry that provided storage for everything, and in the color and style that blends with the rest of your home. A pull-out pantry cabinet, for example, would store canned goods and spices. Glass doors on upper cabinets would allow lighted displays of your nicest pieces.

With more and more foodies, kitchens need all the culinary wizardry. Today’s dream kitchen would include a commercial gas stove—possibly in a retro color—or a steam-assist oven or double oven, a third-rack dishwasher, fully appointed coffee bar, and a four-door refrigerator. In addition to the pull-down faucet, there would be a pot filler faucet by the stove to make it easy to fill large pots with water without leaving your cooking area. The must-have center island would include a second sink for prep work.

The lighting would combine style with function, to provide both ambience and task lighting, like under-cabinet lights.

Finally, this wonderful kitchen must include a restful place to sit and enjoy the sound of silence when everyone in your household is somewhere other than your kitchen. Whether you have an island with a breakfast bar or a sun-filled nook with perhaps a window bench, you could sit and take in the pleasure of this dream kitchen.

Consider Your Homes ‘Walk Score’

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 1, 2016

There are many things to consider when shopping for a new home for your family. As a potential homeowner, you will want to explore the area that you are about to make your homebase. Go for a stroll around the neighborhood; take note of the restaurants, coffee shops, parks, and grocery stores. It’s important to learn how close all of these destinations are to your home. Can you easily walk to that delicious pizza joint down the street? If you need to run out quickly because you ran out of cream for your coffee, can you walk to the market or do you need to drive 30 minutes before you reach the first grocery or convenience store? This idea is called your home’s “walk score” and it can make or break your decision to buy a house. A walk score is ranked on a scale of 0-100 with the top scores of 90-100 meaning that a car is not required to complete most daily errands and the lowest scores of 0-24 meaning that you will be almost completely dependent on your car or public transportation.

walking scoreAs you can see in our animated gif, we’ve ranked some of the most classic homes in American history on their walk score. While some had fantastic scores, others fell a little short. The Goonies have an average walk score of 42, meaning that they could walk most places, but it may have taken them a little extra time to get there. That may be why Bran borrowed that little girl’s bike to get around town and find his brother. With a score of 11 Hugh Hefner and the playboy bunnies probably don’t often walk to the grocery store for their weekly necessities. The White House comes in with a walk score of 83, which is above average, but we’re guessing that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama don’t often get to walk to their favorite restaurants due to security reasons.

Next time you are in the market for a new home, make sure you consider what the walk score will be. Check the proximity to local restaurants, markets, schools, and shops and find out if the home’s walk score is comparable to Paul Revere’s house or on the same level as Monticello.

 

Must-have new home features, by generation

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 19, 2016

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Each person has a unique vision of the “dream home”. It could be spacious and luxurious or a country retreat. Maybe the house offers single-level living or has several stories.

Everyone seems to agree that spacious island kitchens, and updated bathrooms with separate tub and shower are essential. Still, different age groups are looking for different “must-have” features in their next home.

How does this list fit your new home wishes?

Baby Boomers

  • Single-level home. They don’t want stairs!
  • The coziness offers special comfort.
  • Low-maintenance surfaces. Granite and quartz are preferred.
  • Walkable, sociable communities. Boomers want walking trails and common areas to come together with friends, family, and neighbors.
  • This generation wants more detail, done with quality, like crown modling and built-ins.
  • Flexible space. Their lives are changing. Kids are moving out. They want the next home to be easily converted.
  • Storage. Even though they are often down-sizing their life, they want to be able to organize everything they keep, for easy access.

Gen X

  • Breakfast bar. Generation X (Echo Boomers) like to relax with their coffee and read the latest on their tablet while sitting at a counter.
  • Eco-friendly. New homes have energy-efficiency built in, but appliances aren’t enough. Home systems (HVAC), light fixtures, windows and doors—it all needs to respect the environment.
  • Upstairs laundry rooms. This generation of homeowner wants two (or more) floors, and they don’t want to haul laundry up and down those stairs.
  • Closet organizer. Gen X is particular about their clothes, and they will appreciate the value of a spacious, organized closet to store them.
  • Second-floor loft. Specifically, they are seeking a getaway to be alone with their laptop.
  • Outdoor fireplaces. They grew up with campfires but they want something more updated now.
  • Natural light. Their parents tolerated fluorescent lighting (to a point), but Gen Xers want ambient light streaming through windows.

Millennials

  • Open interior: The fewer the walls, the better. Open floor plans are ideal, so they can designate the purpose for themselves.
  • Low maintenance: No carpets or wood-burning fireplaces or stoves. Easy-care floors and surfaces, gas or ventless fireplaces are the way to go.
  • Spa bathrooms: While most homebuyers want a nice bathroom, Millennials will likely accept nothing less than the latest trends, from vanities to showers and tubs to plumbing fixtures.
  • Tech-ready. They want everything “smart” so the new home must be ready to handle the Millennial’s ever-expanding technology needs.
  • Energy-efficiency. Their new home must be eco-friendly, from construction materials to systems and appliances.
  • Less detail. Millennials aren’t impressed by crown molding and fine details.

New homes are always exciting. Finding the perfect one can be a chore, but remember, it’s out there!

Rent or own? Weigh the cost benefit.

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 6, 2016

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There continues to be an ongoing debate over the value of renting a home versus owning it. Renters know that they are spending money that they won’t recoup—it’s not easy writing that rent check every month and watching the funds fly away forever. Still, those who are financially capable of owning a home bide their time.

Many of these hesitant homebuyer-hopefuls are just afraid of the commitment and the housing market. They saw homeowners go underwater on their mortgages when the housing bubble burst in 2008. But that fear is costing them now. Housing prices are on the rise while mortgage rates remain low (but not forever). The issues that contributed to the fragile housing loans in 2006 and 2007 (no-doc and low-doc) have been rectified, with stricter underwriting processes than ever, to ensure safe lending.

Analysis paralysis on making the decision to purchase a home is costing renters too much right now.

Just weigh the cost benefit to buy a home right now, with today’s rates, mortgages, and tax laws.

  1. Investment. Real estate is a powerful investment because you can leverage the money you borrow to gain equity in your home. Home values are on the rise. How are your stocks doing??
  2. The cost vs. value of your monthly payment. Rent is an expense, which means it delivers no return. You pay a fee. A mortgage payment is a contribution toward your investment because your home will gain in value.
  3. Tax benefit. A homeowner can deduct mortgage interest, points on closing costs, and property tax. Energy-saving improvements are usually deductible. If you work from home, you can take a variety of home office deductions, which include a percentage of your utilities, mortgage, insurance, depreciation, and home repair for your dedicated home office space. Renters might be able to claim a small credit, depending on the state they live and work in.
  4. Cost control. With a fixed rate mortgage, your payment stays the same through the life of the loan. Conversely, a landlord will likely increase your rent every year, based on inflation, the cost of repairs, etc. Buying a home is your best protection against inflation!

Housing construction is on the rise, because the demand is growing. Home sales are moving faster than they have in almost ten years, which means the inventory is getting smaller. Mortgage rates are certain to increase. The longer you wait to make the move to buy a new home, the more you will pay. Talk to a mortgage specialist to get pre-approved so you know what you can purchase. You might be pleasantly surprised at your buying power!

How to pick the right toilet

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 5, 2016

How To Pick The Right Toilet For Your Bathroom Remodel

Admit it. The toilet isn’t high on your list when you’re thinking about your bathroom remodel. It’s not something you discuss excitedly with your friends as you talk about your bathroom makeover.

A toilet has a function. Period.

So does a faucet, but there are many different types of that plumbing fixture. Before you brush off the toilet as a purely utilitarian item, consider your options so you’ll know how to choose the right toilet.

Onesie or two-piece?

A toilet is comprised of two components: the tank and the seat base. The two-piece toilet has reigned as the throne of choice for a long time, but the one-piece toilet has gained in popularity in recent years.

A two-piece toilet is easier to move, but a one-piece commode has no seams where germs can hide. Both are available in a variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary. The one-piece toilet tends to be more expensive.

Preferred seating

Toilets bowls come in a choice of round or elongated. The round is less expensive, but the oval shape is generally deemed to provide a more comfortable seat. In bathrooms where a few inches make a big difference, a round toilet is smaller and can save space.

A higher hopper?

The standard height for a toilet is approximately 14 inches, and that’s fine for most people. If you’re taller than average, you might opt for the 17-inch or 19-inch “comfort height’. This taller toilet seat is also ideal for elderly or handicapped people who are maneuvering from a wheelchair.

Push or pull flushing?

A toilet with a handle for flushing is a common choice. A push-button on the top of the toilet tank gives a more stylish flush feature. It might cost a bit more than the lever-style toilets, but also gets less handling and is easier to clean.

Low-flow or high-powered?

Energy efficiency is important to today’s homeowners. Twenty years ago, toilets used 3.5 gallons of water for every flush. Newer low-flow toilets reduced that usage to just 1.6 gallons per flush, but many people complained this gravity-based technology was no-go on the low-flow. New toilets offer different types of flushing technology. A pressure-assisted flush uses the low-flow quantity but adds power, which leads to a cleaner toilet bowl.

Toilet, toilet, on the wall

You also have the option of a wall-mounted toilet. It’s more difficult to install, but enables easy cleaning underneath (a job no one enjoys).

An in-wall toilet shows only the toilet seat emerging from the wall. The tank is hidden inside the wall. Installation requires a pro, but the sleek profile and simplicity is a great choice for certain bathroom styles.

While it might not be the most exciting seat in the house, the toilet will always be sought-after, so make sure you know how to choose the right toilet.

The Cambridge – A Modern Design

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 4, 2015

 

The Cambridge Floor Plan has a Fresh Modern Design.

The Cambridge Floor Plan has a Fresh Modern Design.

American Classic Homes’ Cambridge floor plan is a modern design that was created to reflect the ways that families live today. It is both spacious and elegant with areas for gathering and spaces that afford privacy.

The Elegant & Inviting Entry of the Cambridge Floor Plan

The Elegant & Inviting Entry of the Cambridge Floor Plan

The Entry is elegant and inviting with a covered porch and welcoming double doors with glass inserts. Off the Foyer, you will find a large Den with a closet. This would be ideal as a Home Office or Study. The entire main level has soaring ten foot ceilings and eight foot tall doors throughout. For formal entertaining the Dining Room offers a stunning bay window. You will really appreciate the timeless details like the coffered ceiling and extensive crown molding.

The Kitchen is a stunning family gathering spot featuring an enormous slab granite center island. The Kitchen opens to the spacious Eating Nook and fireplaced Family Room beyond. There is a sliding glass doors to the covered Patio which is the highlight of the backyard featuring tongue and groove ceiling with recessed lights.

The Enormous Slab Granite Kitchen Island is a Great Gathering Spot.

The Enormous Slab Granite Kitchen Island is a Great Gathering Spot.

The main level also offers a terrific Guest Suite with a large Bedroom and adjacent Bath. The Bath has a fully tiled walk-in shower. This is idea; for long-term guests or it is wonderful for a mother-in-law situation.

The Second Level Master Bath is Luxurious.

The Second Level Master Bath is Luxurious.

The Master Suite is located on the Upper Level and has dramatic vaulted ceilings and plenty of room for a cozy sitting area. It adjoins a sumptuous Master Bath with a tasteful corner soaking tub and a fully tiled walk-in shower. There is an enormous walk-in closet as well as a second closet.

The upper level also has three additional Bedrooms, a Hall Bath and a spacious Bonus Room with a closet that could be used as a sixth Bedroom. The Laundry Room is also conveniently located nearby. An open and airy loft area could be used as a quiet space for reading and relaxing.

 

Heritage Estates is Located in the Renton Highlands near Liberty High School.

Heritage Estates is Located in the Renton Highlands near Liberty High School.

The Cambridge is 3,603 square feet and is currently available in the community of Heritage Estates in the Renton Highlands.

Getting to Know Kirkland….

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 21, 2015

American Classic Homes’ newest community, Montaire, is located in the Finn Hill neighborhood of Kirkland. Money Magazine ranked Kirkland No.5 in the “Best Places to Live Top 100 in the U.S.” and the No. 1 place to live in Washington State. It is easy to see why – offering a wonderful blend of outdoor activities, boutique shopping, art galleries and dining, Kirkland affords the perfect lifestyle.

Kirkland has a vibrant downtown area filled with dining and boutique shopping options.

Kirkland has a vibrant downtown area filled with dining and boutique shopping options.

Kirkland has a vibrant downtown area. The Heathman Hotel is in the heart of downtown. It features Trellis Restaurant that serves farm-to-table cuisine. It also has a terrific outdoor space, affectionately called, “The Front Porch” which is a gathering spot for people watching.

There is no shortage of dining options in Kirkland. From the casual Mediterranean Alanya Café to Anthony’s Restaurant, featuring the best steaks and seafood, served with an awesome lakeside view. Milagro Cantina has become a summertime favorite offering Southwest and Mexican cuisine with a dog-friendly outdoor patio. Purple Café and Wine Bar is another favorite with huge garage doors that make the entire restaurant feel al fresco – the cranberry chicken salad is a must! For amazing eggs benedict or filet mignon sliders at happy hour, the locals all head to Hectors.

Kirkland also has terrific boutique shopping. You can meander through the streets checking out shops like BooBoo Barkery & Boutique to pick up a new leash or perhaps some adorable handmade treats for your furry friends. They have all things dog. Find a unique collection of shoes, handbags and accessories at Crush Footwear or that perfect bottle of wine at Zero One Vintners.

If you are enjoy the arts, you will enjoy a visit to one of several art galleries including the Howard/Mandville Gallery or the Kirkland Arts Center. Kirkland Performance Center is a nearly 400 seat theater that hosts everything from the Washington Wind Symphony to Twisted Flicks – a live movie re-dubbing show with audience participation.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, Kirkland offers many parks of all sizes and varieties. Juanita Heights Park is located at the top of Finn Hill and is crisscrossed with hiking trails. Nearby Big Finn Hill Park is 220 wooded acres off of Juanita Drive. It is comprised of soccer and baseball fields, a play area and 9.5 miles of hiking trails. It adjoins an additional 7 miles of trails in Saint Edwards State Park.

Juanita Beach Park sits on the shore of sparkling Lake Washington. It is the ideal place to cool off.

Juanita Beach Park sits on the shore of sparkling Lake Washington. It is the ideal place to cool off.

Maybe best known is nearby Juanita Beach Park with an enclosed swimming area, picnic tables, a dedicated fishing area, public docks, beach volleyball, tennis courts and a children’s playground.

There is always something to do in Kirkland. The Juanita Friday Market runs June through September and offers locally grown produce, flowers and crafts. On Wednesdays there is a similar market at Marina Park. The Kirkland summer concert series has a child-themed concert on Tuesday mornings at Juanita Beach Park and on Thursday evenings there is an evening concert that can be enjoyed with a picnic and sunset over Lake Washington.

Other events that have become Kirkland traditions include; the Fourth of July Parade, Picnic and Fireworks, Kirkland Uncorked (a weekend of art, food and wine), the Christmas Ship Festival, The second Thursday Alley Art and Wine Walk and the 12K’s of Christmas Holiday Run. The events are too numerous to mention them all and new ones are always being added.

Bastyr University is a globally respected natural health, arts and sciences university.

Bastyr University is a globally respected natural health, arts and sciences university.

Kirkland is served by top rated Lake Washington School District. The district ranks a 9 out of 10 on the GreatSchools.org website. Neighboring Bastyr University is a globally respected natural health, arts and sciences university set on 51 acres. They offer classes that are open to the public as well as continuing education classes on everything from Paleo Cooking, T’ai Chi and Aromatherapy / Essential Oils. You can visit the campus and take a self-guided tour through the Medicinal Herb Garden.

Kirkland is fast becoming an important technology employment hub with both Google and GoDaddy setting up offices. Of course Microsoft is also a very quick commute to Redmond.

Whether you are a single, young family or empty-nesters, Kirkland has something for everyone. A variety of housing styles, a lively downtown area and an overflowing events calendar – it is worth checking out.

Design Trends for 2015

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 16, 2015

The enormous slab granite kitchen island continues to be a popular feature of many homes.

The enormous slab granite kitchen island continues to be a popular feature of many homes.

We all love to look at the latest design trends. Sometimes they work for us and sometimes not so much…. Here are some of the latest trends that American Classic Homes has been watching and some that we will be including in our homes and finishes in the coming year.

 

Lighter colored cabinetry can be a refreshing change.

Lighter colored cabinetry can be a refreshing change.

Lighter colored wood cabinetry and floors.  In previous years the darker woods lead to a classic feel for homes, but the trend is now to lighten up with painted cabinetry and blond woods.  They are refreshing and make homes feel bigger and brighter especially in the gray Pacific Northwest.

 

 

 

Marble!  It’s not just for countertops. More floors, furniture and accessories are being fabricated from this gorgeous natural stone. You never know where it is going to pop up and that is fine with us – we love it.

 

This reclaimed wood dining table would be gorgeous even in a contemporary decor.

This reclaimed wood dining table would be gorgeous even in a contemporary decor.

Reclaimed wood is moving from being a Do It Yourself staple to adding a rustic dimension to even the most refined homes. Once a mainstay of the cabin or beach cottage, reclaimed wood can now be found in city penthouses and suburban ramblers.

 

While some of us remember the floral patterns of the 80’s with a bit of a cringe, Chintz is making a huge comeback. We are seeing them combined with modern accents and looking positively chic.

 

Darker cabinets  are right on trend in the Alki floor plan at Heritage Estates in Renton.

Darker cabinets are right on trend in the Alki floor plan at Heritage Estates in Renton.

Drama in the kitchen. Black cabinetry, black countertops, black chairs and stools, black cookware are all bringing a sense of adventure to the kitchen.