PNA 2013 Home Design and Remodel Fair

Grouparchitect will be hosting a booth at the Phinney home fair this Sunday. Stop by and say hi and we can discuss any home remodel or renovation project you are considering. We’ll be in room 1. The fair provides a great opportunity to meet architects, designers, contractors and building material vendors in a pressure free atmosphere.

PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair
Phinney Neighborhood Center, Blue Building.
January 27, 2013 10am-4pm
More info at: http://www.phinneycenter.org/homefair/

Hear from the Experts at the 2013 Home Design & Remodeling Fair on Sunday January 27th.
Talks are held in Room 3 (Blue Building, street level) and last 25 minutes, including Q & A.

10:15 am: HOW TO SOLARIZE YOUR HOME AND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Bill Thorness, Solarize Seattle Northwest & Jeremy Smithson, Puget Sound Solar
Learn about solar power options for your home and a local purchasing program that allows you and your neighbors to drastically reduce the cost.

10:50 am: HOW TO HIRE A CONTRACTOR
Darren Patt, Darren Patt Construction
Learn how to find a contractor, how to interview prospective contractors, and understand the pros and cons of different types of contracts.

11:25am: EXPANDING UP, DOWN, OR OUT
Alas Ness, Ten Directions Design Architecture
Make the most of your remodeling budget by creating livable space in your basement or attic, or expanding the footprint of your home. Includes a case study of a home remodel where all three options of going up, down, or out were reviewed and how the best option was chosen.

12:00pm: DESIGNING FOR LIFE & “VISIT-ABILITY”
Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, Accessibility Consultant and Carol Sundstrom, Architect
Learn about resources and remodeling strategies that extend your home’s “Sell-By Date,” allowing you to age in place while also making your home more accessible to all your guests. Explore the concept of designing and remodeling your house with “visit-ability” in mind.

12:35 pm: HOW TO HIRE AN ARCHITECT
Matt Hutchins, CAST Architecture
Hear an overview on selecting and working with an architect, including the steps of the design process and what to expect to spend.

1:10pm: HOW TO PURCHASE WINDOWS
Michan Rhodes, Keystone Windows & Doors
Learn about the varieties and characteristics and how to purchase the right windows for all of your projects.

1:45pm: BUILDING PERMITS AND THE GREEN PERMITTING PROCESS
Tom Kayser, Architect
Review the latest zoning and building codes and learn the steps needed for success. Land use and building codes will be emphasized. This presentation includes an overview of the permitting incentives Seattle Department of Planning and Development offers applicants pursuing green building projects.

2:20pm: KEEPING BASEMENTS DRY
Wayne Apostolik, NW Homecrafters & NW Ecobuilding Guild
Learn ways to address and prevent water infiltration into your basement and crawlspaces.

3:00pm: COMMUNICATION DURING A REMODEL
Denny Conner, Conner Remodeling Design
Good communication with your contractors and others is essential during the remodeling process. Explore the techniques and benefits of doing this well.

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