Phinney Home Design and Remodel Fair

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It’s that time of year again for all of us at grouparchitect! The exciting Phinney Home Design and Remodel Fair is right around the corner on Sunday January 26. This will be our third year participating in this exhibition of residential products and design, and will be housed in the big blue Phinney Center at 6532 Phinney Avenue North. In past years we have enjoyed talking through design wishes and residential dreams with show attendees, and expect this year will be no different. We’ll be coming with plenty of presentations of past ground up, remodel, and prefab projects, and will be ready to talk about all the possibilities of residential projects that we bring to the table.

We’re looking forward to meeting new people, making new friends, answering your questions, and chatting about how we’d love to work with you on the residential project of your dreams.
Get your tickets at the door. We’ll see you on the 26th!


Location: Phinney Center Blue Building | 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Date & Time: Sunday, January 26, 2014 | 10 am-4 pm
Tickets: $4 PNA Members | $6 General Public | Children 12 and under admitted free | Tickets are available at the door only.
And don’t forget to check out the presentations that will be offered as well at the fair:

2014 Home Design & Remodel Fair | Presentation Schedule
10:30 am: RAIN MANAGEMENT, WATER HARVESTING, & THE RAINWISE PROGRAM – King County/Seattle Public Utilities RainWise Rebate Program
Rain gardens and cisterns help control storm water from your property that could otherwise pollute local water bodies. Learn about the basics of installing rain gardens and cisterns while saving 50-100% though the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and King County RainWise program.

Where do you start when designing your home remodeling project? Do you need an architect, designer, interior designer, or a design build remodeler? And when do you not even need a design? Contacting the right professional is essential to starting your remodel right. Bring your questions and let’s discuss your options.

11:50am: BACKYARD COTTAGES & ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS – Tom Kayser, Kayser Architecture
Learn design and construction opportunities and techniques to create an attractive, safe apartment in your basement, attic or as a detached dwelling for yourself in retirement or as a potential rental. Tom shares his research and recipes for designing great self-contained dwelling units.

12:30 pm: ESSENTIAL STEPS TO A HEALTHY HOME REMODEL– Jon Alexander, Sunshine Construction
Numerous practices and materials commonly used in home remodels can result in an unhealthy home. Jon will outline many of the essential steps before, during and after a remodel that need to be done to ensure a healthy outcome.

1:10pm: A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF PASSIVHAUS – Jay Lazerwitz, Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
Passive House represents today’s highest energy standard for energy efficient construction; providing a high level of thermal comfort, air quality, and long-term energy savings.

1:50pm: THE HOMEOWNER’S TOOLKIT – Don Meyers, Hey! Don! Home Improvement
This talk addresses the common home maintenance issues that every homeowner faces and the basic tools and approaches necessary to resolve the issues.

Site planning and design techniques to help you incorporate an accessory dwelling unit or a backyard cottage on your site so that win-wins are created for both owner and renter. Kate will show you how to consider circulation, entry, active use and garden areas, parking, privacy, views, sun and more so that unrelated people can coexist on a single-family lot successfully.

3:10pm: FINANCING HOME IMPROVEMENTS – Bob Fish, HomeStreet Bank Wedgwood
Learn and understand the key questions you need to answer to choose the right financing strategy for your home remodel project.

All presentations held at Phinney Center, Blue Building, Room 3 (Street Level).
All presentations are 25 minutes, including Q&A.