Welcome to 2022! This month, we're doing critical cleaning, spotting outside issues, & planning work for the year...

PRO RECOMMENDATIONS

Project Planning & Design - Kirsten Dumo, Satterberg Desonier Dumo Interior Design

Context

Kirsten helped Grant and I to plan out our ADU remodel; we first spoke by phone, then she came over to consult on our goals & vision and toured the space. Then she measured and offered up a few drawing versions for us to consider, really helping to visualize what would fit in the square footage and what trade-offs we might have to make. She was knowledgeable about code requirements, typical clearances we might need, and simply human behavior/how people move about! It set us on a great path to work with electricians, our contractor, etc. with confidence that we had thought through all the options.

Contact & Availability

You can email or call Kirsten; she's usually available within a week for initial consultations, then can complete work within a few weeks depending on her availability and the size of the project.

Price Range

She has an industry-average hourly range and bills monthly.

Notes

Since Kirsten has an architecture background and design expertise, she can also consult on structural changes but is not a currently licensed architect. Also, she's great at lighting design as well!

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Dryer & Air Duct Cleaning - WA Duct Cleaners

Context

Cleaning is fairly straightforward, depending upon how accessible your dryer duct is (some townhouses require a tall ladder for exterior access).

Contact & Availability

Call David at (206) 852-2976. Share the square footage of your home and he'll know how many vents and how long it should take. He will review what you want, give  recommendations, and set a plan. They're currently scheduling about a week out.

Price Range

The price depends on the size of the house; up to 15 vents is about $500 + tax; more vents add about $200.

Notes
You can get a 10-15% "Neighbors discount" if 3 or more houses within 3-5 minutes of each other book together.

General Contractors / Exterior Repair

Considering a big remodel project? Did you find a siding or foundation issue when you were walking around outside?

My favorite teams:

These are full-service contractors who can both manage your whole project and/or fit in small repair jobs as needed. They typically charge more to manage subcontractors (and may require you have others work under them for liability & insurance reasons), but also make sure the timing of everything comes together. You can get bids from multiple folks, making sure to discuss timing and ask for creative ways to stay within your budget. Tell them I sent you 😎