Saturday, October 3, 2020

HOME MILDEW AND MOLD SOLUTIONS

 

ONE OF THE BIGGEST THREATS TO HEALTH AND SAFETY FOR HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES ALIKE IS MOLD/MILDEW. WITHOUT PROPER CLEANUP AND CONTAINMENT, MOLD CAN LEAD TO COMPROMISED HEALTH CONDITIONS AND RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES ALONG WITH PROPERTY DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME AND BELONGINGS.

The most common type of mold found in homes is mildew. Mildew is a mold that grows in warm, damp places like your bathroom, kitchens, and any damp areas. Mildew begins as a gray or white powdery colony. It will turn black or brown if not removed promptly.

Hello, I’m Chris Town Owner of Town Construction in the Seattle area, the Mold, and Mildew hotspot in the US! You’re here to get some insights on the best solutions for getting rid of Mildew and Mold. Being a Home Builder /Home Remodeling Expert and a Home Water Damage Restoration Specialist, I have seen my share of Mildew and Mold for sure. If you are lucky enough to afford a person to come out and fix the problem every time you spot mold good for you. But for customers like myself, I prefer saving a little money. For severe Mold/Mildew damage call a specialist.



Know Your Enemy!
Mold
 is a form of fungi that sprouts from microscopic spores that are everywhere in our environment. These spores are inactive, however, they will propagate once the humidity surpasses 70 percent. Temperature that is more than 65 degrees increases the chance of mold growth. Once the cluster of mold spores spread on surfaces, they begin to reproduce and become noticeable to the human eye. You may not be aware that there is mold in your home until you see it or smell a damp, musty, moldy odor. And when you notice your allergies and asthma tend to flare.
There are key ingredients needed for mold growth in homes which are the presence of mold spores, a surface for it to grow on, oxygen, warmth, and darkness. When the moisture is present in these ingredients whether from stagnant water, high level of humidity, or a water leak, the mold problems begin.
If you have mold in the basement or crawl space, its spores will rise throughout the house. This is called the “Stack Effect”. Because of the stack effect, the warm air rises in the home and exits through the upper levels and attic. When this occurs, a vacuum is created on the lower level which draws air upward from the crawl space and basement. Mold spores, dust mites, odors, and anything in the air will be drawn into the main area of the home that is where you breathe. A mold infestation can colonize within 1-14 days.
(Courtesy of Green Home Solutions)

What helps kills mold permanently?
Hydrogen Peroxide 3% – Saturate the moldy surface and leave it for 10 minutes. Next, scrub the area with just enough force to remove black mold and mold stains.
Bleach – Use at your own discretion!
White Vinegar – You can use it safely on most surfaces, and its offensive odor goes away quickly.
Baking Soda – It’s safe for your family and pets, and it not only kills black mold, it absorbs moisture that attracts mold.
Tea tree oil – Tea tree oil is a natural fungicide that cleans up mold quickly and it helps prevent mold spores from coming back.


The best approach is preventing mold before it becomes a problem.
1: Fix Problem Areas in Your Home and Correct Them
2: Dry Wet Areas Immediately (Mold can’t grow without moisture)
3: Prevent Moisture With Proper Ventilation (Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.)
4: Equip Your Home With Mold-Resistant Products (mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints.)
5: Improve Air Flow in Your Home (open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.)

“Town Tips” by Chris Town
As a Custom Home Builder and Remodeling Expert I’m asked this question repeatedly…what can I use that’s environmentally friendly to me and my family for getting rid of Mildew/Mold?
I use 
Hydrogen Peroxide 3%,  White Vinegar, and Baking Soda mixed together in a plant type spray bottle.
Hydrogen Peroxide – 20%
White Vinegar – 60%
Baking Soda – 20%
For a paste-like texture, add more Baking Soda (for cleaning kitchen and bathroom tiles grout areas). After application wait 5-10 min. then clean try. Then I spray the infected area with Tea tree oil (helps prevent mold spores from coming back).

All solutions for home living have some advantages and disadvantages…
“There are no perfect solutions out there, only the ones that are perfect for you.”
Chris Town/











Saturday, September 5, 2020

This magnificent waterfront home in the heart of Edmonds has gotten a complete down to studs remodel/ addition.

Opening up the existing kitchen, dining room and eating area into a new open concept floor plan. These changes, and the new wall of windows,  will give it much better flow & views. This is going to be the “forever home” for the clients so we’re adding an elevator to make it easy access to all levels. We’re creating a true spa like master bath with spectacular views. I will post more pictures as the job progresses. It is truly going to be an amazing transformation!




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Town Construction and Development has established a solid reputation building homes in the Puget Sound area, specializing in ” High-end ” residential new construction and remodeling.
Building Or Remodeling A Home Should Be An Exciting & Wonderful Experience. To Accomplish This, You Have To Have Good Communication Skills And The Right Team Of Professionals. Town Construction And Development Has The People And Expertise To Make Your Vision Become A Reality.
Chris Town
www.townconstructionanddevelopment.com

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Custom Kitchen Remodel Edmonds, WA.


Major kitchen renovation of a 60’s Mid Century home in Edmonds. Beautiful new dark stained custom Birch cabinets with sleek quartz waterfall edge counter tops. New high end stainless steel appliances and hardware for a totally updated look and functionality. Original oak hardwood floors were restored and re-stained for a more contemporary look. The home now has an open concept that fits the homeowners lifestyle and looks amazing! 

Town Construction & Development
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"At Town Construction & Development We Understand That Your Home Is The Single Biggest Asset/ Purchase Most People Ever Make. We Take This Process Seriously From The Start To Handing You The Keys To Your Finished Home. We Understand That Your Home Is A Reflection Of You And Your Lifestyle. It’s Where You Entertain Friends And Family, Raise Your Children Or Just Relax . In Other Words, Your Home Is Your Sanctuary!"

Chris Town

Chris would be happy to sit down with you and talk about your home project ideas and find out how he can help you.
Call Chris: 1-206-947-8818
www.townconstructionanddevelopment.com/

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Seattle Home Water Damage Restoration and Repair

Seattle Home Water Damage Restoration and Repair

HELP PREVENT WATER LEAKS
Doing routine checks on your appliances and piping under your kitchen and bathroom sinks is one way to initially prevent leaks. And of course that leaky toilet…one leaky toilet can leak 90 gals per day.
Monitoring your water bill is also extremely important, as you can find spikes in the charges and determine if there is a leak or if you simply used more water that month.
“Town Tips” by Chris Town
Sometime you have to pay money to save money. In this case you will not only save money but avoid the time and headaches you will incurred as these folks I talk about here in this blog.
Home Leak Detection System is the solution…A whole home leak detection system with automatic water shutoffs detect when water is running continuously for an extended period of time and will automatically shutoff your water, very cool, so check it out.
This Is A Home That We Built 12 Years Ago For Some Great Clients In Downtown Edmonds, WA.
They We’re Asleep And Heard There Alarm Go Off And Got Up To Investigate. What They Found Was The All Upstairs Hardwood Floors Had Approximately 2” Of Running Water On Them. The Dishwasher Supply Line Had Failed And Was Leaking Water For 3-4 Hrs!
Ceiling and Floor Water Damage Repair In Edmonds, Wa,

They called me early morning and asked me for help. I arrived to access the situation and found the water was running through the floor to the downstairs ceilings and all the drywall was destroyed. To add to the problem, we had insulated all the floors and interior walls for sound absorption. All had to be removed and reinstalled throughout the home. We also installed portable heating fans to accelerate the drying process.




Hallway Water Damage Restoration In EdmondsAfter all the water, drywall, insulation was removed and the house dried, we came in and repaired all the damage. Some doors had to be replaced because of warping and most of the flooring throughout the house had to be replaced as well. As the pictures show, this was quite an involved process. I am happy to report that, “The Home Looks Like New Again And My Clients Are Happy To Be Moving Back In There Gorgeous Home!”
“More Town Tips” by Chris TownThere are four important things you can do right away in a situation like this:
Tip 1: Don’t panic and run around the house searching for the leak as you are wasting valuable time.
Tip 2: Go to your water main water supple to your home. This valve is usually in the basement or on an outside wall in a utility area of the house. The main shutoff valve allows a full flow of water through the pipe when it’s open.
Tip 3: If there is extensive water leakage and build up, you may also want to consider shutting off the electricity to those areas infected.
Tip 4: Clean Up Mess – If you catch the leak early enough, it is important to clean up the mess, as much as you can, immediately. If not cleaned up this can result in mold and mildew and can cause more problems down the road.
Town Construction & Development
"Better home Ideas for better Living"




"At Town Construction & Development We Understand That Your Home Is The Single Biggest Asset/ Purchase Most People Ever Make. We Take This Process Seriously From The Start To Handing You The Keys To Your Finished Home. We Understand That Your Home Is A Reflection Of You And Your Lifestyle. It’s Where You Entertain Friends And Family, Raise Your Children Or Just Relax . In Other Words, Your Home Is Your Sanctuary!"

Chris Town

Chris would be happy to sit down with you and talk about your home project ideas and find out how he can help you.
Call Chris: 1-206-947-8818
www.townconstructionanddevelopment.com/

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Mill Creek Custom Spanish Home Remodel - Home before & after pictures

Town Construction & Development 
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Please enjoy this short fun video of this 1970’s Mill Creek Spanish style home which was in need of substantial updating and repairs. Enjoy the before and after photos of this beautiful remodel Spanish home


"At Town Construction & Development We Understand That Your Home Is The Single Biggest Asset/ Purchase Most People Ever Make. We Take This Process Seriously From The Start To Handing You The Keys To Your Finished Home. We Understand That Your Home Is A Reflection Of You And Your Lifestyle. It’s Where You Entertain Friends And Family, Raise Your Children Or Just Relax . In Other Words, Your Home Is Your Sanctuary!"

Chris Town

Chris would be happy to sit down with you and talk about your home project ideas and find out how he can help you.
Call Chris: 1-206-947-8818

www.townconstructionanddevelopment.com/

Friday, October 25, 2019

Everett House Reconstruction - A complete Remodel

Everett Home Reconstruction

Stunning fully remodeled Tri-level home in desirable Cascade Heights neighborhood! Spacious 2088 Sqft 3BR, 2.5BA home with lots of natural light. Expertly appointed with Quartz Counters and hardwood floors throughout, s/s/ appliances, a large bonus room w/ MIL potential, and a 2 car garage. You won't have to lift a finger; this home comes with a New Roof, Furnace, Water Heater, and a fully fenced in yard! You'll be close to great schools, shopping, dining, and entertainment!


If you thinking of a complete or partial remodel Chris Town would be happy to sit down with you and talk about your home project ideas and find out how he can help you.

Call Chris: 1-206-947-8818
https://www.townconstructionanddevelopment.com/
Town Construction And Development

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A Recently Completed Total Everett Home Reconstruction and Remodeling


A Recently Completed Total Everett Home Reconstruction and Remodeling.
This home was was almost totally gutted and needed a complete redo inside and out.
If you thinking of a complete or partial remodel Chris Town would be happy to sit down with you and talk about your home project ideas and find out how he can help you.

Call Chris: 1-206-947-8818
https://www.townconstructionanddevelopment.com/
Town Construction And Development

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Home Construction and Remodeling - Town Construction & Development




Town Construction & Development     "Better home Ideas for better Living"



"At Town Construction & Development We Understand That Your Home Is The Single Biggest Asset/ Purchase Most People Ever Make. We Take This Process Seriously From The Start To Handing You The Keys To Your Finished Home. We Understand That Your Home Is A Reflection Of You And Your Lifestyle. It’s Where You Entertain Friends And Family, Raise Your Children Or Just Relax . In Other Words, Your Home Is Your Sanctuary!"

Chris Town

Chris would be happy to sit down with you and talk about your home project ideas and find out how he can help you.
Call Chris: 1-206-947-8818
www.townconstructionanddevelopment.com/

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Our Family Recently Completed A Remodel With Town Construction And Development


Our Family Recently Completed A Remodel With Town Construction And Development, And We Couldn’t Have Been More Pleased With The Results As Well As The Process. Chris Town’s Team Had Great Ideas And Creative Solutions For Design Challenges Which Were Overlooked By Other Architects And Builders Bidding Our Project. The Work Was Done With Uncompromising Quality, On-Time, And On-Budget. The Subs Were All Quality And Pleasant To Work With. Whenever We Needed Anything, Chris’ Two Responses Were, “I’ll Take Care Of It” And “I’ll Make That Happen For You”; And He Did!….Right Away! Great Follow-Up, Great Communication, And A Beautiful Result. We Were Very Impressed From Start To Finish.
T.C. & Dan Thacker
Woodway, WA


"At Town Construction & Development We Understand That Your Home Is The Single Biggest Asset/ Purchase Most People Ever Make. We Take This Process Seriously From The Start To Handing You The Keys To Your Finished Home. We Understand That Your Home Is A Reflection Of You And Your Lifestyle. It’s Where You Entertain Friends And Family, Raise Your Children Or Just Relax . In Other Words, Your Home Is Your Sanctuary!"
Chris Town


Chris would be happy to sit down with you and talk about
your home project ideas and find out how he can help you.
Call Chris: 1-206-947-8818
https://www.townconstructionanddevelopment.com/

Friday, July 12, 2019

CUSTOM HOME CONSTRUCTION SERVICES FOR ALL SEATTLE DESIGN BUILD HOME PROJECTS


"At Town Construction & Development We Understand That Your Home Is The Single Biggest Asset/ Purchase Most People Ever Make. We Take This Process Seriously From The Start To Handing You The Keys To Your Finished Home. We Understand That Your Home Is A Reflection Of You And Your Lifestyle. It’s Where You Entertain Friends And Family, Raise Your Children Or Just Relax . In Other Words, Your Home Is Your Sanctuary!"
Chris Town


Chris would be happy to sit down with you and talk about
your home project ideas and find out how he can help you.
Call Chris: 1-206-947-8818
https://www.townconstructionanddevelopment.com/

WE PROVIDE SERVICES FOR ALL SEATTLE DESIGN/BUILD HOME PROJECTS, AS WELL AS CUSTOM HOME ROOM ADDITIONS & REMODELING IN SEATTLE, KIRKLAND, BELLEVUE AND THE GREATER LAKE WASHINGTON AREAS.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

SKY IS THE LIMIT WHEN CHOOSING KITCHEN COUNTER TOPS

SKY IS THE LIMIT WHEN CHOOSING KITCHEN COUNTER TOPS

There many counter top materials to choose from for sure. For High-end homeowners the sky is the limit, but for mid-range homeowners LIKE ME, you have more choices to choose from and can have a Lavish and smart looking kitchen for half the price.
Being a Seattle Custom Home Builder I’m asked by clients, “Now Chris, what are your suggestions for our
Kitchen counter tops?” The answer is easy…do you want something that is luxurious, lavish; High priced and does add real estate value to your home. Let us go with Marble (Natural Stone) or better yet, Imported Marble.
Or do you want something less expensive, easy to maintain and is available in a larger range of colors other than Granite or Marble…Also it does adds to real estate value of a home. Then Quartz (Engineered Stone) is the way to go.
The manufacturing (Quartz) process allows a much wider range of colors than you’ll find in natural stones such as marble or granite. Like other hard surface counter top materials, quartz is non-porous so it resists staining much better than granite, marble and concrete.
KITCHEN COUNTER TOPS COST CHART
Granite $50 – $200
Quartz 
$60 – $150
Marble 
$125 – $350
Plastic Laminate 
$20 – $50
Concrete 
$70 – $150
Solid Surface 
$75 – $120
Formica 
$20 – $30
Stainless Steel 
$75 – $150
Travertine 
$50 – $100
Soapstone
 $70 – $120


Finally. questions you must ask yourself
 before purchasing your new counter tops.
What is your budget?
What material is best for care or maintenance?
What is the aesthetic look I want?
What will you use the counter top for?
What will work with your current cabinets?



“Town Tips” by Chris Town

Tip 1: Use Quartz for your kitchen tops and for your kitchen Island counter top you can go with a Marble (Natural Stone) or Granite.
Tip 2: A great Idea I give to clients is to diversify a bit. Your Island Kitchen counter top can have a small butcher-block counter top for cutting food on it. Of course, you can put the butcher-block counter top anywhere you want, but it will add a practical, warm and inviting look to your kitchen.
Tip 3: For your Island Kitchen counter tops stay with a solid not tile counter top. It looks more luxurious, cleaner and the upkeep and maintenance is way less difficult. 
Tip 4: Picking popular edges for your counters are practical for any use in the kitchen or bathroom. Therefore, the primary factor to consider when you make your edge profile choice is aesthetic. An Eased edge style is a slightly ‘softened’ square that alleviates that hard, sharp edge typically seen on laminate counter tops.
Chris Town
Town Construction and Development
https://www.townconstructionanddevelopment.com

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Seattle Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling Ideas and services For Better Living

There are a dozen reasons why you should renovate your kitchen these days. But the most common reasons you just want to “get rid of the old and bring in the new” and it is adding value to your home as well.
According to the National Association of Realtors Cost vs. Value report, the percentage of cost recouped on a kitchen remodel is higher than remodeling any other room of the home.
Seattle Water Damage Repair ServicesA kitchen remodel can be overwhelming and deciding exactly what you want your kitchen to look like, budgeting the money, scheduling your time ect. to create your masterpiece is terrifying to most people.
Don’t panic…Stick to your limitations, follow a plan and try to enjoy the experience of knowing you are about to get your new Dream Kitchen soon.
Kitchen Ideas and Recommendations:
* After choosing a professional contractor to work with come up with a plan for your kitchen remodel and decide on absolutely everything you want in the kitchen… You can always downsize your kitchen ideas to fit your budget.
Try opening up you kitchen to the dining and living room areas if your kitchen is excessively small. This will give your kitchen more space, an openness feeling and will create more nature lighting as well. If you have a medium size kitchen and it still too dark, choose to install recessed lights, pendant lights and under-cabinet lights. Sure, you will spend a bit more, but the benefits are Hugh especially when it is time to sell your home.
Order as much as possible before the job starts. This will cause you less stress and time delay on your kitchen remodel. In addition, this will give you time to find the best prices around with the rush.
You do not have to spend a fortune to make your kitchen look like a million bucks…Will help you Design/Build a Custom Kitchen with Space Saving Efficiencies, Spectacular Lighting Ideas, and a newer sharper look with Cost Saving Appliances, Counter Tops, Cabinets and Sinks.
Seattle Custom Kitchen Remodeling and Water Damage Restoration“Town Construction & Development Does All Phases Of Kitchen Construction: Remodels, Restoration, Water Damage. Let Town Construction & Development Inc Be The First Call You Make For Any Kitchen Construction Project You Have Now Or In The Future. We Can Handle The Complete Kitchen Project From Start To Finish. You Wont Need To Do Anything But Watch The Process And Enjoy The Finished Product.”
Our Town Construction & Development consultants will guide you through Kitchen remodeling options and give you a price guaranteed with No pressure, just good honest advice.
We Are Seattle’s Custom Home Kitchen Contractors. We Service All The Greater Seattle and Lake Washington Areas For Design-Build Kitchen Remodeling. We Are Licensed, Bonded And Insured And Have An A+ BBB Rating.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

CHOOSING THE RIGHT TYPE OF KITCHEN OR BATHROOM WALL TILES FOR YOUR HOME

CHOOSING THE RIGHT TYPE OF KITCHEN OR BATHROOM WALL TILES FOR YOUR HOME

Picking the most attractive or affordable Kitchen or Bathroom wall tiles is every homes owner’s goal. Here are some ideas and recommendation that will help you make a better choice for better living.
Tiles intended only for use as wall tiles are often lighter and thinner than floor tiles. The glazes used in the manufacture of a wall tile are also different to those used for floor tiles, and are not designed to resist abrasive forces from foot traffic…but they are still referred to as floor tiles.


BATHROOM TILES:  In the bathroom, there is a lot of moisture, so these tiles have to withstand these conditions. Floor tiles are not slippery so they usually feature a subtle raised pattern. Usually, bathroom tiles are made of ceramic, porcelain or natural stone.Commonly used Tiles for shower walls are glazed ceramic and porcelain tiles.What is the best tile to use in a bathroom? Porcelain tile is a popular choice for bathroom floors. Porcelain is a denser, less porous and harder option that offers greater stain and water resistance than ceramic tile. Porcelain tiles offers unmatched design versatility.

KITCHEN TILES: 
In the kitchen, you can use tiles for the floor, walls or backsplashes. Kitchen floor tiles are designed to handle heavy traffic and are very durable. They are resistant to spills and stains.
What type of tiles are best for kitchen walls?
Stone, cork, vinyl, bamboo, ceramic, porcelain and glass.
Chris Town’s kitchen and bathroom tile recommendations – Travertine Tiles:
Travertine is a type of limestone…travertine tiles are very durable for walls and flooring and harder than Marble. Travertine tiles can be used for vanities, tops and walls mosaics as well as for flooring.
Travertine is excellent material for all showers, kitchens, flooring and for all high moisture, high traffic areas as well.
Travertine tiles can give almost the same look as the marble or granite tiles and it is away cheaper than the other alternatives.
TILE COST PER SQUARE FOOT:
Ceramic $2 
Slate $3 
Quartzite $5 
Porcelain $6 
Travertine $6 
Stone $6 
Marble $8
TILE INSTALLATION COSTS:
Average Range $825 to $2,520

“Town Tips”

As a Custom Home Builder I am ask this question repeatedly…what tiles are the best quality, moderately priced and have a good selection of light colors and textures? Unless the homeowner specifies a certain choice like stone or marble and I always suggest Travertine Tiles and mention to them that Travertine Tiles can also add more value to your home.
All tiles have some disadvantages…
“there is no perfect tile out there, only the tile that is perfect for you.”
Chris Town
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