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Northwest Living VOL XXXIV • NO.5 • ODD

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2013

Contents 12 - 14 HOME FASHION Give Your Worn-Out Wood The “Wow” Factor Passion For Design...Love Your Home, More And More and More!

16 ENTERTAINMENT Harley Davidson – Fulfill The Dream

18 - 22 KITCHEN & BATH Get Organized: With Glide-Out Shelves! Get A Beautiful New Bathroom In Just One Day! Can Beautiful Stone Surfaces Last Forever? Define Your Bathroom With Gorgeous Glass

ON THE COVER 24 - 32 EXTERIORS & LANDSCAPING Increase Energy Efficiency And Save Money With Replacement Windows And Doors How To Make The Right Choice When It Comes To Your Roof Roof Maintenance Keeps Your Home Safe Rain Or Shine? You Shouldn’t Have To Choose Just One! Extend Some Comfort And Style To Your Backyard! The Great Outdoors, Every Day Of The Year A Lifetime Solution To Gutter Problems

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Give Your Worn-Out Wood the “Wow” Factor Renewal Made Easy—Change the Color and Give It New Life!

Cabinet Renewal

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igh style has moved from the runaways of Milan to our own homes. Chic trends and quality craftsmanship are the necessities of a home renovation. Whether a homeowner is preparing to sell, upgrade, or simply fix something that isn’t quite right, options and choices abound. While the ‘70s and ‘80s were a great time for many things, most homeowners want those years taken out of their kitchens and off their floors. Browsing local remodeling store aisles, it’s easy to fall in love with the colors and sophistication of today’s cabinets and floors. However, when a homeowner starts to visualize bringing a new look into their home, there is a good chance they will be overwhelmed with the timeframes and budgets. New floors mean a room cannot be used for days and sometimes weeks, while flooring and cabinets are demolished and replaced. Say good-bye to home cooked meals, and hello to eating out. Getting today’s freshest finishes and updated looks can seem out of reach, but there’s a new alternative to the expense, mess, and sheer chaos of ripping out floors and cabinets—let skilled craftsmen renew the floors and cabinets in a matter of days. Homeowners can upgrade to quality finishes that are well-rooted in the new millennium. Outdated, worn wood can be renewed with strong and striking finishes and little disruption. Bringing life back to your wood dramatically updates your home and minimizes downtime and expenses, instead of having parts of your home ripped up, ripped out, and banished to the landfill. Using time-tested techniques to renew existing wood floors and cabinets, the craftsmen remove wax and dirt build-up that make wood look flat and lifeless. The renewal process thoroughly cleans the surface, removes old coatings, repairs damaged areas with less mess, and applies an elegant finish. Have you always wanted chocolate cabinets or a rich cherry finish? You can go darker for a more modern look, for about a third of the cost of replacement. To begin the process, craftsmen will come in, evaluate your home, and provide an estimate for renewal. Often, homeowners who want to put their home on the market want to give it the “wow” factor in a number of days versus weeks, minimizing costs and maximizing convenience for getting their home sold.

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Before

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Basic Floor Renewal

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The possibilities are endless for all your tired wood. To rejuvenate your cabinets and give new life to your doors, trim, and floors, you can call the N-Hance Wood Renewal of Seattle, serving King and Snohomish counties, at 877-868-9663. WA Contractor ID: NHANCWR984BC. ONLINE AT NORTHWESTLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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Passion for Design… Love Your Home, More and More and More!

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our home décor should bring it—the “wow” factor! It should be a perfect balance of your personal taste and lifestyle. Whether you have a problem area of the home that you just can’t seem to get right, or perhaps just want to liven things up, it’s time to discover that there’s more to life than ordinary. Visit a store that offers complete professional interior design services—a 5,100 sq. ft. store filled with everything, from window treatments, bedding ensembles, area rugs, wall coverings, accessories, lighting, upholstered furniture, tables, entertainment centers, and much more, you will discover that transforming your home has never been more convenient, efficient, or affordable. If you don’t see it, staff will get it! With in-house design consultants available at all times, there is always someone available and ready to help you. The key to achieving a new, refreshed interior is to have the help of a professional who knows how to successfully blend your existing pieces with new furniture and accessories. You don’t have to break the bank buying a completely new interior; professionals can take your favorite pieces and combine them with Tuscan, traditional, French Country, or even Old-World designs to achieve the look you want. If you are looking for just a simple touch of style, talented window treatment designers can even make your window dream designs come true. A design should be a balance between your wishes, inner-desires, and purpose. If you are stumped with what to do in a certain area, bring a photo and an in-store designer will help select just the right piece, or pieces! With a focus on premier home interior design services, Infusion Interiors brings a unique sense of vision, passion, and attention to detail to each project they create. Voted Best of the South Sound for Interior Design in 2013, you can visit Infusion Interiors and see their extensive selection of furniture and accessories at 7513 Custer Road West in Lakewood. You can also call them at 253-472-4100 for more information or to schedule a design consultation with a professional. www.infusion-interiors.com

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON®—

FULFILL THE DREAM

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o many people wish that they owned a Harley-Davidson®—in fact, the fantasy might even go as far back as childhood! Celebrating 110 years of business this year, there is a reason why Harley-Davidson shines above the rest and Sound Harley-Davidson in Marysville can show you the way down that open road. A Harley-Davidson represents freedom. It provides people with the alter ego that the human spirit naturally craves. When you take off on your very own bike, you can leave all of your stress at home and enjoy the world that surrounds you from a completely new perspective. Owning a Harley-Davidson doesn’t just fulfill a lifelong dream—it’s an investment that’s good for the soul. However, there might be many reasons why you haven’t purchased that timeless motorcycle that you long for, and if that’s the case—you are not alone. Here are some interesting facts about owning a Harley-Davidson that might answer some of the questions you have. Buying a Harley Davidson doesn’t have to break the bank! Most people are under the impression that buying a Harley-Davidson will be very expensive. In reality, models can start as low as $7,999. Also Harley-Davidson models are crafted with customization in mind; whether that means lowering the bike, changing out the seat, handlebars, floorboard, grips, or more. The professionals at Sound Harley-Davidson can help you accessorize your bike, extending your purchase into a new and enjoyable hobby.

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If you don’t have any motorcycle-riding friends, have no fear. When you buy a Harley-Davidson, you’re not only buying the coolest brand out there, you are also buying into the largest family you will ever have—a family of riders who all have the same passion about the brand, and about riding, as you do. Additionally, you can even get your own family involved! Sound Harley is all about their community and offers a variety of free events for the whole family to enjoy. Every November, they host a Ladies Night (just for the girls) that includes a fashion show, food, shopping, prizes and more. At New Rider Events, beginner riders can have any of their questions answered by the experts. In the spring/fall, Informational Seminars are hosted that talk about various topics, such as horsepower, how to wash a bike, and more. Along with these specialized events, Sound Harley also hosts various rides, barbecues, and holiday parties—everyone is always welcomed, whether they ride or not, and whether they ride a Harley or not. Most people never want to see their sales person again, but at Sound Harley-Davidson, you will want to come back on the weekends to hang out. At Sound Harley, the dealership is focused solely on the customer’s experience. Offering a relaxed, informative and fun environment, Sound Harley has a complimentary outdoor bike wash, the Kickstand Café, three fireplaces, and a variety of free events for everyone. Sound Harley also offers test rides on new models, along with an Authorized Rental Program. You can visit Sound Harley-Davidson today at 16212 Smokey Point Blvd. in Marysville, or you can call them at 1-877-888-5001. See their website for upcoming events and much more at www.soundharley.com ONLINE AT NORTHWESTLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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Get Organized:

With Glide-Out Shelves!

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ome tasks never seem to make it off the to-do list, and organizing your cabinets is definitely one of those unappealing chores that always seems to be better fit for another day. Most homeowners wish their shelves were more organized, but simply don’t know how to utilize their space more efficiently. No matter how painstakingly you organize your cabinets, something is always going to end up stacked against the back of the cabinet, difficult to find and hard to reach. Have you ever stopped to think perhaps the problem is structural, and your cabinets are actually setting you up for failure? If so, you aren’t alone, and thankfully this common frustration has led to great innovations in the world of cabinets. Knowledgeable cabinet renovation experts can come to your home and utilize new technology to create an efficient solution to your organizational dilemmas once and for all. A professional designer can come to your home to assess your needs and understand the unique challenges you face. They will take the time to understand everything that needs to be stored, and where it is used in your home. Many different options will be explored to ensure that your cabinets will be retrofitted to suit your needs in the most efficient manner possible. The designer may suggest hidden trash containers, Lazy Susans or tray organizers, and will almost always suggest the implementation of custom gliding shelves, the pinnacle of modern cabinet organization.

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AFTER BEFORE Custom gliding shelves are a popular solution to messy cabinets that can ergonomically optimize your storage space. Custom fit to any existing cabinet in your home, these gliding shelves can make every item 100% accessible and within a comfortable reach. Imagine all of the lost space in the back of your cabinets, retooled with purpose. This is truly one of the easiest and most affordable home improvements for homeowners seeking a clutter-free home. When you are ready to make the call, be sure you choose a company with a high-quality, long-term solution. You use your cabinets every day, therefore quality craftsmanship and heavy-duty materials are key to lasting success. With the right company a quality product at an affordable price is attainable, and your completely customized solution will serve you well for many years to come. For more information, you can contact Shelf Genie—a company that can design, build and install these remarkable glide-out shelving systems for any cabinet in your home. You can call them at (888) 799-9891 or visit them online at www.shelfgenie.com/seattle

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kitchen&bath Get A Beautiful New Bathroom

IN JUST ONE DAY! athtubs and showers can host all sorts of problems for homeowners. Mold or mildew buildup, cracked tiles, failing grout, cracked shower pans and tubs, leaky plumbing, rotted or wet walls and peeling or rusting tubs—these are just some of the situations you might be dealing with in the bathroom. Unfortunately, you may be trying to overlook these issues because you dread the thought of a messy bathtub tear-out. Here’s the good news: if you are looking for a quick and affordable facelift for your bathroom, there are alternative solutions to bathtub rejuvenation that can save you lots of time, stress and money. In just one day, professionals can tailor a unique bathtub liner, shower enclosure and tub-to-shower conversion to fit your specific bathroom. Acrylic bathtub molds will properly seal your tub while giving it a revitalizing, fresh look. Shower doors and shower liners come in a wide range of attractive designs and colors and are specifically designed to last a lifetime. In addition to being incredibly convenient, acrylic bathtub and shower solutions are also environmentally friendly. As often as possible, professionals will go over what you already have which reduces landfill waste. Additionally, acrylic materials last a lifetime, so you won’t have to worry about having to tear things out later on down the road. Acrylic is also a good insulator, which keeps your water hot and saves energy.

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No matter what your issue may be, whether you have physical damage to an existing tub or simply want an easy new look, professionals are in control of the entire process from the forming of the acrylic material to the completed installation. One day, no mess! With Bath Fitter of Western Washington, your ideal bathroom solution is completely attainable. Along with bathtub liners, shower enclosures and tub-to-shower conversions, Bath Fitter offers a variety of bath accessories, including shower doors, towel bars, shower seats and much more. The only company to offer a seamless wall surround, you can create a watertight seal while reducing the amount of caulking and silicone (resulting in less maintenance for you). With over 25 years of experience and lifetime warranties, Bath Fitter will bring the showroom to you! You can call them today at 1-800-697-0498 or visit www.bathfitternw.com

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Sparkle Holiday Add some

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Can Beautiful Stone Surfaces

LAST FOREVER?

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ost people don’t realize that granite and other natural stone surfaces are porous and must be protected against staining and dirt build-up. Over time, oils, food stains, mold, mildew and dirt will adversely affect the look and feel of your natural stone surfaces. Professionally sealing them will prevent this damage, will save you money and will keep them looking the way you want them to look with minimum effort on your part. First, the stone is deep cleaned with a proprietary enzyme that emulsifies the contaminants that have accumulated in the pores. Then, commercial vaporsteamer with 275-degree steam is used to force the now-emulsified “stuff” up out of the pores and off the surface. Last, the material is infused with quadrillions of “designer-molecules” that permanently bond with the molecules in the stone, forming an invisible barrier that won’t allow water or other liquids, (including oil), to penetrate it. The most obvious reason that this particular method of sealing is superior to the standard process is that it truly lasts forever. Forever Seal also cleans and permanently seals other surfaces such as tile, grout, concrete, slate, pavers, flagstone, brick and more, and can repair, restore and refurbish damaged and abused stone surfaces to like-new condition. Their services come with a no-nonsense lifetime warranty against staining. You can visit www.foreverseal.net or call them today at 425-296-1300.

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Define Your Bathroom

with Gorgeous Glass

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athrooms have evolved over the years from an area that was once purely functional, to a valuable space where you can create an ambiance that is both stylish and relaxing. If you are looking to enhance the aesthetics of your bathroom, there is no better place to start than with the shower. A shower is a dominant feature in any bathroom. With the addition of clear frameless doors, this area quickly transforms from an average aspect to a stunning focal point. Frameless shower doors offer so many benefits. Even if you aren’t planning a complete remodel, it’s easy for professionals to simply switch out existing shower doors with new frameless ones. If you are stuck with a small bathroom, frameless doors can create the illusion of a larger space. Nearly invisible, a clear frameless glass shower door limits the visual barriers, provides a flowing seamless look, and has the effect of making the area seem more open and roomy. Frameless doors are easier to maintain than standard framed options. The glass is in direct contact with the shower tile, which eliminates corrosion that builds up over time on a metal track of a framed door. Unsightly frames on a shower door can take away from any beautiful tile work you want to show-off. Frameless doors are strong, featuring thicker glass with heavy-duty hardware. Unique hardware allows the door to swing both out and in. Finally, frameless shower doors are a wise long-term investment. They are much more desirable to people looking to buy a home. They open up

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a whole new door to creativity and flexibility when matching plumbing fixtures, choosing a specific height, or coordinating a particular style to your bathroom. For more information about frameless shower door and much more, Affordable Quality Glass can help. Offering a three-year warranty on all material and installation, Affordable Quality Glass values customer service as their number one goal and are always available when you need them. For more information, you can call them at 206-619-1028 or visit www.AQGlass.com

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Identifying Identifying an an unlocked unlocked Smart Smart Touch® Touch® lock lock is is easy. easy.

Increase Energy Efficiency and Save Money

WITH REPLACEMENT WINDOWS AND DOORS

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re you tired of high utility bills and the feeling that you are continuously throwing money out the window? Within the last decade, window technology has made some notable advancements. Essentially, if your home has older windows, you are missing out on great energy savings. During the cold winter months, older windows are completely ineffective at keeping the warm air inside your home. And during hot summer months, they cannot keep the cool air inside. Milgard windows are about three times more successful than older windows at retaining your home’s temperature and their energy efficient technology could be saving you a staggering 30–50% on your energy bill. With said savings, in the long run, it is actually more expensive to not replace your windows! Innovations in window and glass door coatings enable today's windows to provide excellent energy efficiency, clarity, and performance. New windows also raise your property value and will dramatically improve your home’s security, an important benefit some homeowners overlook. Did you know that 90% of all residential break-ins result from windows that are inadvertently left unlocked? With Milgard’s SmartTouch® window locks one smooth, single motion closes and locks your window. Without pinching, squeezing or twisting, this one-touch operation is easy to use and will ensure you never forget to lock your window again. Stainless steel hardware makes this innovative lock practically indestructible and will provide your home with a lifetime of uncompromised protection.

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These amazing qualities of energy efficiency, performance and security can also be found in sliding glass doors. You can give your patio a whole new look by exploring different styles of glass, multi-pane options, colored glass and different frame finish colors. Whether you are shopping for windows or doors, you will be pleasantly surprised at the multitude of wood, fiberglass, vinyl and aluminum options for you to explore. You will be able to see and feel the difference in quality and craftsmanship. Their full lifetime warranty includes parts, labor and even accidental breakage. With today’s busy schedules and information overload, you want your window and door project to be nothing but pressure-free, informative and on time, from start to finish. It’s crucial to work with a knowledgeable installation team of full time employees that are replacement experts with plenty of experience. Remember, it’s your home—a company should always take great pride in both workmanship and cleanliness, and Stansell Glass does all the above. To set up a free in-home estimate for replacement windows, you can contact Stansell Glass at 425-358-4330. Stansell Glass has been a locally owned and operated business since 1997. They are a Certified AAMA Installer, a Five Diamond Milgard Certified Dealer and a Milgard Service dealer, giving you access to quality products, knowledgeable professionals and a proper installation you can trust. Stansell Glass is proud to be a company built on integrity and customer referrals. They earned a Five-Diamond Milgard Exceptional Customer Service Satisfaction rating. You can check out their fantastic reviews from former clients at StansellGlass.com. You can also see their showroom by visiting them at 3040 B. Street Northwest in Auburn. ONLINE AT NORTHWESTLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


exteriorslandscaping How to Make the Right Choices

WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR ROOF he roof over your head does more than just keep the weather out—it keeps your home safe and your family protected. However, that roof is more delicate than it looks. When it becomes neglected for a long period of time, weather, age, and corrosion can cause harm— resulting in extreme damage that you must attend to immediately before it’s too late. In the Pacific Northwest, roofs are unfortunately more prone to moss growth due to the region’s ever-present moisture. This growth can lead to premature failing of many roofing materials, not to mention leaks. These are just a few common examples of roof issues that homeowners are often faced with. A roof system is a very important purchase. When the time comes to make the investment, wouldn’t you like to feel confident with your decision? There are so many different roofing companies out there, how can you be sure which ones are trustworthy and which ones might be setting you up for disaster? The most important choice you can make is selecting a company that will offer you only the best service, from start to finish. Here are a few things to keep in mind. First, your quote should always be free, convenient and accurate. Tear down and installation should be hassle-

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free and non-invasive and most installations should only take a few days. Once the job is finished, your property should be scoured to ensure every single nail and shingle has been carefully removed. Finally, follow-up in imperative—a professional should come to your home to double-check that everything is where it should be. For a pleasant and professional experience right from the very start, you can contact Century Roofing, a residential roof replacement contractor serving the greater Seattle and Eastside areas since 1970. Century Roofing builds dependable residential replacement roofs that add to the life of your home, and always provides every customer with beneficial information and expectations they can rely on. Century is recognized as one of only seven companies that are GAF Master Elite. For more information you can call them at 425-888-2343 or visit www.centuryroofing.biz. Lic. #CENTURI920DP.

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Roof Maintenance Keeps

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he roof on a home is more delicate than it looks. When your roof is neglected for too long, weather, age, and corrosion can all cause extensive harm—resulting in extreme damage that you must attend to immediately. Debris build-up and moss growth are two of the leading contributors to roof damage. However, by cleaning and repairing your roof on a regular basis, you can completely avoid a stressful and expensive situation like this. Whether your roof is tile, shake, or composition, there are certain things that you should notice when regarding roof maintenance, and certain methods of cleaning that are unique for each type. Tile Roof There are two ways to approach tile roof maintenance. The first process starts with a low-pressure, high-volume water cleaning. Once cleaned, the valleys and channel flashings should be opened up and cleaned out to prevent debris buildup, which in turn can cause water to overrun the flashings, deteriorate the felt underlayment and cause leaking in the home. Once all cleaning and repairs are finished, the roof should be treated (lasting up to three years). If the home is under trees, an annual air cleaning is recommended and a professional should always be on the roof to minimize both damage and accidents.

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The second option is to have the roof air cleaned. This will remove all debris and 90% of the moss from your roof’s surface. The roof is treated with a non-toxic chemical that will clean the surface naturally as it rains. The roof will be cleaned within two-to-three months and you will only need to re-treat it ever three years. Shake Roof The first way to clean a shake roof is to water clean it, make minor repairs and treat. With this process, you have the choice of treating the shakes with a cedar-tone tan or a driftwood gray color. All moss and fungus is removed, and the treatment will keep the fungus growth down. Moss and fungus deteriorates the shake, so this type of cleaning will extend the overall life of your roof. A different option is to air clean the roof, which removes all debirs and 70–80% of the moss, then treat it with an environmentally friendly treatment that is rain activated, cleaning the roof in about eight-to-ten months. Composition Roof Again, there are two different methods of cleaning for composition roofs. First, you can water clean and treat the roof every three years. Or, you can air clean and treat with a rain-activated, non-toxic substance that will clean the roof within two-to-three months. Both of these methods should be done every three years. For more information about roof cleaning, repairing and treating, Alpine Gentle Roof Cleaning can help. They are committed to providing you with the highest level of service at an affordable rate. You can call them at 425-271-8426, 1-800-55-ALPINE, or visit them online at www.alpineroofcleaning.com ONLINE AT NORTHWESTLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


exteriorslandscaping Rain oR Shine?

You Shouldn’t have to ChooSe JuSt one!

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t’s a challenge to find an outdoor patio or deck system that allows you to spend time outdoors all year long, no matter the weather. Some enclosed patio covers keep you dry when it’s raining, but what happens when the sun comes out and you want nothing more than to lie in your favorite chair and enjoy the beautiful sky? Finding that perfect medium, where you can adjust accordingly depending on both your mood and the environment, seems almost impossible for most homeowners—until now. Innovative louvered roof systems provide you with the ambiance you desire at the exact moment you need it, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor living space virtually every day of the year. When it rains, you stay dry. When you want to barbeque, the smoke can escape easily. When it’s significantly hot outside, you can protect your home from the heat and reduce the temperature. When it’s nice and sunny, you can bask in the sunlight. The choice is all yours. American-made and designed, professionals can customize and install your state-of-the-art patio or deck cover. Available in three attractive colors and multiple sizes, the systems are crafted from heavy-grade extruded aluminum and powder-coated paint. Featuring a lifetime warranty, the louvered roof system can withstand heavy snow and high winds and can be easily cleaned from the bottom (keeping it protected from moss and dust,

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no climbing necessary). Systems can even serve as a freestanding cover for a hot tub or gazebo. American Louvered Roof Systems can make the outdoors accessible to any homeowner in the Pacific Northwest. With a motorized system that is second to none, the goals at American Louvered Roof Systems are to stay ahead with technology, offer competitive pricing, unsurpassed warranties, and outstanding customer service. For more information, you can call them at 253-732-8641 or visit www.louveredroofs.com. Lic. #AMERILR873B8.

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exteriorslandscaping Extend Some Comfort and Style

TO YOUR BACKYARD! ith the virtually neutral climate found in the Northwest, many people settle with a few patio chairs and a barbeque in their backyard. What most homeowners don’t realize is that with an attractive patio cover and the simple addition of heat, you can easily turn a seldomused yard into an extension of your home that can be used all year long. Functional and beautiful outdoor living environments add square footage to your living space while simultaneously adding resale value to your home. You have so many incredible options when it comes to creating the perfect outdoor environment for your unique lifestyle. If you love to cook for family and friends, you are truly missing out until you’ve experienced the pleasures of an outdoor kitchen. Reclaim your outdoor space from cold nights and bring the warmth and romance of gathering around a fresh cooked meal into your yard. With so many looks to chose from, including tile, stucco, stone, and more, your outdoor kitchen will be as beautiful, comfortable, and warm as the room inside the home. Complement your outdoor room with a grill island that can take outdoor entertaining to a whole new level. An island complete with top-of-theline grill and accessories will change the way you think about outdoor cooking. Custom created to blend perfectly with the aesthetics of your home, you can even match the look of existing tile, stucco, or stone.

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Fire pits and custom fireplaces are elegantly designed to add dimension to any porch, patio, balcony, or even deck. Enhancing the ambiance of backyard living, a fire pit can deliver the benefits of gas heating outdoors. Convenient, safe, and easy to light and extinguish, you no longer have to be a victim to the cold weather. You can even spice up dinner time with an outdoor fireplace and pizza oven! This splash of warmth will keep you feeling great outside all year long. Outdoor Living Concepts offers complete turnkey jobs from design to completion, and all components are done in-house so quality and scheduling can be controlled throughout the entire project. From kitchens, custom fireplaces and fire pits, custom grill islands, patio covers, and more, Outdoor Living Concepts has been in the industry for 26 years and can assist you with creating your dream outdoor environment. For more information, you can call them at 425-337-5234 or visit www.OutdoorLivingConcepts.net

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The Great Outdoors, Every Day of the Year he best part of living in the Seattle area is our climate: moderate temperatures and lush, green landscapes and gardens invite year ’round access to the outdoors. Sure, it rains a bit—the tradeoff for our beautiful vistas. Yet the latest home upgrade trend takes full control of Seattle’s climate—and makes the outdoor room accessible in any weather, blurring the boundary between indoors and out. Sound intriguing? It sure is. More than a sunroom, the NanaOutdoor Room is an all-glass, indoor-outdoor room concept that is fully convertible. Installing quickly, it provides the flexibility and individuality to use the house as needed, all year long. Start by completely enclosing your existing deck or outdoor room inside the sleek, all-glass structure. Now make the glass walls fully opening, with panels that easily slide away and stack neatly to the side. Best of all, the glass is completely frameless—even when the wall is closed, you still feel like you’re outside. “It gives you the flexibility and individuality to use your space as needed, year ’round,” says Rob Laris, who sells and installs the NanaOutdoor Room. “It’s the connection, the space between indoors and out, where the magic happens.”

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The top-hung outdoor glass panels—which normal sunroom walls can’t support by the way—are on smooth tracks for easy, one-hand opening and closing. With no vertical frames, the glass walls seem to disappear, offering uninterrupted, panoramic views. High-quality furnishings—leather sofas, area rugs—stay protected from the elements with the NanaOutdoor Room. “The outdoor room has been one of the best ideas in Northwest house design,” says Laris. “It’s wonderful to feel the breeze, or to experience a storm coming through. And there’s nothing like using your deck all year long.” For more information about the NanaOutdoor Room or NanaWall opening glass walls or to make an appointment to visit the showroom, call Rob Laris at 425-825-7900. www.nanawall.com

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exteriorslandscaping

A Lifetime Solution

To Gutter Problems hile climbing the ladder to clean out your debris-filled gutters over and over again can be a tedious and stressful task, one cannot express the importance of having clog-free gutters while living in the Northwest. Leaves, pinecones, fir needles, and so many other things can get backed up in the gutters protecting your home, causing a big mess. And what about that section of the gutter that has started to pull away from your roof, taking the shingles with it? Wouldn’t it be nice if your gutters could function on their own without your assistance—no clogs, no roof damage, no messes? Luckily, there is a solution to this problem. With the only one-piece, leaf and debris shedding gutter protection system, you will never have to worry again. This gutter system works on the scientific principle of liquid adhesion. The gutter’s special curved design allows rainwater to travel down, around, and into the gutter’s trough while deflecting leaves and debris. Another advantage of this particular gutter system is the way it attaches to a house. A bracket attaches from the inside to the fascia board, rather than to the roof itself. Because of this method, the gutter will never pull away from the house due to water weight or accumulated debris. Each system is custom-fitted for every installation. They are constructed of

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.032 aluminum, which is more than 20% thicker than the average materials used for standard gutters. Also, you will never have to worry about rusting or corrosion. It has a scratch guard enamel finish that is available in 14 different colors to suit your home’s exterior appearance, and will not chip, peel, or crack for as long as you own your home. LeafGuard® gutter protection systems from Englert, Inc. are truly a superior solution to old home rain gutter problems, guaranteeing free-flowing gutters for as long as you own your home as well as a transferable warranty. In the unlikely event you’re your LeafGuard system clogs or pulls away from your home (even from snow or ice), the professionals at LeafGuard NW will clean or replace it for free. For more information, you can call LeafGuard NW at 425-320-3520 or visit www.GuttersSeattle.com.

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Northwest Living October/November 2013  

Magazine Designed for Today's Quality Minded Homeowners

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