WCLS board of trustees proposes to renovate Vogt home for

By Ian Haupt

Since Birch Bay voters twice showed their opposition to fund an estimated $6.5 million library project, Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) has been looking for ways to utilize its $2 million of state funding to offer more library services to the area. Last month, the WCLS board of trustees decided an interior remodel of the Vogt family home as the best step forward.
In a June 21 regular board meeting, WCLS deputy director Michael Cox presented renovation plans for the Vogt family home to be made into a library branch. The plans, estimated to cost $2.6 million, show a first-floor renovation with full site improvements that include additional parking spaces, a book return, signage and an ADA accessible entrance. While there will be no exterior changes to the homestead, the plans call for demolishing existing outbuildings behind the home to make room for more parking, according to

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Renovating During Inflation

With inflation at a 40-year high and mortgage rates more than 2% points higher than they were six months ago (and continuing to climb), you might find that now is not the right time to buy a new home. Instead, it might be time to love the one you already own.

Need a little help feeling good about staying put for the time being? Then perhaps, it’s time for a remodel project to turn your house into the home you’ve always dreamed about.

Before you run away screaming at the thought of renovating, hear us out.

A remodel could increase the overall value of your home, which would be beneficial if you consider selling in the future. (And maybe a home face-lift will make you want to stay put.)

“Renovation projects are a great way to retain the value of your money in a high-inflation environment,” says Rick Berres,

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A crumbling house in Chevy Chase, Md., is given new life

 Chris and Allison Marvin lived in their Chevy Chase, Md., home for eight years before embarking on a renovation and creating a space for their artwork. The design team also added a loggia on the rear of the house to blend in the new windows in the dining room while creating more usable outdoor space.
Chris and Allison Marvin lived in their Chevy Chase, Md., home for eight years before embarking on a renovation and creating a space for their artwork. The design team also added a loggia on the rear of the house to blend in the new windows in the dining room while creating more usable outdoor space. (Jennifer Hughes)

Design-integrated spaces highlight an extensive art collection

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Chris and Allison Marvin owned a home in Chevy Chase, Md., where they lived with their two children and needed more space. But an expansion could have overcrowded the lot.

They wanted to stay in the neighborhood, but homes there practically sold as quickly as they were listed. So the Marvins decided on an unconventional approach to finding a new home.

They wrote about 80 letters to their neighbors and asked if they wanted

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Who built our forever home? Thanks to a reader, now I know

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – For six years we’ve lived here, tickled by the history of the Kaiser family, who for decades owned our century farmhouse and a family flower business.

Neighbors told us stories about the indomitable Dorothy Kaiser, who lived in the house as a teenager and then raised her family within our walls. Her granddaughter sent us photos of the green carpet and the greenhouses.

But we never knew who built the house in 1913. Until one July afternoon, the answer knocked on my door.

Lots of readers have asked me how my house is going or sent me emails since this column began. But this visit floored me. The descendant of the first owner arrived bearing information, a wedding photo and postcards from 1923.

Paula Ljubic Kucinc, who has lived in Rocky River her whole life, told me about Lars and Mary Anderson, who bought the Northview

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Are You Eager for That Home Remodel? Stephan Sardone Says

That headline may sound rough, but it’s the reality. Stephan Sardone of Sardone | McLain broke it down for us recently and offered some sage advice for those of you contemplating a remodel this year.

What don’t people understand about the state of the remodeling industry right now?

Stephan Sardone: We did not just press pause when we went into lockdown. We stopped. The suppliers went home. The workers went home. Multiple businesses associated with just getting lumber to retail outlets like Home Depot faltered. That has resulted in things taking much longer than they used to and price increases across the board.

Homes have appreciated a lot since the start of the pandemic. Does that figure into the remodeling equation?

SS: Homes have appreciated, but it’s not realistic to do a remodel, regardless of equity, and expect to break even when the remodel is finished. You don’t remodel to

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“Miss Katie” dredge nears completion, and prepares for her

Miss Katie at her current home in Louisiana. Photo courtesy of Commissioner Steve House.

The “Miss Katie” dredge is nearing completion, with sea trials scheduled to begin on July 18, followed by a long journey from a Louisiana construction site to her new home on the Outer Banks.

A project that has been in the works since 2016, the Miss Katie dredge will be able to operate in both Oregon and Hatteras Inlets up to 12 hours a day, and will be a county-managed resource to continually keep both inlets open.

“I cannot explain how excited we all are to have this come to fruition,” said Dare County Commissioner Steve House, who along with Commissioner Jim Tobin, has been working on the Miss Katie dredge project since the beginning. “It has been a long process, and way past due for what we need here… Mainly for our commercial fishermen and

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How COVID-19 changed Rockford housing industry aside from

ROCKFORD — Home is not only where the heart is, it’s also where the office is for millions of Americans who continue to work remotely more than two years into the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic has altered the wants and needs of homeowners and buyers, according to realtor John Broda, with eXp Realty, who said a designated office space in the home has become an essential amenity. 

“I just had a client who moved here from Texas and they closed on their property up in Roscoe,” Broda said. “What sold it for them was the husband has always worked from home and once his children started doing remote learning, he wanted a designated space where he could work and have the privacy he needs to do his job. But, also, when he’s done for the day he doesn’t have to pack everything up and put it away somewhere. It’s a

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Award-Winning Remodels | Home + Garden

Every year, the members of the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties submit their favorite projects to the Remodeling Excellence Awards. Here are the first-place 2022 winners.







Photo by Cindy Apple Photography




Design Excellence: Moody Blues Whole House Remodel

Interior Design

This 1906 heritage Portage Bay home was passed down through the generations to the present owners. Model Remodel’s renovation added modern conveniences while respecting the home’s centurylong history. MODEL REMODEL







Photo by Cindy Apple Photography




Residential Remodel Excellence: Scandinavian Home Gym and Sauna

Getaway Room: Less Than $100,000

Model Remodel channeled Scandinavian form and function into this simple home gym and wellness room designed to help its Alki Beach clients stay centered during the pandemic. They converted a nondescript garage storage area into a modest retreat. MODEL REMODEL







Photo by NW Architectural Photography




Residential Remodel Excellence: Backyard Golf and Exercise Studio

Getaway Room:

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Renovate or Relocate? – Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

This feature was written by Studio MSP writers. While some of our advertisers were sourced, no advertiser paid to be included.

Lately, our feeds are filled with Polaroids of Sold signs. But we don’t all have the blind faith of country songs and wooden plaques declaring, Home is wherever I’m with you, or, Home is where my dog is. Adulting, it turns out, isn’t that simple.

“Our market’s crazy,” says Chris Ames, a local agent with Re/Max Results. “I’ve been doing this for 34 years, and I’ve never been in an environment like this before.”

Many homeowners are left wondering if it’s worth sticking a hand in the cookie jar of existing home stock or if they should create their own from scratch instead—or even attempt to reconfigure their existing homes to fit morphing needs and growing (or shrinking) families.

Plagued by unanswerable questions—Will I return to

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In Great Falls, a family estate rises with a team effort

A design-bid-build approach aligned the best elements

Tony and Melissa Colangelo built a one-level home on two lots in Great Falls, Va. Landscaping elements and terraces help frame the house on the site.
Tony and Melissa Colangelo built a one-level home on two lots in Great Falls, Va. Landscaping elements and terraces help frame the house on the site. (Stacy Zarin Goldberg)

Tony and Melissa Colangelo were happily living in a home Tony bought in Great Falls, Va., when he was single. Then came the birth of their twins, the need for more space and a legacy to leave for the children one day. So Tony, 58, and Melissa, 52, launched a search for a new home.

“That was the beginning of the whole effort — a long-term multigeneration project,” says Tony, who runs his own government contracting firm.

At first, all options were on the table. Renovate the bachelor pad. Find a new house. Build the custom home of their dreams. No matter

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