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Newsletter #11

Summer Is Definitely Over.

Well that was a quick switch with the weather. Not so surprising of course for Pacific NorthWest. The weather here is pretty bipolar to say the least :). It’s getting wet and cooler out and that means fireplaces, hot chocolate and movies. This summer was pretty great for outside activities. Now it’s time to start having fun indoors again. Kids rooms, family rooms, bonus rooms and rec rooms, these are extra spaces in the home for fun gatherings for games and stuff. Then you have your kitchen and dining room, as well as living room and possibly back porch for those dinner get togethers or even birthday parties. With all these guests someone must need to use the restroom. So you can see, with as much space as you have in your home, there are many places for people to gather in, but do you have enough space for everyone? Is it dark and dull and need to be livened up a little? Or even more than a little? With all of these places to be seen by others you want it to look the best it can. Time for a change?  Whatever your remodeling needs, we are one phone call away. We will build your dreams. Give us a call for your remodeling project 425-224-2004.

Newly poured/formed steps into the front entry of this home.

List of Work We Perform:

  • Whole House Remodel
  • Additions
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Kitchen Remodel
  • Custom Home
  • Design & Build
  • New Construction
  • Decks
  • Outdoor Living
Preparing to pour new concrete.

Referral Program:

There is no greater honor than having our past clients/friends recommend us to their friends, family and co-workers. To show our appreciation, we would like to invite you to participate in our exclusive client referral
program.

When you refer a friend, family member or co-worker to our company and they sign a
construction contract with us, you will receive 1% of the total project cost on a future project with our company or cash. A $100,000 project=$1,000 credit.
The people who you refer to our company will also receive 1% off of their project costs to be used with their current project.

There is no limit on how many times you can use this program, so the more you use it, the more money you can earn.
We look forward to working with you, your friends and your family.

Trivia Question:
Q: What number month of the year was September in the Roman Calender?

Call in correct answer for $10 Starbucks Gift Card 425-224-2004
(Nobody won last month’s trivia question!)

Roofing company installing new metal roof
Classic Remodeling has changed its way of estimating. We want to be more transparent with our billing with our homeowners. We have switched from a fixed price estimate to a cost plus estimate. Here at Classic we feel this will create better relationships with our clients with them knowing as much information about their project as possible. Being in the customer service industry it is our job to make sure the experience of our homeowners is the best we can make it. Our services range from bathroom remodels up to custom builds. Our service areas range from North Seattle to Marysville and out to Monroe. So if you have a project you want to get started on check out our website to view our gallery. Then give us a call at 425-224-2004 and we can schedule someone to meet with you to go over your remodeling needs. 

The Most Hated Chores in America – and How to Take the Agony
[realtor.com: Terry Williams]

If you feel like you’re spending way too much time on household chores, you’e not alone. According to a new survey, the average American spends up to 690 hours a year on housework. We feel like even Marie Kondo would object to spending that much time making a home sparkle.

The study by Yelp also found that of the numerous tasks we perform to keep our home spick-and-span, there are certain chores that are more irksome than others. Think you’re the only one who can’t stand doing the dishes? Think again.

In fact, some people are willing to go to extremes to avoid doing chores altogether. he survey, on “Modern Love and household Responsibilities,” questions 2,000 Americans who live with a partner, split evenly between men and women.

Over a third of respondents said they would give up drinking alcohol forever, if it meant they would never have to do housework again. A fifth said the same about sex. Respondents also said they would be willing to add an hour to their commute each day, spend a week in jail, give up their smartphone, and shave their head.

“Chore-doing Americans are getting out of doing this work by faking illnesses, and even work tasks to get their partner to do the chores,” syas Yelp’s trend expert, Tara Lewis. “In fact, two-thirds of survey respondents even admitted that they and/or their partner have done a poor job at housework in the hope of getting out of doing it again.”

But the sad reality is that chores are not going away. Dust, clutter, dishes, and clothes will never stop accumulating, so the best way to deal with this is to tackle it head-on. So, what are the most hated chores? And more importantly, how can you make them less tedious?

Washing Dishes
 
Americans love going out to eat and loathe doing the dishes. That’s why this task tops the list of most hated chores, according to the study.

But to make dish duty less of a slog, and to prevent those bowls and plates from stacking up, get in the swing of this simple but effective routine, courtesy of Darla DeMorrow, a certified professional organizer and owner of HeartWork Organizing in Philadelphia.

Fill and run your dishwasher every night and put the clean dishes away every morning, she says. It seems obvious, but once it becomes habit, doing the dishes will be far less painful.

Hand-washing is one of the more painstaking kitchen chores, but to handle that stubborn baked-on food, soak your pots, pans, and dishes in hot, soapy water.

Doing Laundry
 
Unsurprisingly, doing laundry landed near the top of the list of most hated chores. It’s a time-consuming task that seems to never end!

To make the process go a little bit quicker, Laura Goodman, senior scientist for P&G Fabric Care, recommends using the quick and cold cycles on your washer to save time and energy.

To save time on drying heavy items like towels and linens, add a dry bath towel to a load of damp towels in the dryer.

“The extra moisture will be absorbed by the dry towel and reduce the drying time,” says Marty Basher, a home organization expert at ModularClosets.com.

And few things are more frustrating than losing items during the laundry process.

“To combat this, leave a small mesh bag in each of your hampers just for socks,” says Leanne Stapf, chief operating officer at The Cleaning Authority. “You can then just toss the bag in the washer and dryer, leaving no room for them to escape.”

Clean a Bathroom
 
The bathroom is the place everyone wants to avoid when it needs to be cleaned. However, Stapf says good ol’ white vinegar can make cleaning easier. Mix a half-cup vinegar with a half-gallon warm water, and use the solution to clean any tile surface and mop the floors.

“You can also wipe your shower doors with distilled white vinegar to prevent soap scum and buildup,” Stapf says. “And for a clogged shower head, pour some vinegar into a plastic bag, use a tie to secure it, and leave the bag overnight.”

Keep drains clog-free by pouring a cup of white distilled vinegar down them once every two weeks. Allow it to sit for a half-hour, and then run cold water to flush it out.

Vacuuming
 
To ease the hassle of vacuuming, upgrade your vacuum cleaner and use a three-stage, high-efficiency particulate air filter.

“HEPA filters trap 99.7% of airborne allergens, unlike traditional vacuums, which expel dust and allergens back into the room as you clean,” says Jotham Hatch, a cleaning expert at Chem-Dry, a carpet and upholstery cleaning service.

And did you know that your vacuum can be used on other things besides the floor? Throw away that feather duster, and use your vacuum to clean your window treatments, including Roman shades, draperies, cellular shades, and shutters.

“Use the brush attachment on your vacuum, and run it lightly over the window treatments to remove dust and particles,” says Rachel Hyslop at Graber Blinds. You can also vacuum horizontal blinds, fabric and vinyl vertical blinds, and wood blinds.

Pet owners, we know you’re very familiar with your vacuum cleaner, but if it isn’t picking up your pet’s hair,  try using rubber gloves.

“Just slide them on and rub down any areas that need extra cleaning,” Stapf says.

Static electricity will cause the remaining pet hair and dust to stick to the gloves, and you can then rinse them off under running water.

And perhaps the most passive way to get dust and debris off the floor? Get a robot vacuum.

“Set it once everyone goes to bed, and you’ll wake up to floors free of dirt, dust, and debris—it’s life-changing,” says Naeemah Ford Goldson, a certified professional organizer and owner of Restore Order Professional Organizing, in Atlanta.

 

Raspberry Crumble Bars

(12-18 servings)

 

Prep time

(20 Minutes)

 

Cook time

(30 Minutes)

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 12-ounce bags of frozen raspberries(see notes)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar(more depending on tartness of your berries)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • juice of one lemon

 

Crumble Layer:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar(loosely packed)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups melted butter(I prefer salted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Prep Raspberries: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place raspberries in a large colander. Run warm water over them for a minute, and then let the liquid drain out for about an hour until softened and thoroughly drained (see notes). Mix raspberries with sugar, flour, cornstarch, and lemon juice.
  2. Soft Delicious Crust: Mix the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, butter, and salt together into a crumble-like mixture. Press two thirds of the crumble into the bottom of a 9×13 pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Bake: Arrange the raspberry layer on top of the baked bottom layer. Sprinkle with remaining crumble. Bake for another 25-30 minutes.
  4. Finish: Remove from oven. They will need a little time to set up into “bar” formation, so chill them for a few hours to get them really solid. Orrrr… cut into it right away and eat it like a soft fruit crisp! You should be able to remove them from the pan easily by pulling up on the edges of the parchment paper.
ENJOY!!

Notes:

Thawing and draining the raspberries is important for getting the bars to firm up. When thawing the raspberries in the colander, you can gently squeeze them with your hands or press lightly with a spoon to get more liquid out. They will probably still be a little wet and mushy, which is fine. You just don’t want to have tons of excess water seeping out.