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Newsletter #2

Classic Remodeling NW Inc. is ready to close out the year, are you?

The year is coming to a close. Who knew this year would go by as fast as it has. This year was pretty hectic for construction. Building season was booming and all contractors were working hard to get projects started as well as completed in a timely manner to get to all the other homeowners looking to do work on their home. There were some additions, as well as kitchens, bathrooms, and a new build. We also worked on outdoor living areas for homeowners to enjoy the seasons. There were many projects to take on this year and we have some already waiting to start next year. We want to thank you for allowing us the privilege of working in your homes and hope to hear from you in the future for any other projects you have in your home.

Removing a wall really opened up and brightened this living room.

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  • 1st referral-4 hours labor-$250 Value
  • 2nd referral-8 hours labor-$500 Value
  • 3rd referral-8 hours labor & $100 Visa Gift Card for Materials-$600 Value

**Note: A referral will be considered valid, due and payable when the person that you referred to Classic Remodeling NW Inc signs a construction agreement, and makes their first payment.

Perfect edges and a clean, slick look on a finished double sink. 

List of Work We Perform:

  • Whole House Remodel
  • Additions
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Kitchen Remodel
  • Custom Home
  • Design & Build
  • New Construction
  • Decks
  • Outdoor Living

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Perfect edges and a clean, slick look on a finished double sink.
The end of the year is right around the corner. Although the year may be just about over, we are still working away here at Classic Remodeling NW Inc. We just hired on a new carpenter and he has been a great fit so far to our team. As we close out this year, we are also gearing up for next year. We have learned so much this year, from the guys out in the field to the staff in the office. Increasing our knowledge for the business we work for is never ending. There is always something new to learn. As a General Contractor who does a lot of remodels, we run into a lot of situations that get our guys to use their carpentry knowledge to the best of their abilities and find a solution for the task at hand. Next year is another year to grow, and we can achieve this by homeowners looking for work to be done on their home, to give us a call. We would be glad to work in your homes. 

Got Pets as Holiday Guests? How to Pet-Proof Your House

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If you’re hosting family and/or friends for the holidays, bear in mind you might be greeting some furry, four-legged guests too. Like your sister’s incontinent cat…or your old college roommates teething puppy. Brace for impact-these animals might do a number on your home! Which means its high time to pet-proof your house.

Pets aren’t inherently evil, but having them as house guests can be tricky.

“When a dog or cat spends time in a foreign environment, they may act out due to anxiety,” explains Stephanie Liff, a veterinarian and owner of Pure Paws Veterinary Care in New York City.

To help, we’ve got advice from interior experts who’e been on the receiving end of furry guests. 

“Frankly, dogs are like toddlers, no matter how young or old they are, so supervision and containment are a must in every home,” says Karen Gray-Plaisted of Design Solutions KGP.

Here’s how to keep the peace when hosting pets (or taking your own furry family members to someones house).

How to Pet-Proof Your House: Learn Local Laws
Just as you would check traffic and weather conditions, brush up on pet ordinances, advises Liff.

“For example, in many places in New York City, dogs cant walk on the grass, so check out the rules,” she says. Other laws to be aware of include where dogs must be kept on a leash, scooping poop, and the rules on barking.

Watch Out For Pet Threats
“Look for hazards on low counters, including medications on bedside tables and bathroom counters,” Warns Jamie Novak, author of “Keep This Toss That.”

take note of house plants that could be poisonous or entire dogs and cats to start digging.

“And remove anything under the Christmas tree that your pup might chew,” Novak adds.

Also, be sure pantry doors are shut and kitchen counters are clear.

“A dog might be drawn to the peanut butter on the shelf, or he might not realize that plate of bacon isn’t for him,” notes Darla DeMorrow of Heartwork Organizing.


How to Clean up Pet Pee and Other Incidents
In case of accidents, “Keep carpet stain remover handy-or if you’re the quest with a pet, bring a bottle,” says Julie Coraccio, an organizing pro at Reawaken Your Brilliance.

To keep furniture for-free, “cover with a blanket and close off the rooms where he shouldn’t be at night, when everyone is asleep,” suggests Gray-Plaisted.

Find Some Distractions
Occupy pets so they don’t wind up destroying furniture, digging holes in lawns, and more. A couple of new toys and some tasty treats are good distractions. (When the pet is done playing, corral its gear, so others wont trip.)

And since a tired dog is a good dog, get the pooch outside.

“Using up a pet’s energy is an excellent way to ensure the best behavior in someone else’s home,” notes Gray-Plaisted. 

Protect Floors

A visting pet’s claws can scratch hardwood flooring and fray carpets. The fix? Put down runners or area rugs in high-traffic areas, DeMorrow suggests.

“And it’s totally okay to ask the owner to give her pet a toenail trim before she arrives,” she adds.

You can also insist that pet visitors stay in gated areas with more durable flooring, such as the laundry area or mud room.

Let Fluffy Hide

Timid animals need a safe spot when the house is full of unknown guests.

“Give your kitty an escape route-because not all pets and people get along and know that it’s completely normal for a cat to crawl under a bed or run to the basement if she’s upset,” says DeMorrow.

Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses
  • Currants, for decorating
  • Royal Icing, for decorating

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in spices and salt. Add eggs and molasses; mix well. With the machine on low speed, gradually add flour mixture, and beat until combined. Divide the dough into thirds, and wrap each piece of dough in plastic. Chill at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpat nonstick baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into gingerbread boys and girls. 
  4. To decorate cookies: Press currants into dough to create buttons. Bake cookies until crisp but not darkened, about 20 minutes. Transfer to wire rack. let cool completely.
  5. Decorate cooled cookies with Royal icing.

Holiday Surprise

Ingredients:
Cinnamon
Brown Sugar
Sugar
Champagne
Apple Cider

Recipe:
Rim glass with cinnamon & brown sugar mix
Fill half the glass with champagne
Fill the other half with apple cider

ENJOY!!