Newsletter #37

Wow, 2022

Welcome to the new year! Cannot believe 2020 and 2021 are both behind us. Couple of the craziest years we have experienced in our lifetime and probably not the last we will experience but I’m happy to say we are done with them. 2022 is a whole new year for all new adventures, lessons, accomplishments, and even failures. We don’t learn unless we make mistakes so let’s put our brains to work this year. Come up with ways to be more confident in your decision making, find the motivation to do the things you have been holding off and act upon the goals you have set for yourself. New year doesn’t have to mean a new you, but it can mean a better you. So find the best in everything this year. Even if that is a whole house remodel,(changes can be scary) and big changes can be scarier but imagine the big successes of it and all the new beauty you will be bringing into your home. Aren’t wanting to move out but need a new feel, that whole house remodel will give it to you. Just give us a call so we can chat 425-224-2004

Natural tones to make this lower section of the home calming

List of Work We Perform:

  • Whole House Remodel
  • Additions
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Kitchen Remodel
  • Custom Home
  • Design & Build
  • New Construction
  • Decks
  • Outdoor Living
Little bit of fun in your space is never a bad thing

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

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: When did the first ball drop for celebration of New Years?

Call in correct answer for $10 Starbucks Gift Card 425-224-2004
(Where are my winners at?!)

This rustic decor and warm tones gives you that country feel

Classic Remodeling NW Inc. is starting the new year with a pretty full schedule. Last year we saw a lot of amazing clients and new projects. This year we would love to meet and see new ones. With our schedule booked with whole house remodels and additions, now would be the time to get your project figured out, whether that be getting needed drawings for your project, a permit or even getting the list of everything you want done put together to meet with contractor. There are some steps that need to be checked off well before the project starts and if you aren’t sure if you have checked those off yet give us a call. We would love to hear about your remodeling ideas.

What Is House Shame? Here’s How To Overcome It

[ Kathleen Willcox]

The feeling of house shame-sometimes also called “housebarrassment”-is precisely what it sounds like: a deep sense of discomfort when it comes time to introduce your home to others. House shame, much like body shame, is something many people worldwide have dealt with, long before there was a name for it. 

Unfortunately, the prevalence of house shame appears to be on the rise. So we reached out to several experts to figure out why we all occasionally blush at the idea of opening our front door to visitors. 

We discovered that house shame has an array of causes-and thankfully, solutions. Read on to learn how you can turn those negative emotions into empowerment.

Why You May Feel House Shame

While it’s impossible to precisely establish more than one person’s source of anxiety over their home, several themes appear to recur when it comes to the current era of house shame: money, social media, and the COVID-19 pandemic. 
“‘House shame’ is a term that has been coined by the interior design community over the past five years to identify what we’ve known for a long time,” says David Mason, owner of the interior design site The Knobs Company headquartered in Omaha, NE. “The design of our homes has an important influence on how we feel about ourselves. And buying a house is one of the most significant investments we will make in our lifetime.” 
In other words, there’s a lot of pressure to prove to yourself-and others-that your home is a reflection of your good taste and solid financial chops. 
Andrea Chapman, marketing manager for Nature and Bloom in London, can relate to the house shame many feel across the globe as we Zoom our days away. Our homes feel more exposed than ever to co-workers, our kids’ classmates and teachers, and friends on social media. 
“the videos being created on social media platforms are filmed from areas like living rooms, bedrooms, or backyards, so we get a glimpse of how aesthetically pleasing they are compare to ours,” says Chapman. “And because we’ve been working and studying from home since 2020, we’re more conscious than ever of the way our home looks and how it doesn’t look anything like those videos.”

Don’t Let Others House Shame You

“If other people are making you feel house shame, it may be time to reassess those relationships,” says Tanya DiNicolantonio, a real estate professional at Re/Max Escarpment Realty in Hamilton, Ontario. “In the end, where you live is worthy of respect, whether you’re renting or buying.” 

And remember that living within your means is always the responsible, honorable thing to do. 

“People can be judgy, but the important thing is, how do you feel about your home,” says Katie Kochelek, an interior designer and CEO of Ten Key Home & Kitchen Remodels in Edmond, OK.

Overcoming House Shame with Art and Decor

Kicking house shame to your curb is partly a mental exercise, but making a few quick, inexpensive tweaks to your décor will also work wonders.

“There are so many things you can do to make your home more appealing without breaking the bank,” says DiNicolantonio. She suggests starting on Pinterest and taking inspiration from color combinations, décor styles, and practical storage units that appeal to you.

“Some of the most creative ideas on Pinterest can be reproduced with finds from thrift and dollar stores,” adds DiNicolantonio.

Overcoming House Shame with Greenery

Bringing greenery into your home can take care of several problems at once: Plants will improve the look of your house-and make you happier and healthier.

Houseplants, like trees, actually clean the air. And simply looking at greenery helps people relax and stay calm and increases your levels of happiness. (according to one recent survey, 75% of respondents said plants improved their outlook on life during lockdown.)

And if you feel you’re one of those people who can kill a plant by looking at it the wrong way, don’t worry. 

“Since I don’t have a green thumb, I avoided having plants for a long time,” says DiNicolantonio. “That changed when a friend pointed out that it’s OK to look at an inexpensive house plant as a bouquet. Enjoy it as log as it lives, and replace it if it dies.”

Overcoming House SHame by Decluttering

Another great way to improve your home and state of mind is through a few manageable projects. 

The easiest and cheapest by far is simply decluttering. Tidying up pays mental as well as aesthetic dividends-studies have been shown that decluttering can make you healthier and happier, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Most people feel best when their space is decluttered and neat, so your first step to creating a home you can feel good about is clearing out the clutter,” says Kochelek. She also notes that you can make money in the decluttering process by selling items online or writing them off on your taxes after donating them.

Overcoming House Shame with DIY Projects

Michael Helwig, an interior designer and owner of Michael Helwig Interiors in Buffalo, NY, felt his share of house shame. He canceled get-togethers with friends and made excuses about his availability when his friends were in his neighborhood.

To get over his discomfort, he watched YouTube videos that showed him how to tackle some of the eyesores that were bothering him. 

“So I updated my front railings, put in a new front door, refinished my concrete steps,” says Helwig. “This added immediate curb appeal. Then I added awesome planters and installed shutters on my front windows.”

While Helwig made the changes slowly, he immediately began feeling better about his house. You can also tackle a surprising number of DIY projects with the help of tutorials from pros on YouTube, says Helwig.

The bottom line when it comes to house shame? We should all try to overcome this sense of discomfort by taking one project one step at a time. Taking action will not only make your home look better, but it will also make it feel cozier and more authentic. And you’ll likely feel good about it no matter who shows up at your front door.

Chicken Pot Pie South

Total Time

1 Hour 15 Mins


  • 3 chicken breasts, skin-on, bone-in (2 1/2 to 3 pounds total)
  • Good olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 5 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts (3 leeks) (see Cook’s Notes)
  • 4 cups chopped fennel, tops and cores removed (2 bulbs)
  • 3 cups (1/2-inch) diced scrubbed carrots (5 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/4 cup Wondra flour
  • 3/4 cup creamy sherry, divided
  • 7 cups good chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 (2 by 3 inch) piece of Italian Parmesan cheese rind
  • 1 (10 ounce) box frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen whole pearl onions
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Puff Pastry Croutons (recipe follows)

Puff Pastry Croutons

  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, such as Pepperidge Farm, defrosted 
  • 1 extra-large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon heavy cream, for egg wash
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the chicken on a sheet pan skin-side up, rub the skin with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 minutes, until a thermometer registers 130 degrees F to 140 degrees F. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove and discard the skin and bones and cut the chicken in 1-inch dice. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium (10 to 11 inch) heavy bottomed pot or Dutch oven, such as Le Creuset, over medium heat. Add the leeks, fennel and carrots and sauté over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are tender but not browned. Stir in the garlic and tarragon and cook for one minute. Sprinkle on the flour and cook, stirring constantly, fr 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the sherry, the chicken stock, 4 teaspoons salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper and the Parmesan rind. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken, peas and onions an simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Off the heat, remove the Parmesan rind and add the remaining 1/4 cup of sherry and parsley. Serve hot in large shallow bowls with two Puff Pastry Croutons on top.

Puff Pastry Croutons:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Lightly dust a board and rolling pin with flour. Unfold the sheet of puff pastry on the board, dust it lightly with flour and lightly roll the pastry just to smooth out the folds.
  3. With star-shaped or fluted round cookie cutters, cut 12 stars or rounds of pastry and place them on the prepared sheet pan. Brush the tops with the egg was, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. 

Cook’s Notes:

To prep the leeks, cut off the dark green leaves at a 45 degree angle and discard. Chop the white and light green parts, wash well in a bowl of water and spin dry in a salad spinner. Wet leeks will steam rather than sauté. For the puff pastry croutons, defrost puff pastry overnight in the refrigerator. You want the pastry to be very cold when you bake it.