Newsletter #41

Summer Breeze and Beautiful Trees

Just another day and we will be officially in summer season. Now for Washington it doesn’t look like the other states’ summer season. We get more wet and cold weather than most so of course that will trickle into the summer. Last year we had a heat wave and this year I am not sure if we will be seeing the same temperatures. I mean I wouldn’t complain too much if we had hotter weather but I am not shooting for the heat wave again. If we get it, I have a way to cool off this summer but doubt we will see that happen. With this nice weather everyone is probably thinking about a remodel project. Please know this is a very busy season for construction type work. So if you call and they are booked out don’t be surprised. This is normal. Some may be able to get to you this summer and it doesn’t hurt to call and ask. Give us a call so we can chat 425-224-2004

Beautiful greenery around this pond. Not too much but also not too little.

List of Work We Perform:

  • Whole House Remodel
  • Additions
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Kitchen Remodel
  • Custom Home
  • Design & Build
  • New Construction
  • Decks
  • Outdoor Living
New mulch spread out around all these radiant flowers. Just look at those gorgeous colors.

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: Which moon did we just have on June 14th?

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

Lower section of the pond with all the bright colors coming from the rocks and plants.

Classic Remodeling NW having a pretty good year. With our schedule filling up we ask that any homeowner looking at starting your project or plans for your project in the coming months to contact us sooner than later. We have a few projects lined up through fall and would love more to add to our queue. If you are thinking of starting around fall or winter, please contact us. We want to make sure we get any needed plans or permits for your project. Your one stop shop for your remodeling needs is one phone call away at 425-224-2004

How To Revitalize Your Vegetable Garden In A Weekend

[ Kathleen Willcox]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, gardening became all the rage. With nothing but time and nowhere to go, many of us poured our energy into work inside and outside the home. About 18 million Americans started gardening in 2020, according to the National Gardening Bureau. And Americans are now investing about $48 billion in lawn and gardening equipment each year.

But still, not everyone’s garden is growing as beautifully as they’d like.

The good news: With summer just around the bend, there’s still plenty of time for you to create a gorgeous
garden you’ll be proud to show off – one that can also produce a delicious and healthy haul of fruits and vegetables.

We reached out to experienced gardeners and experts who shared their tips for revitalizing and rejuvenating your vegetable gardens in just a few days.

Step 1: Remove All Weeds

Weeds are often viewed as an eyesore by gardeners, and while that’s true, their impact on your overall garden’s health and vitality can go beyond the superficial.

“I always tell gardeners to start by removing weeds,” says Katie Krejci, a dietician, homesteader, and founder of The Homesteading RD. “Weeds steal nutrients from the vegetables that you want to grow, and they can also physically crowd them out, especially when they’re just getting started.”

If your space is limited, Krejci recommends pulling out the weeds by hand. If the weed is large, you should use a weeding tool such as a hula hoe($32.50, Amazon).

Step 2: Mulch

You wouldn’t put a child to bed without a snug blanket, right? The same thinking goes for nascent produce. Mulch prevents weeds from coming in, keeps soil at a steadier temperature during sudden chills and heat spikes, and protects seedlings and soil from diseases and pests. 

“Mulching is probably the easiest, fastest, and least expensive way to revitalize a neglected garden,” says Seattle-based Kate Russell, author of “Stop Wasting Your Yard!” and owner of The Daily Garden blog. “You can get mulch from our local tree trimmer. It will provide you with a fresh palette from which to start, while protecting your soil, feeding essential microorganisms, and keeping plants healthy.”

Step 3: Test the Soil

Next up, put your soil to the test. As strange as it might sound, testing soil to assess its pH, texture, and nutrient levels is essential if you want to grow a healthy crop of vegetables this year.

“A lab-based soil test will tell you what’s really there,” says Russell. “All too often, gardeners keep adding fertilizer without knowing if it’s actually needed. It’s one of those ‘too much of a good thing can be a bad thing’ situations. Nutrient toxicities can be worse than deficiencies, and they are more difficult to correct.”

You can buy soil test kits (#16.28, Amazon) online with complete instructions and information on desired levels of nutrients and pH. 

Once you have your results, Russell recommends going to your local garden store to ask for advice on fertilizer, composts, and appropriate plants for your garden. Bonus points if you bring a picture of your garden space and can share information on how many hours of sun your plot gets on a typical day.

Step 4: Replenish the Nutrients

If you detect imbalances in your soil, you can purchase amendments. Soil amending is process of adding material to the soil to make it more hospitable for your plants. The most common amendments are compost, wood chips, grass clippings, and pea gravel.

Krejci is a strong advocate for compost.

“You definitely want to add a 2-inch layer of compost to the top of your garden bed and mix it in,” Krejci says. Incorporate the most compost with a rake, and water until the soil is moist.

Step 5: Plant

Now comes the fun part: planting? Because it’s late in the season, get advice from your local nursery on what you can plant now in your area and still harvest this summer.

Classic short-season vegetables that thrive in most climates include herbs, lettuces, greens kale and Swiss chard, radishes, carrots, bush beans, and turnips.

More than one-third of U.S households grow vegetables and fruit, so if you’re part of that group of avid gardeners, we hope you now feel like you have the tools to make 2022 your most bountiful harvest season yet.

Cherry Bars

Total Time

Prep 20 Mins. Bake 35 Mins


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling


  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Gradually add flour.
  2. Spread 3 cups dough into a greased 15x10x1-in baking pan. Spread with pie filling. Drop remaining dough by teaspoonfuls over filling. Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in a pan on a wire rack.
  3. In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, extracts and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over top.