Newsletter #43

Sunny Days

Washington has really brought summer to us this year. It may not be as long as we wanted(or some may be happy with just as much as we are getting) but any bit of warm sunny days we get, I will take. Days like these make you feel different in the mornings. I know when I wake up in the morning and see the sky clear and the sun shining, that I will have a good day. Not only do we have beautiful mornings, but the nights are just as gorgeous if not more breath taking. The sun staying out late and the pretty sunsets we have been experiencing each day, just can’t get enough. These are the days people are thinking of ways to keep the beauty around the home going through all seasons. Give us a call so we can chat 425-224-2004
A little damp and muddy but this foundation has started out in Snohomish.

List of Work We Perform:

  • Whole House Remodel
  • Additions
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Kitchen Remodel
  • Custom Home
  • Design & Build
  • New Construction
  • Decks
  • Outdoor Living
Extending this home out as you can see the new foundation butting up to the existing home.

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: In the US, July is the national month for which type of fruit??

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

Soon there will be walls and floors going up before you know it. This is just the start of an addition.

Classic Remodeling NW Inc. is about to be closing out a few projects. A couple kitchens, an addition, a whole house remodel and a few other projects have been in the works this year. We have more additions and major remodels lined up to start, so if you were thinking of starting in the next couple months, last month is when the process should have started. With it being construction season, it wouldn’t be surprising if a few of the contractors you contacted were booked out a few plus months. We would recommend starting sooner than later, so even if you are just getting ideas, a phone call wouldn’t hurt to get a feel for where companies are and to find out if your project is of their services. We are just one phone call away at 425-224-2004

The Best Ways To Save Money on Your Utilities: 2022 Edition

[ Larissa Runkle]

You know all about the soaring inflation and rising utility costs. But we have some good news if you want to save buckets of cash by making simple changes around your home, sweet home.

Whether you live in a mansion or a condo, homes consume a ton of expensive energy-in the form of electricity, water, or gas. The good news? You can lower these bills and free up cash for other pursuits (maybe that new fridge you’ve been dreaming of or even a weekend getaway). What’s more, these changes are far from complicated-some are as simple as switching your lightbulbs or tweaking the settings on your appliances.

Collectively, these tiny changes can add up to huge savings. So try a few or all to reap the benefits of a fatter bank account in 2022, and beyond.

Save On Your Electric Bill

Unless you’ve been relying on candlelight, it’s no surprise to hear how much electricity costs have shot up. Energy Sage says residential electricity rates have increased about 14% over the past 10 years. With fuel costs continuing to rise, you can bet your bottom dollar that that number isn’t getting any lower.

One way to cut down on your electric bill? By killing what we call the “energy vampires” in your home.

Those are the little lights all over your house that indicate printers and chargers are plugged in and ready nut not in use. Energy vampires suck dollars out of your wallet, an average of $250 a year for a typical U.S. household.

The low-tech solution? Unplug these items before bed, which will save you as much as 10% on your energy bill. The high-tech solution? Power cords such as the Embertec Emberstrip Av+($45) will turn off equipment when they sense it’s not in use.

Swap Your Lightbulbs

Another way to reduce your bill? By switching to low-energy lightbulbs. This 6-pack of TCP 9W LED bulbs from Amazon(which replaces 60-watt incandescent bulbs and retails for only $20) can save you up to 85% on your energy bill.

And because these bulbs last an average of 18 years, another bonus is not needing to swap them out as often!

Get an Energy Audit

Consider this a checkup for your home: Many local utility companies offer energy audits-often for free. This involves experts assessing your home’s energy consumption patterns and looking for areas where you could cut back on electricity, gas, or water to lower your utility bills.

Auditors might do this remotely by poring over your records. Or they might visit your home to examine everything from its windows to ductwork to showerheads-saving you as much as 30% of your monthly bills.

Install a Hot Water Pump

Something you might not have considered when it comes to your ultrahot showers is how much scalding water costs.

“About 20% of the energy used in a home goes toward water heating,” says Michael Thomas, founder of Carbon Switch. “One of the most effective ways to cut down on that energy use is to install a heat pump water heater (aka hybrid water heater).”

According to Thomas, you can save anywhere from $20 to $600 a year making this switch. 

Another option when it comes to pricey hot water? Consider cranking it down just a tad. Lowering the settings by just 20 degrees (to a still-hot albeit more reasonable 120 degrees Fahrenheit) will save you anywhere from 6% to 10% on your heating costs.

Wash Your Clother in Cold Water

Yes, clothes will still get clean-some stains actually come out more readily in cold water-and you’ll save about $130 a year.

And since dryers account for 12% of the energy used in an average household, consider line-drying clothes in nice weather to save between $100 and $280 per year, depending on how many loads you dry.

Seal Your Windows

In the height of the summer and winter seasons, “even the smallest gaps around a window or door frame allow are to leak inside,” says Mark Liston, president of Glass Doctor. “An eighth of an inch gap under a 36-inch-wide door in the winter will let in as much cold air as a 2.4-inch-diameter hole punched in a wall.”

Depending on where you live, you could save as much as 20% on heating and cooling costs by properly sealing and insulation your windows and doors.

Set Up Smart Thermostats

Sealing your home from air leaks isn’t the only way to save money on heating and AC bills. Another idea? Consider installing a set of smart thermostats. 

“Smart thermostats can save the average homeowner $100 on their home energy bills a year,” says Thomas. “Given that most smart thermostats cost less than $200, that means payback of fewer than two years.”

Peach-Plum Crumble Slab Pie

Total Time

2 Hour 40 Mins


  • Slab Pastry Crust
  • 2 pounds firm ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 1 1/2 pounds firm ripe red plums, sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided, plus more for work surface
  • 1 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Vanilla ice cream(optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Unwrap the larger slab pastry crust disk; roll dough out on a lightly floured work surface into an 18-inch x 13-inch rectangle. Wrap dough around rolling pin; gently fit inside a 15-inch x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Turn edges under; crimp. Prick bottom and sides of dough with a fork. Line with parchment paper, leaving a 3- to 4- inch overhang around pan edges. Fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake 10 minutes. Remove parchment and pie weights. Return crust to oven; bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; cool completely, about 30 minutes. (Reserve smaller slab pastry crust disk for another use.)
  2. Gently toss together peaches, plums, and 1/2 cup each of the flour and sugar in a large bowl. Spoon mixture into a prepared crust. Stir together butter, cinnamon, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup each flour and sugar in a medium bowl. Sprinkle over peach mixture in crust.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until lightly browned and bubbly, 35 to 40 minutes. Let stand at least 10 minutes or up to 2 hours. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.