The Reality of a Remodel: A Note From George

We always do our best throughout the remodeling process to keep the mess and noise to a minimum, but we aren't going to tell you that remodels are not messy, noisy work. We will create dust and it will migrate to areas it shouldn’t. We do our best to control it but it seems to go where it wants. Even after our team finishes their deep cleaning, it may be found hiding here and there.

We like to compare the remodeling process to the process of having a baby. From start to finish, there are different "trimesters" if you will before your beautiful home is reborn.

When you choose us and your remodeling plan is finalized, you experience excitement and expectation similar to finding out you have a new baby on the way!

Then comes the morning sickness. This is the mess and noise that come with the reality of all the changes happening in your home. We liken this to the first trimester of pregnancy because many uncomfortable changes happen in this time and we know that no two women experience this process in the same way. This is true for remodeling as well. The experience is unique in each home and for each family.

Once demo is done, the dust begins to settle and rooms start to open up as walls are replaced with beams and you start to see your remodel coming together. This is what we refer to as your "second trimester". The discomfort of the first trimester fades and a new wave of excitement starts as you experience the signs of life beginning to show!

Then comes the 3rd trimester, You have now reached the final stretch of the process and are probably very excited and anxious for the completion of your home remodel, just as you would be anxious for the birth of your baby. The waiting at this point might become more difficult as you are so close to seeing your dreams become reality. But it's important to allow the process to come to full term even when you are anxious for us to put on the finishing touches and get out of your home.

Then, it happens as if a baby is being born. The months of waiting for this day is finally here! Your remodel is done and you're living in it without any interruption. It's beautiful and it's all yours! And just like the process of having a baby, the wait and discomfort were completely worth it!

We know that home is a special place. That is why we feel so honored when our homeowners invite us into theirs. Our goal is to always value that trust by providing unparalleled service and integrity.

Breathing New Life Into Reclaimed Wood

It’s not the house that makes a home. It is the people who live in the house that make a home. It’s the little details that make the house unique from any other. Those little details tell the story of the family within. Reflecting the values and passions of those who call it home. We are so honored to be invited to work with homeowners every day to help them turn their house into a home that reflects who they are. A home they can be proud of.

When Paul and his wife Becky reached out to us about remodeling their home we were thrilled with the vision they had to create a space that was classic, homey and one of a kind. They had purchased their home in 2001 and decided that after 17 years, it was time for an update to the home’s interior. 

Paul works in the home construction industry and has a passion for quality work. He had heard about Renewal through George’s nephew Greg, a talented architect whom he had worked with on a recent project. He was thrilled to find that George’s passion for quality and service matched his own.

Paul and Becky chose a bright white color pallet but wanted to create a comfortable warm space within that. They did this by pulling in earth-toned and organic elements throughout the house. They decided that wooden beams would bring interest and the warm quality they were looking for.

This sent them on a journey to find the perfect beams. For Paul, this meant an opportunity to find unique and storied pieces that only reclaimed wood can provide. Although He knew that new wood can be processed and weathered to create a reclaimed look, he felt drawn to the opportunity to keep quality wood out of the landfill and to breath new life into some one-of-a-kind beams.

Paul and Becky chose a cool color palette, but pulled warm tones into their home using these beautiful reclaimed beams.

Paul worked with Rhine Reclaimed Wood to find beams that were full of character. The beams he chose were from a warehouse in Seattle that had been torn down. He looked for things that added character like the way the grain had weathered over time, any paint that was left, staples and nails. He also looked for colors in the wood that would bring out other elements in the home. He and Becky wanted to see a story when they looked at these beams and have a built-in conversation starter.

The beams run throughout the house.

The process is not a simple one, but it is well worth it if you are on the hunt for the unique and reclaimed. Paul spent 3 hours picking beams out of the stacks of reclaimed wood that Rhine provides. Then the beams were power washed and sent to the home. Paul and Becky had originally planned to stain the beams, but once they got them into their home, they fell in love with the color and the raw, organic quality of the wood and decided to leave them unstained to preserve the weathered and storied feel.

From there we stepped in to plan and execute the arrangement and installation of the beams into the home. We are so happy with the way the beams flow through the home to create a consistently homey and welcoming feeling throughout. It was a special project throughout, and we have to say that we wholeheartedly agree with Paul and Becky, the beams bring warmth into the home and provide interest and story all while keeping some beautiful wood out of the landfill.

Ready to update your home? Let's get started today!

Kitchen Island Storage

Stylishly Functional: Three Reasons to Add a Kitchen Island

We all know, no matter what, everyone inevitably gathers in the kitchen – that’s because the kitchen is the heart of the home. Why not make the space more functional and spacious for you and those around you?

Kitchen islands can serve many purposes and increase the usability of your space. Best of all, they look great doing it!

Below are just a few of the many reasons to consider adding an island to make the heart of your home more comfortable. We hope these kitchen island ideas can spark inspiration in your next kitchen remodeling project.

1. Create a Casual Seating and Gathering Place

It’s nice to have company while you cook, but it can get crowded when people are lingering. The addition of barstools or raised chairs at your kitchen island creates a comfortable space for people to gather, talk, eat, and relax, while keeping them away for your workstation.

Tuck-a-way seating on the island is perfect to create an informal dining area, a homework station, or a place for people to relax and interact with you while you’re in the kitchen.

2. Perfect for Additional Storage and Amenities

The addition of an island can add customizable storage space for extra appliances or dishes. More importantly, it can help you better organize your kitchen and keep your countertops clean and tidy.

It is also perfect for additional amenities you might have always wanted, but never had room for. These amenities can include a wine fridge, refrigerated beverage drawer, or warming drawer for food.

Creating space

Adding custom storage drawers makes this kitchen island idea great for chefs to be more efficient and productive. It expands counter space to work on while providing storage opportunities.

3. Get Some Prep and Cooking Space

One of the most common reasons people choose to add an island is that it creates more surface space for them to cook and prep on. This can be highly valuable, especially if you have a smaller kitchen.

A generous kitchen island is ideal for entertaining (especially during the holidays) as it provides extra workspace for food prep, room to serve appetizers, and extra seating for guests.

Kitchen islands don’t just have to be for prep or eating. In this kitchen island idea, add a range hood over your stove and your island becomes the main hub of cooking and entertaining!

Whatever functionality you’re cooking for, our award-winning team is ready to custom-create the perfect kitchen island to fit your needs and provide you with lasting results that you’ll love for years to come.

We can help you get your dream kitchen! Let’s start cooking.

Refined Rustic Dining Room

Delightful Dining Space | Designs for Non-Traditional Dining Rooms

Like the kitchen, the dining room is an essential gathering place for any home. When family and friends join together to share food and make memories, the dining table stands at the center of it all. Make sure your space is as inviting, comfortable, and functional as possible so you can relax and enjoy a great meal. Take a peek at our designs below and get inspired for your own space.

Contemporary Minimalist

Not only is this space light and airy, but also clean and sophisticated. Pairing sleek furniture with a neutral palette gives the space a ‘less is more’ vibe and the subtle addition of green and statement pendant lights makes this the perfect minimalists setting.

Contemporary Minimalist DiningContemporary Minimalist Dining | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Rustic Warmth

Create a dining space that is inviting and full of charm by pairing natural finishes with neutral tones and textures. Exposed beams add a raw, yet elegant structural aesthetic while dark floors and tables add a dash of wooden warmth.

Rustic Warmth Dining SpaceRustic Warmth Dining | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Mod Visionary

Mod Visionary style is all about keeping to clean lines and mixing in mid-century forms. Once you establish a clean foundation, add tapered legs, geometric prints, and organic shapes. This combo creates a room that feels balanced and modern, but does not sacrifice comfort.

Mod Visionary Dining RoomMod Visionary Dining | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Open Concept Contemporary

Just because you don’t have a lot of space doesn’t mean you can’t have a gorgeous dining area. A round table is the perfect option for a home designed without a designated dining room as it allows for an intimate dining space without disrupting the flow of an open floor plan.

Open Concept Contemporary Dining RoomOpen Concept Contemporary | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Refined Rustic

A welcoming palette of taupe and grey steers this dining space in a relaxed direction. Refined pieces with vintage touches serve up a warm and timeless look with a touch of rustic elegance. Rectangle tables are the go-to shape as they fit easily in a room and look great!

Refined Rustic Dining RoomRefined Rustic Dining Space | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Are you ready to start your dining room design? Schedule an appointment with our team for your free in-home consultation? We would love to help you transform your space into the dining area you’ve always wanted!

Freestanding Tub in Marble Bathroom

Refresh Your Bathroom | Pamper Yourself with an In-Home Retreat

Refresh your bathroom! Who doesn’t like the idea of coming home to retreat in your own in-home spa after a long day? Little luxuries are no longer reserved for spa days or vacations, and bathrooms are no longer considered just a utilitarian space. Pamper yourself and create a home bathroom that offers an escape from your busy life.

In-Home Spa
Puyallup Project | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Neutral Palette

White-on-white isn’t for everyone – but you have to agree, the results can be stunning! To keep an all-white bathroom from falling flat, incorporate various textures like tiles, drapes, and finishes to bring out the monochromatic white. Get the ‘luxe look’ with a hint of glamour. Glitzy finishes, like a chandelier, can stand out against a white or neutral palette.

Monochromatic White BathroomClyde Hill Bathroom | Renewal Remodels & Additions

White walls mixed with black plumbing and fixtures create the perfect contrast for an elegant feel.

White Walls with Black PlumbingKirkland Project | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Open Showers

Open showers appear to visually increase the size of your bathroom, while also giving YOU more space to bathe. While some may find this design has a lack of privacy, others enjoy the accessible openness and increased shower space.

Open Shower Design
Seattle Project | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Marble Statements

Whether it’s on the walls, floors, or countertops, marble creates a modern as sleek and allows you to splash freely! Marble’s natural translucent properties play with light and give your room a ‘glow’ when the sun hits it just right. Add a polished, silky smooth vibe that creates a sense of elegance and sophistication to any space.

Marble BathroomBonny Lake Project | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Return of the Tub

Freestanding tubs are making a comeback! Just because you live with a smaller bathroom, that doesn’t mean you can enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub.

Freestanding Bathtub
University Place Bathroom | Renewal Remodels & Additions

From classic claw foot to technologically advanced water saving options, there are plenty of bathtubs that for petit spaces or larger master bathrooms.

Freestanding Tub in Marble BathroomBonny Lake Project | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Ready to transform your bathroom this year? Schedule an appointment with our team for a free in-home consultation. Trends come and go, but quality material and smart design never go out of style! Let us help you make your bathroom dream come to life so you can experience ultimate relaxation.

Indoor Comfort and the Great Outdoors

Everyone knows that fresh air and natural light are good for your body and your mind, but if you’re like most people, you spend about 90% of your days indoors. Hectic schedules can make it difficult to venture outdoors, SO, why not bring the outdoors in by adding a NanaWall or outdoor living room addition!

Indian Springs Remodel | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Blur the line between indoor and outdoor living with these folding or sliding glass panels. They are the perfect solution for creating more space and dissolving barriers.

NanaWalls allow the natural light to flood into your space and create a seamless integration with the outdoors. Interior and exterior NanaWalls achieve a flexible open-concept plan, allowing you to section off and join spaces with ease.

NanaWalls | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Spring and summer may feel like a long way off, but now is the perfect time to remodel or build an outdoor addition so you can enjoy all of the warm weather!

Gig Harbor Outdoor Living | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Adding an outdoor space to your home is not only functional, but it is a great place to entertain, relax, and decompress. Rather than sitting inside breathing stale air, ‘move outside’ and enjoy all the outdoor fun!

Outdoor Oasis | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Don’t spend all summer wishing you could open up your space, increase your entertainment and relaxation square footage, or missing your indoor comfort while you try to enjoy the fresh air – give us a call to schedule a free in-home consultation and let us help you upgrade your space, customized just for you!

Home Design Trends for 2019 | Make A Statement

2018 was a year filled with marble, ship-lap, Edison bulbs and rose gold, but with a new year comes new styles and decorating trends. Learn a more about the movement of styles this year!

Natural Trends

In 2019, designs are moving towards fresh, natural materials such as stone, copper, brass, and concrete. These elements help bring a serene, earthy ambiance and add a natural vibe to your urban indoor abode.

Natural Elements | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Move over rose gold - it's brass and copper's time to shine! Their reddish/orange tones and overall earthy hue offer a warm and subtle alternative to steel and are great accents to use for fixtures, lights, and decor items.

Copper Accents | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Minimalist Trends

Less is more: as the minimalist movement rises, the desire to have spaces appear as clean as possible is gaining momentum. For the kitchen, a great way to achieve an openness vibe to eliminate upper cabinets and have open shelving. If you're building or remodeling, getting rid of upper cabinets works beautifully by adding a galley-style or true butlers pantry. Not only is it perfect for storage, but you can use it to stage drinks and appetizers as well!

Open Shelving | Renewal Remodels & Additions


Butler's Pantry | Renewal Remodels & Additions

Matte Finishes

Compared to the dramatic effect that high-shine finishes conjure, matte finishes create a silky, elegant, and relaxed contrast. Bold colors finished with a high-gloss can come across as ‘overly loud’. Instead, use a matte finish, which creates a saturated, velvety finish with rich results

University Place Project | Renewal Remodels & Additions

These trends are full speed ahead!  Whether you're renovating a room or two or your whole house, our talented team is ready to talk with you about your remodeling goals. Give us a call to schedule a free in-home consultation today!

Visiting LIXIL with Ferguson Plumbing | Emma Holmstedt

I was invited by Ferguson Plumbing to join several other interior designers in the Seattle and Portland areas to visit the LIXIL headquarters in New Jersey. LIXIL is a Japanese company that pioneers water and housing products and they own American Standards, DXV, and Grohe.

During our visit, we learned the ‘ins-and-outs’ of these brands and what makes their products stand out from their competitors. We started with American Standard by discussing the technology and methods they use for testing their toilets as well as why their products are unique. The brand is truly on the forefront of cleanliness, efficiency, technique, and ingenuity with a focus on sustainability of water use.

Product Highlights

One product highlight for me was a faucet from American Standard. Their MeasureFill Touch faucet has the ability to measure out cups of water with a dial on the side to make cooking and baking easier. This faucet also has touch capability which allows you to turn the faucet on and off with a simple touch of the dial.

American Standard applied their touch capability to a shower head. Their innovative Spectra + Touch 4-Function shower head allows you to customize your shower preferences by simply touching the edge of the shower head to switch between spray patterns. Along with their drench, massage, sensitive, and jet spray options, the shower head also helps save water with a flow rate of 1.8 gpm.

One last plumbing feature that was beyond unique was a bar-prep faucet from Grohe. This faucet has three settings from the tap – filtered water, carbonated water, and a 50/50 mix of filtered and carbonated water! It was so convenient and well designed – every bar sink should have this!

It was such a great opportunity and wonderful experience to be able to join Ferguson Plumbing and gain more in-depth knowledge about these brands and the products they create. The hope is that through furthering the education on these brands, we can speak with more knowledge and understanding as to why these products stand out from others. As a designer, I love learning about new products, features, and little ways to make life easier for my clients. LIXIL is an awesome company and I truly look forward to using and recommending their products to my clients in the future.


Street of Dreams | Wallpaper Inspiration | Ally Jackson

The annual NW Natural Street of Dreams was held in Hillsboro, Oregon this year and featured six new luxury homes created by five different designers. Members of Renewal’s Design and Sales teams go to this event every year to see these cutting edge designs and gain some inspiration.


During our Street of Dreams visit, the Private Reserve house by BC Custom Construction was one that really caught my eye. I loved the use of fun and bold wallpaper designs! The use of wallpaper is resurfacing and this home had a lot of fantastic ideas on how to incorporate wallpaper to generate an exciting and unique look in any room.

Wallpaper behind the bed added drama to the master bedroom.

Master Bedroom | BC Custom Construction

In lieu of a backsplash, the designers opted for this whimsical wallpaper design for the vanity.

Bathroom | BC Custom Construction

This kid’s room had a fun look with this dramatic wallpaper.

Children’s Room | BC Custom Construction

The Street of Dreams has a plethora of design styles that can help with anyone looking for inspiration on their next design project – that is why we LOVE attending!

Designer Spotlight | Ally Jackson

We are excited to have another Designer Spotlight week and feature our new team member, Ally Jackson! Ally received her BAA in Interior Design from Bellevue College and joined our team almost 2 months ago. She loves interior design for the creative, yet practical environment she gets to work in and she enjoys the excitement from clients when they have a space they love living in.


What three adjectives best describe your design style?

          Timeless, simple, and modern.

What is the best design advice you’ve ever received?

          Less is more. When I was early in my career, I had a hard time keeping it simple.

What is your main design aesthetic?

          Vintage modern as well as Scandinavian design.

Are there any design trends that excite you?

          I am loving the modern farmhouse trend that also mixes in vintage mid-century furnishing styles.

If you had $100 to put the finishing touches on a space, what do you do?

          Drapery – I think that it adds softness to any space.

What are your hobbies, when you’re not designing?

          I enjoy going to the gym, reading, dancing, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and trying new restaurants.

What is the least glamorous thing you do as a designer?

          Quoting. That can take up most of my time.

What color scheme are you loving right now?

          Neutrals! I am a black/white/gray/“greige” fan!

What is your favorite part of designing a customer’s home?

          The product/material selection. I love the challenge of putting patterns and textures together that the client will love.


Ally will be taking over our social media accounts this week, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for some design tips and inspiration! You can follow Ally on social media (@allyfountaindesign) and check out her Houzz profile at