Timeless Kitchen Design

Sixty-nine percent of homes for sale list the kitchen as a major selling point, compared with forty-nine percent for the bedroom and twenty one percent for the living room. The kitchen is a communal space, where guests and family members meet first thing in the morning for breakfast and late into the night with a few drinks. By including a luxury kitchen in your home, you will sell your property an average 8% faster than other homes in the same zip code. If you only have limited resources, then start by designing a timeless and beautiful kitchen.


Striking, Subtle and Sophisticated Lighting

A good kitchen allows for decent cooking; a great one encourages so much more. Increase the versatility of your space by installing different lighting options. The simplest solution is dimmer switches. They can be on full brightness to wake the kids up before school, and then lowered for a relaxing evening. Go for something bold and modern to give the kitchen a personality, but also have the option to illuminate just around key cupboards and appliances. Lights are often an afterthought, but thinking about them upfront can help you to create a truly mesmerizing space.


Opening Up Your Space

The kitchen is a center for parties and events, so think about how you can open up the space to more people. In winter, large windows, glass doors and mirrors can give the illusion of a much wider environment. In summer, these windows and doors can be opened to extend the area outside. Bringing a few plants and fresh herbs into the kitchen can help to create a seamless transition between indoors and out.

What About Tech?

The global smart home market is expected to exceed $50 billion by 2022, so incorporating WiFi into your refrigerator could help to future-proof your property. However, don’t act prematurely. Some house hunters will be put off by excessive tech and it can be difficult to take with you when you move out. Play it safe by sticking to classic kitchen tech such as dishwashers and modern fridges.


For many home buyers, the kitchen is the most valuable room in the house. Get this right and you could add thousands of dollars to your property’s selling price. Consider versatility and timelessness, sticking to classic, but luxury designs.

Karoline Grimes


New Owner of Olympic Landscape

Olympic Landscape has been designing, building and servicing outdoor residential and commercial spaces in the South Sound for more than 40 years. As an expert landscape contractor, the company creates beautiful outdoor living spaces, unique gathering spaces and specially-themed gardens for homes and businesses. Now the new owner and CEO, Joe Areyano, plans to continue that legacy. He is also adding new services and products that will carry Olympic forward for at least another 40 years.

“My family started a landscape company in 1980, so I’ve been around the industry for the majority of my life,” says Areyano. “At age 16, I started learning every division of the company, from landscape retaining walls to irrigation.” After about five years, he was promoted to field manager and continued to work his way into greater responsibilities. He’s now a certified landscape professional. This hands-on experience, he says, helps him ensure that customers receive the highest-quality service.

Areyano purchased Olympic Landscape from founder Neil Hedman last fall and has already started expanding. The new owner intends to grow the company into a regional leader expanding service area and the services and products offered. Olympic has added divisions
for synthetic turf, landscape maintenance, snow and ice removal, and small works. It is also planning to take on more projects throughout Western Washington.

The growth of Olympic Landscape is good news for the community as well. The company is on target to increase the number of employees to about 50 by the end of June. Additionally, Olympic donates 10 percent of net profits to local charities and events. St. Francis House, which eases the hardships of those in need in east Pierce County, and Homeless Backpacks, which provides food to children in need for weekends and school breaks, are two that Areyano says the company is particularly proud to support.


Olympic Landscape
5620 112thSt E, Puyallup

Home Spotlight: 2018 HGTV Dream Home

For its 2018 Dream Home, HGTV selected a 3,500-square-foot waterfront home in Gig Harbor with breathtaking views of Henderson Bay. After an extensive remodel, the home is nothing short of stunning. Floorto-ceiling windows in the great room showcase the waterfront. Plenty of outdoor living space ensures the new owners will enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest year round.

Local contractor Choice Construction was selected as this year’s builder. We caught up with Adam Clark, president of Choice Construction, to find out what it was like to be part of such an exciting project.

What was your favorite part of the process?
Our favorite part was working with a team of professionals to properly design and build their vision. Working with a professional team of designers and builders really made all the difference. Being able to see the “behind the scenes” of a project like this was a lot of fun as well.

What is your favorite feature?
There are really too many to count. Driving down to the property surrounded by privacy, then stepping through the front door and being greeted by the view is great. The open kitchen out to the deck is also nice for entertaining.

What was the biggest challenge?
The timeline. With film crews showing up during construction, there were days with short notices, so we couldn’t work. We still had to complete everything in time for the final production crew. Having the whole team work together and make suggestions really ensured the success of the project.

What’s next for Choice Construction?
We will continue to focus on partnering with owners and architects to collaboratively build custom homes and remodels. We have a great team in place and we want to work with people to build something special.


For Additional Information on the HGTV Home:
Choice Construction

8 Tips For Choosing A Kitchen Designer

Very few homeowners have the knowledge to design, build and install a new kitchen. That’s why many of us employ an expert kitchen designer. But how do you know if you are choosing the right kitchen designer to work with? It comes down to a bit of research and gut feelings. Design mistakes are costly, so it’s worth connecting with more than one kitchen designer to get a feel for the designer who is right for you. Consider the following eight tips when choosing a kitchen designer:

  1. Design ability and creativity
    How do you know just how good a given designer’s ability is? Check how long they have been designing kitchens. Ask to see some examples of their work. Will they be able to show you 3-D visuals of designs they create for you before going ahead with any work? Conceptual design can look amazing, but you want a designer with an eye for the practical realities of kitchen life too.
  2. Technical knowledge
    Your kitchen designer should have architectural drafting and construction experience. He or she needs to have a good knowledge of buildings and industry trends to bring you a state-ofthe-art kitchen design.
  3. Product knowledge
    Providing the right products and appliances for your kitchen also requires knowledge and skill. Good kitchen designers will know trusted cabinet makers and appliance firms to work with.
  4. Experience
    Everyone has to start somewhere, but for making such a big financial investment in your home, you want to choose a designer with experience. Ask to see examples of your kitchen designer’s work.
  5. The ability to understand client needs
    Be clear about all the aspects of kitchen design you want. The best kitchen designers will offer advice and support and guide you to achieve a kitchen design you are completely happy with. They will want to listen to all of your ideas and concerns. Your designer should be asking questions about your living space, your lifestyle, your cooking style and your kitchen needs. Always remember that you are the client, so you can set the terms.
  6. Communication skills
    Kitchen designers will need to communicate clearly with building contractors, electricians, plumbers and other professionals to get your job done on time and on budget.
  7. Testimonials
    A recommendation by friends or family is a good place to start, but don’t let that be the only factor informing your decision. Ask your preferred kitchen designer if you can speak with one of their previous clients. Check whether your designer kept to deadlines and responded promptly to any concerns.
  8. Qualifications and credentials
    Make sure your kitchen designer has the qualifications and credentials claimed. You want to know that your designer not only has an eye for great design, but that they’ve studied and understand construction, plumbing and electrical technologies. They should adhere to a professional code of conduct as well.


Top Tips For Garden Shopping

Visiting garden centers and nurseries is one of the most popular spring/summer pastimes. Fortunately, our region is home to dozens of nurseries offering a wide variety of plants and other gardening items. But browsing a nursery can quickly become overwhelming or confusing. The following tips will help you get the most out of your next nursery visit.

  • Do your homework. Test your soil; observe where it’s sunny/shady throughout the day; note which parts of your garden need filling; look at websites and magazines for inspiration. Take notes!
  • Start small and simple. Break down your garden into a series of small-scale projects you can add to over time.
  • Make a first pass. Wander the nursery, getting a general idea of what’s available and what you want.
  • Ask for help. Employees can point you toward plants that suit your requirements, plus any supplies you’ll need.
  • Read the plant tags. They hold key information about a plant’s sun/shade needs, space required, and size at maturity.
  • Think about longevity. For plants that will be with you more than one season, consider perennials. You can overwinter perennials right in the containers.
  • Choose buds over blooms. A plant in bud will give you more color. Plus, plants in bud suffer less transplant shock than plants in full bloom.
  • Take a close look. You want a bushy, well-branched shape, sturdy stems and healthy-looking leaf color. Avoid sick, diseased or pest-ridden plants.
  • Check the roots. Take a plant out of its pot to ensure it’s not root-bound. If you do end up with a thick mass of roots, cut through them to loosen before planting. Give the plant extra water until it is well established.
  • Stretch your budget. Check the sale and clearance sections for bargains, while avoiding plants with disease or pest problems.
  • Shop often. For the widest selection of healthy, well-maintained flowers, choose businesses that get regular deliveries of new plants and shop throughout the growing season.

Plants are an investment in your landscape. Take your time, use all the available information and enjoy yourself when plant shopping. Happy growing!


Clear(ly) Connected Lake House Design

Imagine being one of the first to own property on Clear Lake outside of Graham, Washington. That was the story for one of the original homesteaders on the lake, and the extended family continues to have a deep love of the land and the lake. The homesteader’s grandson, a retired surgeon, sparkles and lights up when sharing his family’s connection to the lake.

The grandson’s Clear Lake home was built by Scott Jamison of Rainier Excavating and Nelson T. Miller, a retired Seattle architect. The contemporary lodgestyle home boasts two-story beamed ceilings with windows open to the lake and Mount Rainier views. It is warmed by a soaring two-story stone fireplace. The homeowner hand made the beams and mantle. The chandeliers next to the massive fireplace are of forged steel.

In 2015 the surgeon and his wife were introduced to Jamison’s childhood friend Juleen Pudists of Northlight Interiors. Northlight Interiors selected finishes, planned space, created the lodge-style fireplace, and provided cabinet and tile design throughout the home. Many of the home’s surfaces were handmade and locally sourced. These include indigenous stone, handmade tile, and local marble from a Pacific Northwest quarry. Wood and trim details were reclaimed from a Seattle mill.

The vision for this home was to seize the connection with Mount Rainier and Clear Lake right outside the windows. The genuine stone fireplace reflects the rocks along the shoreline. The kitchen’s white marble has veins of green and blue mimicking the colors of the lake. Brazilian cherry floors and cherry cabinetry add warmth to the modern architecture.

The homeowner boasts that Northlight Interiors made his kitchen perfect for his beloved wife, finding a space for a large pantry and detailing to fit their needs. The homeowners love to open their home to share with family and friends. It is bustling with lakeside activity throughout the warmer months.


To see more of the design for this house or for more information:
Northlight Interiors

Olympic Landscape celebrates 40 years

After working for another landscaper who focused mainly on sprinkler systems, Neil Hedman wanted to widen the range of work he could do, offer quality craftsmanship and have a financially sound business. That led him to begin Olympic Landscape and Irrigation in 1977. Now with 30 employees, the company is celebrating 40 years of service excellence to the community.

“Building long-term relationships with our customers sets us apart from our competition,” says John Sullivan, lead designer. He cites an example of the company serving two generations of the same family: Beautifying the outdoor space at the family’s Puyallup home led to doing the same when they moved, and again when the couple settled into their retirement dwelling. Recently their grown son, who’d been a child in the first house, hired Olympic to develop his own yard.

“Our practice is almost 100 percent residential, and half of that includes renovating existing landscapes,” says Sullivan. “We do paving, stonework, stunning water features, decks, plantings or whatever the customer needs.” And he says they aren’t afraid of a challenge.

A homeowner with an 11,000-square-foot log home asked for all of her plantings to be 100 percent native to the area and that any plants or seeds come from sources west of the Cascades. For her two-acre garden, that took a great deal of research, says Sullivan, and he had fun doing it.

He says everyone at Olympic is driven by the creative spirit. All of the creativity and enthusiasm begins in the office with a team approach. “We treat our fellow employees like we treat our customers,” says Sullivan. “That shows in our work.”

We celebrate and congratulate Neil Hedman on achieving his dream of creating a sustainable business and to Olympic Land- scape and Irrigation on its continued contributions and service to our community with creative solutions and excellence.  JORDAN MARIE MARTINEZ

Olympic Landscape
5620 112th St E, Puyallup

Scott homes: 30 years in the community

Scott Homes builds high-quality homes that we would be proud to live in,” declares Scott Bergford, company president. From a 10,000-square-foot mansion to a 1,100-square-foot bungalow, every project receives the same attention to de tail, he says. Building with the highest-quality products and thorough processes means the company can be confident and proud to stand behind its homes with a sound warranty.

Family owned and operated, Scott Homes has been building green homes and developing communities in the greater Puget Sound area for more than 30 years. It is justly proud that its work has been recognized on both the national and local level Most recently, in 2013, the company received the Golden Hammer award from Olympia Master Builders. A number of times over the years it has also received Energy Value Housing awards, a Department of Energy program.

“As community members in the South Sound, we strongly believe in doing business with the highest integrity as we help build our communities,” Bergford explains. “We are also proud to leave our mark by building homes that help preserve our earth’s valuable resources and reduce energy consumption.”

Scott Homes understands that homeowners have many choices when deciding who will build their dream home. Whether this will be your first, second, or last home, the company’s goal is to provide the highest-quality structure and the personal service you expect from a custom-home builder.

“As locals, we know the families, the area, the market and the lifestyle, and we are ready to help create a home that is best suited for the needs of our climate and communities,” says Bergford. JORDAN MARIE MARTINEZ

Scott Homes
3016 10th Ave NE, Olympia

Resort community: refined retirement lifestyle

Retirement has been redefined at Trilogy® at Tehaleh®, a 55+ resort style community in Bonney Lake. As an active lifestyle adult community built by Shea Homes, residents have the choice to engage in numerous on-site activities such as regular social events, cooking, fitness, or art classes, and fine dining. If you are more of an outdoor person, spectacular views of Mount Rainier are visible throughout the community and from several nearby parks and miles of local trails.

At the heart of Trilogy is Seven Summits Lodge, a clubhouse that beautifully blends rustic design, inspired by the mountaineering and logging roots of the Pacific Northwest, with modern amenities that easily merge indoor and outdoor spaces. Walking into the club, a staff member is always on hand to offer a warm welcome, and likely so are several of your neighbors, who have gathered around one of the seven fireplaces, in the aptly named Hawk’s Nest game room, or The Mantel restaurant. A fun highlight of Seven Summits Lodge is the disappearing swimming pool. This space-saving design feature allows the floor of the pool to be raised, creating an event space, or lowered for water activities — and it takes less than 20 minutes for each transition.

“Trilogy at Tehaleh is focused around a way of life that promotes an engaged community and active living,” says Mark Grey, area president for Shea Homes Washington. “The top comment I hear from new residents is that they wished they had made the decision to purchase sooner.”

Homes at Trilogy at Tehaleh are as unique as the community they have been built in. Starting with green building features that are energy wise, eco-friendly, and healthy, each single-level floor plan includes a large kitchen and dining area perfect for entertaining and a luxurious master suite set apart from other bedrooms.


For more information about Trilogy at Tehaleh:

14218 Knoll Park Drive E., Bonney Lake


visit trilogylife.com/washington

Watson’s keeps growing

From a 14-by-14-foot greenhouse to what is now multiple structures—with a business behind it—Watson’s Greenhouse and Nursery has used its several expanding opportunities to give customers more and more high-quality plants.

Marketing Director Addison Gregory, who’s been with the company since he was 16, says he loves the people in the business. “We have built so many long-lasting relationships with customers that have been loyal to us for 30-plus years, and those relationships are what have made the growth of our company possible,” he says. “I also really enjoy finding new customers and seeing new generations of gardeners have an experience at Watson’s that sticks with them and makes them want to come back.”

Founder Dan Watson began growing plants in a greenhouse in 1974. Ten years later he turned it into a business using 10,000 square feet to grow and sell plants. Over the years, the business has acquired thousands upon thousands more square feet, offering better-quality plants and more options for its customers.

“ I think more than anything, customers like and appreciate the experience of shopping at Watson’s,” says Gregory. “It is a beautiful place to visit, with a wide variety of products, including home decor, garden accessories, plants, gourmet food and patio furniture. We have a knowledgeable staff that is passionate about gardening, and I think all of those things combined make for a really unique shopping experience.”

Gregory adds that this summer Watson’s Greenhouse and Nursery is adding a new covering to the back patio. He says it will really transform the space and “allow us to do some unique outdoor merchandising, especially when the weather is not cooperating!”

This year has also been a successful one for Watson’s Design Services. “We offer landscape design and container design services and have two designers on staff that do an amazing job,” says Gregory.

Watson’s Greenhouse and Nursery has perfected the art of expanding without losing its value. There’s no doubt that quality and quantity have benefited this company over the years.  JORDAN MARIE MARTINEZ

Watson’s Greenhouse and Nursery
6211 Pioneer Way E, Puyallup