Second Roof Leak + Custom Construction in Issaquah Highlands

modern door custom

modern door custom

We went out for a long walk today and checked out some custom construction projects in Issaquah Highlands. We also ended up at 2 open houses in the Highlands. One was a small 1,800 single family home down near 24th. The agents said it was the only single family home in Issaquah highlands under $600K. The price was $575K and they showed it over 80 times in 2 days. The market is definitely at its peak….. We went to another open home on Harrison, the price was $1.5 mil, the home was in great shape, but old fashioned looking.

The low-slung modern home in the neighborhood has made big progress. I just love the modern wide front door with glass accents, this is one beautiful custom door! The entire trim of the interior matches the front door, the owner will be super lucky to live in such quality home. Whoever stained the trim and the door did a great job. This gave me some ideas on doing some staining of our own. They put in some amazing quality features and details in the home. Even though our home is finished, I still get inspiration from the new construction to make small changes and improvements.

lozier organized construction area

lozier organized construction area

We also visited a traditional custom home under construction. Very impressed with how clean they kept the construction site, so tidy with a working desk, First Aid Kit, etc. For a $1 Mil+ home, we were surprised they were using lower grade plywood and non-galvanized nails. But, they did a great job marking up the appliances, etc.

organized construction markings

organized construction markings

Bad news is that we have a second roof leak. I think we’d better get a water-proofing specialist out to inspect and seal the roof. The first leak was due to the roofer not sealing properly around the fire place on the main roof. This time, the flat roof of the front entry was not draining properly so the water leaked into our garage. What a pain, who wants to deal with water damage?

Other than the unfortunately roof leaks, we are looking at getting a fence and doing some Spring clean up inside and outside the home. Happy Spring everyone!

Eames Hang It All Coat Rack & General Update

We got a new coat rack – Eames Hang It All. Yet another gift from my generous sister.
We hung it in the Lobby next to the RV Garage door and the stairs.

This is a very handy coat rack for jackets, purses, hats, etc. It’s very colorful and perfect for that modern home or mid-century modern home.

We are liking living in our modern home. It’s very cozy and we like the floor plan lay out that we decided on. The change that we would make (& still can) is to add a door to the master bathroom. Due to the different schedules, one can get woken up by the other due to the water noise. Living among 4,000 – 10,000+ sq. feet homes as neighbors, we do not envy them at all. We like the size of our cozy modern home.

Latest update includes a roof leak in the kids bedroom (!), the roofer forgot to seal around the chimney (!). Bedroom doors are not quite aligned so they don’t close all the way. Looks like we will have to re-stain the wood siding as the finish has worn off already. High winds mixed with rain acts like a power wash on the house exterior in the Issaquah Highlands. A positive note is that we love the flooring that we chose, it has some issues, but overall it’s very soft on the foot and very easy to upkeep. I will do a separate post on that with more details and pictures soon. I will also do a post on our heat pump water heater, it does not quite keep up with our busy household, so on demand might have been a better choice. More on that soon.

Happy Spring everyone!

In Search of Modern Doors

It seems like a common problem, the difficulty in finding reasonably priced modern doors. We’ve been doing extensive searches on Google for several months now. I really like this style of European style doors. There seems to be good looking modern doors coming out Italy, but at a very high cost. Milano Doors also make great looking doors, but also expensive. Our builder/consultant also has contacts at custom door makers, but so far we haven’t seen anything that caught our eye.

He did recommend some doors from Frank’s Lumber Door Store. Since we love supporting local businesses, we paid them a visit today.

As with most vendors, 98% of the doors were craftsman. If you browse their web site, you can see that they have some mid-century modern doors for sale. They can also make custom doors. Frank’s sales guys were very nice and even showed us a custom mid-century modern door that they were working on for a client. It was a beautiful Mahagony wood door with floating panels. The floating panels are not only decorative, they allow movement for expansion and shrinkage. It’s only with these floating panels that the door can be warranteed (1 yr. warranty).

The only front door that we liked was this one:


Even with this one, we weren’t too sure. The basic cost was $1,700 – $1,800 (not pre-hung, not stained, no hardware).
Some modernists use commercial steel doors, which is a good idea.
We will keep searching and look for good interior doors and side door as well.
We hope to paint the trim and doors grey for the interior mimicking the Mithun interior.

Our door search continues. Please comment if you have any suggestions. Thanks.