Explore Seattle Architecture Through Film

The Uptown Cinema in Lower Queen Anne.

The Uptown Cinema in Lower Queen Anne.

This week the Seattle Architecture Foundation is offering a chance to indulge your geekdom for both architecture and film. On Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 PM, Lower Queen Anne’s own Uptown Cinema will host a panel discussion called “Location, Location: Exploring Seattle Through the Filmmaker’s Lens.” Cinema is not only a crucial means of documenting the ways in which Seattle’s built environment has changed over time; film also offers a look at how narratives of the city have changed over time, from Hollywood’s golden age pictures to contemporary indie films.

Speakers at the discussion panel will include David Drummond, Randy Hodgins, Vicky Lee, and Owen Richards. General admission tickets are $15. Head over to the SAF’s website for more information on the event.

Get Money for Your Old Refrigerator

Feeling handy? Repurpose that old fridge into a chic dog house, like this project from Chinese firm Y-Town.

Feeling handy? Repurpose that old fridge into a chic dog house, like this project from Chinese firm Y-Town.

Thinking of updating your refrigerator? If you are a Seattle City Light customer, you’ve got a few options for lightening the financial burden of your upgrade. If you are ditching a fridge manufactured before 2001 (one that is still in clean and working condition), you can apply for a $30 rebate as well as free haul-away service through Seattle City Light. If you’re shopping for a new model, you can apply for a $50 rebate if you purchase an ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator and recycle your existing fridge – although free haul-away is not provided as a part of this rebate. Remember, of course, that upgrading to a more efficient model can also save you up to $150 annually on your electricity bill.

For more detailed information on Seattle City Light’s appliance rebates, head over to their website. If your local appliance retailer doesn’t provide haul-away and recycling, you can search for recycling opportunities using the Department of Ecology’s website. Note that the two rebates discussed above cannot be combined.

70th Anniversary Seattle Home Show

The Seattle Home Show marks its 70th consecutive year as it takes over the CenturyLink Field Event Center now through Feb 23rd.    Hundreds of exhibitors specializing in anything that fits under your roof will help be the perfect springboard to get your renovation and remodeling projects started early.

It’s more than a home show – more of a bazaar of all kinds of consumer products, including things like the Toyota test drive, “Meet the Experts” seminars, a “Marketplace”, wine tasting, and even a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity!    Show exhibits will feature model kitchens and bath vignettes, new building products and materials, landscape displays, living green, arts & crafts and home decorating ideas. You can even visit it from your home online at this link.  And they have a blog, of course.

Admission, along with free parking and a year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens, costs $12 per adult, $8 per senior, and $3 for teens, kids under 7 free.  The show runs Saturdays 10am-8pm, Sundays 10am-6pm, and weekdays 12pm-8pm.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it, there will be another similar show coming in the Spring and Fall.

Remodeling Expo 2014 This Weekend

Remodeling Expo 2014

The Remodeling Expo 2014 is going on this weekend downtown at the Washington State Convention Center through Sunday (11:00 am to 5:30 pm).  It is open until 8 pm on Saturday.

With a wide range of experts on hand, the Remodeling Expo serves as a fantastic opportunity to weigh the many options for an upcoming remodel when it comes to current innovations and design trends from foundation to roof. Several exhibitors have released coupons for use at their booths, made available here.

Admission to the expo is $6.00 per adult, free for children, with a ticket discount for signing up for future e-mails.

One of the booths we’d recommend stopping by is the Second Use Salvage booth – they are Seattle’s premier retailer of architectural building salvage – lumber, stone, lighting, cabinets, doors, windows, hardware and everything in between.  They even have vintage furniture.  This weekend they are also having a sale on everything in their SoDo store, 10-20% off!

If you are planning a home remodel or addition this Spring or Summer, it would be worth a trip down to the Expo and or Second Use this weekend. And let us know if you need help with the design and permitting!

Clothes Washer Rebate!

Seattle City Light has announced a rebate program for clothes washers.  Updating a washer to an efficient model can save over $1,000 in electricity and water costs over its lifetime.

SCL wants to sweeten the deal further. Their rebate is for either $50 or $100 depending on the model.  Tack on the rebate with the energy savings and the purchase price is covered along with using a third less detergent and more capacity for fewer loads.

The rebate program runs through the end of the year.  Further details can be found here.