Decks in the Pacific Northwest
You are probably enjoying your summer out on your deck and either realizing you need a new deck; the existing needs some TLC or it would be nice to have some additions. In the Pacific Northwest our decks can be … Continued
Gaspar’s Win BIG 50 Remodeler
Every year Remodeling Magazine selects the Top 50 Remodeler’s in the country based on their business practices, financials and other unique qualities. This year Gaspar’s was selected to receive this award and we (Rich and Cathy Gaspar, Sarah Henry, Isaac … Continued
Summer is Almost Here, Time to Clean and Stain your Deck!
Now that it’s nice out you may be sitting on your deck and noticing that it needs some attention. If you have time to do it yourself here are some tips from our handyman team: Cleaning your Deck At the … Continued
Gaspar’s Community Work
We are busy this year with community involvement and it continues! During the month of April, we are doing a book drive for the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program. If you are in our neighborhood on Capitol Hill or see one … Continued
Gaspar’s is Celebrating 40 Years!
Founder Rich Gaspar’s first remodel job came before he had even completed trade school at Seattle Community College. His professor wanted a student to help him build a 2nd story addition. Between quarters at school, Rich worked side-by-side with the … Continued
Project Spotlight: Small Kitchen Transformed
Our client felt claustrophobic when she worked at her kitchen counter! One issue was that her cabinets were too low. By moving the cabinets up on one side of the kitchen and adding floating shelves on the other side, we … Continued
Project Spotlight: Clever Kitchen Pantry
Ever think about putting that bare wall to good use in your kitchen? Our homeowners and design team came up with a clever idea to give them more storage with an in-wall pantry. They had no room for a pantry … Continued
Project Spotlight: Bellevue Home Kitchen Remodel
This 5 bedroom, 4 bath Bellevue Home had a very small outdated kitchen on the back of the house that was disconnected from the entertaining spaces. The home owners love to cook and entertain and wanted a large open kitchen … Continued
Gaspar’s Handyman Service Can Do it!
Gaspar’s Handyman has developed an efficient and professional service program that goes above and beyond normal home maintenance. No task is too large or too small — including drywall patching, re-caulking in the bathrooms and kitchens, or cabinet installations. Gaspar’s … Continued
Project Spotlight: Lake View Master Suite Remodel
Recently, Gaspar’s had the opportunity to work in a beautiful home with an amazing lake front view. The homeowners wanted to maximize their view by adding a master suite to their basement. Having a bathroom they loved was a top … Continued
Remodeling: Wood-Look Flooring Tile, Would You?
Anyone who’s been in the market for new flooring knows it can be overwhelming weighing the pros and cons of the various material choices out there. Wood offers visual warmth and is generally desirable for potential home-buyers but can be … Continued
Gaspar’s Wins 2013 Remodeling Excellence Award
Each June, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties hosts an awards ceremony to celebrate quality work done by their remodeler members. Known as the “REX” Awards, the winning categories range from bathrooms and kitchens to green remodeling, … Continued
So You’re Thinking About Remodeling Your Bathroom…
Did you know that bathrooms are the number one room homeowners choose to renovate? Updating a bath can make it more practical and livable for your family and (bonus!) potentially boost your home’s resale value. But how can you ensure … Continued
Copper Pipe Replacement or Pex Repipe?
We asked our friends over at Fox Plumbing for some insight into what’s important to keep in mind when considering repiping a home. Here’s what they came up with: Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Terrifying thoughts of your home being completely … Continued
Gaspar’s & The Seattle Children’s PlayGarden
Recently, Gaspar’s had the opportunity to work with an amazing nonprofit organization: The Seattle Children’s Playgarden. For those who are unfamiliar, PlayGarden’s mission is to improve the lives of children with physical or mental disabilities by providing them with full … Continued
Gaspar’s Client Wins 2013 Jefferson Award!
CONGRATULATIONS are in order for one of our loyal clients, Julia Sheridan! The Jefferson Awards, for anyone not familiar, are “a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national … Continued
A Handyman’s Guide to DIY
Recently, we shared an article from Houzz.com on our Facebook page: 9 Ways to Make Dreamworthy Rooms – in a Weekend which details, you guessed it, 9 tips for relatively small changes you can make quickly to have a big impact on … Continued
Seattle Home Show 2013 / Feb 16th – 24th
Got questions about remodeling? Boy, do we have a class for you! Tell your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and anyone else who’s considering a remodel to attend the “Avoiding the Top 10 Remodeling Pitfalls” class at the Seattle Home Show. … Continued
Gaspar’s receives Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best of Houzz’ Award
We are excited to announce that we have been awarded “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. Gaspar’s was chosen by more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. Our work won in … Continued
Gaspar’s on the 2012 Remodeled Home Tour
FRENCH CHATEAU ON LAKE WASHINGTON Want to see a Gaspar’s remodel up close and personal? Mark your calendar for the Remodel Home Tour scheduled on Oct. 20 – 21 to see how we transformed this home into a stunning French … Continued
Seattle Fall Home Show
Come visit us at the Seattle Fall Home Show this weekend! Stop by and say “HI” if you are there or come ask questions about our Design, Build or Handyman divisions. Our general manager & owner Sarah Henry is also … Continued
2012 Seattle Remodeler’s Expo at the Convention Center
Gaspar’s Construction and Gaspar’s Handyman Services are represented at the Remodeler’s Expo in a prime location, just inside the front door at the Washington State Convention Center downtown Seattle this weekend. Show hours are Friday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM … Continued
House Party at the Home Show!
Thanks to all of you who visited us at the Seattle Home Show. The Remodeler’s Expo is next! House Party is the theme of this year’s Seattle Home Show at Century Link Events Center. It is pretty fitting too because … Continued
Project Spotlight – The Year of the Basement
Spotlight on Capitol Hill Basement Rescue Gaspar’s Construction has seen the affect of everyone tightening their budgets yet still wanting that space or update that will give them some new pleasure or comfort. Our blog has been studying this and … Continued
A Sliding Shower door, for Grown-ups!
As a designer, I am always on the hunt for alternatives to the very standard and very affordable and very dull shower curtain. Yes, I love glass shower enclosures: frameless, hinged, pivoting, even fixed panels without doors-all are beautiful and … Continued
On the Level: FAQ’s on Finishing Your Basement (Part 2)
This year Gaspar’s Construction and Gaspar’s Handyman are doing a lot of affordable improvements in basements while people search for more usable space in their existing home. Check out part two of this series on questions about remodeling or finishing … Continued
It has happened again. I blinked and summer was over! Fall has been pretty forgiving so far, but it’s beginning to get restless out there and time for winterizing our homes is fast running out. Our upcoming newsletter will have … Continued
On the Level: FAQ’s on Finishing Your Basement (Part 1)
This year Gaspar’s Construction and Gaspar’s Handyman are doing a lot of improvements in basements from a little fix of a laundry room to full on lift the house and rebuild the foundation. With budgets being tightened, the basement … Continued
You really can’t spell salvage with out “save”. Well, sort of… A client of ours recently was interested in perusing a bathroom design that found its way into a kind of updated-salvaged-institutional style. It is a small bathroom that will be … Continued
Finishing your basement; a top 10 list:
If you have an unfinished (or a poorly finished) basement in your home and have wondered about what that space could be used for, here’s a quick list of things that might spur you on. 1. Home addition without the … Continued
Project Spotlight: Just in time for that Summer Barbeque
One morning, just after installing the gas line, our project Superintendent arrived finding our helpful homeowner hooking up his newly delivered barbeque. He politely reminded him that the deck surface was going to be applied at 9:00. Then he and … Continued
Announcing Referral Contest Winners
We at Gaspar’s love food and wine so what better way to thank those people who refer their families, friends and associates than to take 8 of them to Covington Cellars Winery for an exclusive wine makers dinner! We put … Continued
Lost Ring Update
Well we were hoping to find “Bill’s” lost ring in his bathroom sink drain, but alas there was no ring to be found. We will keep you all updated as to the fun, strange and fortunate finds we make from … Continued
Make a Splash!
Countertops, like the examples in our previous entry, have the potential to set the tone for an entire kitchen or bathroom. They can form a soothing, calm mood or they can electrify an entire kitchen. The sometimes overlooked cousin of … Continued
Lost ring and more…
Sometimes we have the opportunity to save jewelry from the lost world of drain pipes. Recently we had a call from a previous client whose bathroom we remodeled and she was upset that her daughter had lost her gold earing … Continued
Queen Anne Kitchen Remodel Featured as our Project Spotlight
Check out the latest in the series of Gaspar’s Project Spotlight remodels. The latest is a recent completed Kitchen on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill. Click here and enjoy.
The Many Lives Of: Newspapers
Newspaper was once the lowest denominations of print material & paper. Now is now renewed inspiration and material for artists. I’m surprised at how many fun and clever home items are made from this daily read. Novelty aside, if an … Continued
Check out Photosynth
Head over to our Client Buzz page to see a video of Blaise giving a demo of this intriguing software.
Recipes from Gaspar’s March Cooking Class
Each month we hold an event in our kitchen where guests learn to make a full course meal and ask questions about kitchen and appliance trends while enjoying amazing food. This month was a real treat as we had Chef … Continued
Contractors are required to be lead certified.
Are you ready for more regulations on your job sites and projects? As of April 22nd, we are all required to perform lead testing and know how to protect ourselves and our customers from the dangers of lead and lead poisoning. After going through the day long training and learning about the people who have had life long disabilities because of avoidable lead poisoning, I have a new perspective on how important this is. The good news is that Remodelers like us at Gaspar’s, already do a good job with dust containment and surface protection as a service to our customers.
MASINS Furniture Sale Feb. 15th (Seattle, Bellevue)
It could be that the only thing missing from your fabulous newly remodeled home is new furniture to match. What ever will you do? Fear not! Masins Fine Furnishings is having a sale on Monday, February 15th – 9am-5pm . … Continued
Gaspar’s Handyman Special – Extended to February!
Our January Handyman special was well received and we were delighted to see so many of you take advantage of the great deal. Due to the great response, we have decided to extend the rates into February. For those of you who … Continued
Avoiding Remodeling Pitfalls: Unrealistic Budget
Many of you readers are seasoned remodeling vets. You’ve done 3-5 projects, know roughly what to expect and have enough experience to understand what works and what doesn’t. Then there those of you who have never remodeled before and are … Continued
A Tribute to our Local Police Officer, Timothy Brenton
Today, a procession of unprecedented size and support, passed by our office just a couple blocks east of the Precinct home to Officer Brenton.
Google Sketchup as an Effective 3D Visualization Tool
Recently in our design process we have begun to utilize Google Sketchup to help clients visualize the design of their projects more easily and accurately. Being in the construction field, we are accustomed to understanding a two-dimensional plan of a … Continued
Visit our Project Spotlight Page
Check out our new posting of our recently completed Montlake Residence on the Project Spotlight Page that will be featured in the Seattle Remodeled Homes Tour on the weekend of October 17th.
Gaspar’s Cooking Class
Once a month we have a cooking class at Gaspar’s headquarters on Capitol Hill. Last Tuesday we had the pleasure of cooking with Chef Kate Thompson of Seasonal Palate www.seasonalpalate.com. We don’t have a huge kitchen in our showroom so … Continued