Notes from the Field- 222 Market a commercial renovation

Notes from the Field- 222 Market, a commercial renovation. During my time as a carpenter with the Artisans Group, I’ve mostly worked on Passive Houses, this has been my first commercial job with them. Renovation is always an adventure, but… Read More


2013 South Sound Parade of New Homes

The Artisans Group is participating in the Pierce County Master Builder Association’s Parade of New Homes for the first time this year. Please join us at the Contemporary NW home on May 11-12 and May 18-19, from 11am-5pm. For more… Read More


East Bay Townhomes

These contemporary units on Budd Inlet incorporate suspended entry bridges that lead to three stories of modern, flexible living. Highly energy efficient by design, the dwellings are spacious and filled with natural light. The staggered design allows both units to… Read More


Automatic Window Shades-German Made by Pazen

Without a doubt, we are all in love with the integral automatic window shades used on the Jewel Box Passive House windows. The windows themselves are extremely high performing, German made by Pazen. While not a high action video (and… Read More


How to Select Green Cabinets

Choosing what actually makes up a green home these days can be head-spinning, how can you always be certain that what you are choosing is the best option for you and the environment? For cabinet selection, here’s one good way… Read More


Greenest Countertops in Olympia

Lots of ‘green’ countertops to choose from out there these days. Many of those products are incredibly viable, beautiful, and green. When considering among green options, one consideration should be the proximity of the product to the job site. How… Read More


Construction and Demolition Debris

At The Artisans Group, we are always looking for ways to reduce our jobsite waste and to avoid putting anything in the landfill. For you DIY’ers out there, it may be useful for you to know some of our local… Read More


Green Home Guide-USGBC

The US Green Building Council recently launched GreenHomeGuide.com. For homeowners or potential homeowners (those seeking their next home) who are making the move to green, this site is a good clearinghouse for answering many questions, it’s also a great aide… Read More


Cellular Shades Qualify for Tax Credit

I just noted in the latest copy of Dwell magazine (March 2010) Hunter Douglas is advertising their cellular shade model, Duette Architella, as qualifying for the Tax Credit, up to $1500. In addition to that, they are offering a $25… Read More


No Leak Skylights

Velux is rolling out a redesigned skylight product line this January with major upgrades: Advanced energy efficient glass Beefed up protection against water penetration No-Leak product warranty This last one is the ticket. The product carries a 10 year skylight… Read More