No doubt about it: The members of the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of

No doubt about it: The members of the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties do top-tier work. Every year, they submit their favorite projects to the Remodeling Excellence Awards. Here are 24 inspiring spaces that will have you looking at your home and dreaming of knocking down a wall and adding some flair anew.  Palmer Residential transformed a claustrophobic attic bathroom into a bright, airy space that the owner now considers her favorite room in the house. To open up the space, an elevated toilet platform was removed, and clear shower glass was added to bring in light. The vanity, half-wall, tile, quartz slab, and shower curb showcase work from multiple trades, all unified through design. The vanity features new sconce lighting and mirror, with tile and design choices that match the classic vintage feel of the home. Bright, colorful finishes throughout enhance the natural light from the window and make a small bathroom seem large and open. PALMER RESIDENTIAL LLC This bathroom has a new lease on life with a sleek mixture of classic white subway tiles and elegant wainscoting perfect for its 1911 home. Modern touches include a heate...

Want to Mount a TV Above a Fireplace? Read This First

Q: We just bought a new 55-inch flat screen TV, and I’d like to hang it over the fireplace in our family room. But my husband’s afraid that heat from the fireplace will mess with it. Is it really a bad idea to mount a TV above a fireplace? A: Talk about a hot-button issue! You’re not the first person to think above the fireplace is an ideal spot for a TV; in fact, home builders often install electrical and cable outlets over the mantle (the horizontal shelf above the fireplace) for just that purpose. But depending on the type of fireplace you have, it could very well be a mistake to hang your new flat screen there—for reasons that go beyond the heat. Keep reading to find out why it might be best to locate your TV elsewhere. Excess heat and electronics don’t mix. A gas fireplace can generate 20,000 to 35,000 British thermal units (BTUs) of heat per hour. To put that into perspective, it takes approximately 15,000 BTUs per hour to heat an entire 1,400 square foot house during a typical New England winter. Heat rises, and even a fireplace with a blower that directs hot air toward the center of the room will still allow some heat to escape upward. This makes the area above the firep...