A Busy 2014

November 20th, 2014 by KC Construction

Well, my New Year’s Resolution to post more to my blog was about as successful as most resolutions are, I suppose! Nevertheless, we had a busy and successful year in 2014.

Our major project this year was a new custom home built for “spec” on a lot in the city of Sequim. This cute little craftsman will be full of wonderful details – we’re doing the interior floors and trim all in clear oak, with our signature combination of Richlite counters and decorative tile backsplashes! Check in a few months to see the “finished” photos.

New construction in Sequim

New construction in Sequim


Just last month we started a new custom home in Happy Valley. This compact farmhouse looks absolutely fabulous, even at this early framing stage – it’s just such a classic design!
Happy Valley Home  under construction

Happy Valley Home under construction


Check in to the page over the next few weeks, as I plan to upload additional photos of some of our other 2014 projects, including new decks, tile work, remodels, etc.

New Year’s Resolutions

December 31st, 2013 by KC Construction

It’s about 7:00pm on New Year’s Eve and I’ve been working on updating the website! I must admit I’ve been very lax about this, and my new year’s resolution is to be better about putting pictures and information about our new projects on the site for you to enjoy and be inspired by, hopefully! This past year has found us busy with a major remodel at the lovely St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bainbridge Island. We remodeled their 1950’s vintage kitchen into a state of the art commercial space and updated the adjoining bathrooms to meet current ADA standards. I’ll be posting some pictures in the next few weeks, along with some other recent projects, including a series of outbuildings (barns, garages and shops) and some very appealing homes. Terry and I wish you all the best in the coming new year and hope we can add your project to the collection appearing here at KCConstructionSequim.com!

WINTER IS HERE, BUT WE SMELL SPRING IN THE AIR!

February 7th, 2012 by KC Construction

First snow of the year hit in the middle of January, which is not completely unusual, time-wise. It was relatively unusual in its depth, however! We had about 8″ at the barn by the time it was all said and done. It stayed quite cold (right around freezing) for a week before a couple of days of warm wind and a little rain made it all a memory. Now here we are three weeks later and I can smell the tiniest bit of spring in the air. It’s time to prune those roses and fruit trees!

First Frost…

October 18th, 2011 by KC Construction

This is the Contractor’s Wife reporting…

It’s the first frost of the year at “The Barn” on Foxtrot. We’re close to the Strait here – so close we can hear the waves if the wind is right and the waves are high enough – and that proximity provides an extra couple of degrees of warmth through the fall and winter months. I’m sure the first frost came to Sequim proper two or three days ago.

It’s really starting to feel like fall, even though fall officially started nearly a month ago. We’ve had a particularly lovely Indian Summer which almost made up for the dreadful true summer we had this year. But now the chickens are going to their roosts earlier and earlier (along with the setting sun) and Beamer, the standard poodle, who has always been a bit persnickety about such things, hesitates to go out into the dark of the morning if there is a chance of getting his feet wet. This morning I looked in the closet and decided that I could finally pack away the flip flops and summer sandals. Terry has already transitioned into his hickory shirts and heavy coat in the morning, because of course, he hits the road so much earlier than I do.

We’re looking forward to a sunny fall afternoon with friends, pressing apples! It’s become a tradition for us to venture out into the valley this time of year, looking for unappreciated (and unpicked) apple trees to harvest. Last weekend we pressed about 12 gallons and expect to do twice that amount (or more) this afternoon. In the process we meet great people and see old friends – thanks to Conn and Ginny for the apples from the ancient tree at the old Knutsen Farm, and to the kind couple whose apple trees Terry has been admiring (and coveting) on his way back and forth from the new home we have under construction nearby. It never ceases to amaze us how many trees around here aren’t harvested! If you’re reading this post and you live in Sequim – call us! We’re happy to trade cider for apples!

Well – I’m making an entry in my gardening notebook about the first frost (October 15th). You should make sure your hoses are all disconnected from the faucets, your gutters are clear and your sweaters are handy! Now go out and enjoy this beautiful sunny Saturday!

Rain Rain Rain!

March 4th, 2011 by KC Construction

I know, I know…welcome to the Pacific Northwest. The chamber of commerce will tell you that it rarely rains in Sequim – but I was born and raised here and I know from experience that, while it doesn’t rain here nearly as much during the winter as other parts of western Washington, it still does, in fact, RAIN! But let’s try to find a positive aspect to all this moisture. This winter is providing an excellent opportunity to assess your drainage issues. We’ve been noticing standing water in places that you almost never seen it, probably a combination of the unusually heavy precipitation and the very heavy snowfall that we received at the end of February. Even if you rarely have problems with drainage, you might be noticing some areas of your property that could use some attention.

Improving your drainage is one of those projects that, once completed, most people will never notice. But good drainage is vitally important to both the condition of your home and use of your property. Take a look in your crawl space. Is there standing water? Walk over your drainfield. Does the soil feel wet and spongy? Depending on the lay of your land, correcting this issue could be as easy as installing a French drain to divert surface water away from foundations and septic systems or as complicated as the project we undertook about 4 years ago which involved leveling the low spot that collected water, building a large berm with a standpipe behind it to collect runoff, diverting it to a new catchment basin and directing the flow around the buildings. Problem solved!

If you’re looking for some advice or ideas about improving your drainage, give us a call. We can make plans now and correct them this summer when the ground finally dries out – and I promise, it WILL eventually dry out!

Northwest Flower & Garden Show!

February 26th, 2011 by KC Construction

We always look forward to this first taste of spring here in the great Northwest, especially after this winter that seemed to begin way back in November! I’d been saving my pennies to stock up on Oriental Lilies, and I even bought some Trilliums to tuck in under the blue spruce grove on our property.

These shows are always a great inspiration to us, and this year was no different. Recently we’ve been brainstorming ideas for garden structures and there were plenty of examples on display. Our favorite garden was entitled “A Day Well Spent” created by Christianson’s Nursery in Mount Vernon. It consisted of a weathered wood potting shed, rustic greenhouse, and backyard cold frame, all surrounded by green lawn and enough spring flowers and bulbs to make me long to be out in the garden again!

KC Construction is currently working on a garden suite that will include an 8’ fence (welcome to deer country), a 380 square foot greenhouse, 80 square foot chicken coop, cold frames, compost bins, raised garden planters and a pair of water features. Sound like something you might be interested it? Give us a call and we can discuss your options – from a small patio with planters on the sunny side of your house to grow some fresh tomatoes to a garden big enough to sustain the neighborhood like the one we’re working on now!

How KC Construction got it’s name

January 28th, 2011 by KC Construction

How KC Construction got it’s name: Terry Selby?  Beth McHugh? We don’t see any Ks or Cs in there at all! The new business was named in honor of the two faithful dogs who made the trip to Sequim with him: Kay-Cee (a young, blue merle Australian Shepherd) and Cooper (a senior Australian Shepherd/Border Collie cross). In the early years of the business, you could always see Terry and the dogs around town, Cooper sitting quietly on the seat beside him and Kay-Cee hanging out the window, smiling his toothy grin at everyone who went by. Cooper passed away in 2004, followed tragically by Kay-Cee in 2006 after a brief battle with cancer. Little Ko-Dee, a red merle Australian Shepherd arrived shortly thereafter to try to fill the big paws vacated by Kay-Cee. Then, in 2007, Case, an Australian Shepherd/ Springer Spaniel cross, joined the pack and KC Construction once again had a K and a C to occupy the truck with Terry! If you become a customer, we promise you will have plenty of attention from the furry members of our crew!  Most popular are those who keep ready supplies of beef jerky on hand!