The name Creative Home Center surely stands out in a world dominated by big-box home-improvement stores. Here, homeowners will find the typical...
The name Creative Home Center surely stands out in a world dominated by big-box home-improvement stores. Here, homeowners will find the typical home choices, like glass tile, countertops and cabinetry, but will also see sample wall murals by artists who can be hired for custom work and information on glass artisans who can blow a custom lamp.
“I want to bring craftsmanship and high-tech and the environment into the home,” said owner Sean Phillips. That includes options for energy-saving systems, like a recycled water system and water-saving toilets, or solar-panel systems.
The store on Elliott Avenue, which opened earlier this year, also serves as a clearinghouse for home-renovation services, where customers can find the materials they need — and the people to do it.
“We’re not the kind of store where you can pick something up and walk out,” said Phillips. “We look at everything as more holistic.”
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Creative Home Center
942 Elliott Ave. W., Seattle, 206-957-6632, www.creativehomecenter.com. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Vendors include ironworkers, timber framers, and a company with “smart” technology to control a home’s heating, lighting and security. Customers work with Creative Home Center to hire vendors, or they can call some suppliers directly to get pricing on construction and interior design work. Customers may also ask the store to track down difficult-to-find items.
The center also functions as a gallery of sorts for home-oriented artisans.
Beata Ondikova Metzelaar sells commissioned art pieces through the store, featuring abstract landscapes, portraits and other styles. Customers can specify size, color and the medium, and Metzelaar takes it from there. Her pieces start at $200.
“I can work with the client on choosing something that will actually match their interiors than for them to go outside of that and … look for something,” she said.
For artisan Diane Wills, who has 3-D wire structures on display, the center has provided an outlet to show her work.
“It’s just so much fun,” she said. “It’s my passion.”
Phillips, who comes from a construction, design and real-estate background, said he’s trying to provide a one-stop resource.
The projects can range from a single $800-and-up mural to something more elaborate.
For example, Creative Home Center designed a renovation for a customer’s vacation home, supplying and installing counters, travertine tile, windows and cabinetry for $58,000.
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