December 29, 2015
Celebrating 10 years since the reboot of the Shafer Baillie Mansion, we are beginning 2016 with the launch of a new website. Our 10-year-old website is like that dress you hate to get rid of because you still like it and maybe it even still fits and you get compliments on it, BUT it’s becoming a little worn and dated!
Our new responsive website will more easily adapt to the size of the screen you're using, from a widescreen desktop to a mobile phone. Our friends at Acorn Internet Services, developers of our first website back in 2006, have also been our collaborators on the new site. Some design elements such as colors and fonts will be familiar, but with lots more and bigger photos, and our first-ever logo designed by Andrea Leksen of Leksen Design.
We are very excited about choosing photos for the new website to show off the interior of the Mansion, even though many of you still say pictures don’t do it justice!
We continue to care for our 101-year-old building. We're very conscious of being custodians even more than owners. The latest improvements include a new high-efficiency heat pump for the third floor that keeps it cool in the summer and warm in the winter!
In late January we will close for the first time in 10 years to refinish the main level Siberian oak floors with a water-based finish, install new carpet on the front stairs and landing, and touch up some paint and tile. New quartz counters for the kitchen are also on tap.
When we bought the Mansion more than 11 years ago, we refinished some of the floors but ran out of steam when we got to the dining room and entrance hall. By doing all the floors at the same time, we will provide a continuity that is now lacking and will ensure that the floors are good to go for another century.
We wish you all the very best in 2016. Let us know in the comments what plans YOU have for the new year! And we hope your journeys will bring you to see us in Seattle!
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