Homebuilders will showcase ‘green’ models in Liberty Lake

Don Skillingstad, left, and Jeff Hiibner of JGH Masonry of Spokane cement stone to a new house in Liberty Lake’s River District. It’s one of six in the Spokane Home Builders Association’s “Green Homes” showcase June 18-27. (J. BART RAYNIAK)
Don Skillingstad, left, and Jeff Hiibner of JGH Masonry of Spokane cement stone to a new house in Liberty Lake’s River District. It’s one of six in the Spokane Home Builders Association’s “Green Homes” showcase June 18-27. (J. BART RAYNIAK)

Two years ago the Spokane Home Builders Association got its energy-friendly feet wet by hosting a “Built Green” home improvement show at the fairgrounds.

Next month, the association is hosting a showcase of six homes, all of them built to industry-standard energy-efficiency levels.

Five builders are constructing six homes at the showcase site at Half Moon Park in Liberty Lake’s River District.

One of the six homes has sold, said Katherine Morgan, the group’s marketing coordinator. “Others may also be sold before the show starts,” she said. Homes will sell from about $225,000 to $350,000, subject to change, Morgan said.

The show runs June 18-27. It’s also the association’s first single-site show since 2004, Morgan said.

All six homes score between three and five stars on the Built Green system. They’re also all EnergyStar certified.

Tickets to the show cost $8 at the gate.

Throughout the show vendors and partners will give seminars on projects and home improvements.

For more information and a map of the site, see

Raffle house all green

They’re doing green homes in Coeur d’Alene as well. North Idaho College Foundation’s annual fundraiser, the “Really Big Raffle House,” is all green this year.

The winning raffle ticket will get the home, recently built at 2880 Marceille Drive.

This year’s grand raffle prize is both Energy-Star and National Green Building certified, according to the college, whose students are doing most of the construction.

Valued at $265,000, the home will be available for inspection this Sunday as well as June 6 and 13. Only 5,000 tickets, $100 each, will be sold before the July 14 drawing. They’ll be sold at the open houses and at outlets across the region.

Salon supplier relocates

Salon Services & Supplies moved three blocks east last month to a larger space at 611 E. Second Ave.

The distributor of beauty care products had been down the street, at 303 E. Second Ave., said spokeswoman Sheri Rearick, but the slanted parking lot was treacherous in the winter and the location was not very visible from the street.

“We wanted a space with more presence,” she said.

With 3,600 square feet, the new location will allow an expanded showroom and an on-premises classroom, Rearick said.

Londa Vaughn, supervisor of the Spokane location, said the move will increase customer convenience and access.

Strata Salon moves downtown

Another relocated salon – Strata Salon – has moved into new digs in downtown Spokane at 827 W. First Ave., directly across from the Davenport Hotel. Until recently it operated from an office on North Monroe Street.

The salon offers hair care services, hair removal services and massage.

Tincan in new facility

Tincan, a nonprofit Spokane organization that focuses on technology and interactive media, has moved from its offices in the Courtyard building to a new, 3,500-square-foot space at 1317 West Second Ave.

The new facility has a 32-computer media training lab and a professional video production studio as well as staff offices. The media lab and studio will be used for teen summer camps and workshops for adults and teens, and will be available for rental when not in use for Tincan projects.

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Staff writer Bert Caldwell contributed to this report. Here’s the Dirt is a weekly report on new developments and business openings, closings or movement in the Inland Northwest. E-mail business@ or call (509) 459-5528.

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