Millworks Outlet offers unique items

As developers furiously build more and more homes in the Valley, many of which look the same,

some homeowners are craving an individual touch. Maybe it's an ornate

mantelpiece, a stained-glass window or intricately carved door.

However, the price of these items can be staggering, especially on

top of the mortgage payments and landscaping fees associated with a

new home. As for existing homes, remodeling projects can also be costly.

So what can be done to give your home a personal touch without draining

your wallet or taking out a second mortgage?

The solution is right here in the Valley: Millworks Outlet, located

at 45120 SE North Bend Way, between exits 32 and 34 in North Bend.

The outlet offers a warehouse full of unique mantles, doors,

moldings, porch posts and windows at discount prices. The business also has

boards of poplar, fir and other types of wood for shelfs and other projects and

sells to contractors.

Millworks Outlet opened in June and is the second store for

the Drilevich family, whose original store has existed in Maple Valley for

15 years.

Manager Todd Preimsberg said the outlet gets its supplies locally and

from sources all over the world.

"What we do is buy close-out and surplus from auctions," he

said. "When we get a good buy on something, we mark it up (just) a little

so the customer can get the savings."

Currently, a recent collection of hand-carved mahogany mantles

from the Philippines elegantly decorate the outlet's lobby, and Preimsberg

just received a shipment of iron doors. Every week, a different selection

arrives, and one disappears.

"What you see is what you get, so if you see something you like, get

it," Preimsberg explained.

Some items are antiques or have come from old buildings in

Seattle. Preimsberg has run into first-growth wood and one-of-a-kind pieces

from Seattle and the Puget Sound area.

Millworks Outlet workers will go into a building about to be

demolished and save countertops, wooden floors and doors _ anything that would

add a unique touch to a residential home.

Most of the products are unfinished, which makes them

affordable and easy to customize.

Preimsberg explained that staining or painting the pieces is not

difficult, and some homeowners prefer to finish projects themselves.

Decorative glass is also a special find for the outlet, and Preimsberg

also has a source that can design custom glass. In addition, several

log-cabin motifs have also found their way into the store.

North Bend resident Diane Stinnett said she enjoys the

unique items found in the outlet. She has a wormwood beam in her cabin

that came from Millworks, which she said adds an authentic cabin feel to

the building.

"(The beam) makes the cabin more rustic and adds a lot to the room,"

she said.

Stinnett has also seen many other unusual pieces at the outlet

because Millworks employees have referred customers to her husband, Steve,

to install their purchases. Steve owns Nonopariel Construction in

North Bend.

"Steve has installed some of the mantles, and they just have some

beautiful pieces," Stinnett said. "It's a

really nice alternative to the cookie-cutter stuff that you find in chain places."

The Stinnetts have replaced the windows of their current and

previous homes, as well as their cabin, with vinyl windows from Millworks.

"It made sense to replace them," she said. "A lot of (older) houses

have single-pane, aluminum-frame windows, but vinyl is easy care, cuts

outside noise and doesn't sweat.

"It makes a real difference on how your house retains heat," she added.

Preimsberg said Millworks Outlet offers a savings on surplus

windows, from 30 to 50 percent.

"There is nothing wrong with the windows; often they were

accidentally double-ordered by a contractor or from a computer mistake," he said.

Preimsberg, who has worked in the construction industry for 18

years, enjoys the times when customers bring in pictures of finished and

installed pieces that came from Millworks Outlet.

"It's different every day," he said. "I enjoy it because I spend a lot of

time helping people out and giving them ideas."

Millworks Outlet hours are 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through

Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Millworks Outlet can be

reached at (425) 888-5044.

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