Business

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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