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Breath of Fresh Air

Breath of Fresh Air

It was during the “black mold” scare over a decade ago when our family moved into our 1940 Colonial Revival home in old University Park. We bought it from the original owner, whose favorite color was blue. That light blue shag carpet covered up gorgeous old-growth oak...

A Tale of Two Cottages

Dickens’ Remodel. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, . . .” Well, does that pretty much describe your last remodeling job (whether you were the remodeler or homeowner)?!...
Budget Decisions – Beauty is Only Skin Deep

Budget Decisions – Beauty is Only Skin Deep

When building or remodeling our homes, we are faced with a tremendous number of decisions and choices regarding everything from countertops and appliances to tile selections and plumbing fixtures. Our personal preferences play a huge role in these decisions, because...
Happy New Year – Lumber Prices

Happy New Year – Lumber Prices

As a very wise lumberman once said “we’re not in the prediction business”. There are good reasons not to be in the prediction business, both for you and for me – there are just too many factors outside of our control to be able to accurately predict which way...
Hidden Value of a Lean Framer

Hidden Value of a Lean Framer

When we say “Lean Framer”, we’re not talking about Slim over there who disappears when he turns sideways.  We’re talking about the framing carpenter who understands and practices “lean building practices.”  “Lean” is the elimination of waste, in all forms (material,...