From Window To Door

The townhouse that I’m renovating had a living space that consisted of three blocked off rooms, the kitchen, the dining room, and the living room. I wanted to open all of these rooms into one great room. The old dining room had a bay window, and I felt that that...

Turning Trees Into Boards

You may recall from previous posts that I decided to use fallen oak trees for the wood in the townhome that I’m renovating. Most of these trees would have been ground to pulp if I had not used them. This is the first time that I had used actual trees as a...

Radiant Heat For A Basement

You may recall that I’m doing a total remodel on a townhome in Naperville. Part of that process included lowering the basement by one foot. This has been a very arduous task. However, I feel that the end results will justify the means. Since I had to remove the...

Adding A New Support Post

I’m renovating a 100 year old house in Downers Grove. The owner wanted to open up the first floor, which involved removing a first floor wall.. This wall added to the structural integrity of the home. Typically, it is necessary to add a new support beam in the...

Patching A Large Hole In A Concrete Block Foundation.

I’m working on a home that is over 100 years old. Part of that process involves replacing the house’s worn out plumbing. The old sewer line had to be removed and replaced with new PVC pipes. Unfortunately, this left a gaping hole in the home’s...