Installing A Shower Base

A primary part of any free-standing shower is the shower base. In many homes this structure consists of a prefabricated fiberglass pan. This is an inexpensive option, but it limits the owner to several prefabricated sizes. In addition, a fiberglass base isn’t...

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...