Cosmetic repair of an old staircase.

I’m am doing an extensive first floor remodel of a 1970s two story home. Part of that remodel included updating the homes staircase. Originally the stairs were painted white. The customer wanted the threads returned to a natural finish. When we sanded the wood...

Fixing Some Very Old Windows

A long standing customer of mine lives in a wonderful mid-century ranch home. The home is a great combination of new updates and original features. Many of the homes casement windows are in good shape, but some needed repair due to their location and exposure to the...

Acclimation Time

If you ever installed a wood floor you probably had the floor planks delivered three or four days before the actual installation. You may have been annoyed because you had to deal with that additional mess. However, there is a reason for this. Your new wood planks...

The Pros and Cons of Foam Insulation

Most consumers are aware of fiberglass batten insulation. That is the pink or yellow stuff that you see when you open a wall. This type of insulation has a paper backing that allows it to be easily rolled between wall studs. Fiberglass insulation has an R value of...

Bringing Concrete Back To Life

I am working on a mid-century home in Warrenville. One of the projects involves renewing an old concrete patio that had been enclosed to make sunroom. In the past the concrete had been painted green then red. In addition is had quite a bit of residual glue from a...