The Beauty Behind The Walls

As I have mentioned in previous post, I am working on a complete home renovation.  The entire house was gutted, and now it has to be repaired and brought up to current building code standards. This means that I have had to replace all of the house systems, including...

The Two Guarantees That Concrete Gives

I am replacing a concrete slab in a customer’s garage.  It had been damaged by a house fire, and could not be cleaned. The old concrete was jackhammered into removable chunks.  Then the base was leveled and compacted.  A vapor barrier was then placed and forms...

A New Garage Floor

You wouldn’t think that concrete could be damaged by fire, but it can be.  My client’s fire meted many things on top of his garage floor’s concrete.  This caused a significant discoloration of the concrete’s surface, which could not be easily...

Using An Odor Encapsulant To Block Smoke Odors

I am doing an extensive rebuild of a fire damaged home in Naperville.  One of the biggest problems has been to eliminate the smell of smoke.  The house was gutted and all charred parts were removed.  I also used a professional odor elimination fog (Odor X/Thermo...

Hidden Damage

I am doing an extensive post-fire remodel on a home in Naperville.  It is always interesting to see how other builders do construction improperly. As we were doing fire deconstruction I came upon the ring joist behind the concrete step under the patio door.  The door...

Drink Water!

Tools and manpower are needed to successfully complete a complicated project, but other factors are needed too.  Common sense is another critical component.  A hot day and hard work means sweat.  The loss of water can make you overly fatigued and mentally cloudy.  I...