More work than it looks

There are many small tasks that have to be done when a room is remodeled. This is especially the case when remodeling a kitchen. The photos below show just one of the tasks, installing cabinet hardware. In this example, we had 44 cabinet handles, each individually...

Wall Removal Kitchen Remodel

Many homes built in the 1940s through the 1970s had small kitchens and small dining rooms.  This was the fashion of the day.  However, times and tastes change.  Our lifestyles are more casual now, and it is more important to have useable spaces than formal rooms. I...

Joining Cast Iron Fittings with Oakum and Lead

It is interesting to see how the various trades do their jobs.  My plumber, John, had to join some cast iron fittings at one of my worksites.  The following video shows how he did it. Please follow and like...

Fixing A Cast Iron Sewer Pipe

I continue to work on a kitchen remodel in unincorporated Glen Ellyn.  This home is on well and septic which can present its own problems. When the county plumbing inspector came out he told us that he needed to upgrade the current cast iron sanitary tee, as the...

Are Your Air Ducts Making You Sick?

I’m am working on a remodel that involves the removal of the kitchen floor including the subfloor.  The house was built in the 1970s, and the building code of those days allowed for the cold air returns to use wall and floor cavities.  The current code requires...

Wall Tiles Can Make A Difference!

When a customer contracts with me to do a bathroom or kitchen they also have some jobs to do.  They need to select their tile/cabinet package.  Often, they will ask me for my advice, as I have been in the business for over 25 years. The choice of tiles can make a...