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...

Reinforcing I-Joists

I am doing an extensive remodel of a home in Naperville, which had to be partially demolished after a fire. When I removed the ceiling in the kitchen I discovered that the I-Joists had many drilled holes in them from a previous remodel from another contractor. Each...

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...

Upgrading Electric from 100 Amps to 200 Amps

I am in the final stages of finishing a kitchen remodel in Glen Ellyn.  This remodel involved adding new lights and electrical circuits to the room.  The building code required that the new electrical circuits in the kitchen have arc fault breakers, and the existing...

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...