Out Of The Ashes Rises A New Kitchen

When a house has a fire the damage goes well beyond the flames. Smoke and water damage can be just as destructive as heat damage. My customer’s kitchen was completely destroyed by a house fire that was localized in his attached garage. Nothing could be salvaged....

What A Different A Floor Makes

Major construction projects have dozens if not hundreds of steps necessary to reach completion.  All of these steps are very necessary, but not very glamorous.  In fact, a project often looks worse during the process than it did at its beginning.  However, certain...

A Kitchen Unboxing

I am rebuilding a house that was fire damaged.  When you work on a project that is this large the progress may seem slow, as so many different tasks need to be done in a specific order. This Wednesday I received a truckload of boxes.  Those boxes contained my...

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...