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...

What A Building Inspector Taught Me

I’m installing new gas pipes in a house.  These pipes are under low pressure and (of course) they have to be completely sealed.  To make sure that they are safe they are filled with air at 25 PSI.  A pressure gauge is attached and monitored to make certain that...

Garbage Everywhere

With construction, there is often deconstruction.  There are a lot of materials that have to be removed with any remodeling job. Naturally, I try to recycle as much as I can.  Aluminum can be scrapped. Clean concrete can be repurposed to make asphalt. Even cardboard...

Deodorizing A House After A Fire

I am involved in the renovation and reconstruction of a Naperville home that caught on fire.  I have already removed all of the interior walls, but there is still a strong smell of smoke through the entire house. Naturally, I want to go to any reasonable lengths to...

Cabinets Make A Difference

I’m remodeling a kitchen in Glen Ellyn.  It is a total remodel that includes combining the former dining room with the old kitchen.  It always amazes me how some elements can make a dramatic difference in the way a room looks. The first photo is the empty new...

When Should You Replace A Wood Floor

I am doing a kitchen remodel in Glen Ellyn.  The customer is joining his dining room and kitchen together.  This will turn two small rooms into a large and wonderful kitchen space. The dining room already has an oak floor, and the owner wanted me to weave the new...