Making A Custom Countertop, Phase I

As you may recall I harvested logs that I turned into planking that was used for the floors in my townhouse. In addition, I had a large Tamarack log that was flat sawn into 2 1/4 inch slabs. I intended to use this wood for a kitchen countertop. See the photos below...

A Fancy Range Hood

You may recall that I created a custom anchor to secure a box/cement board for a vent hood so it would hold some granite pieces that had a total weight of around 400 pounds. I thought you may like to see the finished product. The box that I made which will serve as a...

An Economical Kitchen Refresh

I’m working on a project in a nice suburb of Chicago. The previous owners remodeled their small kitchen in the 1990s. The new owners moved into the house a few years ago, but they felt that the kitchen’s appointments were too overwhelming and busy for such...

A Kitchen Remodel

A customer wanted to refresh their kitchen. They decided to keep its basic layout, but they wanted to change out the cabinets to higher quality ones and arranged them in a way that was more compatible with their needs. They didn’t want to change the stain color...

Demo Days

There is a an old adage that says, “You have to break some eggs to make an omelette.” The same rule applies to a remodel. You have to destroy an area so you can rebuild it. Naturally, destroy is too strong of a word because it is important to preserve...

Opening Up A First Floor

In last weeks post I showed you a remodel that I just completed in Naperville. In that job I reconfigured two rooms and a hallway into one large living space. Today, I would like to show you some photos of that same space, this time emphasizing the removal of the hall...