Office decorating – going a bit Retro

This is a neon sign I just had custom done for our office wall. This all started a few months ago when we were looking at old motorcycles online and spotted the Indian wall clocks and some other things that have neon lighting to them.  So, I did a little searching, made contact with a manufacturer, started working up this … Read More

Creatures encountered during remodels – Scorpion & Dove

The crew was working recently on an exterior remodel and pest repair project . . . a beautiful setting to work in.  It’s well hidden in the woods of a nearby valley.  At times like these we often run into creatures that provide some learning and just a quick break from the work to observe them in their efforts to … Read More

Energy Saving Solutions – Active: Photovoltaic (Solar) Panels

Amazing return on investment here!  This is a project that we did at our home several years ago now – photovoltaic panels to gather energy from daylight. At the back of the property is a ‘shop.’  Really it’s a storage building more than a shop.  So, after being contacted about having an energy converting solar photovoltaic panels system installed, we … Read More

Remodeling Features: Structural – Foundation cracking and separating

After nearly 50 years, this foundation just had ‘enough.’ The foundation wall was showing serious signs of stress but the owner didn’t know exactly what the problem was, or how it could be repaired. First thing: assess the damage and get the structural engineer involved. After he looked at it, we talked through the options for repair and came up … Read More

Remodeling Features: hot water circulating systems – getting the Hot Water where you want it, when you want it

Hot Water Circulating Systems – hot water when and where you want it: I recently did some research on some different hot water circulating systems (sometimes called ‘on-demand’, ‘recirculating’, etcetera) for a home remodel that I have been working on. Here’s a comparison of what seem to be the most common features, approximate costs for each, as well as some … Read More

Energy Saving Solutions – Parabolas & Double-Shells

My own introduction to this field of Energy Saving Solutions . . . began in 1977 when I worked for a company (called Sonoma Solar) in northern California that was testing and manufacturing energy saving products for the marketplace, like parabolic solar collectors. These collectors used water as a heat collection medium and were designed to track the sun’s travel … Read More

Remodeling Features: Cabinets

Cabinets, Storage Spaces, Shelves & Such Here are some photos of a few of the cabinets we’ve built and/or installed. Even most of the factory-built items have needed modifications or repairs before installation could be completed. One time we had a kitchen cabinet unit come from an east coast manufacturer and the largest cabinet (the pantry) that had to be … Read More

Remodel Project Preparation

How we start new remodel projects . . . Remodel Preparation – getting it done right, starting at the very beginning STEP 1 – Discovery Stage: the Most Fun for Now! Determine the real need for your remodel. Then, determine the anticipated scope of work of your remodel: walls to remove; lighting, electrical and plumbing changes; bringing in outside light; … Read More