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

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

My Floor Was Soft!!! (a follow up post)

(continued from My Floor Is Soft) What we found . . . Here’s a follow-up on the post I did recently (see link above) showing a floor that was in real need of repair.  We found damage within the floor system and in the head wall of the tub/shower, plus in the wall adjacent to the toilet. Now, here’s what … Read More

Choosing the Right Remodel Contractor & Running Your Own Bid (Part 5 of 6)

(. . . continued from Part 4) Does something ‘lurk’ behind the shininess? 24. Does the contractor have a safety program in place? Again, a safety question here.  It’s also a regulatory requirement.  I have had a safety program in place since 25. Does the contractor have a couple of good ideas when you first meet? The first meeting is … Read More

Choosing the Right Remodel Contractor & Running Your Own Bid (Part 1 of 6)

“. . . the whole remodel process involves a lot of homework on your part” Bear with me as this is a lengthy presentation, but I believe a very strategic and important one for you as a homeowner.  You are about to embark on perhaps some major demolition and reconstruction of your largest asset.  And, you are about to invite … Read More