We have done it. We have built our first poured wall foundation. For years I held out, opting instead for the laborious masonry foundation walls. The slower, more methodical and time tested technique of laying block by hand was my preferred method of foundation construction. All around me, though, most builders have made the switch to poured foundation walls. The process takes … [Read more...] about Poured Wall Initiative
There's a common perception of the residential construction world that there isn't any real skill or knowledge required, that, really, if a typical homeowner had a little time, they could pretty much take care of everything they need construction-wise. And, I suppose, for some, that might be true. Coordinating different sub-trades- that's a few calls. What's so hard about … [Read more...] about It Looked Easy
The adage goes, "To make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs". In the remodeling business, this is an often overlooked truth. To remake anything is an act of destruction, and then construction. Both of which entail making a mess. Cutting, sanding, painting/staining, varnishing are all intrinsically messy jobs that all have to be done to start and finish any project. So, … [Read more...] about To Make an Omelet….
This February is officially (well, named by me anyway) Frozen February! For the first time that I can remember, we've had sustained polar cold settled in over the NE Ohio area for over a month that doesn't have a family holiday in it, with lows as low as -21-and multiple days and multiple weeks with negative temperatures. The effect of that on homes can be catastrophic! First, … [Read more...] about Frozen is Good for Soup, not for Pipes!
This past week I visited the historic town of Charleston. One of the more interesting things is that the history of the people is marked mostly by the things they built. The homes all come from certain eras of Charleston history- colonial, antebellum etc. A Hugenot church built when the French threw them out of France and they came to the New World, or the oldest Synagogue. … [Read more...] about Things that Last