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Jim Butz has spent his professional life ensuring the quality of his client’s built environment. He has an extensive background as an architect restoring historic buildings, designing and building residential additions, museum exhibits and quality custom cabinetry. His experience and expertise allows him the ability to provide his clients with the design solutions and a level of craftsmanship that solve even the most challenging situations.


“I believe my clients already have the solution to their needs. My job is to enable them to envision the end result through good design and to produce a final product that exemplifies true functionality and the exceptional beauty that evolves from the proper solution.”

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Loft Bed Work Station

Loft Bed Work Station

The loft bed allows your child to utilize the space below for other uses. Some will have it as a play area where you could also install curtains for a private space. This unit was built with a play...

Screened In Porch Addition

Screened In Porch Addition

Most screened porches are too small for one to thoroughly enjoy the space. With an adequate size the porch becomes a living room to the great outside. In season, this room is used more the the living...

Is it old or new?

Is it old or new?

The challenge for this project was to build a built-in entertainment center to match the existing 50 year old paneling. The client wanted audio equipment, large flat panel TV and large storage...



Recent comments


Re: Play Fine Homebuilding's Game "The Inspector"

The inspection games are alway fun. In the Attic furnace game, you touched on not having water pipes in an uninsulated attic but also you can not have a humidifier either. Typically the IBC codes tend to call for a fully weatherstriped door for an insulated enclosure around an attic furnaces in cold climates.

Re: Snake wire through old walls

I always try to use an armored metallic cable for pulled wires in existing construction even when NM-B wire is allowed by code.

First, because of its flexible nature it is easier to pull. Yes I know the connectors are a pain.

Secondly, a new pulled wire is not protected from future intrusion as is wire that was installed correctly in the original construction. How many times do we find hot wires when demolishing walls or ceiling with the use of a finely tuned sawsall blade? Boy I sure love it when I find conduit or armored cable.

For a narrow wall, I feel the tip is a good solution. Knocking off 1-2" of plaster keyway is probably not consequential but if the plaster was in poor shape to begin with I could see potential problems.

Re: Play Fine Homebuilding's Game "The Inspector"

It also appears that the panel has used more than the 90% of capacity which is stipulated in most codes. Fun game and great tool to keep us sharp.

I also appreciate the estimating calculators. They are simpler and quicker than my other programs although they could be improved with a few more varibles such as regional labor costs or complexity.

Thanks FHB for becoming more useful to us contractors at the same time when your articles are sometimes more softmoric.
Jim B