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Is this renovation doomed from the start?

Is this renovation doomed from the start?

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When an existing brick foundation is capped with another layer of concrete block to reduce the transmission of water vapor, is this renovation company creating the potential for a structural problem?

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Basement Remodel Update

Basement Remodel Update

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Recent pictures of a basement remodel. Most of the tile work is complete. Many pictures are not included yet, since much of the project is not complete. Sorry for the mess! I will have more updated...

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Restored 1790 Carriage House in Water Mill, NY

Restored 1790 Carriage House in Water Mill, NY

This restoration of a 1790 Carriage House maintained the integrity of the original home, keeping the original structure and beams. Additions in the new three story home were added along with state of...

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Can You Survive a Tornado?

Can You Survive a Tornado?

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Living in Tornado Alley without a storm shelter is a bit like barreling down the freeway without fastening your seat belt. Never mind the house--what about you and your family?

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Custom Basement Renovations

Custom Basement Renovations

Created several custom rooms in the basement of a home we constructed north of Toronto.  A fitness centre, mini hockey rink and a home theatre/media room were all part of creating great use of the...

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Cutting into a Concrete Floor

Cutting into a Concrete Floor

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Cutting concrete is noisy, dirty, and dangerous; and the tools are heavy and unpredictable. In short, it's a job you may want to sub out.

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Basement Remodel

Basement Remodel

We remodeled this basement with the theme focused around the client's favorite football team.

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Switch-Up to SketchUp: Going Digital With Design

Switch-Up to SketchUp: Going Digital With Design

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If you want to take advantage of the many features offered by switching to a digital design format check out this tutorial for some insight into ways SketchUp can SpeedUp the process.

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House Crashers and EnvironmentalLights.com Transform Fourth Home Renovation Together

House Crashers and EnvironmentalLights.com Transform Fourth Home Renovation Together

EnvironmentalLights.com featured in its fourth episode of House Crashers, a hit TV show on the DIY Network EnvironmentalLights.com, a leading source for high-quality, energy-efficient LED lighting...

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Drab to Cheery Basement Remodel

Drab to Cheery Basement Remodel

This basement received a tremendous transformation. The wood paneling and dated bar was removed. We reconfigured the rooms and enlarged the bathroom by creatively placing the new fiberglass shower...

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Basement Bathroom, Family Room and Laundry Room Project

Basement Bathroom, Family Room and Laundry Room Project

This basement was full of awkward spaces and configurations. The existing structural posts and mechanical piping created a design challenge. We started by moving the electrical panel out of the...

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A Damp Basement has a Dehumidifier Running Overtime

A Damp Basement has a Dehumidifier Running Overtime

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A homeowner in Atlanta has taken all of the usual precautions to keep moisture out of the basement. But he's still running a dehumidifier around the clock. Is there something else he can try?

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Building a radon-resistant home.

Building a radon-resistant home.

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What is deadly and might be lurking in your basement? No, not a Ninja (well probably not), in most cases it is Radon. And it is important to know what Radon is and how to ensure it isn't a threat to your household. From building to testing, I will share what I learned about Radon while building my house.

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Framing a dropped coffer ceiling

Framing a dropped coffer ceiling

This will have a "suspended" or "droped" coffer that has the same curve as the barreled ceiling when completed. The ceiling above will be wood with rope lighting. More pictures to come!

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stair fix

stair fix

Stair landing fix.

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Framing for a Barrel-Vaulted Coffered Ceiling

Framing for a Barrel-Vaulted Coffered Ceiling

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This is my design. The project will be completed by next spring, see you then!!

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How To Hang Drain Lines so They Stay Straight and Secure

How To Hang Drain Lines so They Stay Straight and Secure

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Plumber Bruce Norman shares his secret to keeping PVC waste pipes right where he wants them.

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Jack helping us move the basement stairs

Jack helping us move the basement stairs

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 We got 2-year-old Jack, a Shetland Sheepdog, a month ago from a couple that could no longer keep him.  He is new at...

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Steps in the Right Direction:  Use SketchUps Tools for Stairbuilding Plans

Steps in the Right Direction: Use SketchUp's Tools for Stairbuilding Plans

The staircase model created in the Stairmathter blog post gets filled in with more details and components to calculate meaningful dimensions for code compliance and finish features

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Fine Basement Renovation

Fine Basement Renovation

We are a custom builder from Bolton, MA.  Often we are asked to help a customer with finishing a basement space.  In this case we recreated a formal space to match the home...

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