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Transformation of the Week

Transformation of the Week

The Gatehouse - Transformation of an early 1900's gatehouse on a majestic lakefront property

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Oil vs Latex Paint for Millwork (Ben Moore Aura Review)

Oil vs Latex Paint for Millwork (Ben Moore Aura Review)

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Classic argument among Custom Builders: Oil or Latex for Millwork. I've been an Oil fan for years but I'm finally coming around to Latex and I think I've found the right paint for the "Crisp" paint job that I demand in my houses.

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Mesquite Hardwood Floor Install - Tips & tricks from a wood geek

Mesquite Hardwood Floor Install - Tips & tricks from a wood geek

This Mesquite Hardwood floor is stunning and this video will show you the start-to-finish process. I've included some tips from a geeky Custom Builder that you won't find anywhere else.

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Hardware Geek - Accurate Pocket Door Hardware Review

Hardware Geek - Accurate Pocket Door Hardware Review

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I'm a hardware geek, and I think hardware can make or break a house. Here's what I think about Accurate's full mortise pocket door hardware.

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How to repair that dent in your hard wood

How to repair that dent in your hard wood

Have you ever dented a cabinet or a any hard wood material? All you have to do is heat up a clothes iron and get a damp rag ready. Once the iron is hot, just place the damp rag over the "dent" and...

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Finishing Touch Extra: Porch from the Past

Finishing Touch Extra: Porch from the Past

Clues from the past helped reconstruct this porch to its original beauty.

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New porch for a Seattle Tudor revival

New porch for a Seattle Tudor revival

This porch had been sorely maintained, and poorly done up with rails while the original roof, though still in decent condition, was unfortunately too small.  We demolished the old roof and floor...

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Learn Timber-Framing Skills at Montpeliers Log-Cabin School

Learn Timber-Framing Skills at Montpelier's Log-Cabin School

Would you like to spend a week working alongside talented restoration carpenters to reconstruct a piece of history?

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Remodel of the Week - Week #11

Remodel of the Week - Week #11

Exterior facelift gives this home an updated look with quality siding and windows.

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Another Take on Reproducing Historic Moldings

Another Take on Reproducing Historic Moldings

FHB author Bill Rainford (#237, Master Carpenter - Reproducing Traditional Moldings) wrote a blog his work with Historic Boston, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to preserving buildings in the Boston area.

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Remodel of the Week - Week #10

Remodel of the Week - Week #10

Dramatic transformation of an uninspired split-level into an extraordinary home- Showcased in Marvin's Remodelers Gallery

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Remodel of the Week - Week #9

Remodel of the Week - Week #9

Enhanced the curb appeal of this 60's ranch and protect the entrance from the weather.

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Remodel of the Week - Week #7

Remodel of the Week - Week #7

Family restaurant coming back stronger then ever after being destroyed by fire.

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Tulikivi Fireplace in Frank Lloyd Wright home - McCartney House - Kalamazoo MI

Tulikivi Fireplace in Frank Lloyd Wright home - McCartney House - Kalamazoo MI

The customer was familiar with Tulikivi masonry heaters and wanted one for his newly acquired Frank Lloyd Wright home (McCartney House) in Kalamazoo MI. The quality of heat from the fireplace...

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Heart of the Living Room

Heart of the Living Room

I designed and constructed this fireplace from cast concrete tiles and mouldings, and two concrete corbels found at a garden shop which we stained to match. I also installed an artwork hanging system...

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Renovated mid-century fireplace

Renovated mid-century fireplace

Rather than demolish and recreate a new fireplace, the existing brickwork was repointed to minimize the vertical grout joints. The brickwork was then painted with a two tone paint scheme, using a...

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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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BUDDY our mascot!

"BUDDY" our mascot!

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Buddy is now 11 years old and has been coming to work with me since he was a puppy. He follows me all over the job site and makes sure he always has a comfortable spot to rest.

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Ugliest House to Beautiful Porch

Ugliest House to Beautiful Porch

This home was just plain ugly. No ifs ands or buts.  A series of horrid modificitations and lack of care destroyed what was a handsome turn of the century farm style house into just plain sinful...

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Classic Fireplaces

Classic Fireplaces

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These three fireplaces have been created by Rehab Revival Custom Carpentry of Philadelphia. Rehab Revival focuses in the classic styles of carpentry. These three different stylesallrepresent...

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