Category Archives: Remodeling Your Home

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 … Continue reading

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Remodeling Features: Structural – Damage from moisture in the crawl space

This particular project arrived through my plumbing contractor, and would have been entirely avoidable. The plumber had been called in to replace a sump pump under the floor of the living room so that the subsoil area could be pumped … Continue reading

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Oakmont Home – gets a Fresh Start

This home was nice enough before but needed a bit of freshening up, and some more touches that reflect the current owners. The scope of work consisted of the following: changing fixtures and trim in the two bathrooms; adding an … Continue reading

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Remodeling Features: getting the Hot Water to where you want it, when you want it

I recently did some research on some different hot water circulating systems for a home remodel that I have been working on. Here’s a comparison of what seem to be the most common features, approximate costs for each, as well … Continue reading

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Energy Saving Solutions – Active: Photovoltaic (Solar) Panels

Amazing return on investment here!  This is a project that we did at our home a couple of years ago now. At the back of the property is a ‘shop.’  Really it’s a storage build more than a shop.  So, … Continue reading

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Energy Saving Solutions – Parabolas and Double-Shells

My own introduction to this field of Energy Saving Solutions . . . began in 1977 when I worked for a company that was testing and manufacturing parabolic solar collectors in northern California. These collectors used water as a heat … Continue reading

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Remodeling Features: Other Fun & Interesting Items

These photos are a collection of some of the miscellaneous things I have done over the years that you may find interesting or inspiring. Some other items that can add interest without adding a lot of cost are: crown molding, … Continue reading

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