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The Bold & The Beautiful

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (46)

And the lucky.  We're glad always grateful for making it thru the system and getting referred. Great subdivision in Woodstock. 
Cute home with a front porch and red door. Awesome. 
But the homeowners wanted a bold look and at the time I thought it a little to bold. 

But I think it turned out awesome and great. 
We also replaced the old railing system and stairs. Notice the white riser on the new paint job versus on the pic above? Stair have no risers on the left but code requires them. 

'Nuff Said

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 3:08 PM Comments comments (3)

We love this stuff! 

We painted her new town home. 

Multi-Tasking...Yes We Can

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (2)

We have a few Realtor partners that we're able to help with leasing and listing preps. 

We're able to paint the outside and in the inside of homes. 
Call us for a free quote. 

A Little Help for a Little While for a Lot of Things

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (3)

There's no business like referral business. There's no business I know. :)

But local business is a little sweeter. 

We actually did some minor drywall repairs inside but I can't find those pics. 

From the inside came a few other things the homeowner needed. 
We needed to replace the rotted trim and better secure the gutters. Easy Peasy. 

The Root Issue Turned Out To Be This

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (2)

The title is as far as my creativity got on this one. 

I wish I had some pics before the boys busted tings up. As you can likely imagine the concrete was buckled but no one expected this massive root (the massive tree outside should've cued us). 

We had to pose with our catch. Had to. 

Back to work...ok so as in other concrete work we do, we drilled and inserted rebar to the existing slab to help prevent cracking and help keep the new concrete together with the old. 

We also rolled out welded wire mesh. 

This is what it looks like as we're finishing up. 
Not bad, not bad. 

Clean Your Roofs or Else...

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (5)

...and unfortunately, it'll really cost more money and more hassle. 
It's hard to see the pine-needle build up but it occurs and unfortunately it cause water/moisture to work it's way down. 

In this case it started a small leak in the master closet.

As you can see the damage was pretty severe considering pine needles. Maybe a big branch could've caused the problem but there were two separate places on the roof with the same issue. 

We had to replace a lot of OSB sheathing, 

Here's the second spot we identified. 

We installed new OSB sheathing, new felt paper and added a granular surfaced roof leak barrier in the valley. 
Here's an entire section replaced 
with architectural shingles. 

It All Started when...

Posted on November 12, 2019 at 4:01 PM Comments comments (4)

We're really glad to have been part of this small project. The homeowner is a great person. 

She wanted to update her master shower and tub tile and we did just that. 

We strip everything down to the studs and build new. Here you see the rubber membrane, then the mortar on the bottom right and the shower tile on the bottom left. 

It's a cumbersome process getting rid of the old tile because afterwards there's prep work needed for the new tile. 

But it sure looks awesome when it's done. 

Here's a view of the 2x4 studs where Fernando is getting ready for to install the membrane. 

The pic is the James Hardie BackerBoard sealed with shower mesh tape and liquid cement to prevent water from leaking out. 

A nice little before and after.

Very nice looking tile and excellent tile work. Pics don't do this project justice. 



Back in Black

Posted on November 12, 2019 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (7)
Yes, we're thankful to do multiple jobs in the same neighborhood. We've done several in this one. We've painted a couple of houses, remodeled a basement, a master shower, retaining walls and decks.Write your post here.

It may not seem like a lot on this truck but it's about all the materials we need to build this huge 20x20 deck. 




Many people think that the posts go up first but that's not the case. 

First goes the frame, then further down the process the frame gets squared, then lots of digging. 

Hey! You Guys Building Another Deck?

Posted on November 11, 2019 at 7:36 PM Comments comments (2)
We always appreciate referral business and it always makes us feel worthy  when it happens. 

This nosy fella couldn't believe we're back in his neighborhood again. 

This was a two-level deck that started out with a few damaged deck joists but the started never ended. 

Ultimately it didn't make sense anymore to repair the deck. 

We built it all new and installed beautiful 20' 2x6 deck boards. 20' boards means just ONE board per row. No split/cut pieces. No nail pops. 

The bottom was struggling and had rails when none were needed. 

The new deck was left opened for a much better view. The yard slopes down and let's the homeowner's see the that fella more often. 

We got the deck wet just for the sake of a better pic...haha. Not really, it's washed down before it gets stained. 

Here' she sits. Real purty. 

Very similar but not the same. Can you see the difference? There are a few significant differences. 

Like is never happened!! 

It Starts with a Vision

Posted on November 11, 2019 at 6:01 PM Comments comments (6)

This home improvement project is driven by passionate vision that soon will come to fruition. 

As you can see it was a little unassuming split-level  that now has some serious curb appeal (and we've not even done yet). 

Gone are all the small windows that made this home feel small on the inside. 

We love the lights over the stone. Love the well lit porch. 

Nice 12' real tongue & groove ceilings. 

How about this?!! 

We've installed re-purposed 5/4 deck wood for siding and it looks even better in person. 

Sorry, I love this. 
Looks sooo good!

The deck wood has what we call a Level Two finish. It's not the original surface from when we demo'd the deck, however, it still has a rustic finish by design. 

More of the tongue & groove ceiling. 

Next is the concrete slab and sidewalk. 

Love the well it front porch. Particularly since the home is a good bit down slope from the street.