Here is another deck we recently upgraded for a customer. This project consisted of replacing the perimeter decking with a new darker composite deck, installing new vinyl lattice skirting, and installing the handrails. As you can see from the first few pictures the old grey decking was removed, the customer had a real problem keeping it clean. We installed Trex Transcends around the perimeter and on the steps. Once completed we installed the vinyl lattice to improve the looks and add protection against creatures being able to go underneath her deck. The handrails are made of stainless steel flanges and galvanized exterior steel piping. The posts are pressure treated with a vinyl post wrap complete with footing and cap. This type of handrail allows for great transparency, a stylish look and low maintenance. I think it makes for a nice looking easy to maintain and enjoyable outdoor living space.
Today I thought I would write about decks since I just finished a fairly good sized one. (Pictures below) A deck, or patio, creates a great space for enjoying the outdoor with your family. Today there are so many options for decking material it can get a little crazy trying to figure out which one to go with. In my opinion the natural wood deck is the best to look at, but does entail the most attention over time. Cedar is by far the most popular wood for decks, but other exotic wood such as redwood are available. If your looking for something low on maintenance go with a composite. The brands of composite decks seem to be continually growing but the ones I use the most are Trex, Fiberon and Evergrain. The deck below is evergrain cedar color. Each of the brands has multiple lines within the brands from which to choose. Cost can range from the low $2.30 a lineal foot upwards of $6 a lineal foot. You also get a variety of colors and now wood mimicking patterns as well. When your ready to build take a little time to find the best on for you, and give me a call. I’d be glad to let you know more about things such as fasteners, framing the deck, steps, railing etc.
This project took the unused space beneath the stairs and turned it into useful shoe storage by the front door for their guests. This is made easily possible because of the way the stairs are framed. It allows for the simple conversion of the wall into a built in cabinet box. With the in shop pre-build and assembly we are able to cut down on the installation time making a smoother project for you. This box along with the coat hooks took about 3 hours of installation time in the customers home.
Design is important for any size project. Time spent planning and reviewing a project can be invaluable in the end result. With the Internet, capturing ideas and gathering information has never been easier. Whenever starting a project whether a small shed, kitchen remodel, or deck researching product, gathering ideas, looking at color combinations, and reading other peoples experiences will contribute to a smoother, better project. Using google sketch up for simple 3d design is a simple yet effective way to see your project before starting and avoid many potential pitfalls.
Here are a couple of pictures of a fire place a customers asked me to redesign for them so I’m asking for your input. Let me know if you have any ideas for this area. I want to let everyone know about a great resource for home remodel design ideas call houzz. This is a website, which works along with an iPad app, to deliver awesome ideas for home remodeling at your finger tips. Go to houzz.com to see more.
Today we built some shelving for a customer to help the organize their garage. We built these shelves out of melamine wrapped particle board. Using this material allows for an easy build with minimal finishing required. You are limited on color, white being the main choice, but melamine is paint-able. (We can talk about that some other day) These shelves are 24 inches deep and the tallest one measures in at 7 feet. The side piece near the door is for shoe storage, with an 8 inch spacing for the majority and 11 inch on the bottom for boots. When creating your organization plan for your garage or other area in your house i recommend looking through what you are planning to store and measuring it to make the most use of your space. If you choose to make your own shelving as opposed to buying pre-built ones you can maximize your space and create the exact storage solution you need.
Here are a couple pictures showing the transition of a fireplace remodel. We started with a simple sketch which showed the customer an idea of what we were going to do. Next, the work began with the demolition of the old faux brick paneling, installation and finishing of new drywall. We then installed new backer board where the slate would be installed and began setting the stone. We not only put the slate behind the fireplace but also across the front of the platform as well. With the stone inplace, we painted and installed the stained wood trim. I think this turned out great and the customer was extremely happy.
Today I started using my newest tool, the Fein Multimaster. This tool is an oscillating tool which is extremely useful in home remodeling and repair work. The Multimaster is equipped with multiple heads ready to do jobs from sanding and cutting to scraping and stone grinding. It is especially useful because I can attach it to my Festool vacuum system. This is a tool I will use on a daily basis for everything home remodel and home repair.
We’ve started refinishing the wood floor in my brothers house, which is about 70 years old. This particular floor is maple and it’s amazing, as you can see from the photos, just how beautiful it is under layers of old finishes and everything else that happens to a floor over a long period of time. There is much to be desired in a refinished floor as opposed to a new one. One of the bonuses of old flooring is that the wood, because it is older and worn, will have marks and stressing that cannot be obtained in new wood. You also get, what I think is a nice feature,the space between the planks being not entirely even. I think this adds to the character and interest of the floor. Another of the great advantages is the pieces of flooring, at least in this house, actually run the entire length of the room. I think this is one of the very desirable things to be gained from old wood floors. This means no seams and a very straight clean look. I also have to mention that the steps on this floor are each a solid piece of wood and once refinished will look great. I will post more photos as we continue with this very unique and special project. We are using my Festool 6″ random orbital sander and vacuum system for the job. It truly is a dust free sanding experience. I love my festool tools. http://www.festool.usa.com
Here is a time lapse video of me performing a simple drywall repair. Doing a repair in this method allows for the wall being ready for paint in less than half an hour. This method works great for small home repairs. The same method can be applied to larger home repairs but will require more time. So here is what I did and the products I used – first i cut a piece of new drywall slightly larger than the hole I’m repairing. Next I used this new piece to mark where I need to remove the old drywall. Once I have cut out the old drywall I install a couple of wood blocks to be my backing for the new patch. I attach these pieces of wood with normal drywall screws, these are attached to the old on the top and bottom of the hole and are then ready for the new drywall to be attached. I then apply mesh tape to the joints and I’m ready to mud. I use Silverset 20 hot mud, this product will dry hard in approximately 20 minutes. If you mix with hot water it will set up quicker usually 5 minutes. I apply a couple coats of mud while making sure to feather out the edges for a smoother finish. After every coat of mud use a wet sponge to smooth and knock off any little ridges. The vital point on a drywall repair is between old and new surfaces, and using the sponge on the edge will help to blend the to surfaces. Once you have completed a couple coats of mud your ready to spray your texture. The fast dry texture is a great tool to use and if you run the can under hot water for a few seconds prior to spraying it will result in a finer textured spray. Regardless of the heaviness of the texture i always spray a fine layer first and work my way up to a heavier texture till the desired look is achieved.