Recent Blog Posts

Insulation- How to Kill a House

Wood has only a few enemies. An encounter with termites, fire, or a weekend warrior is almost always fatal. But when it comes to a fourth enemy, water, wood is amazingly resilient. Wood can get wet over and over and over. There’s just one catch: It must be given the chance to get dry. German post-and-beam homes used straw infill as insulation and a lime-based plaster parging as the cladding and air seal.

Callbacks, Downtime & Substrates, Oh My!

Remodelers can face many challenges on the jobsite. Those challenges can be anything from inclement weather delaying an exterior project, to multiple projects with a variety of substrates, or downtime caused by several items on the “punch list” that need to be finished quickly in order to complete a job. And there’s also every contractor’s least-favorite challenge — callbacks.

How, and Why, to Use Geometric Shapes in Your Next Project

Though geometric patterns and shapes have been used in design since antiquity, geometric shapes are trending again in home renovation. The clean lines and bold colors may have something to do with it. Geometric patterns are all over pop culture, and what’s popular cycles in history. From tile to architecture and fabric, geometric shapes are easy to work with for the interior and exterior of a client’s home.

Roof Ventilation

Why ventilate a roof? “The main purpose of roof ventilation is to keep the air space above the roof insulation more or less at the same temperature as the outside air. ”  That’s Sarah Gray, an engineer with RDH Building Science, talking about best practices for venting a roof.

How to Approach a Project Started By Another Contractor

Sometimes homeowners will contact you about a particular project that is half way completed. Usually the owner is unhappy with the work their current designer or contractor is doing and will ask you to take over and complete the project. In order to start construction again, most firms will evaluate the existing conditions, request any additional permits, purchase materials if needed, and then begin construction.