Recent Blog Posts

Repairing Concrete Steps

If your home has concrete steps, there may come a time when a little repair is necessary. Depending on the age of your steps or their exposure to the elements, the level of damage can vary. Though it may seem intimidating, the job isn’t too difficult.

Staying Safe On A Ladder

Many of the home and garden ideas that you find on these blogs or other places on the internet require use of a ladder. While these serve as a very important tool, they can also be one of the deadliest things you use. Many people have been severely injured or even killed while using a ladder.

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.

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.

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.

Protect Your Jobsite Crews From the Summer Heat

On a jobsite in Kingsville, Texas, in August 2013, a worker was mixing gypsum concrete in preparation for gypcrete installation on an apartment building. It’s not a particularly taxing job, but he was doing it in direct sunlight. “He wasn’t training or doing anything that involved a lot of lifting or climbing,” says Holly Webster, director of administration at Texas-based KWA Construction, which served as the general contractor on the job.

4 Ways to Exceed Expectations

Many years ago, I began thinking about the subject of exceeding expectations. I would field phone calls from upset clients or listen to team members’ frustrations and I found that most of the time the root of the problem lay in expectations that were set but not met. Because of this dynamic, I began to train, coach, and write about the topic. Over time, I developed the following simple guidelines to help create, and then exceed, expectations.