Porch remodel begins

We have begun our Porch remodel by building a 5 tiered retaining wall. The wall will help with the steep grade of the yard. Knock-out roses and Shasta daisy's are planted in front and on top are lovely begonias and some tall grasses. Tips from Lowes.com The blocks for this project have a locking flange — which makes the installation easy. The interlocking blocks can be used to build walls up to 28 inches high. Follow the block manufacturer's instructions concerning wall height limits. Plan your layout. Avoid having downspouts pointed at the retaining wall and, if it's against the house, keep soil and mulch well below the siding. Your retaining wall design will determine how you mark the area. To mark a freeform layout, use a rope or hose to outline the shape. Then use a shovel to mark the outline. For straight lines, mark the entire bed area with stakes, string and marking paint. Mark curved corners by tying a string to a stake that's equidistant to the edge — creating a compass — and spraying the curves with marking paint. To determine how many blocks you'll need per row, divide the total length of the wall by the...Read More

Floor Refinishing

After three days of sanding, staining, and buffing, our floors came out great. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="5" gal_title="Floor Refinishing"] Ever think you'd find buried treasure in your own home? Years ago, homeowners decided to go for a more "modern" look and covered their hardwood floors with vinyl or carpet. These days, with hardwood back in style, it might be worthwhile to look into Floor Refinishing. If it turns out that your floor was among those treasures that were buried, we can help you put it back on display. Be warned, though: this project takes a lot of time, patience and elbow grease. Before You Start: 1.Check the gaps between the floor planks. If they're widening and you can see the nails that hold the floor down, don't bother trying to refinish the floor. 2.Some newer hardwood floors are only 1/4 inch thick with a laminate coating on top. These floors can't be sanded and refinished. If you try, you're likely to wear away the entire floor! 3.Some floors are easier to refinish than others. Pine and oak, the most common, are fairly easy to work with. Harder woods such as maple, mahogany and walnut take more time. Materials: pry bar pliers stiff, wide-blade...Read More

Laundry Room Remodel

[caption id="attachment_81" align="alignnone" width="741"] Laundry Room Remodel[/caption] The Laundry room project is finally underway. The removal of the floor took two nights, but will be well worth it when the new tile floor goes down. New electric and plumbing completes the room. More pictures are available over to the right under Slideshows.