Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Video Walk-Through of Addition

This video may give those interested a perspective not offered in earlier post.

Master Suite Addition

Here are some pictures of a master suite addition that I completed this last summer. I say I, but the project would not have gone as well or as far without the help, hard work and professionalism of: (in order of appearance)

The dimensions are 12' x 24'. One of the interesting elements of the addition was to incorporate 9' ceilings onto a bedroom that is 8'.

Before:Master Bdrm is behind the double windows on right.
Bath is behind single window. 

After: Double Windows re-located and re-used.
Notice high windows.

Before: Master NW Corner.

After: New Master NW Corner.
Specifications of project
  • 2 x 6 studs on 24" Centers
  • 1" Dow Styrofoam SIS (for insulation and structural properties)
  • LP SolidStart I-Joists and rim joist system
  • Trusses
  • Blown-in cellulose (walls and Ceiling)
  • Icynene foam on inside of rim joist and sill plate
  • 2" Thermax Foam board on inside of block crawl walls
  • 10 mil plastic on crawl floor
After: New Master Bath exterior.


View of bath/vanity from master

Two bowl Vanity

Walk-in Shower

New Shed Project

New Project (with Photos)!
Here is a storage shed addition that I completed a couple of weeks ago.  The problem was the customer needed more storage for outside furniture and was tired of taking it to the basement. Solution was apparent but it needed to blend in.  Only difference from original shed was to use Azek trim instead of rough sawn cedar. This is for the same customers as the Addition project (Previous Post). This was fun!


Before (Front)
Before (Back)


After (Side-this is front of new shed)
After (Front)


After (Back)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Power2U Wall outlet

As a builder and tech user, I've tried to come up with a solution to the question, 
"Where can we charge our mobile phones?" And it's not only phones, is it? We've got digital cameras, we've got tablets, laptops, GPS AND MP3 players. Plus if you use rechargeable batteries, there are those chargers. So many devices and so few places. 
These devices while charging are scattered all over the place and in my mind could/should be located in a central location. These "charging stations" could be located in mud rooms, near desks, entries or nightstands. A conventional receptacle doesn't have the capacity to charge more then 2 devices and can become cluttered. 

 Newer Technology Inc. has come up with a clever solution. The Power2U is an AC/USB wall outlet that not only is a conventional wall receptacle but also has 2 USB charging ports (for 3.0/2.0/1.chargeable devices) 
"An energy efficient "Smart Power" design with Safety Shutters reduces energy costs by providing only the charging amount needed as well as turning power off to USB ports when a connecting cable is removed."
Although I really like these Power2U outlets, as of now, they can't be used in new construction because of the tamper-resistant requirements of the NEC 2008 code. I have communicated with Newer Technology Inc. and they are working on such a tamper resistant outlet. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Carpet Recycling

I wanted to pass this news along (via The Ticker)-
Floor Covering Brokers is partnering with CLEAR (Carpet Landfill Elimination and Recycling) to reduce waste. As of December, all used carpet and carpet cushion is being sent to CLEAR’s recycling facility in Wisconsin for processing and re-use in new carpet and cushion, park benches, car parts, sound barriers, and more. FCB will also accept used carpet and cushion, for a fee, from homeowners, commercial property owners and competitors in an effort to keep the materials out of landfills.
This is great news and a fantastic service!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Garage Project

Recent Projects

Here are some projects from the last few Months. What an exciting time! New jobs and some stirring in the economy.
                                      2- story Garage-

Remove old garage.(all wood, shingles, cement, everything, taken to American Waste's Sorting/Recycling facility in Kalkaska, MI.)