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Friday, February 14, 2014

Grand Announcement!

Hammontree Builders is expanding our services! I can now offer a Visualization service. What does this mean? It means that if you have an idea and it is construction related, I can help.
  • What will that new deck look like?
  • Should it have benches?
  • New garage-attached or detached?
  • Crown Molding in dining room? What size?
  • The instances are endless!
For 5 years now, I've been able to show my customers during the planning and design stages what a given project will look like when complete. I'm able to show them options as we design together using SketchUp Pro. I've touted SketchUp before in a previous Post about its many features that work so beautifully with the construction industry. With SketchUp Pro you also get Layout which is a presentation software to not only create design concepts but also precise prints for permits. Using SketchUp Pro, I not only can do walk-throughs but show you design options in 3-D. I am offering this service to any or all of the following:
  • Homeowners that want to act as general contractors on their own home remodels or new-Builds. 
  • Builders.
  • Kitchen Designers.
  • Although we would love it, you don't have to be a Hammontree Builders client.
First disclaimer:
I am not trying to replace your Architect or Designer. In fact, I have no formal training or degree to do any of that. Check with them, they may even work with SketchUp-more are every day. If not, I'd be happy to work with them to help.

I am a licensed Builder with 30 years of experience.  I've been in business for 18 years and I have drawn prints for smaller projects and permit purposes. I've used Autosketch and SketchUp. There are 2 things that I have noticed working with clients over the years.
  1. We all have difficulty seeing changes to our physical space with our mind's eye.
  2. During every project there is a point that those changes, coupled with the design decisions that need to be made are overwhelming. And you don't want to be surprised once the job is done. Any changes now get expensive!
The ability to see what your remodel will look like when it is done is hard! Colors, placement of lighting, fixtures or appliances, all can be confusing.  Sometimes a plan-view and pages of elevations don't inform you of what the changes really mean. I had a customer once that even though they had perspective and elevation drawings taped to the wall, they still were alarmed when I started laying out the cabinet placement. I was the installer on that job, not the salesperson or designer. These people had no idea what they had signed on for. I've touted SketchUp before in a previous Post about its many features that work so beautifully in the construction industry. With SketchUp Pro you also get Layout which is a presentation software to not only create design concepts but also precise prints for permits. 
Some examples:
This first shows what SketchUp can do with its Match Photo capability.

Photo used to show before and for Match Photo in SketchUp
Concept showing hip roof Addition.

Design showing standard reverse gable Addition.

Want the ability to see how your project sits on the slope of your property? With SketchUp Pro and Google Earth, that is possible! (Examples below are work that I have done But are from Michael Brightman's fantastic book, "The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture").

Do you need to specify window installations? Or any other construction procedure?

Need prints? From SketchUp? From AutoCad? From graph paper? It can be done! 

I'm really excited to offer this service and hope to hear from you!

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.