How to find a roof leak: Use a Water Test

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Excerpt: It’s simple and works so effectively, you’d be amazed that more contractors don’t use this technique. Start at the lowest point that the water could be entering the roof system. Let the water run for 10+ minutes to rule out each component from the bottom up. The farther you move away from where the leak is showing on the interior, the more time you will have to give each component to test for leaking, due to the fact that if that component is leaking, the water now has to run farther before it shows on the interior. When testing brick,…

Working from Home Tips from the Coach!

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Excerpt: Many of our clients work from home.   One of  our clients who does is Pat Weber, who is a “Personal Coach for the Sales Reluctant”. We’ve had the pleasure of both working on her beautiful home in Williamsburg as a contractor as well as being entertained there as a guest. When it comes to working from home, she knows her stuff!  I asked her if we could post this great article she wrote on her blog.  We were thrilled when she consented!  So, here it is:   How do you minimize family distractions when working from home It had to happen. Someone did ask,…

The Lazy-Shoe-Zen shoe organizer for your closet

Special thanks to Rhonda Burgin at Burgin Construction for telling us about this great product that can turn that 24″ deep corner in your closet into perhaps the most organized area in your walk-in!  You can get all the details here: Rev-a Shelf

How about a Secret Playroom Remodel?

Via Apartment Therapy: “The home’s owner found the old armoire secondhand. He then hired a woodworker to take out the back and install it up against a doorway into his children’s play room. The result is a simple-enough-looking armoire that opens to a hidden room of magic and play.” It was designed and built by Maple Seed Renovation in Portland, Oregon.  

The Space Saver – Crown Moulding Shoe Shelves

One of the cooler ideas we’ve seen in a while. In the “less is more category” how great is this? Crown Molding Shoe Shelves- perfect space saver storage. 8′ base pine base molding and 8′ crown molding + white spray paint. Wood glue crown on to base molding, finish nail to hold in place while drying, spray paint, install w/ 2 screws onto wall studs

Pullout Shelves Under the Stairs

In the “coolest idea” category, how about this?   The idea is from a company in the UK, but our carpenters can do this onsite at your home! What would you use the extra space for?  Christmas Decorations? No more dragging stuff up to the attic?

 

Can you ever have “too much” storage area in your home?

5 Quick Fixes: Solutions for the Unused Fireplace

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Excerpt: It’s a common issue in city dwellings; the unusable fireplace. Here are five ideas for coping with an empty hearth. Above: A tiled fireplace (the J. J. rocking chair is by Antonio Citterio); image via B & B Italia. Above: A grouping of pillar candles adds a note of color in this otherwise neutral space; image via VT Wonen. Above: In photographer Paul Massey’s London house, a minimalist fireplace opening is filled with stacked wood. Above: Oversized gold-toned letters fill an unused fireplace in the Paris apartment of Jean-Christophe Aumas; image via Marie Claire Maison. Above: A mirrored ball reflects light in this minimal hearth; image via Shelterness. Need ideas or help…