Saturday, February 20, 2010


In this remodel the handrails leading up the steps to an open porch seemed to be missing something. The customer wanted to dress up the front open porch with 2x2 balusters and rails.

I wanted the porch railings to look like they were always there. This did present some problems as the porch was a cement floor with brick facings. I drilled holes in the brick to accept steel pins to hold the 4x4's securely in place.

The top and bottom rails were scribed to the circular columns, cut and sanded for a clean tight fit. Here two corners were also crafted to bring the existing step railings together. This eye appealing detail was the finishing touch to this porch. Cal and Mindy the furry family members will now be safe and comfortable lounging on their porch.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

This shed was custom built for a John Deere Lawn Tractor to live in. Jeremey wanted a shed that was not only eye appealing but storage worthy. Barn doors in the front and a Man Door on the side for easy access to storage and a workbench.

Here are some pictures of the shed being built. Heather and Jeremey were expecting their first child and chose to turn their garage into the baby room. Losing the garage as storage I was under the gun as Heather seem to grow by the day and the two projects had to be completed on time. By the way Mom, Dad, baby Derik and Lucky, the golden retriever are all quite happy with the remodeling projects.

Monday, May 12, 2008


This is the kitchen before I removed all the wallboard to expose the framing. I removed a bearing beam and installed a flush header. The flush header allows a flow through ceiling. This header design allows cabinets to be installed into the additional space with a clean unbroken look. The cabinets are 36 inch hangers which allow for a nice crown moulding for that rich look. The next process is for the plumbing and electrical fixtures to be installed along with the range. Some final follow-up photos will be published upon total completion.

This is the current status of the kitchen remodel, awaiting plumbing and electrical fixtures to complete the project. More to come...

Monday, April 28, 2008


This remodel began when the homeowner wanted an enlarged indoor/outdoor living space. I began by removing a 12 x 12 porch which was too small. I started drawing up the design which is now 18 feet into the yard and 36 feet across the back of the house. The ceiling height starts at 8 feet graduating to 12 feet at the house line. This high ceiling was just what the homeowner wanted, as She envisioned a large screened space with two french doors which swing out into the porch for that grand entrance look and feel. I built the room with a knee wall below the screening which provides privacy and still maintains a great viewing area to take in the large yard.