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REMODELING magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report shows the return-on-investment for twenty-two different home remodeling projects, including kitchen remodeling, a bathroom addition and window replacement. Window replacement, whether with wood, vinyl or aluminum windows, pays back only 70% of your out-of-pocket investment. If you spend $20,000 to replace your windows, your estimated return on investment...
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Tools and technology are improving at a rapid pace, and yet our skills as craftsmen have diminished. This is the irony of craft: the more that tools and technology do for us, the less we can do for ourselves. A framer’s nail gun makes him forget how to swing his hammer. His skill with a...
Sometimes functional hurdles can result in a beautiful solution. We are currently building a wonderful traditional home on a challenging lot. The grade change from the front to the back was steep. While the steep grade made it ideal to put the garage under the home, we also were trying to accommodate a parking spot...
We sent two of our architectural designers, Austin Bewley and Rebecca Eaton, to New York City for an eight day ICAA Intensive Program to learn more about the elements of classical architecture. While there, our designers devoted their time to studio work, lectures, guided tours and visits to the best that NYC has to offer. They enjoyed...
One of the more underused methods of sprucing up the exterior of a house is to fix up the garage. While the garage is often an after-thought, it is one of the main fixtures on the property that can enhance a house’s appearance. If in disrepair or too small, it is thought that to start...
“When I get a little money I buy books, and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus   A survey of the master builders and architects of the last 200 years will reveal one important similarity.  They all revered books and built libraries for reference in building. One could argue, that...
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