Proof of proper insulation

This photo is of a house Schloegel Design Remodel recently remodeled. We converted the attic space on the left side into a bedroom with a full bathroom. Notice the snow on the roof that is still present. The right side of the roof, which covers finished space as well, is free of snow.

How do I know if a stone fireplace was built structurally sound?

Hi, Jake.

I bought a house with a second story pre-fab fireplace surrounded by a stone hearth and faced with stone averaging 1 3/4" thick on the sides and front all the way to the ceiling which is vaulted. The fireplace is off center in the room so total height is about 8' on the left edge and 10' on the right.

Excited about the new Kohler collection

We always love to see what Kohler introduces each year at the product launch at KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show). This year, they introduced a very modern faucet collection called the “Stance” collection. Wow! We can’t wait to use it!

The affect of efflorescence

Debby Allmon, a certified remodeler and vice president of Schloegel Design Remodel, was recently featured in the Kansas City Star's Handy Man section.

Debby addresses a question submitted by a reader concerning a moisture issue. Here's what the reader had to say:
I have a problem with some unsightly brickwork on the front of my house.

SDR Helps Out NARI

NARI’s (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) Kansas City chapter just recently relocated to its new offices to 8015 Shawnee Mission Parkway.  Several Certified Lead Carpenters of SDR volunteered their time in the remodeling of the new office.

Historical Hyde Park Project Before

We are really excited to be starting a project in historical Hyde Park.  This wonderful duplex was built in 1921, and still posses many of the beautiful, unique qualities found in buildings built during that era.  The generous moldings, doors and trim are original.

Can I use Tyvack under the Styrofoam or leave the selvage?

Jake-

I am preparing to reside in an older house. Built around the mid 20's it has oak planking as original sheathing. Then 15lb felt and something similar to selvage in a pattern to look like brick siding. Can I leave the selvage and go with either fan Styrofoam type 3/16 insulation before the vinyl or can I use Tyvack under the Styrofoam?

Thank you, William

William,

I don’t know why you couldn’t use a insulation board then cover it with Tyvek.

Figuring out the proper wood finish

The table's cut-off end has not been presented to Sally for final stain selection. Tony, the painter, should have the counter stained and finished mid next week.

We think it is important to understand the choice you are making when selecting the finish that you will use should you decide on a wood or butcher block counter top

Finishing practices for wood furniture and cabinetry, although very durable, are not considered food safe.

Leawood Rotary and the Urban Rangers

The Leawood Rotary club recently raised over $3500 in their annual Christmas Auction.  The money was evenly divided between Marillac School, www.marillac.org and the Urban Rangers, www.urckc.org, two very deserving organizations.  The photo shows the two auctioneers, Stu Sharp and Jake Schloegel, demonstrating one of the auction items.