Historical Hyde Park Renovation Safe Lead Paint Removal

We began working on the historical Hyde Park renovation a few weeks ago. Since the building was erected in 1921, we followed safe lead practices as required by the EPA which included the isolation of the entire building, removal and proper disposal of all debris.

How do I install new cabinets with old soffits that don’t fit correctly?

Hi Jake,

I have no idea about reno and stuff but we bought and moved in a 18 year old house two months ago. At first I thought we were just going to take out carpet and put in laminate. Anyway one thing leads to another... I went to an auction and bought a 36" kitchen cabinets only to find out the top cabinets are too tall.

Mirrors can make a room

Mirrors can always be used as design elements. They can add dimension to a small room by eliminating the boundaries of walls and can be used to increase the amount of both natural and supportive lighting as it virtually bounces around the room.

Mirror options go beyond silvered mirrors to include antiqued, tinted or concave or convex shapes.

Can I Live Without a Hot Water Tank?

Jake,

I'm just starting to think about options for moving and/or replacing my water heater. I'm fascinated with the idea of "tankless" systems. Is it really possible to have an entirely "tankless" house? Or must I still have a traditional water heater as well as the individually positioned "boosters" at each water point? I lived in China for a while and I did quite well without a central water heater and only a water heater for the shower.

How Do I Properly Remove Damaged Floor Joists?

I have a twelve foot span. The floor joist are damaged. How far do I have to sister the joist to make them structurally sound?

Robert,

I can't answer this without seeing your situation.  There is no code written to deal with this type of problem.  Each case is different.

Count on these new Sub-zero columns

Here's a message from one of our Designers, Megan, about a new product from Sub-zero.

I visited Roth Distributing yesterday to take a look at the new Sub-zero columns that have just been introduced to their integrated refrigeration lineup. Currently, they are only available in a 27” width but will most likely be introducing additional sizes soon.

Cabinet Woes

Jake,

Just finished a kitchen remodel, only to find the kitchen designer designed us a flaw. Our top cabinet next to the stove will open to a 90 degree angle but in doing so hits the corner of the stove fan cover. In time I can see the cabinet door ending up with a nice gouge right in the middle of the door.

Can I Use a Vent-Free Fireplace in a Bedroom?

Jake,

I have an antebellum home and am renovating a bedroom that once had a fireplace which was torn out long ago. I'd like to install a vent-free gas log set in this room, but I do not want to put it in a cheap pre-fab vent-free firebox, but hope I can build a real- looking firebox from real firebrick inside a chase that looks like a real interior chimney.