A New Patio to Enjoy the Outdoors

We recently completed a new patio which includes an open area protected with a roof structure, an arbor and a pergola.  The beautiful patio is a stained and stamped concrete surrounded by a curved wall finished with a natural thin stone veneer and capped with the same fieldstone that is used on the walkways and steps.

Lunch with the Schloegel crew

We just finished a great project with our client, Michelle Cour, and she was so pleased with her renovations that she treated the team to lunch at the 75th St. Brewery!  Debby, Brad, Megan, Jake, Tom and Michelle had a delicious lunch and shared funny remodeling stories.

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Debby Allmon on covered downspout drains

Our very own, Debby Allmon, was featured in the Kansas City Star’s Handyman section answering a reader’s question about covered downspout drains. See what she had to say about it. Here’s the reader’s question:

Q: We have four downspouts that feed into 4-inch corrugated flexible tubing.

One-Week Bath: Round 2

This is a photo of our lead carpenter, Ted Kincaid, working on installing a tile floor in one of our bathroom remodels.

This complete, custom bathroom remodel was completed in 6 days in an 80+-year-old house.  This is the second One-Week Bath bathroom we have completed for this homeowner.

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.

Floor plans from our Bathroom Design Challenge

Kansas City Homes and Gardens' blog recently posted a bog about our design challenge earlier this year and included our floor plans. For those of you who haven't seen them, we thought it would be cool to show you how the teams approached the bathroom design.

Kitchen Remodeling in the 1950s vs Design Now

We are having fun with the Ladies Home Journal Book of Interior Decorating which was published 1954.  Gayle found this book while visiting her mother last month.  It is so interesting and so nostalgic to look at the styles and interior design advice from 56 years ago!

We thought it would be fun to share some pictures of what was then versus what is now.

Rearranging a kitchen

Jake,
When remodeling a home built late 50's, the range was located adjacent to the wall in the right corner. To avoid having to move the electrical, and there really is not any where else to relocate the electric range, are there any guidelines as to the amount of space there needs to be between the range and the wall to the right? I can put a backsplash and a side splash if needed.

NAHB’s 5 tips to a successful home remodel

The National Association of Home Builders released their 5 tips to a successful home remodel yesterday. It reminds us that Spring is a big time for remodeling, and planning is in full effect. You may even be contemplating a home or room redesign right now.