Ask Jake: Working Around Load Bearing Walls

 Jake,

I want to make a large opening between my kitchen & dining room. I do not want to tear down the whole wall. Does it matter if this is a load bearing wall? I'm also worried about electrical wires. My husband is a good handyman, but do you think he should tackle this job?

-Hilda

Hilda,

Yes, it does make a big difference if the wall is a load bearing wall.

Home Remodeling Tips

You may have already visualized your dream home remodel, now you're just ready to make your dream a reality.  Before you start your remodel, there are several key things that you should be aware of.  You don't want to start your remodel, only to find out that your project can't be completed within your desired time frame.

Kirei: A Green Material

If you're thinking about implementing Green materials in your home for your next remodel project, Kirei design materials are a great option. Kirei is a natural, sustainable material that can be used for cabinetry, furniture, paneling and much more.

Indicative of it's sustainability, Kirei board is manufactured from reclaimed sorghum straw.

Lower Level Staircase Transformation

We recently completed a beautiful lower level remodel. Here are some before and during pictures, as well as an after picture, of how the lower level staircase entry has evolved. As you can see, a person would originally descend the staircase and walk a short hallway to the door into the basement.

Table transformation

Family history will be preserved in this kitchen makeover. Sally and Don raised their children around this maple butcher block table.

We have planned a new kitchen island that will utilize this modified and renewed table as the new island counter.

Not only are we restoring a piece of family history, but we're also recycling lumber.

How To Get A Building Permit

In our previous post, we briefly discussed the importance of getting a building permit.  Now we will share with you how to obtain a building permit.  Even if your remodel project is small, it is best that you obtain a building permit.  Getting a permit will save you a lot of time and hassle later during your remodel.

Race For A Fallen Brother

I guess you’re never too old to brag on your children. Ben, our oldest son, had such a good Ironman race last Sunday, and he was racing for a very worthy cause. I feel like I need to tell everyone.  So here it is:

Ben raced in the Louisville Ironman this past Sunday.

Schloegel Design Remodel Teams Up With Arlene Ladegaard

In our previous post, we featured a beautiful lower level remodel in which we did a major transformation on the staircase.

We had a wonderful time working with Arlene Ladegaard of Design Connection, Inc. (pictured below) who introduced us to the homeowners on this project.

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!