Getting into hot water

While visiting a job site yesterday, I came across this repair job on a hot water flue. (Please note that we did not make this repair, it was done previous to our arrival on the job.) The repair is an old Folgers coffee can clamped around a furnace flue pipe.

A new chapter for this restored tabletop

Homeowners Don and Sally Goldenbaum are thrilled with the outcome of their restored table top, which is now an island counter top.

Sally Goldenbaum, who lives in Prairie Village, is a published author with a series of books about the Seaside knitters.

A shocking discovery

You never know what you might uncover when remodeling an old house. Someone decided to chisel out a track for a wire rather than getting the wire back into the wall the way it should have been done. This wire was covered by a mirror which provided some protection against an electrical shock, still not the best way to do it.

A new addition

Gabe, one of our Lead Carpenters, and his wife Maggie are proud to announce the arrival of their new daughter, Charlotte Rose. Charlotte joined the world on Monday, May 24th, weighing in at 7.5 pounds. Congratulations to Charlotte Rose, Maggie and Gabe on such a beautiful new girl!

Brad the lead renovator

After April 22, a new Environmental Protection Agency law goes into place. Any home built before December 31, 1977 will have to be tested for lead if more than 6 square feet of interior or 20 square feet of exterior surface will be disturbed. If lead is found, certain procedures must be followed to remove the lead from the home.

The apple does not fall far from the tree

Donna Kirsopp, a design consultant for SDR, has a history in her field.

“My father was a home builder, remodeler and wood worker.  I developed an interest at a young age while building houses of Lincoln Logs and wooden boats in my dad’s garage.  My father always had a project and he didn’t discourage my interest in it.

Learning the new lead law

April 22 is the day the new EPA law known as the Repair, Renovation and Painting Law goes into effect. From now-on any renovation or remodel on a house that was built before December 31, 1977 that will involve disturbing more than 6 square feet of interior surface or 20 square feet of exterior surface will require testing for lead.

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.

Regretting your design? Consider remodeling.

There are a million different reasons to redesign a space. We recently read a blog that reminded us of one of the most common reasons: functionality. Does a wall in your home just not make sense to you? Or maybe a closet could be better placed somewhere else to open up a room.