Wall Framing

We have enjoyed mild winter weather the past few days as we work at framing the rural house we are constructing south of Northfield. The carpenters have been busy getting the exterior walls erected. With the exterior walls up today they moved on to the interior walls.

Like most of our ‘stick framed’ homes, we are usin...

Water intrusion in walls

  We all know that houses can last decades and decades. My family lived in a 1923 wood frame bungalow with stucco exterior for over 30 years. During that time I did a fair amount of remodeling to the home…additions, window replacements, roofing, etc. I never found any area where the wall or roof sheathing was rotten due to ...

Home Improvement

This week a couple of our carpenters installed pre-finished metal fascia and soffits on an older rural home. The home had beaded ceiling board soffits in most areas, but some areas had been repaired with plywood. There were gaps in the boards and insects were able to access the attic, so the homeowners asked us to cover the areas...

Roof Repairs

Last week our workers started a repair job for a condominium homeowner’s association. The building has a series of exterior decks that are accessed from each living unit. They had problems with water leaking into the building at a couple of the decks. We had them contact an exterior envelope engineer to analyze the existing con...

Roof Repairs

Yesterday we started a small roof repair project for a client. The home had a one-story area that had a flat roof, with a pitched asphalt roof at the perimeter. The flat roof had been leaking intermittently where the railing posts connected to the flat roof. Over the years there had been decay, to the point that the roof was no l...

Fiber-cement siding

We are just about finished with the siding on our East side new home. This home incorporates fiber-cement siding and trims for the exterior surfaces. This product provides a very crisp, clean look that fits in well with this Craftsman style home in an existing neighborhood.

For most of the home we used a 6” exposure on ...

New Window

Our workers ‘fought through the fog’ this morning to attend to a window installation for a client. The window is a triple casement replacement. The old window appeared to be salvaged from an earlier job and was not doing a good job any longer. We replaced the window with a new Marvin unit with clad exterior. This window has h...

Concrete Driveway

Today we took advantage of perfect spring weather to install the concrete driveway at our Eastside new home project. We had installed crushed concrete as a base for the driveway last fall and drove on it all fall and spring. That was an excellent choice as it stayed firm even during the spring freeze and thaws.

 

Screen House

We started a screen house project this week. It consists of building a small…12’x 15’…screen house in the rear portion of the homeowners lot. Even though it is a detached small structure it still is required to have a proper foundation. For this project we decided to use a pier foundation. To do this we bored nine 18” d...

Condominium Work

Last week we started a small job for a condominium in Northfield. Part of the work involved removing the existing concrete walkway and replacing it with a new concrete walk. We will include a metal railing on the new walk. This is a fairly straightforward project but will make a big difference to the condominium owners as the old...