Master Bathroom Remodel — Before

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This video shows our master bathroom, before the remodel. I’ll be uploading a time-lapse video of each day’s work throughout the project to this playlist: …


Bar/Kitchen Finished Basement

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Bar/Kitchen Finished Basement

Posted by on 2012-01-23 20:15:21

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Drywall Repair – 7

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Drywall Repair - 7

At first, I was worried that I couldn’t get the piece flush with the existing wall. But a couple of drywall screws pulled it in nice and tight.

Next, I ran some joint tape over all the edges being careful not to let it overlap. I kinda like this sticky backed paper tape, just have to careful not to sand into it later.

Posted by Jason Crowther on 2008-01-26 19:01:06

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Green Remodeling: Saving Money and Creating a Healthy Home

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When planning a renovation of your kitchen, bathrooms, or adding additional living space to the home, talk to a professional contractor about creating a house that is more efficient and safer to live in. The benefits of green remodeling include saving money through greater efficiency, improving indoor air and water quality and reducing the negative impact on the environment.


Energy efficiency is the top reason why homeowners choose green remodeling, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers. Homeowners save money on utility bills when the home is more energy efficient. This is an attractive feature to home buyers, so creating an energy efficient home also adds to its market value. A certified contractor can conduct an energy evaluation of the home and suggest changes that can be made through professional remodeling or even simple changes, like using newer energy-saving lights or installing a programmable thermostat.

Some ways you can improve energy efficiency:

• Hire a professional contractor to replace drafty, old windows with energy-efficient dual paned windows and replace aluminum siding with newer vinyl siding.

• Properly insulating an attic will yield the largest cost savings-your home will retain heat better during the winter and stay cooler during the summer. There are many insulating options, depending where it's used, including fiberglass, spray foam, rigid foam board and cellulose. R-values ​​measure the performance of the insulation, so generally the higher the R-value, the better the insulation level.

• Look for the Energy Star symbol when buying new appliances for a kitchen remodel or when replacing a water heater or clothing dryer, Energy Star is a government-backed program and the symbol represents energy efficiency, helping consumers find appliances and other products that provide cost savings through lower energy and water consumption.

• How old is your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system? Systems older than 10 years are not as efficient as newer models. When considering a new system, choose the most efficient model that will efficiently support the size of the home, especially if remodeling includes additional living space.

Other cost-saving measures include installing a programmable thermostat, having the system professionally checked and cleaned annually, and sealing and insulating the ductwork.


A 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found people diagnosed with asthma increased by 4.3 million between 2001 and 2009-that's 1 in 12 Americans. Although reasons for the increase are not fully known, environmental factors including indoor air quality is an asthma trigger. Even more people deal with allergies from pollen, animal dander and molds.

You can create a healthy place to live by improving indoor air quality, water quality and reducing noise pollution. Ultimately, a healthier home also saves money by lowering medical costs.

• Choose non-toxic building materials, paints and cleaning products. Many of these household products emit toxic gas containing VOCs (volatile organic compounds) creating poor indoor air quality. Side effects range from symptoms like fatigue, headaches, nausea and irritation to the eyes, … Read More