Measure Twice

Measure Twice

Attention, demolition crews! When summoned to demolish a house, don’t rely on GPS coordinates. And be sure to contact the owner. You’d think this would be standard protocol, but apparently one crew in Carroll County, Georgia did not follow this procedure...
Measure Twice

Quiz Time

Quick quiz: How long would your home stand if you walked away from it tomorrow? According to Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us, a wood-framed home will stand approximately 125 years before it did not exist anymore. This animation presents how the home would...
Demolition Don’t

Demolition Don’t

Notice to all contractors: When demolishing a house, make sure you have the right one. A Russian woman in Nizhny Novgorod returned to her home to find it leveled. “There was nothing left,” she said, “not even a log.” She’s now taking the...
Homeowners’ Stress Rises during Remodel

Homeowners’ Stress Rises during Remodel

There’s no doubt that a remodeling, addition or new construction job brings stress to the homeowners. Just ask me. Last spring we added a new upstairs bedroom and a downstairs entryway and mudroom, losing our attic space, emptying our garage and losing a bay in the...
Measure Twice

Contain Your Workspace

When it comes to containing dust on construction sites, more often than not it’s a jerry-rigged affair. In my experience, it usually consists of some tarps haphazardly nailed or taped in place and held down with whatever weights are lying around. These set-ups...