southernbelle70


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Contractor Fees, Demystified

Learn what a contractor’s markups cover — and why they’re worth it Full Story
     Comment   June 25, 2014
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mylilremodelproject
Michelle Portesi I couldn't agree with you more! Construction IS a highly specialized field. There are MANY tradesmen that are VERY specialized in what they do, and those who are not, you can clearly see through their quality (or lack thereof) of craftsmanship. Just because a tradesman makes his job look easy, doesn't mean it actually is. Remember, most have many years of experience in their fields. My husband specializes in rails and staircases, with majority of his work focusing on curved rails/solid treads, and hand carving. Curved and angled railings often have parts that that have to be hand-carved (this comes as a big block that has to be hand-carved to fit the rail and the profile). Bending a rail is a science all on its own. You have to know exactly how much each type of wood has to be over-bent in order for it to snap back to align with the stairs (bad alignment means the balusters will not be centered on the hand rail and stairs when installed, and potentially thousands of dollars in material and labor will get trashed). Each material has its own strength, density, and hardness. Knowing how each material will behave when it is bent comes with experience. It is not something you can look up in a DIY handbook and attempt on your own.
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Michelle Portesi
@mylilremodelproject - That is a GORGEOUS staircase. And it's one I wouldn't have attempted to design construction wise myself. That's why God created architects! Or even better, the craftsmen who specialize in building staircases. Having truly knowledgeable and skilled tradesmen are invaluable to construction companies, designers and homeowners alike. I have certainly relied on a master staircase builder on a few projects.
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Make a Mod Solar Lamp Trio for the Garden

What’s that hovering ethereally in the dark? A set of cool globe lights showing off your DIY ingenuity Full Story
     Comment   June 18, 2014
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Meena
Way cool. The fountain lights especially so. Dont move it yet.
June 27, 2014 at 12:48am   
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litheson
Great DIY light work
June 28, 2014 at 5:42am   
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8 Ways to Spruce Up an Older Bathroom (Without Remodeling)

Mint tiles got you feeling blue? Don’t demolish — distract the eye by updating small details Full Story
     Comment   June 15, 2014
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Dura Supreme Cabinetry
It depends, most likely you will need to replace it. We see this happen often with cabinetry. When homeowners DIY and refinish their cabinets, just like tile, it is common for the finishes to peal and chip with in the first few years.
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capeanner
Does that apply to the Rustoleum cabinet refinishing kit as well?
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How to Replace or Revamp Your Garage Doors

Boost curb appeal and maybe even security with new garage doors. Find out cost ranges and other important details here Full Story
     Comment   June 15, 2014
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Kim Rooney Landscape Architecture
you may want to google old world door seattle - If you are looking for a great garage door:)
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Lee James
Thank you for the suggestions!
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