Steve Gadbois


Location
Steamboat Springs, CO  
About me:
Currently on a temporary long term assignment in Cebu City, Philippine Islands - right smack dab in the middle of earth quake and Super Typhoon central! 
My favorite style:
Contemporary 
My next house project:
Building my own retirement home near Kalamazoo, Michigan and a vacation home that my children and their children can enjoy for decades and decades during the summer (or anytime during the year, actually). 
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8 Beautiful Ideas for Floating Shelves

Get clean-lined storage and display on walls, over windows and in nooks using versatile floating shelving Full Story
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Jason Shuckhart
When renovating my 1950's kitchen...removed upper cabinets and replaced with custom floating. Painted lowers black. LOVE LOVE the floating shelving. It forces us to be neat/clean and we only put what we use on the shelves. We are lucky to have a walk in pantry for food items and such.
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silcaemat
Got mines from an old house, it doesnt exist any more, but it still remains at my room.
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Go Au Naturel in the Bath With Beautiful Stone

Add rocks and pebbles to your bathroom design for organic texture and practicality too Full Story
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Stamps Design Services
Adding natural elements is wonderful, but placing them where they will NOT need be to be constantly cleaned, would be the more sensible way to do it!
on Monday at 11:20am   
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Susan McFarlane
I am a rockhound, so this was fun! Loved them all.
on Monday at 7:31pm   
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Objects of Desire: Beautifully Individual Concrete Floors

Concrete comes in more colors and finishes than ever before. See if these 6 floors open your eyes to the possibilities Full Story
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DC Design Beton B.V.
Hi Laura, you might try google translate, normally this should work.
we only apply about 4 mm with very high strenght.
when you want to know more, simply drop me an email, to info@designbeton.nl
Kind regards Ronald
July 11, 2014 at 1:06pm   
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DC Design Beton B.V.
Hi Broquet, also one of the advantages of our product; very easy to clean, non slippery even not in the shower
July 11, 2014 at 1:09pm   
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Houzz Tour: This California Cabin Is a Family Affair

Nearly the entire clan contributed to remaking this mountain hideaway; now everyone gathers, relaxes and plays there Full Story
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Kim Furtado
Beautiful! Love Mike and Molly - he's my vet :) Happy they have such a beautiful place to spend time with family they treasure.
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Atmosphere Design Build
piersca9951: The steel panels we used on the railing were savaged - one of kind find. But, we have created a similar railing system using punch plate products from McNichols metals http://www.mcnichols.com/viewer.htm
on Monday at 9:58am   
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8 Backyard Ideas to Delight Your Dog

Cue the joyous soundtrack. These pet-friendly landscape and garden ideas will keep your pooch safe, happy and well exercised outdoors Full Story
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ironmanwst
狗狗空间太可爱了,尤其小窗子的设计
July 9, 2014 at 7:12pm   
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kdohermann
If you are designing your yard to be dog friendly, be sure to leave a little space around the perimeter. Most dogs like to patrol. I didn't realize this and was irritated when my dog wore a path near the fence. Now I know better and lay a path of gravel for their patrolling. Also Lowe's Creative Ideas came up with an alternative to the Pet Peek. LOVE IT! ... http://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/woodworking-and-crafts/dog-bone-shaped-window/project
July 13, 2014 at 7:51pm   
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Design Workshop: The ‘Disappearing’ Guardrail

Putting the focus on the view instead of the rail on a porch or balcony is sometimes clearly the best option Full Story
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redryder60
Maybe it's just me but I need a rail where I don't feel I'm gonna fall off! I like the idea of these transparent ones but too many are too scary!
July 2, 2014 at 12:36pm   
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tetam
Great article!
July 10, 2014 at 4:39am     
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Contractor Fees, Demystified

Learn what a contractor’s markups cover — and why they’re worth it Full Story
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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.
July 8, 2014 at 9:32am     
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Michelle Portesi Thanks for the input. I am very aware of what products cost and am great at choosing just the right thing to buy that is the best value (for me at least what that means is it looks good and is good quality, but I'm not paying extra for bells and whistles or for status.) And you are right that when you're talking about a high end house, nobody can get it through their heads that I don't want a $5000 commercial stove plus $5000 double wall ovens when I've used 2 ovens at once only a handful of times in my life.

One reason I would go with a higher end contractor is to get high quality work. Do lower end contractors have as good of subs? Or do the better subs work on the more expensive projects? I suspect the latter, and I do like attention to detail as we're talking about a $2m home. But also, there are numerous large picture windows that need to be replaced, large beams which are needed to make longer spans, etc. Seems like the higher end guys probably have more experience with that type of thing. But maybe you're onto something, and I should look for at least a mid-range contractor rather than a high end contractor. Maybe cost-wise I don't want someone who also works on $5M homes.

But I'm surprised to hear you say labor is cheap, because what I learned in my bathroom remodel is the opposite. What I came away with is to spend any amount of money you can on materials to make the job easier for the contractors, because at $55 an hour (or whatever your labor cost is), it adds up quickly. For example, solid surface shower wall panels seem expensive, but they are so quick to put up compared with tiling, it ends up way cheaper than tile. And spending more on rectified tiles (which are perfectly flat) is worth it compared to cheaper ones which are not perfectly flat. You quickly make up for the extra cost with less labor.

Lastly, the 10% figure is interesting but leaves a lot to be desired. In some areas $2m is considered a lower end home, for example when it's in a desirable location and the land itself might be $1m or more. That would imply an average $200,000 kitchen; I don't think so. 10% of construction costs would be more realistic for an average. Maybe that's what you meant?
July 13, 2014 at 6:43pm   
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Reviews by Steve Gadbois (2)

Review for Coates Design Architects Seattle:

I have had the pleasure of communicating with Matthew Coates over the past couple of months. Now be aware, I am planning and building a home thousands of miles ...
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Review for Lucid Architecture:

I am building a retirement home for myself in SW Michigan on a beautiful lake that I have visited each year since my grandfather built an original home for the ...
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