All posts by Contractor Kurt

DIY Toy Building Blocks

DIY toy building blocks

We realized our house is very kid-UNfriendly.  Not that it’s unsafe for kids- we just got done locking everything dangerous away (see post on magnetic tot locks).  We just didn’t have anything around that would seem interesting or fun for children.  That is, unless the kids suddenly got the urge to chew on a doggy bone or fetch a slobbery tennis ball.

My wife noticed a basket full of toy building blocks a few years back while attending a bridal shower at my cousin’s house.  She thought the blocks could help kids learn shapes, encourage creativity, and they also looked decorative, displayed in a unique basket.  So, as you can guess, I got recruited to help her make some for our house.

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Fly Fishing Fun

fly fishing fun

Here’s a video featuring some fly fishing fun.

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Protect Health and Safety During Home Renovations

health and safety

Here is a guest post from Brian with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.  Brian is a health advocate and blogger who has been researching and writing about health and safety concerns that one should consider while doing home renovations and DIY projects to help keep you and your family safe.

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Open Stairway

open stairway to basement family room

The owner of this home was finishing his own basement, but asked me to help him open up the stairway to the basement family room.

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Guitar Pickin’ in the Kitchen

guitar pickin' in the kitchen

Guitar pickin’ in the kitchen: “Souvenirs” by John Prine, and “Across the Great Divide” by Kate Wolf

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Window Seat with Storage

window seat

Some really awesome friends of mine decided to take advantage of the space in their living room bay window by adding a window seat with storage for their piano books.  They felt the space would be more useful for them with a built-in seat, and the extra storage would alleviate any clutter near the piano.

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Tile Kitchen Backsplash

tile kitchen backsplash

When the owners purchased this house, they loved the existing countertops in the kitchen, but hated how they were missing any kind of backsplash.  It was just plain old painted sheetrock- not the best surface for splatters and spills.  So they found some travertine, marble, and glass mosaic tiles that they had my company Lone Pine Construction install for a full-height backsplash which added functionality and cosmetic appeal to the kitchen.

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Magnetic Tot Locks

magnetic tot locks

As aspiring foster parents, Desiree and I have had to get referral letters, take a series of fostering classes, pass background checks; and the final hurdle was to pass an in-home safety inspection. This is where a state inspector comes out to make sure you have fire extinguishers, first aid kits in each car, emergency phone numbers posted, among other things… and… that any household item that could make a kid sick if swallowed is locked up by a key, a combination, or a magnetic lock.

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3-Week Basement Finish: How to Create a Construction Schedule for Your Project

construction schedule

Scheduling is a key component of managing any construction project.  I recently completed a partial basement finish with a large family room, kid’s study, and some storage closets, in just 3 weeks. Here’s how I scheduled the work so that it could be finished in just 16 work days:

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Backpacking to The Cirque of the Towers & Temple Peaks Area

Cirque of the Towers

Here’s a video highlighting our recent backpacking trip to the Wind River Range in Wyoming.  We visited the Cirque of the Towers and the Temple Peaks area where we ascended East Temple Peak. Read more…