All posts tagged featured

Mirror Frame

framed mirror

Last year for Desiree’s Christmas present I made a custom built-in jewelry cabinet for our master bathroom.  It went over so well that I decided to stick with the master bath home-improvement theme for this year’s present.   Desiree had been wanting to change the color scheme in our master bathroom to something more calm and serene, and also wanted a frame for the vanity mirror.

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Cloud Entrance Under Stairs

cloud entrance

A recent customer who was finishing her basement wanted to create a space under the stairs where her kids could read books and feel like they were sitting in the clouds.  She planned on having lots of fluffy pillows in there, and she decided the space needed a cloud shaped entrance and a raised platform inside to make it feel like you were stepping up into the clouds.  Here’s how we built the cloud-shaped entrance:

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“Wood” Tile?

porcelain "wood" tile

Can you tell what kind of flooring this is?  No- it’s not wood flooring, or laminate, or vinyl planks.  It’s simply… TILE.

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Framed Built-ins:

Framed Built-ins

Would you like custom built-ins without the custom built-in price tag?  Frame them!  Ealier this year I finished a basement for some customers who wanted some built-in bookshelves with a toy chest, and a TV area with shelves and component cubbies.  It took a little more work and material with the framing, sheetrock, trim and painting stages of the project, but saved them money over going with custom built-in cabinets.

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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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