All posts tagged Projects

Shadow Box Trim Wainscot

Shadow Box Trim Wainscot

Earlier this year I installed shadow box trim wainscoting in the front living room of my cousin’s home, in preparation for a big family event they were planning.  Shadow box trim gives a room a more formal and elegant feel.  It creates a wainscot a little different from others I’ve done in the past, like bead board and batten board, which I blogged about here.

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USB Wall Plug

USB Wall Plug

Phones, tablets, iPods, radio control helicopters, GoPro cameras (okay you get the idea)… It seems like just about all the electronic devices out there these days are charged via a USB.  So why not install USB wall plugs in your home?  They look like a normal outlet, except that they have USB ports. These USB plugs could be installed to replace any existing outlet in your home where you charge your gadgets, eliminating your USB power adapters, and freeing up your standard outlets.

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Raised Laundry Platform

after

I built another raised laundry platform recently through my company Lone Pine Construction, a little different from the last couple I discussed in my previous built-in raised laundry platform post, and will show step by step how this one was constructed for those who would like to build one themselves.

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Contractor Kurt or the Human Snow Plow?

Human Snow Plow

For several years now, I’ve been pulling a piece of 1/4″ OSB (waferboard) out of the garage to clear the snow off my driveway after a storm.  If the snow isn’t too heavy, it works great, and gets the job done in a HURRY!  What may have taken 30 passes with a regular snow shovel only takes four or five swipes with my trusty sheet of OSB.

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Corner Stage

corner stage

One thing I’ve learned as a foster parent is that kids love attention.  A recent customer had me add a feature to their basement family room to give their kids some of that attention… a corner stage.

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Free Yearly Dump Pass

free yearly dump pass

If you’re finishing your basement, de-cluttering your home, or working on a project that generates trash (more than will fit in your garbage can) pick up your free yearly dump pass and haul it to the landfill free of charge.  I just picked up mine today at the Lehi City Administration building by the Library.

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Bathroom Cabinet Hardware

bathroom cabinet hardware

After repainting our master bathroom and installing a frame for the mirror (see previous post on that here), we decided the cabinets needed some handles to finish everything off.  Cabinet knobs and pulls really make an impact on the look of your cabinets and make it easier to pull the doors and drawers open as well.

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How to Firestop Your Basement

how to firestop your basement

One of the most common things a DIYer neglects to do when finishing a basement is to install proper firestop per code.  Firestop is required by building code to impede a potential fire from spreading- which could come in handy if you’re doing your own electrical work.  :)

You will not pass your inspections from the local building department if you don’t install firestop as required.  So don’t forget to firestop!  If you don’t know how to install it, I’ll explain the code and how to meet these firestop requirements.

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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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