Start Planning your Dream Garage

Start Planning your Dream Garage

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

A dream garage is on the wish list of many homeowners. With small or large changes, a dream garage can be within reach. Start with a facelift, improving the look and feel of your garage with new finishes and lighting. Add new features to your existing garage or, if your budget allows, build a new […]

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

Luxury vinyl tile is taking the flooring industry by storm. It has the versatility, good looks, durability, water-resistance, and ease of maintenance that will serve you well in both commercial and residential settings. Consider using luxury vinyl tile for your next flooring project. Luxury vinyl tile is often a good alternative to ceramic tile flooring. […]

Wrought Iron

Wrought Iron

Posted on May 19, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

Wrought iron is a strong, durable material that is both functional and ornamental. In New Orleans’ French Quarter, wrought and cast iron are very common. On a recent visit, we saw many beautiful examples in the balconies and galleries of the historic buildings. We especially appreciated the wrought iron corn stalks, acorns, leaves, and flowers […]

Shutters for your traditional home or business

Shutters for your traditional home or business

Posted on May 5, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

Shutters add a distinctive appearance to traditional- and historic-style homes and businesses. Exterior shutters may be the perfect way to dress up your building! Opt for shutters made with quality materials and construction methods and you will be happy with the results for years to come. Origin of Shutters  The original shutters may have been […]

Carbon Fiber for Building Projects

Carbon Fiber for Building Projects

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

Carbon fiber is one of the most popular newer building materials. It is usually combined with other substances to form a composite material. Carbon fiber has become a go-to product because of its many advantages over traditional materials, including a high strength and low weight. What is carbon fiber? Carbon fiber (CF) consists of very […]

Converting Commercial Properties into Homes

Converting Commercial Properties into Homes

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

Converting commercial properties into homes is an exciting trend in both cities and suburban areas. Warehouse, office, and store conversions enable renters and homeowners to access desirable features: additional square footage, convenient locations, and a modern, open space. Commercial developers can respond to demand and achieve great financial results, boosting property values and maximizing a […]

Converting a House to a Business Property

Converting a House to a Business Property

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

Are you thinking about converting a house to a business property? House conversions are fairly common and are often successful for small businesses. Before moving ahead with your own house conversion project, be sure to investigate the zoning and building issues that pertain to the residential property you are considering. Converting a house Houses are […]

Minimizing Heat Loss

Minimizing Heat Loss

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

Heat loss is inevitable in a cold climate. Here in the Midwest, we just take for granted that buildings won’t be totally comfortable on bitter cold winter days and nights. However, there are ways we can minimize heat loss, save energy, and increase building comfort in the winter. Where does all the heat go? Let’s […]

Paul Williams, Architect

Paul Williams, Architect

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

In recognition of African American History Month, we thought we’d feature the trail-blazing architect Paul Williams, FAIA. Best known as the “architect to the stars”, Williams was also the first certified African American architect west of the Mississippi. Williams has been posthumously honored with the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA)  Gold Medal. Paul Williams […]

The Importance of a Good Building Foundation – Part 2

The Importance of a Good Building Foundation – Part 2

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

A while back (in 2012) we wrote a short blog article about the importance of a good building foundation. In the article, we made a case for foundations as the most important part of the building. Here’s why: the structure rests on the foundation and relies on the foundation to carry the load. Recently, a […]