Sunroom Failure

By Robert Robillard

Do It Yourself Nightmare – DIY Nightmare We recently were hired to address a sun room that had most likely been leaking from the day it was installed. The sun room failure was due to a faulty design. Poor Design The prior homeowner had routed rabbits in large beams and recessed sliding door glass panels…

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Home Decorating Tips

By Robert Robillard

Three Home Decorating Tips This article will focus on the top three home decorating tips are easy for a do-it-yourself-er to tackle. Home Decor As a carpenter my thoughts and plans often revolve around details and ideas that make a house more aesthetically pleasing, historically correct or just plain functional. Things like crown molding, built…

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Dovetail Drawer Construction

By Robert Robillard

The importance of Dovetail Joints for STRONG Drawer Construction   Image: a concord carpenter Dovetail joints are extremely strong and attractive joints, and are traditionally used on boxes, chests, quality furniture and cabinet drawers. The Dovetail Joint A dovetail joint is a strong joint technique most commonly used in higher end millwork and woodworking.   You…

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House Designs

By Robert Robillard

Learn the Language of Your Home:  House Designs By Jay Libby, Andersen Windows People always say when ya know, ya know. When you know you’ve found the house meant to be your home, chances are your explanation for loving it might start with something like, “I just know.” The connection you feel to that house…

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Bathroom Remodeling Strategies – My Top 3

By Robert Robillard

3 Bathroom Remodeling Strategies When you look at your bathroom to spruce it up or remodel it you need to ask yourself whether you have the time, energy and budget to take a project like this on.   At the end of the day there are three bathroom remodeling strategies to consider and all three are…

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Installing A Wine Closet

By Robert Robillard

Converting A Closet Into A Wine Cellar Storing wine does not necessarily mean you need a huge project of installing a wine closet or wine cellar. Look for Available Space When considering installing a wine closet look for available or unused space such as a small closet, the dead space under stairs, an alcove or…

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Tips On Building A Wine Cellar

By Robert Robillard

  Things To Consider When Building A Wine Cellar 1. What is the purpose of the wine room? Are you interested in maximum wine storage, entertaining, or a mix of both? The following article will give you some thought provoking tips on building a wine cellar. Many people just want to store and cool the…

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Installing A New Fireplace Mantel

By Robert Robillard

Reworking a Gas Fireplace and Mantel Friday the Limestone hearth and surround was installed around the fireplace.   Today we had planned on installing a new fireplace mantel.  This [photo below] is what I saw when I walked in this morning. The painter will finish up this room tomorrow. Premier Mantels:  Algonquin Style The Algonquin Mantle…

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