Build Your Own Wine Cellar

By Robert Robillard

How To Build A Wine Cellar The idea to Build Your Own Wine Cellar is to create the ideal environment to store your wine collection. Temperature is always a major consideration in wine storage and the ideal wine storage temperature is between 55ºF and 58ºF as long as it doesn’t fluctuate too much. Ideally, the humidity…

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Remodeling Road To Recovery?

By Robert Robillard

Are consumers starting to spend more on their homes? The Home Remodeling & Repair Index shows that consumers are starting to feel good about their homes as investments again and are putting more money towards home improvement projects more than they were this time last year. What signs of recovery are you seeing? Are people…

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Installing A Swinging Butler Door

By Robert Robillard

Swinging Hinge Door On this project I was tasked with installing a swinging butler door.   We had to change out a 6-panel solid wood swinging “Butlers Door” with a 15-lite [15 panes of glass] door. A “Butler Hinge” is also called a “Swinging Door Hinge,” and a “Double Acting Floor Hinge.” It is a floor…

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How To Winterize Your Water Fountain

By Robert Robillard

Fall is upon us and it’s time to close the pools and winterize outdoor water features. Most outdoor fountains are made to stand up to the elements, but precautions have to be taken to ensure that water does not freeze in your fountain and cause it to crack, or damage your pump during the cold…

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Recouping Costs of Remodeling

By Robert Robillard

Recouping Remodeling Costs What’s the payback for remodeling? Remodeling On-Line’s annual report compares construction cost with resale value for 25 common remodeling projects in 60 U.S. markets: Cost vs. Value Report 2006 Project and % Cost Recouped Mid-Range Attic Bedroom Remodel 79.90% Basement Remodel 78.80% Bathroom Addition 74.90% Bathroom Remodel 84.90% Deck Addition 76.80% Family…

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Hidden Fountain Cost

By Robert Robillard

Photo of hidden fountain by ConcordCarpenter [click on photo to enlarge] Since posting on how I built this hidden fountain I have been asked by friends and customers how much it cost to build. If you missed that post I have included them at the bottom of this one. More specifically I’m asked the question;…

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